City get­ting in gear for Events on the day world class cy­cle race

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By TARA DUN­DON tara.dun­don@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

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.

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