Chorley Grand Prix

Visit Chorley town centre on Sunday 15 April to cheer on Britain’s professional cyclists as they race-off on a 116 mile course around the Chorley Borough in the opening round of the British Cycling Elite Road Series for 2018.

Chorley Council has teamed up with British Cycling to host the prestigious cycling event for a fourth consecutive year that will see the country’s top riders and teams battle-it-out over a challenging five-lap route through the Chorley countryside, before racing to the finish line on Park Road, close to the entrance to Astley Park. The race is part of the 2018 HSBC UK Spring Cup series.

The popular event is returning after it was held in Chorley for the last three years with the race being described as ‘one of the best ever supported national road series rides in the country’. It will also showcase the beautiful borough to a European audience when the event is broadcast on Eurosport.

Race Winners

What a great race! If you didn’t catch the result the top three were (1) Karol Domagalski (2) John McEvoy (3) Richard Handley. If you came along we’d love to get your feedback in our survey. Please click the link below

Give your feedback on the event here

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The Race Route

The Chorley Grand Prix start and finish line will be on Park Road in Chorley town centre with the road race taking in Chorley, Limbrick, Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley.

The riders will complete five laps of the circuit. There will generally be rolling road closures in place from 11am until 4pm, which will mean very minimal disruption to traffic as the traffic is stopped temporarily while the cyclists pass.

Park Road and part of Queens Road will be closed from 6am until 6pm. Southport Road will be closed for the last lap only and one side of Sheep House Lane and Rivington Road will be closed to west-bound traffic for the day, meaning there will be parking restrictions and diversion routes in place around these areas.

The race will revert back to the original route from 2015 meaning the cyclists will travel along the A6 Shepards Way and onto Lyons Lane before cycling onto Eaves Lane. The race distance is 116 miles or 186.7 kilometres, which is 23.2 miles or 37.3 kilometres per lap.

The Riders

150 of the country’s top cyclists will line up on the Chorley Grand Prix start line at 11am but which ones will make it around the gruelling Chorley Grand Prix circuit to take the first round of the HSBC UK Spring Cup Series for 2018?

Check out the riders and their numbers

Community Support

The Chorley borough is made of many different communities that regularly get involved and show their support for local events.

If you attend the Chorley Grand Prix, please look out for the yarn bomb and decorated bicycles along the route as well as other displays of support from residents, churches, businesses and more.

Children’s sprint the finish race

Do you have children aged between 7 and 11 who would love the opportunity to ride the final part of Chorley Grand Prix course on Sunday 15 April? We’re offering 50 children the opportunity to experience what it’s like to cross the official finish line of the Chorley Grand Prix in front of spectators on the day of the race.

If your child or children are competent in riding 300 metres and have their own bicycle and helmet, you can enter them by clicking here and registering their details.

Fully Booked

Where to watch

For those of you wanting to watch the race on Sunday 15 April, please find some information below which might be of help.

The Start

The race starts at 11am at the gantry which will be situated on Park Road close to its junction with Millfield Road. The race passes through the start/finish line on each lap and there will be a sprint at the finish of the race. Please note that on the last lap, Southport Road will be closed for approximately 20 minutes to facilitate the sprint for the finish. We will have details of the start list here as soon as it becomes available.

The Circuit

A full breakdown list and map of the circuit is available here.

Race Map
Race Schedule

Finish Line

The finish line is on Park Road at the junction with Millfield Road and the podium will be located to the side of the finish line. Park Road will have barriers along the road to ensure spectators can see the start and finish safely. We all get excited when it comes to the final sprint but it is very important that you keep the finish line clear for the judges and the camera equipment. Do not jump into the road to take a photo. Please listen out for the instructions from the race announcers and stewards.

Parking

There are several car parks in Chorley town centre, which are a short walk to the start and finish line on Park Road. As the event is on a Sunday, all Chorley Council owned car parks will be free.

Please note that Queens Road car park will be closed on the day of the race for use by race personnel. Please do not park on the course. Use the car parks or if you are parking on a pub along the route, why not treat yourself to breakfast before the race or lunch in between laps or even diner after the race.

Car Park Map

Good places to watch

There are a number of good advantage points around the course. There are many good spots in and around Rivington and Belmont, plus there will be the King of the Mountains challenge on the road to Belmont. Brinscall and Buckshaw Village will provide good views of the riders but the main spectator area will be along Park Road in Chorley town centre. Entertainment and activities will take place in this area while the riders are out on the course. Plus some town centre shops and businesses will be open.

We are very lucky to have this circuit and the support of the local community. Your help in looking after the course on the day will help us to keep the course for future events. Please take home any rubbish and support the marshals where you can. Thanks for your support. We hope you enjoy the race.

Find your way

By car
Use junction 8 off the M61 or junction 28 off the M6. Chorley town centre is easily accessed from the A6, which passes directly through Chorley.

By bus
Chorley is well-served by bus routes linking the town centre with surrounding villages. The main bus route is the 125, which links Chorley to Preston and Bolton. There are also direct bus routes from Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Lake District.

By rail
Chorley is on the main train line between Manchester and Blackpool. If you are travelling on a long distance service you will need to change at Manchester or Preston.

Cycling in Chorley

Chorley is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area. To find out more click here

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