A full day celebration of cycling is coming to Bristol this July with British Cycling’s HSBC UK Let’s Ride event on the same day and route as the Bristol Grand Prix.
On Sunday 8 July, people of all ages and abilities will get the chance to watch elite cyclists compete in the Bristol Grand Prix before taking on the traffic-free race route at their own pace in the HSBC UK Let’s Ride event.
HSBC UK Let’s Ride, formerly known as Sky Ride, will be open to anyone, with multi entry points along the 6.4km city centre route, with adapted bikes available to book for disabled people and many community organisations represented during the day.
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said: “Bristol has already made a name for itself as a cycling city and the collaboration of these two popular events, HSBC UK Let’s Ride and the Bristol Grand Prix, will provide a celebration of cycling across the whole day where people of all abilities and backgrounds can get involved.
“It will provide an exciting and unique opportunity for people of all abilities to not only watch professional cyclists compete, but to try out the route and enjoy our vibrant city centre by bike completely free from traffic.
“We are committed to making cycling and all sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible to everyone in our community, following our year as European City of Sport for 2017 and the recent launch of Bristol Active City. We have laid out our ambitions for sport in Bristol and are committed to growing participation, bringing major sporting events to the city and developing elite sports.
“I look forward to seeing lots of people getting involved and trying out even just a small part of the route to take that step towards heathier and more active lifestyles.”
The event will see the elite racing take place across the morning, with the mass participation HSBC UK Let’s Ride event spanning across the afternoon and starting immediately after the Bristol Grand Prix trophy presentation. This year the Bristol Grand Prix will be part of the HSBC UK Grand Prix Series, bringing with it some of the UK and Europe’s leading domestic teams and riders.
It will mark the start of a three-year partnership between Bristol City Council and British Cycling as part of continuing long-term efforts to increase active transport, healthy lifestyles and community participation in sport.
Julie Harrington, chief executive of British Cycling, said: “Last year we were blown away by the response of the thousands of local people who got on their bikes and joined us.
“Along with HSBC UK and Bristol City Council, we are passionate about creating better cities for cycling, and events like HSBC UK Let’s Ride Bristol are a fantastic opportunity for people to get on their bike and take that first step towards making cycling a part of their everyday life.”
Phil Adkins, Bristol Grand Prix Race Director, said: “The 2018 Bristol Grand Prix will be an amazing event that brings professional circuit racing to our city.
“Becoming part of the HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series is a reflection of the support, commitment and love for cycling that makes Bristol so special.
“We want our local riders and clubs to take this chance to line up alongside some of the UK’s biggest and best pro teams and make the 2018 Bristol Grand Prix a huge success.”
Full road closures will be in place across the city centre during the event. Diversions will be in place and details for this will be released in due course.
Images: These events were launched today (Friday 20 April) with Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, St George's Primary School, Life Cycle, Pedal Progression, YoBike, Bristol Sport England Partnership and Grand Prix racers Etienne Pfeiffer, Team Wiggins, & Stephen Bradbury, Team Morvelo Basso.