City getting in gear for Events on the day world class cycle race
PETERBOROUGH is gearing up for the much-anticipated Tour Series which will see more than 8,000 people line the streets while international calibre cyclists race on a 1.1km circuit across the city.
Following the success of last year’s Halfords Tour Series, final preparations are underway for the world class cycling event which kicks off from 11am tomorrow.
Peterborough is one of 10 city centre cycle challenges which make up the Halfords Tour Series.
It will see 50 cyclists in 10 teams racing for an hour through Cathedral Square, Cowgate, Bourges Boulevard and Bridge Street at speeds of around 30mph.
Peterborough City Council cabinet member for Business Engagement Councillor Gavin Elsey is hoping businesses, including cafes and restaurants, will take advantage of the event and open throughout the evening.
He said: “The council’s city centre manager Chantelle Watson has held meetings with local businesses about opening later for the Tour Series.
“It will be ludicrous if those businesses, who claim their businesses have suffered because of the reces- sion and the public realm works, do not take full advantage of 8,000 people being in the city centre.
“This year’s Tour Series in Peterborough will be bigger and better than last year. Now that Cathedral Square is complete, we will have much more space for spectators and cyclists.
“Now that we are regarded as a city of preference for the event, we hope to bring it back every year, which ties in with our aspirations of becoming the UK’s Environment Capital. It’s a great event for the people of Peterborough to be a part of.”
A carnival-like programme will kick-start the event in Long Causeway and Cathedral Square from 11am.
There will be numerous cycle-related events including free cycle maintenance checks, a junior duathlons and much more.
Motorists driving into the city are being warned that Priestgate, Wentworth Street and Cowgate will be closed from 2pm until 9pm.
This is while traffic trying to travel on the southbound carriageway of Bourges Boulevard will be diverted via Thorpe Road, Longthorpe Parkway, Nene Parkway and Fletton Parkway.
Long Causeway will be limited access only from early in the morning and will be closed to traffic from 10.30am.
On-street parking in Cowgate, Priestgate, Wentworth Street, Trinity Street and King’s Street will be suspended from 8am until 9pm. A CARNIVAL-LIKE programme will kick-start this year’s Tour Series in Peterborough.
The events start at 11am with free cycle maintenance checks and displays in Long Causeway.
British Cycling, the sport’s governing body, will also showcase the exciting Wattbike static machine, giving people a chance to tackle preset workouts and compete against other users.
Meanwhile, from 2pm to 3pm, members of Peterborough Cycling Club and Fenland Clarion Cycling Club will imitate their worldclass heroes when they tackle a time trial race on the 1.1km circuit.
And between 3pm and 4pm, up to 20 teams from local businesses will compete in a Le Mans-style race in pedal-powered KMX karts, which are a three-wheeled fusion of go-kart, BMX bicycle and mountain bike.
From 4pm to 5pm, local youngsters will compete in a junior duathlon, consisting of two 800-metre runs and a one kilometre bike ride.
And if there is time permitting, following this race there may be opportunities for people across the city to ride their own bikes around the circuit.
The televised race starts at 7pm. It will be screened on ITV4 at 7pm on Wednesday evening.
GEARING UP: Racers in action at last year’s Halford Tour Series in Peterborough.