Bradfield party back to mark Tour anniversary

NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 13'Tour De France comes to Bradfield
NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 13'Tour De France comes to Bradfield
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The party atmosphere of the Tour de France is to be revived in the Sheffield village which welcomed it first.

Bradfield will replicate the popular Steel Stage festival which attracted many thousands of people for cycle rides, camping, live music and real ale in July.

Organiser Andrew Elston, from Langsett Cycles on Langsett Road is looking to recreate the ‘feel good factor’ by holding Steel Stage 2 in 2015.

Taking place over July 10, 11 and 12, it will include a hill climb on the first day, followed by a sportif ride, and there are also plans for a road race around the Damflask Reservoir.

The camping, music and beer festival are all making a comeback.

“It was really popular last year and so successful,” said Andrew.

“It wasn’t too far away from the city so we had plenty of non-cyclists there, so we’re hoping to have that again – a real party atmosphere.

“We didn’t want to keep it as a one-off. It was better than any Jubilee, it really brought Sheffield together.”

Bradfield Brewery is on board for the event again, as is Walkley-based events business FGOWI.

This year more than £3,300 was raised in donations and split between the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Andrew said he is looking for local groups, such as running and climbing clubs, to come forward with new additions to the Steel Stage programme.

The spirit of the Tour is also set to return elsewhere in the city, with a mass bike ride planned on the same weekend by Sheffield Council.

A recent report also revealed the economic impact of the Tour was expected to top £10m in Sheffield - more than originally estimated - and Yorkshire wide it was over £102m.

In total the cost of the Sheffield part of the event totalled £2.8m – which was £800,000 over budget due to higher costs in making the course safe and other staging costs such as stewarding.

It was confirmed that 300,000 people lined the 22 miles of the route within the city boundaries.

Sheffield was showcased to more than four million TV viewers – making it the most watched Grand Départ ever. Campsite booking for the Steel Stage festival will be available soon at Call 0114 234 8191 for more information.