Guisborough is ready to host teams of international cyclists this bank holiday when the town turns into a race track for the prestigious Tour series.
The opening round of the televised cycle race takes place on bank holiday Monday, May 2, along a 0.8-mile circuit through the center of the market town. The action starts and ends on Westgate with runners on the short route passing historic Gisborough Priory and the town’s Church of St Nicholas. Highlights will be shown on ITV4.
Fans will recall that Guisborough hosted Yorkshire’s first-ever round of the team racing series in August 2021, which saw dramatic wins for future men’s champions Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and the talented UK women’s under-23 team years. On Monday, May 2, a day of community-focused events will take place before the pros battle it out for glory in an event that’s sure to draw crowds.
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Mick Bennett, Tour Series Race Director, said: “Guisborough will always hold a special place in our hearts as it hosted the first round of the Tour Series after the covid-enforced break. The welcome everyone in the city gave us was truly uplifting and unforgettable.
“The Tour Series teams are always eager to get going, so I know this year’s Guisborough round will produce an exciting and free show, from the lights out to the checkered flag on Bank Holiday Monday in May.”
Here’s everything you need to know
The start/finish line on Westgate, the city’s main street. A fast lap start will take the peloton down Church Street past Gisborough Priory before crossing Priory Close, Reid Terrace and Westgate Road.
The women’s race starts at 4 p.m. followed by the men’s race at 6 p.m. Both races start and end on Westgate.
Activities and entertainment will start at noon in the city center.
Several roads in the town will be closed during the day. These include Westgate, Church Street, Walkers Row, Northgate, Bolckow Street, Church Lane, Priory Close, Reid Terrace and Westgate Road.
Where can visitors park?
A free park and ride service will be in operation. Shuttles depart at 11am to and from Farmers Field off Stokesley Road TS14 8HD.
From the coast follow the A171 Middlesbrough Road, take a left at the roundabout and the A173 road, after 400m take the first left onto Stokesley Road and the car park will be on the right. From Teesside follow the A171 Middlesbrough Road East, turn right at the roundabout onto the A173 (signposted Pinchinthorpe), take the first left after 400m and the park and ride will be located on the right.
Buses will drop off and pick up at Fountain Street, Guisborough. Shuttles will continue to run every 15 minutes throughout the day until 8 p.m. A fully accessible bus will be available as part of the Park & Ride.
No parking will be available at the Guisborough Forest Walkway, Patten Lane, Walkers Row, Church Square and Reid Terrace Visitor Center car park. If you are cycling to the event, free guarded bicycle parking will be available at the Fountain Street car park throughout the day.
What is the Tour Series?
The cycle race features the elite teams and riders from the UK. Established in 2009 and now in its 13th year, the 2022 Circuit Series begins in Guisborough before subsequent rounds at Galashiels, Sunderland, Stranraer, Clacton, Barking and a Grand Final on Tuesday 24 May.
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