Major cycling event to return

British Cycling Elite Circuit Series Sheffield GP and National Women's Circuit Championships in Sheffield, June 2012
British Cycling Elite Circuit Series Sheffield GP and National Women's Circuit Championships in Sheffield, June 2012
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Sheffield will play host to world class cycle racing when the Claremont Sheffield Grand Prix returns to the city tomorrow night.

The professional cycling event, which represents the final round of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series, will be held in conjunction with Claremont Private Hospital.

A race village will be positioned on Fargate for the free to attend meeting, which includes the Browns British Cycling Women’s National Road Race Series

Among the riders will be 2012 winner Graham Briggs, from Doncaster, and Rotherham’s Dean Downing.

The Grand Prix starts at 6.30pm ahead of the women’s race at 7pm. The men’s race starts at 8.30pm, with presentations for both races at 9.30pm.

Claremont Hospital Director Andy Davey said: “The evening will be full of action-packed cycle racing and is sure to provide a great night’s entertainment both for the family and cycling fans.”

Event organiser Marc Etches said: “This event is one of Dean Downing’s targets for 2013 and he would dearly love to win infront of his home crowd.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for culture and environment, Coun Isobel Bowler said: “Last year’s series really pulled in the crowds and this year it’s another great opportunity for people to see elite action packed racing at its best, for free, in Sheffield city centre.”

Last year’s race attracted 6,000 spectators and was seen by five million TV viewers on Sky Sports.