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Leicester Castle Classic Route Revealed

Organisers reveal race route as Britain’s top cycling teams gear up for Leicester’s new elite cycle race

Organisers of the inaugural Leicester Castle Classic cycle race have revealed the route that some of Britain’s top professional cyclists will take when they contest the new city centre race on Sunday 18 August.

The 80km ‘kermesse’ race will see riders contest laps of a fast and technical 4km anticlockwise circuit around the Old Town and Mile Straight areas of the city. Racing will start and finish on Western Boulevard where riders will then head south along the River Soar down Raw Dykes Road. At the King Power Stadium the riders will head back north along the other side of the river through De Montfort University where they will cross the bridge at Mill Lane before heading back over the river again at The Newarke to tackle the most technical part of the course around Leicester Castle which includes a tricky cobbled section. The racing will be non-stop action with riders expected to hit speeds of up to 40mph on the run into the finish.

Locals can look forward to an afternoon of drama and entertainment from a top class field drawn from some of Britain’s major professional cycling teams. Entries are still open for the race but amongst those already signed up to take the start line on 18 August will be a Rapha Condor JLT team that includes double Olympic gold medallist and winner of three rounds of the 2013 Pearl Izumi Tour Series, Ed Clancy MBE and former British National Road Race Champion Kristian House. They’ll face stiff competition from Team IG Sigma Sport who will have recent Ryedale GP winner Joe Perrett riding, Node4 Giordana who will have 2013 Wales Open Criterium winner Mike Northey representing them and the Great Britain Academy Squad (100% ME) which includes World Points Race Champion Simon Yates.

The elite racing gets underway at 15:00 but earlier in the afternoon there will a chance for amateur cyclists to race on the circuit in two fun races. From 13:00 there will be a Corporate Relay Challenge which is open to any organisation putting forward four riders and from 13:30 there will be a “Choppers ‘n’ Shoppers” fun race open to riders of all abilities on shoppers, choppers and commuter bikes. The races can be entered at www.britishcycling.org.uk/leicestercastleclassic. Entry fees for both races are being donated to the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust.

Leicester’s summer of cycling will continue on Sunday 25 August when local people will have the chance to ride parts of the Leicester Castle Classic race circuit when Sky Ride Leicester returns. People can find more information and register for the event at www.goskyride.com/LeicesterSkyRide.

The Leicester Castle Classic has been organised in partnership between British Cycling and Leicester City Council.

The latest news and information about the Leicester Castle Classic is also on the event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LeicesterCastleClassic.

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