With just days to go until the country’s rising cycling stars hit the streets of Guisborough, preparations are underway to make this a fun day to remember for the opening round of the 2022 Tour Series.
The women’s event will kick off on Westgate at 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2, followed by the men’s at 6pm.
The top national riders and teams will compete in both races, including last year’s Guisborough stage winners and men’s overall champions Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and defending women’s champions CAMS – Basso.
The same 1.3km course as last year takes in roads such as Westgate, Church Street, Walker’s Row, North Gate, Bolckow Street and Westgate Road and plenty of fast laps up to 40mph will make for an exhilarating sight for all those who watch.
Road closures, parking and restrictions
With the necessary road closures and daytime parking restrictions in place, a free park and drive shuttle service will be provided, operating from the Farmer’s Field off Stokesley Road, TS14 8HD (at the nearest end of the A173), drop-off and pick-up at Fountain Street Car Park (TS14 6QF) in the city.
Disabled parking is available, also at the Fountain Street car park, on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of standard places will be available at Belmont House (TS14 7FD).
For those who prefer to leave the car at home and get into the cycling spirit, free cycle parking will also be available in the Fountain Street car park and will be managed by stewards.
Some of the entertainment includes modern Back Chat Brass and Fat Cat Brass marching bands, which will get everyone into the holiday spirit. There will be sports activities on the Guisborough Priory grounds, provided by Everybody Active, and cycling skills workshops delivered on the home stretch by British Cycling and local club, the Cleveland Wheelers.
You can expect to see face painting, street theater performances, creative cycling-themed activities, circus skills and more on a busy family day out, before the races themselves do not take place.
where to watch
The ITV4 TV race is free and a wide range of free family activities and street performances will be on offer throughout the day, starting at 12pm on Monday 2 May.
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