Peterborough Cycle Race

31 May 2011, 09:46 | Updated: 31 May 2011, 12:45

A big part of Peterborough city centre is closed to cars from 1:30pm until around 9pm today for an international cycle race.

It's the third year running Peterborough is hosting the Halfords Tour Series cycle race.

Last year around 8,000 visited the city to watch the event.

The circuit is being constructed around Cathedral Square, Bridge Street, the southbound carriageway of Bourges Boulevard, Cowgate and Church Street.

Cars cannot get in or out of the area via Priestgate, Wentworth Street or Cowgate from 1.30pm until around 9pm when barriers are dismantled after the race.

During the closure of the Bourges Boulevard southbound carriageway traffic will be diverted via Thorpe Road, Longthorpe Parkway, Nene Parkway and Fletton Parkway.

Long Causeway will have limited access to traffic from 7am. 

On street parking in Cowgate, Priestgate, Wentworth Street, Trinity Street and King’s Street will be suspended from 8am until 9pm.

The timetable for the day is:

  • 1:30pm - 2pm - Peterborough Cycling Club and Fenland Clarion Cycling Club time trial race.
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Local business kart race.
  • From 4pm - Public allowed to cycle around the track.
  • 5pm - Johnson Health Tech Women's Grand Prix Series race.
  • 7pm - Halfords Tour Series race.

Peterborough City Council’s head of city operations Annette Joyce said: "The Halfords Tour Series is a great event for the city and we really hope that as many people as possible will come along to spectate or to take part in the community activities.

This is the third year running that Peterborough has hosted the race, and as one of only four venues to host the women's race this is a real coup for the city.

This is a great opportunity to showcase what Peterborough has to offer and promote the city to a national audience and will help put Peterborough on the map as a destination for leisure and sporting events."

50 international riders from ten teams will be racing around the circuit, which is 1.1 kilometre long.