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Olympians could be part of grand prix

Preview for the Pontefract Grand Prix bike race that will take in a circuit around Pontefract town centre.
Pictured: Cllr Les Shaw with elite cyclist James Sampson.
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Preview for the Pontefract Grand Prix bike race that will take in a circuit around Pontefract town centre. Pictured: Cllr Les Shaw with elite cyclist James Sampson. p302b429

Olympic champions Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee could be cycling into town to take part in the inaugural Pontefract Grand Prix.

The brothers, who won gold and bronze in the triathlon at London 2012 respectively, are in talks with Wakefield Council about joining the men’s elite cycle race on Sunday, August 10.

The council is also hoping to sign up James Sampson and Jake Scott, both from the Haribo Beacon cycling team, along with other riders from top professional teams.

The grand prix event will include youth races and women’s and men’s races as well as the elite race. There will also be a food village, stalls and trade areas. The event is being delivered by the council in partnership with British Cycling, Yorkshire Pro-Cycling and the Haribo Beacon Cycling Team.

It is hoped that people will turn out to watch the cyclists ride through the town as the legacy of the Tour De France continues. The event will start at 10am until around 3.30pm and will also offer families a chance to cycle in a safe and traffic free environment.

Coun Les Shaw, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “This is a really exciting event and one for the all family to come along to and enjoy a day of racing – no matter how old you are.

“This event will draw on the inspiration and success of the Tour De France to capture the hearts and minds of so many people across the district who watched one of the most iconic races in the world.

“We want to continue to build on this enthusiasm for cycling and are proud to welcome some of country’s top cyclists.

“We would also like to thank our partners and sponsors as, of course, none of this would have been possible without them.”

Visit www.pontefractgrandprix.co.uk or tweet @PonteGrandPrix for more information.

 

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