15 June 2015
It’s almost a year since the streets of Sheffield were taken over by a sea of spectators cheering on the peloton.
And now, to mark the anniversary of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart, a weekend of cycling events is set to take place from Friday, 3 July to Sunday, 5 July.
Activities as part of “Allez Allez Sheffield” will include a challenging Jenkin Road hill climb, a mountain bike skills course, free bike checks and the family-friendly Sky Ride, where thousands of people of all ages will take to traffic-free city-centre streets.
Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “The Tour de France was a truly special event for Sheffield and will forever live in the memories of those who were lucky enough to be a part of it.
“It’s only fitting that we don’t let that enthusiasm and energy go to waste, and ensure the legacy of the Grand Depart lives on.
“Part of this will involve creating new, permanent signage to mark the route taken by the peloton. And now Sheffield City Council, in conjunction with Sky Ride, has organised a weekend of cycling activities for people of all ages and abilities.
“I look forward to seeing as many people as possible taking to two wheels and being a part of what is sure to be a fantastic weekend of cycling.”
On Friday, 3 July a free event will run in Devonshire Green from 3.30pm to 7.30pm including free bike checks, bike riding coaching sessions, the chance to try out novelty bikes, a mountain bike skills course and a mini cycle circus.
The following day, the Cote de Wincobank – also known as Jenkin Road – will be closed to traffic for a hill climb. Keen riders can take part at their own pace from 10am until 12noon, although a competitive time trial will also take place on the route, beginning at 1pm.
Those taking part in the time trial event must hold a British Cycling licence, but these can be purchased on the day. For more details visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/134197/Cote-de-Jenkin-Road-Hill-Climb
A community event will also be hosted on Wincobank Common on Saturday, 4 July, so weary riders can refuel and relax after taking on the challenge of either a half-hill climb (10am to 11am), the full hill climb (11am to 12noon) or the club hill climb time trial (1pm onwards).
Then, on Sunday 5 July, the second annual Sky Ride will run between 11am and 3pm, following a route from Devonshire Green down Ecclesall Road, to Endcliffe Park and back into town, again on closed roads.
Participants can complete the five-mile course – which also takes in a rare chance to cycle through the Winter Garden – 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, such as the “Tricks and Tunes” area and a marketplace in Tudor Square incorporating a climbing wall and other attractions, to create a festival atmosphere.
Helen Webster, British Cycling Recreation Manager for Sheffield said: “Sky Ride Sheffield offers a great family day out, with loads to do both on and off a bike. There will be music and entertainment, competitions, extreme challenges and above all, a fantastic route suitable for people of all ages and cycling ability.
“From the little ones to big people, everyone can get involved in Sky Ride Sheffield, so make sure you register your place for free today.”
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