Ee bah gum what’s all this fuss about cycling coming to Doncaster

Sprotbrough Village - Tour de Yorkshire 2016

John Tanner pictured with ‘Yorkshireman’ Paul Hall, proprietor of Sprotbrough Country Club and Whippet Tigger. ©shaunflanneryphotography.com

Olympic and commonwealth games cyclist, John Tanner who lives in Sprotbrough helps get festivities underway for the Tour De Yorkshire

The Tour De Yorkshire will come through Doncaster on the 30th of April and the residents of Sprotbrough, where the race will go directly through are getting the festivities underway with the help of Olympic and commonwealth games cyclist John Tanner.

The competition route, which has now been changed thanks to residents in Sprotbrough village will now see the race go down main street through the heart of the village, down boat lane, through the falls and on up to Warmsworth.

John was ecstatic to see the route would now include Sprotbrough:

 “ Its great that the route will now come straight through Sprotbrough, there are some fantastic roads for sprints and the hairpin bends will be a great addition for the competition. It will make the race overall more exciting. Ii just wish I was a bit younger so I could compete”

After seeing on the Tour De Yorkshire website that the route would miss out the heart of the village Residents sprung in to action contacting the event organisers putting their case forward for why the route would be better to come through the village.

Paul Hall, the owner of Sprotbrough Country Club was one of the residents who spearheaded the efforts:

“Sprotbrough is a great village with a great community spirit. I couldn’t believe the race was going to pass us by. Now the route has been changed we will be holding a huge community gala on Main Street and New Lane Park for residents and visitors. There will be live bands, entertainment, stalls, food and drinks”

The Race will arrive in Sprotbrough at around 12.30/1 for the womens race and will see the men arrive at around 3.30/4 with the times to be confirmed.

Words: James Ascroft

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Le Tour in Yorkshire

Tour de France 2014: Stage 1

The Peloton makes its way up Cote de Grinton Moor

So le Tour came and went!

The Grand Depart in Yorkshire was a huge success with millions turning out on the roads of the county to support the cyclists over the two days.

I was asked to renew an old friendship and join the photographic team at swpix.com for the weekend. They were tasked to document the Grand Depart in the county on the lead up as well as the 2 days of action.

I choose 2 contrasting location’s for each day, the picturesque Grinton Moor in the Yorkshire Dales for day one and the ‘extremely’ steep Jenkin Road with its industrial vista for day two.

Proud to have been part of it.

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Media Accreditation

 

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Claiming my spot on Grinton Moor

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Cameras out for the cyclists on Grinton Moor

 

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The Peloton makes its way over Grinton Moor on Day 1 of Le Tour

 

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The sun shines on the Peloton on the first day of Le Tour in Yorkshire

 

Tour de France 2014: Stage 2

Riders cheered on by Crowds on Jenkin Road

 

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Cote de Jenkin Road

 

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The Observer front page

 

Tour de France - Cote de Grinton Moor

The Sun newspaper double page spread

More images from Le Tour in Yorkshire can be viewed at swpix.com

More newspaper cuttings

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67th Sprotbrough Scouts Hit The Surf!

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The 67th Sprotbrough Scouts hit the surf at FlowHouse, Xscape, Castleford.

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The Kiwis @doncasterdome

The New Zealand Rugby League team take ‘time out’ from their World Cup preparation to enjoy the water slide at Doncaster Dome.

The Kiwis - Doncaster Dome

Water Fun! Manu Vatuvei and Alex Glenn.

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Team Sky Ben Swift helps celebrate 20 years of trade at DVC

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Team Sky cyclist Ben Swift with Martin in the shops new race bike showroom.

Don Valley Cycles is celebrating its 20th year in business this year, They have been serving cyclists needs from the same business premises at 10 Chequer Road during the whole 20 year period.

Owner Martin Maltby said the early days were quite tough, starting business in the middle of a recession was quite daunting but keeping positive and knowing the cycle trade very well after working for 5 years for a national cycle supplier set him in good stead .He also knows the sport of cycle racing very well as he has represented Great Britain both at junior and senior level on numerous occasions  highlighted by being selected to compete in the Junior World Championships in Casablanca, Morocco in 1986.

