Cyclists turn out in force for Welwyn Garden Petit Tour
PUBLISHED: 17:52 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:06 18 July 2017
Welwyn Garden City went cycling mad for the Petit Tour at the weekend.
Following its success last year, the streets of WGC town centre became an elite race track again for the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour Cycling Festival on Sunday.
Organised by Kinetic Cycles, the one-day feast of cycling formed part of the Tour of Hertfordshire Series.
The cycling festival featured more than 500 riders taking part on a full day of closed road circuit racing around Howardsgate and the iconic Coronation Fountain in Parkway.
The action-packed sporting event took place in part thanks to Gosling-based cycling club Welwyn Wheelers, who not only helped co-ordinate a wonderfully smooth operation but also took home many of the accolades.
There was fun for all the family, whether they were on two wheels or not.
Crowds enjoyed Brit cyclist Chris Froome retaining the coveted Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France on the big screen while the little ones created cycling artwork on a static bike, designed Play-Doh bicycles or had a go at hook a duck.
The streets were lined with local producers, offering the very best food, drink and entertainment, including water zorbs, trampolines and bouncy castles.
The event was organised by Hertfordshire County Council and Church Road-based Kinetic Cycles, and supported by the Welwyn Garden City BID.
Emma Ramsdale, owner of Kinetic Cycles, and a member of the board of the WGC BID, said: “We were delighted with the turnout to the event.
“It is fantastic to see people coming from all over the country to compete and visit the wonderful Welwyn Garden City, as well as local people enjoying the cycling and activities in the town centre, there was a great community spirit.”
The next big event organised by the Welwyn Garden City BID will be Cinema on the Green.
This free event will be held on Friday, August 18 when the big screen returns to Howardsgate with movies for all the family throughout the day and into the evening.
If you feel the need for speed, Tom Cruise action movie Top Gun will be screened in the evening after winning a public vote.
• For further details about all the upcoming events, visit www.welwyngarden.co.uk