City Centre Cycle Racing will return to Sheffield tonight (23rd July). It is the 3rd Claremont Sheffield Grand Prix; and will be the penultimate round of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series. A third and fourth category support race will be open to men and women riders.
Spectators can look forward to plenty of exciting race action, as cycling fever continues to sweep Yorkshire follow the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France. It is entirely free to watch the event unfold; and it is guaranteed to provide an excellent night of family entertainment.
You can get down to the race village for a great night of elite level cycling including all of the top domestic professional teams. There will be live commentary starting from 6.30pm and the final presentations will take place around 9.30pm.
Anti-clockwise Route Round the City Centre
The race route itself will travel anti-clockwise around the course which leaves the start on Pinstone Street. It will then turn left onto Furnival Gate down towards the roundabout and sweep left on Arundel Gate.
The riders will then take a left turn at the Crucible Theatre before making their way up Norfolk Street. From thus point the riders will ride on the cobbled section turning right onto Surrey Street before completing 1 full lap with a distance of 1.4kms. The loop will then return to finish back on Pinstone Street.
The support reace will start at 7pm, and the Claremont men’s Elite Circuit Series will start at 8.30pm. Russel Downing of NFTO Pro Cycling – and National Circuit Race Champion 2013 – told sheffieldgrandprix.co.uk of the 2013 event that ‘the Sheffield Grand Prix was one of the best crit races I’ve done in the UK for years.’
‘Ripping it up Around the Streets of Sheffield’
He went on to say that ‘the atmosphere was fantastic and everyone enjoyed watching us ripping it up around the streets of Sheffield.’ It is a view that is shared by many local cycling fans; with many Sheffield residents eagerly anticipating the race.
The Headquarters of the Grand Prix will be found at Sheffield Town Hall; which will be one of a number of local landmarks frequented by the race route. The wonderful Peace Gardens will be another city centre highlight, and a good place to be based for the race.
The Silver Healthcare Classic 3/4 race will start from 7pm, with the warm up from 6.40pm. 62 riders are listed as competitors. The warm up for the Claremont hospital Sheffield Grand Prix will then begin at 7.55pm with the race due to start at 8.30pm – 93 competitors will battle it out in the main event.
Langsett Cycles, Giant Sheffield and Bio Racer Superior Cycling Wear
The Sheffield Grand Prix is sponsored by a number of well-known cycling names; including Bio Racer Superior Cycling Wear, Giant Sheffield and Langsett Cycles. The race is also sponsored in conjunction with The Children’s Hospital Charity.
There will be road closures along the route from 5.15pm to 10.30pm; as well as a number of bus stop changes. The event schedule will run from 6pm until 9.35pm. All this information can be seen below (information taken from The Sheffield Grand Prix website).
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18:00 Circuit Completely closed.
18:05 Circuit open for warm up.
18:45 – 18:50 Exit Opportunity for vehicles inside course closure – Arundel Gate.
19:00 Support Race Start – Pinstone Street.
19:55 – 20:00 Exit Opportunity for vehicles inside course closure – Arundel Gate.
20:05 Circuit Open for Mens warm up.
20:20 Mens Rider Gridding Starts.
20:20 – 20:25 Exit Opportunity for vehicles inside course closure – Arundel Gate.
20:30 Claremont Mens Elite Circuit Series start – Pinstone Street.
21:30 Claremont Mens Elite Race finish.
21:35 Mens & Womens Presentations – Podium on Pinstone Street.
11am to 2pm:
Arundel Gate (from Furnival Square to Norfolk Street) – lane closure to one traffic lane for buses and cars.
5.15pm to 10.30pm:
Pinstone Street (towards Furnival Gate).
Pinstone Street (from Furnival Gate to Cross Burgess Street),
Furnival Gate, Arundel Gate (toward Norfolk Street),
Norfolk Street, Surrey Street (from junction of Norfolk Street towards Pinstone Street)
Bus Stop Changes:
During the event, Pinstone Street, Leopold Street and Arundel Gate north-bound (i.e. from Furnival Gate towards High Street) will be closed between 17:15 and end of service.
From 11:00 TH3 outside Costa Coffee on Pinstone Street will be closed. Services 51, 79 & 79A will use the previous stop TH2.
