Cy­clists take over city cen­tre:

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By TARA DUN­DON tara.dun­don@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple were gripped by pedal power as they lined the streets to watch 50 in­ter­na­tional cal­i­bre cy­clists bat­tle it out along a 1.1km cir­cuit route as part of the Tour Se­ries.

Spec­ta­tors gath­ered in the city cen­tre last night as world class cy­clists com­peted in the high­speed thrilling road race.

Wav­ing banners and cheer­ing at the top of their voices, peo­ple of all ages wel­comed the re­turn of the Hal­fords Tour Se­ries, as the city cen­tre was trans­formed into a race track.

Ten teams raced for an hour through Cathe­dral Square, Bridge Street, Bourges Boule­vard and Cow­gate at speeds of around 30mph – com­plet­ing a laps ev­ery 90 sec­onds.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Hal­fords Tour Se­ries, Hugh Roberts hailed the event a suc­cess and hoped to re­turn next year.

He said: “When we first brought the Tour Se­ries to Peter­bor­ough last year, ev­ery­one showed a great deal of en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment and the event was de­liv­ered very well.

“Peter­bor­ough also has a par­tic­u­larly nice route which shows off the city in a very favourable light.”

Mayor of Peter­bor­ough councillor Keith Sharp, who of­fi­cially started the race, said: “It was great to see so many peo­ple in the city cen­tre whether they have an in­ter­est in cy­cling or are just watch­ing the race for fun.”

Head of op­er­a­tions at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil An­nette Joyce said the coun­cil hoped to bring the Tour Se­ries back for a third year, pro­vid­ing they can se­cure spon­sor­ship.

She said: “This event re­ally in­stills pride in Peter­bor­ough and puts the city firmly on the map. Peo­ple of Peter­bor­ough should be re­ally proud to have this event.”

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gillian Beasley added: “The event is ab­so­lutely bril­liant. Just look­ing at peo­ple’s faces you can see they are full of in­ter­est and ex­cite­ment.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Peter­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce, John Bridge said: “There is a real vi­brancy in the cen­tre of Peter­bor­ough. Events like these are of real ben­e­fit and a trib­ute to Peter­bor­ough.”

Pic­ture by: DAVID LOWN­DES.

RACE: Ac­tion from the Hal­fords Tour Se­ries on the streets of Peter­bor­ough. (METP-15-06-10DL517)

Pic­ture by: DAVID LOWN­DES

AC­TION: The race as it passes Queens­gate round­about. (METP-15-06-10DL515)

LOWN­DES. Pic­ture by: DAVID

AWE: Spec­ta­tors watch­ing the ac­tion. (METP-15-06-10DL542)

Pic­ture by: BEN DAVIS

MEET THE

FANS: A rider gets close up to the crowd. (METP-15-0610BD111)

Pic­ture by: ALAN STORER

SMILE: Some young spec­ta­tors get their photo taken. (METP-1506-10AS108)

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