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Thousands expected at South Yorkshire cycle race

Thousands of spectators are expected at a cycle race in South Yorkshire today.

The Tickhill Grand Prix will bring together elite riders and amateur cyclists of all ages for one of the biggest events in the British cycling calendar, attracting competitors from across the UK and Europe.

The event is expected to draw a crowd of more than 5,000, who will line the 1.3km route as it snakes through the historic centre of Tickhill village near Doncaster, getting up close to the thrills of high-speed road racing.

Jet Ski Championships make a splash in Doncaster for third year running

Hundreds of competitors from across Europe, as well as a team from the United Arab Emirates, are in Doncaster for the Jet Ski Championships.

Competitors making a splash at the Jet Ski Championships in Doncaster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The three-day event at the Lakeside which started yesterday (Friday August 22) is free to attend and features numerous races in various classes including the current UK, European and World Champion James Bushell alongside many other top riders from the UK.

This is the third year the championships have been held at the Lakeside - but it is the first time the finals have been held here.


Cooler temperatures great news for Victor

The cooler temperatures this week will be welcome news for Victor, the Polar bear who has just arrived at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster.

He is now England's only captive polar bear and he stepped out into his specially built 10 acre enclosure for the first time this morning. As Sarah Clark reports.

Victor's keeper: Seeing him for the first time was 'tearful'

Victor the polar bear, has had a warm welcome as he settles into his new home at the Yorkshire's wildlife park. The 15-year old, who's the only captive polar bear in England, stepped out into his specially built 10 acre enclosure for the first time this morning. Julie James, Victor's keeper said seeing him for the first time was emotional.

Top ten polar bear facts

As Yorkshire Wildlife Park becomes home to Britain's first captive polar bear, here are some facts you may not know about the animal:

Polar bear cubs are born in 'snow caves' Credit: Marc MÃŒller/DPA/Press Association Images
  • Hunting is not the biggest threat to polar bears - climate change is.
  • They actually have black skin and colourless hairs. Their thick, hollow hairs reflect light to give its white-looking coat.
  • Polar bears often get hot and will roll in the snow to cool off.
  • They are excellent swimmer
  • They have a great sense of smell and can detect seals one kilometre away
  • Polar bear cubs weight the same as guinea pigs
  • The largest polar bear ever recorded was a male weighing 2,209 pounds.
  • Polar bears live an average 15 to 18 years in the wild. In captivity, they may live until their mid-to late 30s.
  • Polar bears do not hibernate, though pregnant females dig snow dens to give birth and emerge three months later
  • Polar bear cubs are born between November or December in snow caves called maternity dens.


Polar bear Victor has settled in 'well' to new home

Victor seems to have settled in well, says his keeper Julie James Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Polar bear Victor has 'settled in well' to his new home at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, according to his keeper. Julie James said the Park is 'proud and delighted' to have him. Victor , who is Britain's only captive polar bear, arrived on Thursday after making the trip from Holland to Doncaster by ferry.

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