Sheffield residents’ ‘fantastique’ cycling efforts at Jenkin Road celebration

Fun hill climbers at the Cote de Wincobank climb

Fun hill climbers at the Cote de Wincobank climb

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Sheffield residents pedal powered their way to the top of a notorious climb in celebration of the first anniversary of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart.

Crowds of eager riders tackled the Cote de Wincobank – also known as Jenkin Road – with some professionals smashing the records set by Tour de France riders last year.

Winners of the best dressed bike contest at the Cote de Wincobank event

Winners of the best dressed bike contest at the Cote de Wincobank event

After leisure riders took on the climb at their own pace between 10am and 12 noon, it was time for the pros to have a go.

The winner of the professional time trial was Lee Baldwin, who completed the route in an impressive 2 mins 13 secs.

After the event, weary riders could unwind at a community event on Wincobank Common.

Tomorrow, the second annual Sky Ride will be held in Sheffield from 11am to 3pm.

The pro cyclists making it look easy on the Cote de Wincobank climb

The pro cyclists making it look easy on the Cote de Wincobank climb

The Sky Ride follows a route from Devonshire Green down Ecclesall Road, to Endcliffe Park ad back into town. The roads will be closed for the duration of the ride.

Participants can complete the five-mile course – which also takes in a rare chance to cycle through the Winter Garden – as many times as they like during the four hours.

In addition to the Sky Ride itself, there will be several activities running as part of the event, such as a ‘Tricks and Tunes’ area and a marketplace in Tudor Square incorporating a climbing wall and other attractions, to create a festival atmosphere.