Earlier this year, Chorley Council announced it had teamed up with British Cycling and Chorley Building Society to bring a major sporting event to the area by securing the first round of the British Cycling Elite Road Race Series for 2015.
The event takes place this Saturday, April 4, and will see the country’s top riders and teams battle-it-out over a challenging five-lap course through the Chorley countryside, before racing to the finish line on Park Road, close to the entrance to Astley Park.
The Chorley Grand Prix is a new event to the Elite Road Race Series calendar and it is expected to bring thousands of visitors into Chorley, building on the borough’s enthusiasm for cycling.
It will also showcase Chorley to a European audience when the event is broadcast on Eurosport.
The Chorley Grand Prix start and finish line will be on Park Road in Chorley town centre where Chorley Council will create a cycle village hosting some exciting cycling challenges and games for all the family to take part in from 11am.
Plus there will be entertainment while the crowds await the return of the cyclists on each lap.
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 riders will complete five laps of the circuit and there will generally be rolling road closures in place, which will mean very minimal disruption to traffic.
Anyone attending or travelling in the area on Saturday is being reminded that there will be rolling road closures in place as the cyclists go past.
However, Park Road and the west-bound side of Sheep House Lane and Rivington Road will be permanently closed for the day, meaning there will be parking and traffic restrictions in place in these areas.
The race will start at 11am and is a distance of 116 miles or 186.7 kilometres, which is 23.2 miles or 37.3 kilometres per lap.