Where you should watch the pro cyclists do their stuff

Photo Neil Cross'Gary Hall of Chorley Council in the first display is in place ahead of Chorley Grand Prix cycling race
Photo Neil Cross'Gary Hall of Chorley Council in the first display is in place ahead of Chorley Grand Prix cycling race
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As spectators, it’s vital you get a good spot to see the professional’s do their stuff.

Listed below is some of the top spots to watch the stars in action.

The road race will take in Chorley, Limbrick, Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley and you are welcome to watch along any part of the route.

As part of the race there will also be the Chorley Group King of the Mountains challenge, which will take place on the road to Belmont and the Choose Chorley for Business Sprints competition, which will see the first three riders across the line on each lap scoring points and the rider with the most points at the end of the race will take the title.

The start

The race starts at 11am and is a neutralised start along Park Road, which means the cyclists will ride at a gentle pace maintaining their positions to begin with.

The cyclists will complete five laps of the circuit and the race passes through the finish line on each lap.

Finish line

The finish line is on Park Road at the junction with Millfield Road and the podium will also be located close to the finish line on Park Road. Park Road will have barriers along the road to ensure spectators can see the start and finish safely.

We all get excited when it comes to a bunch sprint but it is very important that you keep the finish line clear for the judges and the camera equipment.

Do not jump into the road to take a photo. Listen out for the instructions from the race announcers and stewards.

Good places to watch

There are a number of good advantage points around the course.

There are many good spots in and around Rivington and Belmont and the Chorley Group King of the Mountains challenge will take place on the climb to Belmont.

Buckshaw Village will provide good views of the riders but the main family spectator area will be along Park Road in Chorley town centre where there will be family entertainment and activities while the cyclists are out on the course.

Chorley town centre

Businesses across Chorley town centre will be getting into the Chorley Grand Prix spirit by decorating their premises and some will be running special Chorley Grand Prix offers, if spectators wish to grab a bite to eat or other refreshments during the race.

Parking

There are several car parks in Chorley town centre, which are a short walk to the start and finish line on Park Road.

Please park responsibly and where possible adhere to any parking restrictions.

n Please note that Queens Road car park will be closed on the day of the race for use by race personnel.

Please do not park on the course. Use the car parks or if you are parking on a pub along the route, why not treat yourself to breakfast before the race or dinner after the race.