Residents are urged to give chalk support for cyclists in Chorley Grand Prix

Cyclist Richard Handley takes a break from training at Rivington to meet Coun Peter Wilson and Adam Turner, from the Chorley Group

Cyclist Richard Handley takes a break from training at Rivington to meet Coun Peter Wilson and Adam Turner, from the Chorley Group

  • People are being encouraged to show their support to cyclists in the Chorley Grand Prix
  • Chalk will be available for people who want to draw on the roads
  • More than 160 of the country’s top cyclists have entered the race
  • There will be a “king of the mountains” competition on the steepest part of the course
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Chalk will be provided for residents wanting to give their support to cyclists competing in the Chorley Grand Prix.

Chorley Council is putting together eye-catching displays to mark the prestigious race and wants residents to find creative ways to show their support.

Council leader Coun Alistair Bradley said: “We are looking to do some iconic displays on land we own along the route and encourage people to do the same.

“If they want to draw on the roads, don’t use paint – we will provide big sticks of chalk.”

More than 160 of the country’s top cyclists have entered the race on Saturday, April 4, from which 140 will be chosen to compete.

It will be the first round of the British Cycling Elite Road Race Series for 2015 and see cyclists take on a five-lap 116-mile route through Chorley, Limbrick, Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley.

The field includes last year’s Elite Road Race Series champion Yanto Barker, who rides for the One Pro team, and multi-Olympic gold medal winner, Ed Clancy.

There are also five cyclists from Team Wiggins, which was set up by Eccleston’s Sir Bradley Wiggins and will be making its British team debut.

The race is being organised by Chorley Council and British Cycling with sponsorship from Chorley Building Society.

It will include a “king of the mountains” competition, sponsored by Chorley Group, which runs from Rivington Village Green to the Chorley border on Belmont Road and is the steepest part of the course.

Local rider Richard Handley, who rides for JLT Condor, has been seen practising on the stretch.

Adam Turner, Chorley Group sales director, said: “The battle to be crowned the Chorley Group King Of The Mountains is sure to attract great interest and we are really looking forward to seeing who comes out on top.

“It would be great to see Richard do well, given the fact he’s a local lad, and I’m sure everyone will be keeping a close eye on the guys from Team Wiggins.

“The event certainly seems to have captured the imagination of the Chorley public and I think it’s great for the town to be able to stage something like this.”