Sheffield signs up for challenging Tour stage

Sheffield signs up for challenging Tour stage

20 June 2014

Special road signs are about to go up in Sheffield to celebrate the arrival of one of the world’s greatest sporting events in the city.

The challenging route of the Tour de France will be clearly marked with brown and white signs, and signs on the four summits in Sheffield will highlight their height and gradient.

The summits in Sheffield are the Côte de Midhopestones, Côte de Bradfield, Côte d’Oughtibridge and the Côte de Wincobank. These are all tough climbs, but Jenkin Road in Wincobank will present the steepest climb of any section on the whole Tour de France route, with a 33 per cent gradient. This is less than five kilometres from the sprint finish at the end of the 198 kilometre stage and could well be critical in deciding the Stage winner.

The signs are among a range of projects aimed at building on the interest generated by hosting this prestigious event and following the massive boom in cycling in recent years.

Many cyclists have already attempted to ride the route, or part of it, in advance of the race and it is hoped the international coverage of the Sheffield Stage will continue to attract significant numbers of cycling tourists in years to come.

The City Council is aiming to benefit from their investment in hosting this year’s event by using it as a platform to encourage more people to take to their bikes. The legacy plans will build on existing work with key partners such Cycle Yorkshire, Cycle Boost, British Cycling and Pedal Ready.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure said: “Enthusiasts are already cycling the route and the new signs will make this easier and serve as a lasting reminder of the Yorkshire Grand Depart 2015.

“The Tour de France is already raising the profile of Sheffield and these signs are one of the ways we are building on the interest generated by this international event.”

The world’s top cyclists will race into Sheffield on 6 July to fight for the honour of winning Stage 2 near the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.

Details of the route and arrangements for the Tour de France can be found at www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/tdf2014

For those who want to cycle more, they can try a led ride run by British Cycling. There will be one in your area to match your ability please go to www.goskyride.com/sheffield search for rides.