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Outdoor City sparks a chain reaction for cycling in Sheffield

18 July 2016

With this year’s Tour de France once again capturing the headlines, elite cyclists are expecting a huge reception when they line up for the return of the Sheffield Hallam University Grand Prix on Wednesday, 20 July.

The 5th Sheffield Grand Prix, part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series, caps a superb month for cycling in the city and will provide a great night’s entertainment.

Events start at 6.30pm in Sheffield city centre.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure, said: “I’m thrilled to be welcoming back the Sheffield Grand Prix which has so quickly established itself as an essential part of the cycling calendar, cobbles and all.

“When we talk about Sheffield as the Outdoor City, we mean it. We’ve already hosted Cliffhanger and Cote du Wincobank this month, with Tramlines to follow next week, and our Move More campaign to get people active is attracting national attention too.”

Event director Marc Etches said: “The Grand Prix is sure to be an exciting and fitting end to a tremendous month of cycling in Sheffield.

“Around 7,500 cyclists of all ages and abilities took to the streets on Sunday 3 July for Sky Ride, while elite riders and amateurs alike also faced the challenge of the Cote de Wincobank hill climb on Jenkin Road.”

The event follows this month’s Sheffield Sky Ride and Cote du Wincobank events, two years on from Le Grand Depart which put Sheffield into the global sporting spotlight.

Live commentary starts at 6.30pm and the first event is the Varsity three- lap student sprint race at 6.45pm.

The classic support race will start at 7pm, whilst the Men’s Sheffield Hallam University Grand Prix race starts at 8.15pm.

The national team from Rwanda. Team Rwanda-Dassi Bikes will also compete for the first time in an attempt to claim the Doug Bond Challenge Trophy.

Riders will travel anti-clockwise around the course and on leaving the start outside the Town Hall will travel down Pinstone Street, on to Furnival Gate down to the roundabout and sweep left on Arundel Gate past Sheffield Hallam University’s Owen Building. Riders will turn left at the Crucible Theatre and make their way up Norfolk Street. From here riders will ride on the Cocker & Carr cobbled section turning right onto Surrey Street before completing one full lap which is 1.4kms. The finish area will be on Pinstone Street.

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

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

Organisers are reminding people to arrive early.

Full details of road closures and changes to public transport are available on the event website at www.sheffieldgrandprix.co.uk