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Prepare for road closures as action-packed cycling weekend comes to Leicester

Published on Thursday, August 9, 2018

Image: Cyclists riding through Leicester

AN ACTION-PACKED festival of cycling is coming to Leicester this weekend, with events including an exciting elite race, the chance to meet professional cyclists and a mass-participation bike ride on traffic-free streets. And it’s all free!

The Ride Leicester festival, an annual two-week celebration of all things cycling, is organised by Leicester City Council and British Cyclling. It kicks off on Saturday 11 August with a series of Castle Classic support races at Leicester Cycle Circuit.

The circuit, at New College, will play host to a full programme of supporting races, giving keen amateur riders the chance to compete against others on the purpose-built, 1km circuit. Junior riders of all ages will also be competing and it’s all free to watch.

Then on Sunday 12 August, nearly 120 elite riders will take to the cobbles of Leicester’s historic streets as they compete in the Leicester Castle Classic Kermesse.

Attracting leading British teams, the race is free to watch and takes in Mile Straight, the King Power Stadium and a tricky cobbled section outside Leicester Castle, with the start/finish point close to Bede Park on Western Boulevard.

The race will take place between 10am and 12noon and will later be televised by Eurosport.

Once the excitement of the elite race is over, everyone in Leicester is invited to join in with HSBC UK Let’s Ride Leicester – a mass family bike ride which typically attracts around 12,000 riders.

The traffic-free route includes riding inside the King Power Stadium, past Leicester Castle and through the Highcross shopping centre.

Along the way, there will be cycling-themed events and activities including junk-art bikes, mountain bike shows, bike try-outs, rickshaws and giveaways with cycling, health, sport and art projects across the city.

At Cathedral Square, the HeArt Zone will focus on health and art in relation to all things cycling. Here, riders will be able to meet and chat to professional rider Sam Brand from Team Novo Nordisk (TNN). You might even ride alongside Sam, as he’ll be helping to lead out Let’s Ride Leicester from the De Montfort University campus at 12.30pm.

Like all members of TNN, Sam and team ambassador Brais Dacal, who is also visiting Leicester, have diabetes. They’ve been invited to join in the cycling fun by international centre of excellence the Leicester Diabetes Centre, because Leicester is one of 16 cities globally signed up to the Cities Changing Diabetes initiative.

Sam and Brais will be talking about their love of cycling and how diabetes hasn’t stopped them from being fit and healthy.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for the environment, said: “This weekend promises to be a great start to the Ride Leicester festival. We want as many people as possible to enjoy these fun, family-friendly and free events, so whether you’re a regular rider or dusting off your bike, come on into the city and enjoy the traffic-free streets and festival atmosphere.”

People are advised that road closures will be in place from 5am until 8pm to accommodate the cycling events. Diversions will be in place. Roads affected will be:

Mill Lane / The Gateway / Newarke Close / The Newarke / Peacock Lane / St Martins / Hotel Street (from St Martins to Market Place North) / Market Place (from Hotel St to Victoria Parade) / Every Street / Cheapside / East Gates / Haymarket (from East Gates to Church Gate) / Church Gate (from Gallowtree Gate to St Peters Ln) / St Peters Lane (from Church Gate to E Bond St) / East Bond Street (from St Peters Ln to Causeway Ln) / Causeway Lane (from E Bond St to Bath House Ln) / Duns Lane (from St Augustine Rd to Western Blvd) / Castle Street (from St Augustine Rd to Castle View) / Castle View / Western Blvd / Eastern Blvd / Upperton Road (from Western Blvd to Raw Dykes Rd) / Raw Dykes Road / Filbert Way / Highcross Street (between its junctions with Freeschool Lane and St Nicholas Place) / Every Street / Walnut Street (between its junctions with Raw Dykes Road and Coniston Avenue) / Applegate

Buses will also be diverted. Full information is at: http://www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/letsrideleicester/

Sign up for Let’s Ride Leicester at: https://www.letsride.co.uk/events/leicester

Find out more about the Ride Leicester festival at: https://www.facebook.com/rideleicester/

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