New DVD released of successful Shrewsbury cycle race

Organisers of this year’s hugely successful Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix are inviting spectators to relive the action - and see if they can spot themselves in the crowd - with the release of a new DVD.

The short film, which has been edited by race organiser Ben Lawrence, captures all the action from the event in May which was attended by thousands of people.

It was the first professional cycle race to be held in the town for 21 years and attracted big name riders including Olympic gold medalist Joanna Rowsell MBE.

Mr Lawrence, managing director of Beaumont Lawrence, which sponsored the event along with Stan’s Cycles, Cooper Green Pook Estate Agents and Pure Telecom, said: “The DVD is a great opportunity for the people of Shrewsbury to own their own bit of history from the event.

“It was a fantastic night of racing, supported by so many people.

“The film captures all the action from the event.

“As a spectator at cycle races you quite often only get to see a snippet of the action so the DVD gives a completely different perspective of the event.

“If you were there on the night to watch or if you took part in the family hour cycle ride it’s also great fun to try and spot yourself on the film. It’s a bit like Where’s Wally?”

More than 130 riders took part in the Grand Prix, from amateurs to pros, tackling the cobbles of Shrewsbury town centre in time circuits, known as crit races.

The races were nationally ranked and the event had the full backing of British Cycling.

The new DVD, priced £10 and available to buy at Stan’s Cycles on Wyle Cop, has been compiled using footage filmed by cameramen from Shrewsbury-based MicroVideo.

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