Preparations underway in Peterborough for cycling’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series event

Preparations underway in Cathedral Square for the cycling races
Preparations underway in Cathedral Square for the cycling races
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Preparations are underway in Cathedral Square for an elite cycling event which takes place in Peterborough today.

Thousands are expected to be in attendance across the city centre for the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Matrix Fitness GP Series this afternoon and evening (Tuesday, June 9).

TV crews will be in place and Olympic and world champions are expected to be named in the field for both the men’s and women’s races.

The riders start from Cathedral Square before speeding through Bridge Street then on to Bourges Boulevard and back around to Cowgate.

Road closures are in place for today’s races.

To accommodate the races, the following roads will be closed to all traffic from 2pm until approximately 9pm:

. Bourges Boulevard in a south easterly direction from the Crescent roundabout to the Rivergate roundabout. A diversion will be in place (the northern direction of Bourges Boulevard will be kept open)

. Upper Bridge Street

. Church Street

. Long Causeway

A map of the race

A map of the race

. Cowgate

. Wentworth Street

. Priestgate

. Trinity Street

. Exchange Street

. Queens Street

. Kings Street

. Cross Street

. St Peters Road

In addition to the road closures, all parking bays, which includes limited waiting, disabled and loading bays, will be suspended from 8am-9pm on the day.

The bays are located within Cowgate, Wentworth Street, and Priestgate.

The women’s Matrix Fitness GP Series race will go ahead from 5.30pm until 6.15pm with former Olympic champions Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell all set to feature, alongside local rider Keira McVitty.

Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International are top of the table with Team Giordana Triton just two points behind.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy could feature in the nine-team Pearl Izumi Tour Series race which runs from 7.30pm to around 8.45pm.

Peterborough Cycling Club member and Bourne resident Steve Lampier will be leading Team Raleigh GAC in the race.

Madison Genesis currently sit one point above ONE Pro Cycling, the team of former England cricketer Matt Prior.

Team WIGGINS currently sit in last place.