When a once-in-a-lifetime event like the Tour de France comes to the streets and roads of Yorkshire you can be sure of a response from UK cycling fans, not to mention people travelling to the area from further afield. The overwhelming support that the teams enjoyed was entirely in keeping with the enthusiasm that cycling now enjoys in the UK; however, the route that stage 2 took from York to Sheffield created a number of tricky security dilemmas of its own.
The crowds that descended on the route for stages 1 and 2 numbered in the millions, with billions more watching the event live on TV. Under such immense pressure, it was vital that the logistics and organisation of the event went off without a hitch, and thankfully it did, with crowds of 60000 cheering the riders across the finish line at Holme Moss.
Whilst there are few events that elicit emotion like the Tour de France, the crowd management that went into hosting such an event was staggering, with precision, expertise and months of planning required by a collaboration of West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire police forces. Planning large scale events, such as concerts, track days and other sporting events can prove a difficult task. Delegating the organisational framework of such events to SIA trained and approved individuals can relieve a huge amount of stress and pressure from the event managers, and they can have the confidence of knowing that all security related matters are taken care of, so that whenever events requiring crowd management come along, they can rely on the crowd being safe and secure at all times.
1st Security Solutions provide specialist Event Safety and Security staff fit for all manner of situations, and can even arrange for our event management team to sort out all aspects of the event to the highest standard. As part of the police family, our staff are trained to work in conjunction with emergency services to achieve the best possible outcome at all times.