Dynamic racing and thousands of spectators expected at Doncaster Cycle Festival

Doncaster Cycle Festival.    Ed Clancy enjoys his victory with a wheelie just infront of Dean Downing.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Doncaster Cycle Festival. Ed Clancy enjoys his victory with a wheelie just infront of Dean Downing. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Thousands of spectators and hundreds of riders from across the country are expected to turn out for the Doncaster Cycle Festival.

The festival, sponsored by Whinfrey Briggs, takes place on Sunday, May 31, around a 1km closed circuit which starts and finishes in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said: “This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

“The cycle festival has something for all the family and I would encourage everyone in Doncaster to attend.”

The exciting eight-race programme kicks off with the Under 8s race will feature young, up-and-coming stars of the future.

Then, the Under 10s will battle it out, followed by the Under 12s, Under 14 boys and Under 14/16s girls and Under 16s boys races.

After the youth racing, the men’s 3/4 category and women’s 3/4 category riders will battle it out in their respective races and are sure to spring a surprise or two on the day.

The headline race of the day, the Whinfrey Briggs Grand Prix, will feature riders from across the country as they battle it out for the Elite Men’s category - including professional cyclist Graham Briggs from Rossington.

This year’s festival is also a National A event, which means riders get more points and the event is ranked higher by British Cycling.

All races are also part of the British Cycling National Paracycling Circuit Race Series.

Paracyclists will compete in the race schedule and will also be gaining points for the series as well as looking to take places in the overall races.

As well as the racing there will be over 20 stalls and exhibits in Sir Nigel Gresley Square including the Team Sky Jaguar F-Type.

For more information visit www.doncastercyclefest.com