Beer and cycling join forces for weekend

Nick Clegg visits Bradfield Brewery to talk about their first beer festival at the Tour de France.
Nick Clegg visits Bradfield Brewery to talk about their first beer festival at the Tour de France.
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Good beer, stunning views and the world’s most popular sporting event will combine in a special cycling festival.

Bradfield Brewery and Langsett Cycles have teamed up to put on the Steel Stage event in High Bradfield.

Visitors will be able to watch riders as they tackle one of the final climbs of stage two of the Tour on Sunday, July 6, with live action on large television screens.

And live entertainment, cultural activities, a mini film festival and cycling events for both novices and experienced riders will be held in the two days before with camping available.

The weekend will kick off with a hill climb from Low Bradfield up Woodfall Lane, finishing in the Old Horns pub.

Andrew Elston, of Langsett’s, said: ”We are trying to create a bit of a party atmosphere, something along the lines of a cycling Glastonbury.

“The cycle climb route on the Friday has a cracking hill but we are really aiming that at more experienced bikers.

“We will be riding part of the route for Marie Curie, the Tour charity, and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”

Bradfield Brewery is to host its first beer festival over the Tour weekend.

Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy PM Nick Clegg visited the brewery to discuss their plans for the tour and future.

He said: “Just like everyone else in Sheffield, I’m looking forward to the Tour de France.

“It’s great to see how local businesses in Bradfield are putting on events to make the event even more special.

“Given the stunning scenery and steep hills, I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to see the cyclists put through their paces.”

n See www.steelstage.co.uk for more festival details.