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Allez Allez Sheffield! Festival of all things cycling returns for a second year

Thursday 30 June 2016

It’s a year since professional and amateur cyclists alike took on the challenge of the Cote de Wincobank.

And on the weekend of July 2 and 3, the Allez Allez festival of cycling will return to Sheffield once again, kicking off a whole month of cycling events in the city.

The date has been chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart, which saw the world’s greatest cyclists power through the streets of Sheffield in 2014.

Allez Allez Sheffield’s attractions will include a challenging climb of Jenkin Road – also known as the Cote de Wincobank – on Saturday, July 2 and the family-friendly Sky Ride on Sunday, July 3, where thousands of cyclists will take to traffic-free streets on an all-new route starting from Endcliffe Park.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for business and economy at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield truly is The Outdoor City, a place where cyclists, runners, walkers, climbers, individuals and families can enjoy themselves in the great outdoors.

“It is therefore unsurprising that the legacy of the Grand Depart still lives on here, through physical features such as the yellow jersey monuments and street art along the route but, more importantly, in the memories of those who were lucky enough to be a part of it.

“I look forward to seeing as many people as possible, of all ages and abilities, taking to their bikes next weekend and being a part of Allez Allez Sheffield. Plus July is Move More month in the city and with a whole host of cycling events throughout the month there’s plenty of chances for people to pedal up their points with the new Move More app.”

On Saturday, 2 July the Cote de Wincobank will be closed to traffic, giving people the chance to pit pedal power against the hill that tested the Tour de France elite cyclists two years ago. Between 11am and 1pm, amateur cyclists can take part in a fun challenge to ride or push their bike or scooter to the top of Jenkin Road. There will be certificates and T-shirts for all finishers, as well as the chance to test out the leg muscles on a seven-seater bike – will you and your mates reach the top?

Then, from 2pm to 4.30pm, British Cycling will be hosting a Cote de Wincobank time trial. People are invited to cheer on the serious cyclists as they race against the clock from Lincoln Street to the finish line at the top.

Throughout the day, there will also be a community fete running on Wincobank Common with various attractions, games, activities and refreshments.

Then, on Sunday 3 July, the third annual Sky Ride will run between 11am and 3pm, following a route from Endcliffe Park into the city centre and back again, on closed roads.
Participants can complete the five-mile course – which also takes in a rare chance to cycle through the Winter Garden and Bramall Lane football ground – as many times as they like during the four hours.

In addition to the Sky Ride itself, there will be several activities running as part of the event, to create a festival atmosphere in Endcliffe Park and the city centre alike and those without a bike need not worry as free bike hire is available at Endcliffe Park and Tudor Square.

All those who register for Sky Ride Sheffield are entitled to a free expert bike check (worth £14.99) at Halfords. Participants can also collect a free Sky Ride reflective bib on the day.

For further details, or to sign up, visit www.goskyride.com/sheffieldSkyRide.

Allez Allez Sheffield kicks off a whole month of cycling-related activities which will be taking place in Sheffield during July.

These will include the annual Grand Prix in the city centre, the Cote de Bradfield challenge and also the Ride for Eric, in memory of cyclist Eric Codling.

July is also Move More month in Sheffield. The aim is to make Sheffield the most active city in the UK by getting over 50,000 people active. People are encouraged to download the Move More app to start tracking their activities and earning active points. The Move More app is available to download from the Apple Store and Google Play Store.