Route is re­vealed for Tour Se­ries races

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

THE COUN­TRY’S top cy­clists are re­turn­ing to race around the streets of Peter­bor­ough.

The Hal­fords Tour Se­ries will re­turn to Peter­bor­ough on Tues­day, May 29, with dozens of top riders bat­tling it out for glory in and around the city cen­tre.

It is the fourth suc­ces­sive year that the event has been staged in the city and the of­fi­cial course map was re­leased yes­ter­day con­firm­ing that riders will race around the same 1.1 kilome­tre cir­cuit as last year.

The race, which can see riders reach speeds of more than 30mph, will start in Cathe­dral Square with cy­clists rac­ing along Bridge Street.

They will then turn by TK Maxx to con­tinue the race along Bourges Boule­vard, be­fore fin­ish­ing the 1.1km lap along Cow­gate and back into Cathe­dral Square.

The race will start at 7pm, last for an hour and will be tele­vised on ITV4.

Events will be tak­ing place in the city cen­tre through­out the day from 11am, in­clud­ing chil­dren’s races, com­mu­nity cy­cling events and en­ter­tain­ment in the lead-up to the big race.

Peter­bor­ough is also one of only four venues in the coun­try to host the women’s 2012 John­son Health Tech Grand Prix Se­ries which starts at 5pm.

Mo­torists are be­ing warned to ex­pect street clo­sures in Bourges Boule­vard and the sur­round­ing area dur­ing the day.

An­nette Joyce, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s head of com­mer­cial oper- ations, said: “We’re thrilled to have been cho­sen to stage a round of the Hal­fords Tour Se­ries in 2012 for the fourth suc­ces­sive year.

“The event cre­ates an amaz­ing at­mos­phere as thou­sands of peo­ple flock into the city cen­tre to watch the riders.

“The Hal­fords Tour Se­ries is a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case what Peter­bor­ough has to of­fer and will pro­mote the city to a na­tional audi- ence. There’s no doubt that en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple into the city cen­tre will pro­vide a wel­come boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“We hope as many res­i­dents as pos­si­ble will come along and join the fun, ei­ther by tak­ing part in one of the com­mu­nity events or join­ing the crowds to watch the race.

“This will con­tinue to put Peter­bor­ough on the map as a des­ti­na­tion for leisure and sport­ing events.”

Race: A map of the route the cy­clists will take in the Tour Se­ries Race, which will be held at the end of the month.

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