GALLERY: Cyclists get a taste of Le Tour at Ely festival

08:43 03 June 2014

The Velo Festival, in Ely

The Velo Festival, in Ely's Market Place

Archant

Tour de France fever swept through Ely on Sunday as hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the Velo Festival.

The Velo Festival was held in Ely's Market PlaceThe Velo Festival was held in Ely's Market Place

Organised by Cambridgeshire County Council to celebrate a stage of Le Tour passing through the county on July 7, the Velo Festival saw a mini velodrome erected in Ely’s Market Place.

Visitors were able to take up the challenge of speeding around the specially built cycle track.

And the fun didn’t stop there as the Brompton challenge tasked cyclists with assembling, racing a lap and collapsing down a Brompton bike in as quick a time as possible.

There was also be a display by the March Vintage and Veteran Cycle Club which saw many people try their hand at riding at penny farthing.

Repair specialist Dr Bike was also on hand to provide tips and advice on bike maintenance.

A council spokesman said: “It is a great privilege to be hosting the start of Stage 3 of the biggest annual sporting event in the world and it is inspiring to see how many people are getting involved in the run up to the race coming to Cambridgeshire.”

For full details about the Tour de France route in Cambridgeshire, go to www.letourcambridge.com.

More news stories

View shows the proposed six terraced houses on Barton Road, the rear access to these properties and 
to the public car park. Shown on the right is the building that is partitioned to create five apartments.

Eleven homes planned by East Cambs Council on the Barton Road car park have been criticised by their conservation officer.

4 minutes ago
Guy Martin in training on one of the Little Thetford bike shop recumbents

Action hero TV star Guy Martin is attempting a new land speed record on a hydrofoil this week with thanks to help from a company in Little Thetford.

10:05
The cannabis that was recovered from a house in Burwell

A Burwell man who cultivated £33,000 worth of cannabis was given a two-year jail sentence, suspended, as well as an £18,000 Proceeds of Crime Order and 200 hours of unpaid community service.

36 minutes ago
Greater Anglia offer 10 top facts about Ely

Greater Anglia tried to brighten up the evening for commuters by listening 10 fun facts about Ely on a whiteboard.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up