Oxford to host major cycle race event

Oxford Mail: The Halfords Tour Series features some of the world's top riders The Halfords Tour Series features some of the world's top riders

A MAJOR cycle event is coming to Oxford next month and will shut off main streets for the day.

The Halfords Tour Series features the country’s top teams and will star Olympic gold medallists and World Champion riders.

Round three of 11 will be held in the city for the first time on Tuesday, May 22.

The free-to-watch team racing event will shut St Giles, Magdalen Street East and Magdalen Street West, and parts of Beaumont Street and Pusey Street, for the whole day. Diversions will be in place.

Cyclists will race on a 1km oval circuit around St Giles and are likely to reach speeds of 40mph.

Oxonian Cycle Club spokesman Dennis McSweeney said: “It is a great opportunity for people to see some top teams and it is a good opportunity for people who would not normally see top teams and races to get close to it.

“The speed is very impressive. It’s a fantastic thing to watch, so to get it on your own doorstep will be great.

“We are very excited about it.”

There will also be an Oxford V Cambridge university race and a race for women riders before the main event at 7pm.

Cycling groups will also host stalls and put on activities for youngsters.

Event spokesman Peter Hodges said: “It’s not just about having a race, it’s about showing people that cycling is fun and exciting.

“The more people, the better the atmosphere around the event, so we’re really encouraging everyone to kickstart a summer of cycling by bringing a friend along.”

Olympic gold medalist Ed Clancy and World Champion Andy Tennant will be among those taking part.

Jon Harris, manager of Summertown Cycles, said: “It seems like an exciting thing.

“I would say it was quite unusual to have top cyclists come to Oxford.”

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6:28pm Wed 11 Apr 12

custardsnatcher says...

Great!! Just what Oxford doesn't need MORE traffic problems and bad planning!
Great!! Just what Oxford doesn't need MORE traffic problems and bad planning! custardsnatcher
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6:46pm Wed 11 Apr 12

bart_simpson999 says...

As they will be breaking the speed limit I expect the police to be out in force and book every cyclist.
As they will be breaking the speed limit I expect the police to be out in force and book every cyclist. bart_simpson999
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7:01pm Wed 11 Apr 12

A34North says...

Right ladies and gentlemen, we lost the boat race to the moron Trenton Oldfield who denied us and our country the opportunity to enjoy ourselves.
We now have on our doorstep a fantastic event to cheer on our champions of now and the future in cycle racing.
I'll be there, how exciting.
Right ladies and gentlemen, we lost the boat race to the moron Trenton Oldfield who denied us and our country the opportunity to enjoy ourselves. We now have on our doorstep a fantastic event to cheer on our champions of now and the future in cycle racing. I'll be there, how exciting. A34North
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8:38pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Captain J says...

Ten quid says Dilligaf leaps in front of the cyclists to make a point about elitism
Ten quid says Dilligaf leaps in front of the cyclists to make a point about elitism Captain J
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9:07pm Wed 11 Apr 12

A34North says...

Captain J wrote:
Ten quid says Dilligaf leaps in front of the cyclists to make a point about elitism
Don't start! He has a new lease of life and ambition. I think he might be at the Kassam on Saturday?
[quote][p][bold]Captain J[/bold] wrote: Ten quid says Dilligaf leaps in front of the cyclists to make a point about elitism[/p][/quote]Don't start! He has a new lease of life and ambition. I think he might be at the Kassam on Saturday? A34North
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11:07am Thu 12 Apr 12

slygirl says...

Same miserable old Devils on here again as usual....
Same miserable old Devils on here again as usual.... slygirl
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4:24am Sun 15 Apr 12

L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG says...

I have my BIG box of nail tacks that will be accidentally dropped on the corner just as they go by.
I have my BIG box of nail tacks that will be accidentally dropped on the corner just as they go by. L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG
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4:58pm Sun 15 Apr 12

L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG says...

L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG wrote:
I have my BIG box of nail tacks that will be accidentally dropped on the corner just as they go by.
Care to join me Dilly, what a jolly jape it would be!
[quote][p][bold]L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG[/bold] wrote: I have my BIG box of nail tacks that will be accidentally dropped on the corner just as they go by.[/p][/quote]Care to join me Dilly, what a jolly jape it would be! L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG
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10:49pm Sun 15 Apr 12

Ivinghoe says...

"Lord Peter McEvoy": What a sad Toss%r you are.
"Lord Peter McEvoy": What a sad Toss%r you are. Ivinghoe
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