Wakefield Council welcomes first Pontefract Grand Prix

Date: 24/06/2014

Pedal power heads to Pontefract in August when the town hosts an elite cycle race.

The Pontefract Grand Prix will take place on August 10 when riders and crowds of spectators will bring colour, excitement and a vibrant atmosphere to the town centre's roads.

A Wakefield Council-backed initiative, in partnership with British Cycling and the HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team, it will start at 10am and end about 3.30pm.

Similar to the famous Otley and Sheffield circuit races , it will be the first time the district has hosted an elite cycle race and is expected to attract a host of top riders. Professional road racers and leading cycle and triathlon clubs will be among those taking part.

There will also be an opportunity for families to ride their bikes in a safe and traffic-free environment.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "This promises to be a wonderful day for the district.

"Yorkshire has long been a county with a strong cycling tradition and, of course, hosting the Tour de France Grand Depart has only added to that reputation.

"There is obviously a great enthusiasm for cycling and the Pontefract Grand Prix is sure to be well received. Working in partnership has allowed us to broaden the appeal of the event and attract a superb range of competitors."

Pete Williams is a former winner of the sprint jersey at Tour of Britain and currently rides for HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team.

Pete said: "I'm looking forward to racing at Pontefract Grand Prix, it has all the ingredients for some dramatic racing. I think we'll see some of the UK's best riders putting on great show for the spectators in the first year of the event. It's great to see Wakefield Council supporting the sport in the year that the Tour de France starts in Leeds, hopefully it will help inspire the next generation of racers."

For more information visit www.pontefractgrandprix.co.uk or www.wakefield.gov.uk