As the excitement of the Tour de France in Yorkshire continues to grip the county, the historic streets of Beverley will again reverberate to the sounds of cycling as some of the country’s top riders descend upon the East Riding this month to take part in the hugely popular Elite Men’s Circuit Race, sponsored by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The event, organised by East Yorkshire Events and the Hull Thursday Road Club, gets underway from 6pm on Friday, 18 July, with the Elite Series Circuit Race, which will be held in the town centre for the ninth year running.
Andy Cawley, race organiser, said:
“This is a wonderful example of voluntary groups, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Beverley Town Council, East Yorkshire Events, Humberside Police and numerous local sponsors working together to deliver a top-class sporting spectacle.”
Alongside Friday’s main race, the Keith Jordan Memorial support race will give local riders the opportunity to experience the main event in front of huge crowds, and for the first time there will be a ladies’ race to meet the growing demand for women’s cycling events.
The weekend attracts thousands of spectators and brings more than £500,000 to the local economy, with Friday’s main event covered by Sky Sports TV.
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, said:
“We are extremely pleased that Beverley will again host this popular cycle race, almost immediately after the excitement of the Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire. We are expecting very large crowds, and I am delighted that this council has again been able to work to host first-class national events in the East Riding.”
“Major sporting events, such as the cycle race, are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike and provide a welcome boost to local businesses and showcase the East Riding as the perfect tourist destination.”
Much of Beverley town centre will be closed to motorists from as early as 6am on Friday, 18 July.
Part of Saturday Market, between The Grapes Public House and Sow Hill, will be closed to all traffic, from 6am-11pm, with the exception of delivery vehicle drivers who will be allowed access until 5pm.
The remainder of Saturday Market, including the area between Burtons and The Grapes Public House, will be closed to all traffic, from 4pm-11pm, with the exception of taxi, disabled and delivery vehicle drivers who will be allowed access until 5pm.
Motorists are asked to use alternative car parks, such as George Street, Grayburn Lane, School Lane and Trinity Lane. This will also apply to disabled drivers who would otherwise park in Cross Street, Saturday Market and Sow Hill.
Wednesday Market will be closed from 4-11pm.
Sow Hill Road will be closed from 5pm-11pm.
Signed diversions, taking traffic around the town centre, will be in place from 5-11pm.
Car parks in Lord Roberts Road and Spencer Street will be closed from 5-11pm.
A temporary taxi rank, to replace those suspended in Ladygate, Saturday Market and Sow Hill, will be provided in the bus station in Sow Hill Road, from 5pm-11pm. The bus station will be closed to buses from 5pm-11pm.
Residents living on or next to the race route should be aware that vehicular access to their properties will be restricted from 5-11pm.