An exciting year for Bristol, 2015 will see the inaugural edition of the Bristol Grand Prix, a city centre cycling road race for everyone to enjoy.
When? 20th June 2015
Website – bristolgrandprix.com
Bristol is a city well known for its green credentials, particularly when it comes to cycling participation throughout the unitary authority.
According to the Office for National Statistics, between 2001 and 2011 Bristol saw a 94% increase in the number of people cycling to work, a figure almost on par with London and Brighton.
But despite increased cycling uptake – surprising given Bristol is a somewhat hilly location – Bristol doesn’t have a city-based road race, capable of putting it on the sporting map.
Or rather, it didn’t.
“The Bristol Grand Prix is about more than an annual race, it’s about inspiring people to cycle for leisure, travel and sport… an opportunity for everyone to be part of Bristol’s vibrant cycling scene.” – Phil Adkins, Le Sportif
There are currently 6 individual events set to take place on the ‘1.3km distinctive and unusual figure-of-eight course’ (1.1m/45min + 1 lap circuit) set to cross over and under the iconic Park Street.
Each race is categorised with as many as 50 riders contesting any given event, ensuring maximum excitement for participants and spectators.
The races are as follows:
2.30pm ‘Love My Bike’ lap for public entry
3.00pm Under 18s boys and girls
3.45pm Corporate Relay Race
4.45pm Men’s category 3 and 4
5.45pm Women’s elite, category 1, 2, 3 and 4
6.45pm Men’s elite, category 1 and 2
To make The Bristol Grand Prix the success it can be, BIG Green Week and Le Sportif have set up a Crowdfunder campaign, aimed at encouraging Bristolians to get behind the event and invest in making the event a success.
Pledges range from £10 (entry to U18 Juniors race) to £300, and all go towards supporting The Bristol Grand Prix, a not-for-profit event.
“We will be working with partners to create investment in legacy development work with a focus on both youth and the growing women’s racing scene in Bristol.
“A main aim of the Bristol Grand Prix is to be a collaborative platform to enhance a vibrant, diverse and inclusive cycling and sporting scene.” – Nicola Waterworth, BIG Green Week
Clearly, it’s an exciting time to be a cyclist in Bristol. Not only does this event have the potential to be the jewel in the crown of the increasingly popular BIG Green Week, it could further cement the reputation of Bristol as a cycling city.