Tadcaster ready to welcome the crowds for major cycling event

Tadcaster is getting ready to welcome visitors to a cycling festival that celebrates the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International event this weekend.

The Tadcaster Cycle Festival and para-cycling start event takes place in the town on Saturday 21 September. A range of activities to help celebrate the day are being organised by the Tadcaster Events Management Project Team. 

Kirkgate and Westgate will be the main community activity area. There will be the chance to try out different types of cycles, including the adapted bikes para-cyclists use, KMX karts, Mega bikes and rickshaws. Lots of local community groups and clubs will have stalls showcasing activities on offer locally and there’ll also be craft and food stalls. Inspiring healthy lifestyles will be offering free health checks at their stall.

Local radio will be broadcasting from the event and big screens will show the action from the para-cycling race. Tadcaster is one of three start locations in Yorkshire before the riders finish in Harrogate. Different classifications of riders set off from the different start locations depending on their abilities. More than 100 riders are expected to race from the town on the 57km route to Harrogate. The Tadcaster start sets off at 2pm although riders, who have set off Beverley earlier in the day, will pass through the town just before the 2pm start. 

The Barn at Manor Farm will see activities on the skate park and crafts courtesy of Tadcrafters, as well as hosting a café. Selby District Council’s leisure providers, Inspiring health lifestyles, are helping to organise some of the activities taking place.

David Gluck, from TEMPT, added: "The Community Hub on Kirkgate and Westgate is going to be an amazing space for the day - so much for families to do, close to the Start Line for the racing and just round the corner from the John Smith's Brewery pop-up, the Barn's BMX and skate park and loads of other great activities throughout our special little town!"

Wellbeing manager, Dani Penney, from Inspiring healthy lifestyles, added, “We’re really excited to be working with TEMPT on the lead up to and after the event. Our aim is to develop opportunities for inclusive cycling across the district; we have a number of fantastic opportunities in store over the coming months including free cycle coaching, guided rides, inclusive pop up events and free cycling related giveaways.”

Lead executive member with responsibility for housing, health and culture, Cllr Chris Pearson, commented, “This is a fantastic opportunities for the community to come together to watch these inspirational athletes compete at the highest level.”