Cyclist fears for Tour route

Cyclist Mike Corby who rode the Tour de France route in Sheffield.
Cyclist Mike Corby who rode the Tour de France route in Sheffield.
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Potholes aren’t normally a concern for elite cyclists on the Tour de France – but fears for the Sheffield route have been raised.

A cyclist who tackled the route of Stage 2 before it comes to the city in July said he ‘struggled’ on some of the road surfaces.

Work to resurface roads as part of the Streets Ahead project has already been completed on some major streets, with more due this month and next.

But Mike Corby rode the entire Yorkshire route of Le Grand Depart and was shown the Sheffield roads – which stretch from Midhopestones to the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena – by resident Roy Mosley.

He told The Star: “The route seemed to take us through random suburban streets on some of the worst surfaces I have experienced.

“In many cases they were dangerous to cycle on, especially on downhill stretches.

“I was beeped at by a car, I assume because I was not cycling by the side of the road, but I had to follow any route I could through the craters.”

Mike also said he finished the 250-mile challenge feeling ‘deflated’ as there were no signs the Tour was coming to Sheffield – unlike in West and North Yorkshire.

Tour route roads still due for work include parts of Penistone Road, Burngreave Road, Sutherland Street, Upwell Street, Holywell Road, Newman Road and Barrow Road.

Coun Jack Scott said work would be complete on the final hill climb, Jenkin Road, by the end of this month.

Work on Kirk Edge Road, Mortimer Road, Haggstones Road, Rutland Road, Herries Road and roads around Oughtibridge and up towards Halifax Road is due for completion by mid-May.

He added: “We know the eyes of the world will be on us. Everything is on track.”