Saddling-up for plenty of family activities during Chorley Grand Prix

Ian Bibby winning the 2015 Chorley Grand Prix
Ian Bibby winning the 2015 Chorley Grand Prix

Local people are being urged to get involved in the Chorley Grand Prix event from 11am on Saturday by lining the route and taking part in family activities in Chorley Council’s cycle village.

The race, which has been organised by Chorley Council and British Cycling with support from Chorley Building Society, will start and finish on Park Road in Chorley town centre before the 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.

More than 140 of the country’s top cyclists will race around the challenging course in the hope of taking the first round of the 2016 British Elite Road Race Series and being crowned the winner of the second Chorley Grand Prix.

The field includes last year’s Chorley Grand Prix winner Ian Bibby, from Preston, and the multi-Olympic gold medal winner Ed Clancy returns to Chorley for a second time.

There are also five cyclists from Team Wiggins and the winner of the 2015 Spring Cup series Steve Lampier will also be in contention for JLT Condor.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “Last year’s Chorley Grand Prix was an amazing event with great support all along the route and we are hoping even more people will come out to cheer on the cyclists this year.”

He added: “We’re encouraging people to bring flags and banners and line the pavements.

“Primary schools and community groups have already started the ball rolling by creating some fantastic displays using old bicycles. Plus the huge bales of straw displays will be returning in the fields.

“Cycling fans might choose to go up to Rivington to see the Choose Chorley for Business King of the Mountains challenge but if you’ve got children and want to keep them entertained, bring them along to the Chorley Council cycle village where they will be able to watch the cyclists start the race then take part in cycling games, arts, crafts, challenges and much more.”

Visitors can also take their own bikes to be checked out by ‘bike doctors’ before watching the finish and the trophy presentations from around 3.15pm.

On the day of the Chorley Grand Prix, there is also the opportunity for people to take part in cycle rides but they will need to register beforehand.

To take part in the three-mile Astley Park Potter family ride at 9.30am, visit goskyride.com/chorley and for women only, there is an eight-mile Breeze The Grand Prix ride taking place at 1pm, starting at Astley Park’s gates off Park Road. Pre-register at goskyride.com/chorley

Anyone attending the Chorley Grand Prix or travelling in the area on Saturday is being reminded that there will generally be rolling road closures in place as the cyclists go past.