Wednesday, 4.25pm: World class cyclists could return to Peterborough streets after the success of the latest city centre bike race on Tuesday (20 May).
The Pearl Izumi Tour Series visited Peterborough on Tuesday, with hundreds of fans lining the streets to welcome Olympic champions and British international cyclists.
It was the fifth time the race had come to Peterborough, returning after a one year absence in 2013 after the city council made cuts to the budget.
In the competitive events, 17 year-old British Cycling Olympic Development Programme rider Matt Gibson won the men’s race, while Eileen Roe from the Starley Primal team won the earleir women’s race. See more about the winners and race details
Peter Hodges, spokesman for the race, said the return to Peterborough had received a positive reaction from all sides.
He said: “It was nice to be back in Peterborough. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
“We had lots of riders tweeting about how good the course was, and how they were enjoying being back in Peterborough.
“There were plenty of people in restaurants and cafes lining the streets, so I hope businesses did well.
“We would love to be back in Peterborough, as the City Council are great partners, and put on a fantastic show for us.
“After the series is over we will have a look at what we can do for next year, but it would be great to come back.”
The championship also visits cities including Edinburgh, London and Durham, and has coverage on ITV4.
Annette Joyce, head of commercial operations for Peterborough City Council, said: “I am very excited the Tour Series returned to Peterborough.
“The race last visited the city in 2012, and since the 2012 Olympics cycling is the fastest take up sport.
“The race is a fantastic way to show off our city.
“It is a great course, and it is so rare for top sport to happen through the veins of the city centre.
“We are so proud of what Peterborough has achieved, and it is great to have this recognition.”
Mayor of Peterborough Cllr June Stokes waved the flag to start the women’s race, and also presented prizes on the podium.
She said: “It is great that we have it back this year.
“It is wonderful to see people coming out to support it. They can be at work in the city all day, then come down to enjoy the race.
“We also had the Inspire Peterborough race earlier in the day which was a good event, as Inspire Peterborough are one of my charities this year.”
Council leader cllr Marco Cereste also presented awards on the podium to successful riders, and said he was pleased the event was back in the city.
He said: “It is fantastic, and one of the great events we have in the city.
“It really brings life and colour to the city centre, and gives a great opportunity to show off our city.”
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