Cycling fans poured into Doncaster yesterday to enjoy a ‘party atmosphere’ and a day of professional cycle racing.
The Tickhill Grand Prix, boosted by the recent Tour de France interest, saw thousands of spectators line the streets as competitors battled to scoop £10,000 prize money.
The event, founded in 2013, has quickly grown from a single race to a series of eight rounds of racing including junior boys and girls, women and men, rounded off by the elite men’s race.
Roads were closed from 11.30am until 8pm as the town near Doncaster welcomed the racing.
This year, the organisers focused on increasing awareness of women’s cycling, putting the events on an ‘equal pedestal’, while larger crowd areas were laid on for the event to grow.
Organiser Richard Stoodley, of Tickhill Velo Club, said: “Other than the prize fund, the riders are attracted by the fantastic vocal and enthusiastic crowds, slick organisation, big screens, professional commentary, generous sprint primes, party atmosphere and live streaming of all the races.”