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Claremont Grand Prix

The team at Wosskow Brown are dedicated to sports development and helping the local community take to two wheels.

On Wednesday 23rd of July, the events team took their highly anticipated Race a Mate challenge on tour into Sheffield City Centre to celebrate The Claremont Sheffield Grand Prix.

The closed road races, which are organised with British Cycling, take part all over the region, and it has proven to go down well in cities and town across South Yorkshire. Other successful races have been in Doncaster, Barnsley and soon in Pontefract. One of the great things about the event is there is an elite race and multiple sponsored support races, meaning cycling enthusiasts can get involved through their local cycle clubs as well.

It was another scorching day in Sheffield, with highs of 28’c, and not a cloud in the sky. The event organisers arranged for local businesses, restaurateurs and not for profit organisations to get in on the action, and spectators got a chance to walk around and see all the different stalls and activities throughout the day.

Everyone was getting excited as the roads were being closed at around 6pm on the evening, with a great atmosphere in the air. There was even a little bit of drama thrown in, as Junior RR champion Tristan Robbins, had a painful accident and hit the cobbled streets with a bang. The volunteer ambulances had to delay the race to check that he was ok.

Thankfully, the race was restarted, and it wasn’t long before a group broke away from the main pack. The short closed circuit is a unique race, and riders have to stay with the main pack with any chance of getting a podium finish.

The group that broke away was made up of Adam Blythe, a Sheffield cyclist, and Matt Cronshaw, Kristian House, Mike Northey and Tobyn Horton.

It was tense as the break group had to fight to keep up with one another through the cobbled streets. The sound of people cheering along the whole course kept them going. It was a close finish, as local boy Adam Blythe was looking good for the win, when suddenly Matt Cronshaw stormed ahead on the last lap.

Sheffield cycling star Dean Downing was the man of the hour, as although missing out on a podium, the race organisers and spectators gave an amazing tribute to the legend who has been racing for many years.

Event go-ers Wosskow Brown Solicitors brought their famous Race A Mate challenge down to the cycling event. They are a team of cycling injury and sports law specialists, based in Sheffield. They believe in supporting everything local, and have a band of merry sports people from the local region, including cycle speedway GB stars Vicky Brown and Lucy Whitehead.

The firm also front the road cycle safety campaign Ride With Vision, which is aimed at encouraging more people into cycling, and using safety precautions to limit accidents.

The Race a Mate challenge was almost as hot as the actual race, with lots of competitors lining up to take part. The challenge is to cycle a 200m sprint on a WATT bike against your mate. On the leader board from the Grand Prix was a highly respectable 10.03 seconds.

The next big event for the Race a Mate challenge team is at the NEC Cycle show.

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