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Doncaster cycling event steps up a gear with Olympic and National champions


On Sunday, 1st June, live cycle racing is set to return to Doncaster’s town centre for the first time in 25 years. Adding to the intensity of the occasion, elite level riders have signed
up including double Olympic gold medal winner, Ed Clancy MBE, and the 2014
Yorkshire Road Racing Champion, Dean Downing. in the first event of its kind in decades,

Doncaster Cycle Festival, sponsored by Whinfrey Briggs, is a large event featuring 7 races,
from the British Cycling Yorkshire Youth Championship events to the Women’s
Grand Prix and the Whinfrey Briggs Elite Men’s Grand Prix. In all, the day
promises hours of exciting action around a town centre circuit.

With the addition of Ed Clancy MBE and Dean Downing, the
final race of the day is expected to be a heated affair, with a large prize
fund and bragging rights for winning the first year of the race. A host of
other elite level and big-name riders will also be taking part, including
Doncaster duo John Tanner, a former double Olympian, and Graham Briggs, former
British National Circuit Race Champion. n addition to the seven races taking place, there will also
be a community ride with children and families getting the chance to try a lap
of a real race circuit, which runs from Sir Nigel Gresley Square around a 1-kilometre
circuit of the town centre. There will also be lots of family-friendly
activities and events taking place in the festival square.

The day will start at 10am, with the first race setting off
at 10:30am. Among the exhibitors and activities on the day will be Dr Bike,
offering free cycle advice and maintenance, British Cycling, live music
performances and even the chance to make your own healthy smoothie with pedal
power. As part of the Tour de France’s visit to Yorkshire this
year, over a hundred events are being staged around the county in the lead up
to the Grand Depart, which will take place from Leeds on Saturday, 5th July,
and the Doncaster event is one of the many on offer.

For more information about the event including a full race
schedule, list of activities available, and information about how to get
involved, visit www.doncastercyclefest.com