A festival of cycling will kick off a month of pedal-powered activities in Sheffield this weekend.
Allez Allez will include events for professional and amateur cyclists, from a challenging climb of Jenkin Road - renamed ‘Cote de Wincobank’ - to the family-friendly Sky Ride.
The date has been chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart, when the world’s greatest cyclists rode through the streets of Sheffield in 2014.
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Sheffield Council deputy leader Leigh Bramall 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.”
The event will kick off with the Cote de Wincobank climb, with Jenkin Road closed all day tomorrow (Saturday, July 2). From 11am to 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.
Then from 2pm to 4.30pm British Cycling will host 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.
On Sunday, July 3, 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. This includes 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.