Cycling event is hugely popular as the legacy of Le Tour lives on

Cycle fun day at Brighouse Tennis Courts, Wellholme Park
Cycle fun day at Brighouse Tennis Courts, Wellholme Park

Youngsters showed the spirit of this summer’s Grand Depart was still going strong in Brighouse at the Go Cycling festival.

The event at Wellholme Park, Brighouse, saw a range of bikes to try, as well as teaching young cyclists the rules of the road.

There were also unique attractions using bikes including a pedal powered scaletrix and food blender and smoothie machine.

With this summer’s Yorkshire Grand Départ still fresh in the memory, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of the health and cost-saving benefits cycling has to offer.

Speaking about the event Coun James Lewis, chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “Go Cycling works with projects across all five West Yorkshire districts to promote cycling as a healthy alternative to the car, as well as for leisure and general exercise.

“As we’ve seen with the recent visit of the Grand Départ, there is a huge appetite for cycling in West Yorkshire, and events such as these can only encourage more to get back into the saddle.”

The event came before the announcement that a major new international cycle race for Yorkshire has been confirmed by the sport’s world governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

The provisionally titled Tour de Yorkshire – run by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (which operates the Tour de France) and backed by British Cycling - has been officially added to the world cycling calendar for 2015.

From May 1 to May 3 there will be a new 2.1 Europe Tour world-class cycle race taking place across Yorkshire – with plans to potentially include parts of the county that the momentous Yorkshire Grand Depart did not visit.

The format will see three full stages take place over the three days, and there is also an intention to have a women’s race and a mass participation sportive as part of the event.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, which led the bid to bring the Tour de France to the county, said: “This new official international cycle race heralds the start of a world-class event for Yorkshire that we want to see grow over the coming years to become known the world over. We already have a huge amount of interest thanks to the Yorkshire Grand Départ, which captured the imagination of millions of people globally – and this race will be a fitting legacy. We’re confident that come May, we’ll deliver something very special.”