New sponsors announced for Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix

With excitement building as the countdown continues to Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix, two more Shropshire-based companies have thrown their support behind the event.

Building company, Bensons, and specialist developers, Walnut Renovation and Development, have signed up as sponsors for the race which takes place on the streets of Shrewsbury on May 31.

Both companies are based in Shrewsbury and managers said they wanted to support the grand prix after seeing what a successful event it was last year.

Rob Hancocks, group managing director of Walnut Renovation and Bensons, said the companies were delighted to be associated with the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix.

“We saw first hand just how good it was last year,” he said. “The town came alive and it was fantastic to see the town centre transformed into a racing track for a day - it was really quite thrilling.

“Walnut Renovation develop and create unique properties in Shropshire and we are passionate about the environmental impact that new homes can have, so we always try to minimise the carbon footprint of any developments.

“It seems fitting to sponsor an event that raises the profile of cycling and will encourage people to get on their bikes, which is not only good for their health but great for the environment too.

Mr Hancocks added: “Events that bring people into Shropshire are vital for the county’s economy, and the grand prix attracts people from all over the UK.

“This is only its second year but it’s clear the organisers are planning for it to be a long-term fixture in the Shrewsbury calendar, which is great to see.

“Bensons is a company that wants to develop strong links with the community so we are proud to be part of such an exciting event.”

Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix race organiser, Ben Lawrence, said the support of companies like Bensons and Walnut Renovation was essential.

“We want to say a big thank you to Bensons and Walnut Renovation because without our sponsors, the event simply couldn’t happen,” he said.

“It’s particularly gratifying that successful Shrewsbury-based businesses want to support us and we are extremely grateful.”

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets for the grand prix on May 31,  with the course running around part of the town centre with The Square being the hub of the event.

Racing will start at 3pm with the ladies only race, followed by the youth race at 4pm, elite race at 5pm and men’s amateur race at 6pm.

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.

The course will be open for the public to ride between 1pm and 3pm.

For more information about the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix or to sign up, see the website at