Martin has seen a major increase of cycling and cycle sales in the last few years with the recent success of the Olympic cycling team in London and Sir Bradley Wiggins victory in the 2012 Tour de France. Due to the popularity, Don Valley Cycles in conjunction with Doncaster Wheelers cycling club run a novice ride on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month which is proving very popular on a stepping stone for riders to increase their cycling knowledge and to progress through the Doncaster Wheelers club runs.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, Don Valley Cycles are organising a series of cycle road races with the 1st one being in conjunction with the sprotborough scouts fun run on the 23rd of June at Sprotborough called the Danum Trophy road race where anyone can come to see the spectacle of a cycle race. Also in the summer staff and some regular customers are taking on the challenge to cycle from Doncaster to London in a day covering approximately 200 miles.

Later in the year we will also be having an evening meal at the Earl of Doncaster hotel with Doncaster Wheelers cycling club members who have been sponsored by Don Valley Cycles for a number of years.

Martin is definitely looking forward to the next 20 years and eats, sleeps and breathes cycling. “I was a cyclist long before I started Don Valley Cycles and will be for a long time after having just returned from a cycle tour by flying to Berlin with his bike he has just cycled back over 6 days covering 650 miles back to Doncaster.

“All the staff who work in the shop are also very experienced cyclists so if its knowledge and advice you need from a cycle shop we are the ones to try. We have a very busy workshop and service and repair all makes of bikes. Our speciality is the custom build market of racing bikes using the best brands and components to satisfy the customer’s requirements. We spend time and pay attention to detail by making sure the bike fits the customer perfectly. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and word of mouth is our main business promotional tool.”

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The Danum Trophy 2013

Cycling - The Danum Trophy Road Race.

Race winner Ashley Proctor of Bike BoxAlan/Whiston Velo leads on the climb into Cadeby.

This was always known as a hard road mans event, when Martin Maltby Doncaster Wheelers decided to reinstate the race on a new course, it was to carry on the tradition, rolling roads, steep descents, nice climb to split the bunch up, through in a couple of villages and a sharp ninety degree left turn and a recipe for a great event.

The course was rolled out of the headquarters for 10 laps of the undulating course, it wasn’t long before we had a breakaway rider gaining 15 seconds on the peloton,  by the end of lap two, two riders had broken away Ashley Proctor Bike Box alan.co.uk and Chris Fothergill Clay Cross RT these were to get a gap slowly to 1.03 by the end of lap four. The main bunch happy to leave them out there to suffer on their own, but these two worked well together, the peloton got them back to 25 seconds at one point, they were to be joined by James Baille Langsett Cycles and Gareth McInnes Energy Cycles.

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The peloton makes its way along Melton Road.

This was to be the decisive move as the four worked in unison over the South Yorkshire rolling countryside. Two riders tried to bridge the gap Rob Watkinson of the promoting club and Andrew Shaw Out Of The Saddle racing team.

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Local rider Rob Watkinson – Doncaster Wheelers.

With the race being run with the help of the North East NEG outriders the riders could descend in safety around the course and have ample cover. as we started the seventh lap other groups of riders got together to form a break of ten off the main bunch this was brought back. It wasn’t until the final two laps that the attacks came to go for the placings from 7th onwards. The breakaway riders had by this time gained a gap of 2:45 with the chasers a further 1:30 behind.

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The final ‘climb’ on Cadeby Road.

A crowd had gathered in the village of Sprotbrough and the residents came out to cheer the riders on. They weren’t disappointed as the event was won in style by Ashley Proctor gaining him his first class license points, followed by James Baille, from Gareth McInnes and Chris Fothergill. Rob Watkinson led in the two chasers with Andrew Shaw taking a well deserved 6th place.

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Jubilant Ashley Proctor celebrates his narrow victory.

Simon Walmsley, Dirtwheels was to take the sprint for the minor placings from Alex Orrell Turner VS Cycles and Richard Moore Squadra RT.

An excellent Doncaster Wheelers production on a new course, even the rain stayed off, well marshaled and well protected by the motorbike outriders. They are now planning next year Roll on 2014.

 

Report by Julie Rodman

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