City welcomes ‘best cycle race in the country’

Sheffield has played host to the ‘best professional cycle race in the country’ after the Claremont Sheffield Grand Prix returned to the city centre.

Following a successful debut event last year, the major professional cycling event returned, once again with the support of Claremont Private Hospital.

The free event saw the final round of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series and also incorporated the Browns British Cycling Women’s National Road Race Series.

Rotherham’s Dean Downing – a professional cyclist with the Madison Genesis team – took the men’s title, with Graham Briggs second and third was British champion – and Dean’s brother – Russell Downing.

In the women’s race, Helen Wyman, Kona won by 17 seconds after breaking free from the peloton in the closing stages. Newly crowned national Circuit Race champion, Hannah Barnes, MG Maxifuel won the bunch sprint for second with Eileen Roe claiming third for her Breast Cancer Care team.

Claremont Hospital Director Andy Davey said; “We were thrilled to lend our support once again as the city played host to world class cycling for the watching public.

“We have treated Dean at Claremont previously when he broke his collar bone and he was back on his cycle within weeks.

“So it was great to see him back at peak fitness and demonstrating that strength of determination and spirit – not to mention for a local lad to take the title at this fantastic event.”

The Claremont Sheffield Grand Prix is run by the organisational team of Sheffrec Cycling Club headed by Marc Etches and Mark Barry and was supported by other local organisations including Sheffield City Council.

Event organiser Marc Etches said: “This event is now regarded as the best professional cycle race in the country – and after this week’s event it’s not hard to see why!”

Claremont Private Hospital, on Sandygate Road, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Images courtesy of Velo UK

Date: 26/07/2013
By: technical