A good crowd braved the slightly chilly late afternoon in Peterborough to watch some of Britain’s most decorated cyclists speed past.
The women’s Matrix Fitness GP Series began at 5.30pm today (Tuesday, June 9) with Mayor of Peterborough Councillor John Peach starting the race.
Among the field were Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell and 11-time Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey.
The crowd were clearly enjoying the entertainment as they packed in around Cathedral Square and Bridge Street and made plenty of noise each time the riders came past.
Cycling fans were out in force for the event, including excited 10-year-old Ethan Luttener who is a mascot for the men’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series race later this evening.
Fenland Clarion Cycling member Ethan, from Werrington, is cycling mad and was thrilled to grab a photo of Dame Sarah as she rode past.
Mum Nina (40) said: “He watches all of the tour series on TV. I love the whole atmosphere, it’s brilliant.”
Nick Smith (43) from Market Deeping said: “It’s good to pay a visit when it’s on your doorstep. I’m a big cycling fan.
“I think the event is good, there’s a really good atmosphere. Not many cities get involved.
“I enjoy seeing the different athletes, the different styles, bikes, technology and techniques.”
John Watson (75) from Gunthorpe said: “I watch all the cycling on TV. It’s brilliant here. The city wants something like this. It’s a major attraction.
“I like seeing the cyclists go round.”
Andrew Watling (48) from Glinton said: “It’s an excellent event. There’s only 10 of these in a series and not many cities have a chance to have a race like this.
“There’s always a good crowd here.”
Sharon Shaw, who had come from north of Leeds to watch daughter Gabriella compete, said: “It’s brilliant. There’s a really good atmosphere.”
Dame Sarah won the race comfortably with Eileen Roe in second, Nikki Juniper in third and Emily Ka in fourth.
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