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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Sports stars head to Barrow streets

SOME of the world’s top cyclists are set to visit Barrow this summer as part of a cycling extravaganza.

Barrow’s streets are set to be shut off and the town will become a huge cycle track.

The event follows hot on the heels of the success of the Tour of Britain, which saw cyclists zipping through the county last September.

The race is set to take place on May 15 the second date in the 10-venue, five-week national Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Barrow is the only venue in the North West this year and it is the first time Cumbria has ever hosted a Pearl Izumi Tour Series event.

More details are set to be revealed next month, but the Tour Series works by having a one-hour race in a city or town centre closed circuit, normally around one mile in length and held in the early evening.

Councillor Tony Callister, Barrow Borough Council’s spokesman for sport, said: “What a fantastic opportunity this is to raise interest in cycling and the benefits that keeping fit and healthy do to increase our wellbeing.

“Our local residents will have the chance to watch fine athletes competing on their doorstep.

“Barrow has a rich history of sporting activity and once again being the centre of attention to the television and news media keeps Barrow well and truly on the map in top places to visit on the fringes of the Lake District.

“I’m looking forward to a top day of sporting activity and the benefits it will bring for local trading.”

The races will be televised by ITV4, bringing action packed and exciting team-based racing into living rooms across the UK and presenting an opportunity for Barrow to showcase its location on a national footing.

The event is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the town, many of them overnight – bringing a big boost to the local economy.

Councillor David Southward, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for economic development, said: “Last year the Tour of Britain interested and inspired both young and old and I’m sure the Tour Series will ignite Barrow this year with its unique blend of excitement and economic benefits.

“It will be a big day for the town and there’s lots to look forward to.”

Have your say

I think this is a fabulous opportunity for the town. Something positive to promote Barrow for a change. How refreshing to have positivity on the TV or in the papers. People might actually take up the offer of trying out the route, now wouldn't that be great for the youngsters or even for us .....

Posted by CJ on 6 March 2014 at 23:48

Brilliant news ! Why not keep the roads closed a while longer and let public cyclists tour the route after ? Nothing excites your average cyclist more than a closed road … particularly in an interesting city.
Blackpool closed it's promenade last Autumn and handed it over to cycles for a few hours … absolutely tremendous evening, people came in from all over the place, LED lit bikes EVERYWHERE, lovely !

Posted by Barry on 28 February 2014 at 09:44

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