Tuesday 14 July 2015

Hundreds of the best cyclists from across the UK are set to come to Sheffield next week for the annual Sheffield Hallam University Grand Prix, which forms part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series.

The event takes place in the heart of Sheffield city centre from 6pm on Wednesday 22 July, with the 1.4km course following a route around Pinstone Street, Furnival Gate and Arundel Gate.

An event village will also be set up in the Peace Gardens and Fargate, with an array of cycle traders, stalls and refreshments available.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “This iconic event is always spectacular to watch, as some of the best cyclists in the UK go head-to-head on the streets of Sheffield.

“It follows on from the very successful Allez Allez Sheffield, weekend of cycling earlier this month.

“We hope that those who were inspired by the Cote de Wincobank hill climb and Sky Ride Sheffield will come along next Wednesday and watch these elite cyclists in action. Who knows, we may inspire the next Sheffield-born champion.”

The circuit will be completely closed to traffic at 6pm, and opened to riders for warming up shortly afterwards.

Riders will race down Pinstone Street, left onto Furnival Gate, then onto Arundel Gate and up Norfolk Street.

They will then follow the cobbled section of road, turning right onto Surrey Street before completing a full lap.

As with previous years, a supporting regional circuit race will precede the main elite event and will be open to men and women riders.

Commentary begins at 6.30pm and the first event – the Northside Truck & Van Classic Support race for 3rd and 4th riders – will start at 7pm.
The elite racing will then begin with a warm up at 8pm and the race will commence at 8.15pm. Presentations for the winners will be on the podium at 9.25pm on Pinstone Street. 100 riders will take part in each of the events.

This year, the headline sponsor is Sheffield Hallam University, while support has also come from Sheffield City Council, Northside Truck & Van, Browns Restaurants, Giant Sheffield, Langsett Cycles, Onimpex/Bioracer, Cocker & Carr, Sweet Peaks, Decathlon Sheffield and design agency Blue Strawberry Elephant.

Event director Marc Etches said: “The Grand Prix is a unique opportunity to enhance the continuing legacy and profile of cycling in Sheffield, thanks to the Tour de France grand depart and more recently Allez Allez Sheffield, which saw over 5,000 people mounting their saddles. This event will be another exciting opportunity for cycling enthusiasts and a thrilling night of entertainment for all.”

The Grand Prix is sure to be an exciting and fitting end to a tremendous month of cycling in Sheffield.

More than 5,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities took to the streets on Sunday, 5 July for Sky Ride, while elite riders and amateurs alike also faced the challenge of the Cote de Wincobank hill climb on Jenkin Road.

Meanwhile, commemorative Tour de France stone markers have been placed at the start and finish of the Grand Depart route in Sheffield, and a public consultation is also underway on creating permanent street art to mark the route taken by the peloton in July 2014.
Full details of road closures and changes to public transport are available on the event website at http://www.sheffieldgrandprix.co.uk/