Doncaster Cycle Festival 2015

On a busy day in the heart of the town centre, Doncaster Cycle Festival returned on 31st May 2015, bringing an electric atmosphere and action-packed day of cycling racing to the area.

On a day of mixed weather in Yorkshire, hundreds of riders enjoyed a closed-road circuit in Doncaster’s town centre at the second annual Doncaster Cycle Festival. Riders from across the country lined up in 8 races covering every category from Under 8s to Elite Men’s.

In the headline races of the day, Harry Tanfield of JLT Condor took the win away from his brother Charlie in the Elite Men’s race, with Thomas Pidcock taking third, just a few hours after won in the Under 16s Boys race. In the Women’s event, Henrietta Colbourne of Bonito Aquadra took a clear win, with Sally Hurst of the Para-T Cycling Team winning the paracycling series event.

The day started with overcast conditions and the occasional shower, but conditions cleared from midday and the sun shone for the final race of the day.

Spectators around the circuit enjoyed a festival atmosphere, with activities for the full family to enjoy including Team Sky’s Jaguar F-Type car being present in the Festival Square.

The Festival Square

Despite the rainy start to the day, hundreds of public visitors arrived, alongside the hundreds of riders and their families and friends, to sample in the festival atmosphere.

There were many exhibitors on hand and activities to keep the public entertained, and that’s aside from the intense racing itself!

With a musical backdrop provided by the Doncaster Schools Symphonic band, visitors could find out more about bike maintenance and safety, learn how the police and the fire services work in the community, find out about the almost 90-year history of the Doncaster Wheelers Cycling Club, and even make their own fruit smoothie with pedal power.

The Giveaways

Throughout the day, we gave away a whole host of prizes courtesy of our sponsors and partners, Don Valley Cycles and Krimson.

Competition prizes kindly donated by Don Valley Cycles were given away to lucky entrants who entered via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Selfies were taken around the Festival Square and circuit, comments were posted online, and the lucky winners were drawn at random from these.

Over the months leading up to the race, Krimson picked out a few lucky followers who had helped to promote the festival.