Cyclists turn out in force for Welwyn Garden Petit Tour

PUBLISHED: 17:52 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:06 18 July 2017

Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit

Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit

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Welwyn Garden City went cycling mad for the Petit Tour at the weekend.

The Welwyn Wheelers at the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour The Welwyn Wheelers at the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour

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.

Members of Welwyn Wheelers at the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour Members of Welwyn Wheelers at the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour

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.

Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Lynne Sparks and Crane & Staples partner Sharon Montgomery opening the Crane & Staples Junior Sportive Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Lynne Sparks and Crane & Staples partner Sharon Montgomery opening the Crane & Staples Junior Sportive

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.

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour cycling festival Welwyn Garden Petit Tour cycling festival

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

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour 2017 [Picture: Tim Underwood] Welwyn Garden Petit Tour 2017 [Picture: Tim Underwood]

Young riders line-up for one of the races in the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour 2017 Young riders line-up for one of the races in the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour 2017

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Dafydd Hill, seven, Gethin Hill, nine, and Louis Oppen, nine Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Dafydd Hill, seven, Gethin Hill, nine, and Louis Oppen, nine

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Adam Lea, 12 Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Adam Lea, 12

Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit

A cyclist in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit A cyclist in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Violet Hickey, nine, and Emelia Hickey, seven. Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Violet Hickey, nine, and Emelia Hickey, seven.

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Declan Viall, six. Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Declan Viall, six.

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Samuel Quiggin,11 Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Samuel Quiggin,11

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Harry Tozer, nine Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Harry Tozer, nine

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Louis Solomon, eight, and Sophia Solomon, 10 Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Louis Solomon, eight, and Sophia Solomon, 10

Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit

Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit

Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit Cyclists in action around the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour circuit

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: A cyclist in action around the streets of Welwyn Garden City Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: A cyclist in action around the streets of Welwyn Garden City

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Cyclists in action around the street circuit Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Cyclists in action around the street circuit

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Cyclists in action around the street circuit Welwyn Garden Petit Tour: Cyclists in action around the street circuit

The Two Willows bar at the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour The Two Willows bar at the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour

OJ Daya, the chairman of Welwyn Garden City BID and Waitrose manager OJ Daya, the chairman of Welwyn Garden City BID and Waitrose manager

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