World class riders will be powering through Colne in a blur of team colours when the town’s annual grand prix returns this month.
Thousands of spectators are expected at the final as cyclists battle it out to win the Colne Grand Prix and be overall winner of British Cycling’s prestigious 2016 circuit series.
After a reorganisation of the British Cycling race schedule this year, Colne will host the circuit series finale on Tuesday, July 26th.
“Colne is proud to have been chosen to host the grand final of the Men’s UK Elite Series for the first time ever,” said Coun. Sarah Cockburn-Price, chairman of Colne Town Council.
“Make sure you’re in Colne on July 26th for a fantastic free evening of racing.”
Eight races in the Elite series are taking place from Staffordshire to Beverley, Wales to Sheffield, with many of the top cycling teams in the world competing.
The dramatic finish in Colne is being sponsored by leading tourism company cottages.com
Former Olympic cyclist John Herety, manager of JLT Condor, will be bringing a strong team of riders to Pendle with him and should include sprinter Graham Briggs who won the Colne Grand Prix in 2014.
He said: “We love Colne! You won’t see faster racing as it’s the fastest circuit in the series, with great crowds. It’s fitting that a town which has supported cycling for so many years has been picked by British Cycling to host the final.”
Colne Town Council, Cycling Development North West and Pendle Council have teamed up to ensure an exciting action-packed free evening of high speed racing.
At 6-15pm, there will be a parade lap with Cycle Sport Pendle young riders and then a youth race sponsored by Colne Town Council. At 7pm, Fort Vale’s Sprint for Success Race for talented up-and-coming riders will take place and then at 8pm, the main event, Colne Grand Prix sponsored by cottages.com, with presentations afterwards at 9pm.
Colne Town Council’s Head of Events Ashley Sutcliffe said: “Cycling is putting Colne and the whole of Pendle on the map. We’re proud to be part of the UK’s capital for cycling.
“I urge people to come and visit to enjoy the thrill of street racing.”
Coun. Cockburn-Price added: “Lots of Colne businesses will be staying open late for the evening, to make a fantastic night of it.”