Steel Stage comeback to keep spirit of Le Tour alive

NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 22'Tour De France comes to Bradfield
NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 22'Tour De France comes to Bradfield

Huge crowds, world-class cycling and hot, sunny weather made for lasting memories when the Tour de France took on the hills of High Bradfield this summer.

As well as the world-class cycling, thousands also flocked to the Loxley Valley to enjoy the Steel Stage festival - a three-day celebration involving cycle rides, a campsite, live music and a Bradfield Brewery real ale tent.

The festival was the brainchild of Andrew Elston, from Langsett Cycles on Langsett Road - who’s looking to revive July’s ‘feelgood factor’ by holding Steel Stage 2 in 2015.

Taking place over July 10, 11 and 12, it will include a hill climb on the first day, followed by a sportif ride, and there are also plans for a road race around the Damflask Reservoir.

The camping, music and beer festival are all making a comeback.

“It was really popular last year and so successful,” said Andrew.

“It wasn’t too far away from the city so we had plenty of non-cyclists there, so we’re hoping to have that again - a real party atmosphere.

“We didn’t want to keep it as a one-off. It was better than any Jubilee, it really brought Sheffield together.”

Bradfield Brewery is on board again, as is Walkley-based events business FGOWI.

This year more than £3,300 was raised in donations and split between the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Andrew said he is looking for local groups, such as running and climbing clubs, to come forward with new additions to the Steel Stage programme.

n Campsite booking will be available soon at www.steelstage.co.uk, call 0114 234 8191 for more information.