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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Pearl Izumi Tour Series arrives in Barrow

AFTER weeks of excitement, the wait is over - a major cycling event and sporting spectacle is taking place in Barrow today.

The town is the only North West venue for the 2014 Pearl Izumi Tour Series, which is visiting 10 locations throughout the UK over five weeks.

In recognition of the lead local sponsor, the all-day extravaganza has been named the Pearl Izumi Tour Series BAE Systems Barrow Stage.

A 1.1km track is being created in the town centre and is expected to be surrounded by thousands of spectators, both local and from other areas, many of whom are expected to stay overnight and spend money in shops and bars.

The main event this evening will play host to some of the world’s best cyclists.

But throughout the day it will also provide the unique opportunity for children and local enthusiasts to compete in a professional environment.

Highlights of the main event will be shown on ITV4 tomorrow.

Barrow Market is opening especially between noon and 6pm.


6am – Road sweeping of the circuit begins – roads still open, but sweepers in operation.

7am – First road closures come into force: Duke St (closed from Ramsden Square roundabout to Schneider Square roundabout) and Market St, Lawson Road and Cornwallis Street all closed to all traffic. Traffic arriving at Ramsden Square roundabout from Duke St will be diverted left up Abbey Road.

Noon – Hindpool road closed from Tesco roundabout to junction with Cornwallis St – access to retail parks including Tesco and Homebase will not be affected). Abbey Road closed from Tesco roundabout to Ramsden Square roundabout. No access on Abbey Road southbound beyond the junction with Dalkeith St.

1.30pm – Barrow Sports Partnership – young disabled bike riders cycling skills demonstration outside Town Hall.

2.30pm – British Cycling Go-Ride – Walney School pupils take part in a short circuit team relay race on the road around Market Street car park from the Town Hall.

4pm – Furness Future Flyers Race – The first British Cycling Go-Ride cycling club in South Lakes will be competing on the full race circuit.

5pm – Lakes Road Club adult amateur race – 3rd & 4th category amateur cyclists compete in a race on the full race circuit for approximately 45 minutes.

7pm – Pearl Izumi Tour Series BAE Systems Barrow stage begins.

8.15pm – Race due to finish.

8.30pm – Podium ceremony and presentations.

8.45pm – Event finishes.

11.59pm – All closed roads reopened following clear-up

Have your say

Geoff. No thanks, raods are bad enough without this waste of time!

Posted by Mike on 16 May 2014 at 10:45

Great for the town, but why cancel foodie fest. Ulverston is the festival town, year on year it keeps the festivals/events on through volunteers/council. Barrow has a successful event, the year after cancelled??

Posted by Mitch on 16 May 2014 at 09:06

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