Late morning and early afternoon will see the all-traffic northbound lane on Arundel Gate closed near Furnival Gate roundabout so that barriers can be erected. All traffic will use the bus lane as far as the Charles Street bus stop.
Services down West Street will divert via Carver Street and run via the bottom of the Moor, then up Eyre Street stopping in City as listed below – except 51
Services which go up High Street then onto Leopold Street will run via Arundel Gate to Furnival Square then stopping in City as listed below.
Services from Eyre Street onto Arundel Gate will run via Furnival Street, Paternoster Row then stopping in City as listed below.
Service 4, 6 Darnall will stop at Eyre Street (ES2), Paternoster Row, Flat Street (FS1), Waingate (CG13)
Service 5 Firth Park will stop at Arundel Gate (AG12), Paternoster Row, Flat Street (FS1), Castlegate (CG14)
Service 10 Manor Park will stop at Eyre Street (ES1), Paternoster Row, Flat Street (FS1), Waingate (CG13)
Service 20/20A Hillsborough will stop at Eyre Street (ES1), Sheffield Interchange, Castlegate (CG14)
Service 20/20A Hemsorth Normal
Service 22 Nether Edge will stop at Commercial Street (CG2) Arundel Gate (02 Academy), Charter Row (MH7)
Service 22,25,25A Woodhouse will stop at Eyre Street (ES1) Paternoster Row, Flat Street (FS1), Waingate (CG13)
Service 30 Plumbley will stop at Eyre Street (ES1) Sheffield Interchange
Service 35, 36 will stop at Hillsborough will stop at Sheffield Interchange, Castle Street (CG22)
Service 42 Waterthorpe will stop at Eyre Street (ES2) Paternoster Row, Haymarket (CG20), Interchange
Service 51 Charnock will stop at West Street, Charter Row (MH7)
Service 51 Lodge Moor will stop at Eyre Street (ES1) Paternoster Row, Church Street (HS4)
Service 52 Woodhouse will stop at Eyre Street (ES1) Paternoster Row, Flat Street (FS1), Waingate (CG13)
Service 52 Hillsborough Normal
Service 56 Wybourn will stop at Sheffield Interchange, Waingate (CG13)
Service 57 Stocksbridge will stop at Sheffield Interchange, Snig Hill (CG5)
Service 69 Rotherham will stop at Sheffield Interchange, Castle Street (CG22)
Service 70 Catcliffe will stop at Eyre Street (ES1) Paternoster Row
Service 70 Dore will stop at Eyre Street (ES1), Paternoster Row, Church Street (HS4)
Service 72 Rotherham will stop at Sheffield Interchange
Service 75, 76, 79, 79A Batemoor will stop at Arundel Gate (O2 Academy) Charter Row (MH9)
Service 75, 76 Ecclesfield will stop at Eyre Street (ES1) Paternoster Row, Flat Street (FS1), Waingate (CG11)
Service 81, 82 Stannington will stop at Eyre Street (ES3) Snig Hill (CG5)
Service 84 Loxley will stop at Sheffield Interchange, Snig Hill (CG5)
Service 81-88A Ecclesall/Bents Green/Millhouses will stop at Snig Hill (CG9) Charter Row (MH8)
Service 83, 83A, 87 Ecclesfield will stop at Eyre Street (ES1) Sheffield Interchange, Castlegate (CG15)
Service 87 Low Edges will stop at Arundel Gate (O2 Academy) Charter Row (MH9)
Service 88, 88A Ecclesfield will stop at Eyre Street (ES1) Paternoster Row, Flat Street (FS1), Waingate (CG12)
Service 95 Walkley will stop at Eyre Street (ES1), Interchange, Church Street (HS5)
Service 97, 98 Ecclesfield will stop at Eyre Street (ES1) Sheffield Interchange, Castlegate (CG15)
Service 97, 98 Totley will stop at Arundel Gate (O2 Academy) Charter Row (MH9)
Service 120, 123 Crystal Peaks will stop at West Street, Paternoster Row, Haymarket (CG21), Interchange
Service 120 Fulwood Normal
Service Y4/B4 Middlewood/ Malin Bridge will stop at Angel Street running to/from Brook Hill Rounababout via Broad Lane