Large pot of prize money to attract top riders

More than £3,500 will be awarded in prize money for the top riders competing in a major cycling event to be held in Shrewsbury in May.

The large prize pot is thanks to Shropshire businesses Pure Communications, Cooper Green Pooks, Beaumont Lawrence and Stan Cycles, who are all sponsoring the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix on May 25.

The event, organised by the Paramount Cycling Racing Team, is proving very popular with cyclists from across the country, with the amateur race already full.

There are prizes for the first 10 riders crossing the finish line in each race and an extra £600 prize fund available for Preems, which are mini races within the main race.

For both the Women Only Race and the Pro Crit, there is a prize fund of £1,300.

The winner of the Women Only race is set to gain £500 plus a set of Bontrager race wheels, worth £250 and Tifosi Podium Glasses worth £60.

The winner of the Pro Crit will also win £500 plus a Cateye GPS Computer worth £90 and a pair of glasses.

In the Amateur Crit, the winner will receive £100 plus a £150 Altura Clothing Voucher and a pair of glasses.

“It’s a fantastic prize fund for our first race,” said race organiser Ben Lawrence, managing director of Beaumont Lawrence, which is also sponsoring the event.

“We want to attract top regional and national racers and this prize fund should certainly get people in.”

Ben said he would like to see more women signing up to the race.

He said: “It will be a fast, competitive race and we want to get the race known in future years as one of the top women’s races. We would love women in the West Midlands to come out to support their local race. They just need a British Cycling Race Licence.”

Victoria Grimmer, who is a member of the Paramount Performance Cycling Racing Team, will be taking part in the Women Only race.

She said: “I can’t wait to race in my own town. I know there are lots of great women cyclists out there. It’s just a question of making them aware of the race and getting them to sign up. It will be a lot of fun and great competition.”

The Shrewsbury Grand Prix has the full backing of British Cycling and will be a nationally ranked race.

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.

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