Tour de Yorkshire
Doncaster and cycling go hand in hand.
Doncaster has traditionally been one of the key industrial routes of northern England; with the original Great North Road from London going through the heart of the town.
The South Yorkshire town has developed from this proud heritage and, having played a key role in the industrial history of the country, is now a popular tourist destination with vibrant culture and a passionate local population.
Here you will find the remains of original Roman walls, Saxon church architecture, Norman castles at both Conisbrough and Tickhill and a wealth of a Georgian and Regency architecture.
From the very day that the Romans founded ‘Danum’, this has truly been a great place to meet, do business, relax and enjoy life to the full.
Doncaster is a town that thinks like a city and is constantly transforming itself to maintain itself as a vibrant place to live, stay and play.
On Saturday 30 April 2016, the Tour de Yorkshire made its debut in the town as Doncaster played host to both the women’s race and stage two of the men’s race.
There were over one million people along the route on that particular day’s racing, with a large proportion of these spectators lining the 37 miles of the borough’s roads as the cyclists raced through to the finish on Bennetthorpe.
The women’s race winner was Kirsten Wild and Danny Van Poppel, then of Team Sky, took TDY stage two in the men’s edition.
The Tour de Yorkshire is set to return to Doncaster on Thursday 3rd May 2018 – bringing action-packed, world class cycling to the borough.
Doncaster is lined up to host the finish of the first stage of the men’s race and the ASDA women’s Tour de Yorkshire on Thursday. The second stage of these races will also pass through the borough on Friday 4th May so Doncaster’s communities have lots to look forward to.
Today’s announcement from event organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) also revealed more details about the towns and villages on the route.
Stage 1 – starts in Beverley and finishes in Doncaster town centre:
- Hatfield Woodhouse
Stage 2 – starts in Barnsley, passes through our borough before finishing in Ilkley:
- Hooton Roberts
- Adwick upon Dearne
Nearby Bike Libraries
The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries scheme was set up as a legacy of the grandest ever Grand Départ of the Tour de France back in 2014 and aims to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike. Since its inception the scheme has seen 46 libraries set up, over 5,000 bikes donated and in excess of 40,000 opportunities for people in the county to cycle.
Club Doncaster Bike Library in Doncaster offers free bike loans operating from the Keepmoat Stadium. They also offer guided cycle rides around the lakeside which is located right next to the stadium, ideal for families exploring the scenic landscape and cycling greenways that link the local area. They provide maps and fun activities for children to make the Bike Library interactive and enjoyable for all.
Tom Simpson, one of Britain’s most famous cyclists, lived in nearby Haworth and was married in Doncaster. Simpson was an iconic trailblazer when it came to cycling and was the first British rider to win the Men’s World Road Race and don the coveted rainbow jersey in 1965. He is also the only British rider to have won 3 of the 5 cycling monuments, winning the Tour of Flanders in 1961, Milan-San Remo in 1964 and Il Lombardia in 1965.
Moving to the current day, Doncaster has a selection of riders who have lit up the British cycling scene. Graham Briggs, rider for JLT Condor, won the British National Circuit Race Championships in 2011 whilst Madison Genesis youngster Connor Swift has had a great year in 2017 winning two rounds of the prestigious Tour Series and also winning in Leicester Castle Classic.
Following the tremendous success of the Tour de Yorkshire coming through Doncaster in 2016, when thousands lined the streets of the borough to watch elite cyclists battle it out, cycling has continued to grow in popularity with more and more people joining local clubs, and events like Doncaster Cycle Festival growing every year.
Finally, it wouldn’t be possible to talk about cycling in Doncaster without mentioning the famous “Donny Chain Gang”, a large group of local professional riders, both past and present, who regularly ride together round Doncaster. Key members include Ben Swift, the Downing brothers and Tom Stewart.
Visit our cycling & walking page for route information and inspiration: http://www.visitdoncaster.com/things-to-do/cycling-walking