Sheffield chosen to host top cycling race

Elite cyclists are gearing up to descend on Sheffield after the city was chosen to host a top cycle race.

Wednesday, 10th May 2017, 1:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th May 2017, 3:27 pm
The route cyclists will take

British Cycling has announced that Sheffield will host the 2017 HSBC UK National Circuit Championships on Wednesday, July 19.

The championships will bring an exciting evening of bike racing to the city, in which men’s and women’s titles will be decided.

One of the highlights of the elite road racing calendar, the event will see some of the country’s top professional riders going head-to-head for the prestigious red, white and blue national champions’ jerseys.

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Riders will race for 50 minutes plus five laps on the 1.4-kilometre course that begins on Pinstone Street, before turning left turn to Furnival Gate. Another left turn will then take riders onto Arundel Gate, passing Sheffield Hallam University before a sharp hairpin left after the Crucible Theatre. The race then hits the cobbles of Norfolk Street and Surrey Street before the final left turn takes the race back to the start/finish.

British Cycling’s director of cycling, Jonny Clay, said: "We are delighted to be taking the 2017 National Circuit Championships to Sheffield.

"The city has hosted elite level circuit races for the past five years and we know there is a huge appetite for cycling there.

“These championships will give the people of Sheffield and the wider region the chance to watch some of the country’s finest male and female riders in action, and we look forward to welcoming another passionate crowd to the event.”

Event organiser, Marc Etches, said: "I’m extremely proud to bring the National Circuit Championships to my home city of Sheffield.

"The support we have from Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Council is amazing and this will help bring a fantastic night of elite level cycle racing to the streets of Sheffield in July.“