Entries filling up fast for top Shrewsbury Cycling Race

More than 65 riders have already signed up for a major cycling event to be held in Shrewsbury in May for the first time in years.

Nearly 25 per cent of entries for the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix, which has 150 slots, went on the first day and places are filling up fast, according to event organisers the Paramount Cycling Racing Team.

 “We are thrilled at the interest for the race and it will be a great event for everyone involved,” said race organiser Ben Lawrence, managing director of Beaumont Lawrence, which is sponsoring the event, along with Shrewsbury’s Stan’s Cycles, Cooper Green Pooks and Pure Communications.

“People are starting to put their training plans together after the winter and are now ready to start pounding the roads again.

“Each race will see 50 competitors take to the course and it will be tight, fast and technical.”

With just months to go before the May 25 race, organisers have launched a promotional video to encourage even more riders to sign up and to give spectators a taste of the racing that will be on offer.

“We want to make this event the biggest and best Shrewsbury has ever seen,” Mr Lawrence said.

“It’s had a huge amount of views already on both Facebook and Vimeo.

“We are expecting the ride to attract thousands of spectators to Shrewsbury and for people to really get behind it.

“It will be a great spectacle for the town and coming just before the Tour de France heads to Yorkshire, it will really help cycling continue to grow in this county.”

The event has the full backing of British Cycling and will have a nationally ranked race.

It will involve tight circuit based cycle racing, with the top cyclists expected to reach speeds of 40 miles per hour. There is a packed programme of events with a 45-minute ladies only race, an amateur race of around 50 minutes and an hour long pro-race.

The promotional video was filmed by riders from the elite Shrewsbury Paramount Performance Cycling Racing Team as well as club members.

“We cycled the race route around the town early one Sunday morning,” said Mr Lawrence.

“Hopefully it will inspire even more riders to sign up and shows them just what to expect from the course, which is challenging with the cobbles, twists and turns of a historic town centre.

“We particularly need women to sign up ladies-only race. We would love Shropshire women to come out to support their local race. They just need a British Cycling Race Licence, which anyone can get.

“One of the aims of Paramount is to encourage more women to take up cycling and this race is the perfect way to put their hard practice into action.”

Mr Lawrence said planning for the event is going well, with announcements to be made in the near future about family-fun events to encourage youngsters to get on their bikes too.

The course will run around part of the town centre with The Square being the hub of the event. Roads will be closed to traffic from approximately mid morning until 8pm.

The route will take riders from The Square along High Street, Shoplatch, St Johns Hill, Cross Hill, Swan Hill, College Hill, Princess Street, Milk Street and then back on to the High Street.

For more information about the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix or to sign up, see the website at www.shrewsburygrandprix.co.uk or contact Ben Lawrence at Beaumont Lawrence on 01743 236767 or [email protected]

To see the promotional video, go to www.vimeo.com/83978121 or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ShrewsburyCycleGrandPrix

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