Cycle Race for Peterborough
Around 8000 people will be gathering in Peterborough this afternoon - for the second cycling Tour series. Events have been taking place in the city centre through the day but the main race starts at 7 this evening.
Stuart Hamilton from the City Council spoke to Heart and apologised for the road closures today - but says there's a bigger benefit for everyone - especially the evening economy "you know the city has been having a bit of a stigma over the lack of things to do and see, especially in the evening".
Mr Hamilton added "it's the second time in two year's we've been able to bring the event here - it's wonderful to see how many people are coming here today - we're already hoping to bring it back in 2011"
OTHER EVENTS TODAY
1600-1700: Youngsters take part in 2x800m runs and a 1k bike ride. Organisers say they hope they'll be enough time for people to ride their own cycles around the circuit.
1900: THE MAIN RACE. The big race covers 1.1k involving 50 riders in 10 team, competing for one hour plus five laps.
Road closures:- Vehicles restricted from entering or leaving Cathedral Square/Bridge Street/southbound Bourges Boulevard/Cowgate and Church Street until 9pm.
DIVERSION:- Thorpe Road, Longthorpe Parkway, Nene Parkway and Fletton Parkway.
ON STREET PARKING: None available til 9pm in Cowgate, Priestgate, Wentworth Street, Trinity Street and King’s Street.