Each year a huge team effort is involved in putting an event like Doncaster Cycle Festival together, and one band of cyclists and fans, Doncaster Wheelers Cycling Club, are a big part of it.
From the planning of the event through to the running of the show on the day, members from across the region show their support in making Doncaster Cycle Festival one of the greatest events in the cycling calendar.
For the club, it’s not just about the day of the event. From the very first Doncaster Cycle Festival, held in 2014, the club has benefitted from funding and publicity from the event and other sources. One of its main aims is in increasing the number of young riders participating in cycling activities and sport across the area through its coaching programme.
Today, Doncaster Wheelers have over 70 under-16 members, who regularly attending coaching sessions delivered by British Cycling qualified coaches. A large number of these young riders also take part in racing – you’ll see plenty of them in their red, white and blue jerseys in the first half of the day on Sunday 11th June, so be sure to give them a big cheer as they race the circuit!
Celebrating over 90 years since the club formed, Doncaster Wheelers Cycling Club has a long tradition of participation and promotion of cycling locally. In the past 12 months since the 2016 Doncaster Cycle Festival, the club has held a number of events including the ‘Charlie’s Challenge’ ride, raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, in honour of late former member and Iron Man champion, Ian Hindley.
Other events included the Cusworth Hill Climb time trial, and recently the Danum Trophy Road Race, won by the current Junior European and World Cyclocross Champion, Tom Pidcock.
To find out more about the club, its events and its coaching programme, visit doncasterwheelers.com.