May 22, 1987: Cyclists show their bottle racing through city centre

The start of the next stage of the Milk Race left Barkers Pool today and our picture shows riders at the start line with the Lord Mayor, Coun Peter Hall, ready with the flag on the dias - 22nd May 1987

The start of the next stage of the Milk Race left Barkers Pool today and our picture shows riders at the start line with the Lord Mayor, Coun Peter Hall, ready with the flag on the dias - 22nd May 1987

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With the Tour de France in full flow and mounting excitement about it coming to Yorkshire in 2014 Sheffield will have a taster of two-wheeled action next week when the British Cycling Grand Prix will be contested around a circuit in the city centre.

Various cycling events, local and national, have used the city centre over the years.

It has occasionally included the Tour of Britain, a multi-stage race, better known as The Milk Race as it was called between 1958 and 1993.

Sheffield has provided a few winners down the years in Tony Hewson (1955), Malcolm Elliot (1987, 1988) and Chris Walker ( 1991).

Here the Lord Mayor, Coun Peter Hall, starts the Sheffield stage in 1987 from Barkers Pool.

Now even the milk bottles seem from a bygone age.