Olympic anniversary marked by high-speed cycle race

Press Release: 05/08/2013

CycleFest Launch

Just over a year since the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Winchester will witness a series of high-speed, breathtaking cycling races around the city centre.

The Criterium cycle event on Sunday 11 August from 4pm to 9pm will mark anniversary celebrations where crowds in their thousands are expected to line the streets to witness juniors, women’s and men’s races.

Before the evening races, a Family Cycle Day from 12 noon to 4pm, based in the Broadway, will give local residents the chance to take part in different cycling activities including roller-racing, smoothie bikes, try-a-bike workshops and extreme BMX displays from Savage Skills.

The event will also offer the opportunity for visitors to try out the recently restored and award-winning Hockley Viaduct to join activities from British Cycling, VC Venta and Sport Hampshire & Isle of Wight at the South Park & Ride. With a regular Bike Bus led by Bespoke Biking, and supported by Winchester Rotary, there is chance for everyone to get on their bike and explore Winchester.

Visitors can then relax and revel in the spectacle that is cycling’s equivalent to Formula 1: the Winchester Criterium. Spectators will see riders reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour through the city streets. The event is the first race of this type in Winchester since the 1980s.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader at Winchester City Council with portfolio responsibilities for sport, said:

It is fantastic to see our historic city transformed into a high-speed race circuit where we will undoubtedly see thrills and spills. Watching people ride around the city centre at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour will be exhilarating and something not to miss.

Cllr Vicki Weston, Portfolio Holder for Built Environment including Transport, said:

The Cycle Fair in June showed that Winchester has many keen cyclists and 11 August will not only offer people the chance to see the elite end of the spectrum but also the chance to take part in cycling activities again. It will be a special event and I urge people to come along and join in.

For more information about the Criterium and Family Cycle Day please contact sport@winchester.gov.uk or call 01962 848532 or visit www.winchester.gov.uk/cyclefest