Chorley Grand Prix 2018

Join us in 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 to the borough 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. ​​​​​​​​​
  • The 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. 

    You can download the general route map and specific circuit details in the download section. 

  • Where to watch

    For those of you wanting to watch the race on Sunday 15th​ 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 in the download section. 

    There are several car parks in Chorley town centre, which are a short walk to the start and finish line on Park Road. To see a list of car parks in Chorley town centre, click here  

    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.

    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.

    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 the town centre shops and businesses will be open with some running promotional offers and discounts for Chorley Grand Prix spectators.

    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.

  • Entries and riders

    Details on the riders competing in the Chorley Grand Prix will be posted here closer to the time. 

  • How to get here

    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 125/126, 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.

  • How can I get involved?

    Community support
    The Chorley borough is made of many different communities that regularly get involved and show their support for local events. If you live in and around the Chorley borough, we’d like you to share your fantastic community spirit with the cyclists competing in the Chorley Grand Prix and the visitors that will come to the area on the day by showing your support, getting involved in the activities in the cycle village on the day or dressing up your home or business. We’ll also be visiting schools in the run up to the Chorley Grand Prix to get local children involved in creating some fantastic artwork. If you are a school and would like to be involved in this project, please contact us on 01257 515151.

    You can get involved by:
    • Yarn bombing and decorating bicycles to display on your own property,
    • Baking special cakes to celebrate and give to spectators,
    • Creating your own bunting and decorations,
    • Taking part in the numerous bicycle activities in the Chorley Council cycle village on Park Road, 
    • Taking part in the children's sprint the finish cycle race if you are aged between 7 and 11. Parents must register their children's places first by clicking on the enter link under 'More Information'
    • If you're a business, decorating your shop window or creating a special Chorley Grand Prix off or menu, and finally,
    • Lining the route to cheer the cyclists on

    However you choose to get involved, let us know by posting details to the Chorley Council Facebook page or the @ChorleyCouncil Twitter page.

    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 on the enter the children's sprint the finish race under 'More information'.

    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 about rides coming up in Chorley as well details of clubs in the area, visit

  • Check out Chorley

    Looking for inspiration for a great day out? Make sure you check out Chorley and its many great attractions and events on the new visitor website,

    Whether you’re wondering what you should do this weekend or where to go with family or friends on your day off, you’ll find lots of great ideas, attractions and inspiration all in one place at

    Chorley is a popular market town steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful countryside. You may have heard of Chorley because of the famous markets, splendidly tasting Chorley Cakes or even the satirically portrayed Chorley FM. But when you’ve been to visit you’ll realise there’s so much to discover.

    With a bustling town centre, historic halls, pleasant parks, carefree cycling, wonderful walks and adventurous activities, there is something for everyone.

    Whether you want to spend time relaxing in peaceful countryside, explore one of the traditional villages, discover the great outdoors, shop at the famous Chorley Markets or make memories that will last a lifetime at one of the exciting events, Chorley is the place for you.

    Attractions such as Astley Hall, Coach House and Park, Rivington Pike, Hoghton Tower, Chorley town centre, Fredericks Ice Cream Parlour, Chorley Markets, Chorley Little Theatre, Botany Bay, Go Ape and Yarrow Valley Country Park all offer a great day out.

    To find out more and create your perfect day out, visit

    And if you do visit the area and want to share your experiences and pictures as inspiration to others, please use #checkoutchorley on social media and follow @visitchorley on Instagram, @ChorleyCouncil on Twitter and like Chorley Council on Facebook.

    Chorley’s surrounding villages are also well worth exploring, picturesque and full of charm and there’s plenty of accommodation waiting to give you a warm Chorley welcome. For more information on Chorley’s accommodation, please search for Chorley hotels on TripAdvisor

  • Further Information

    To keep up-to-date with news on the Chorley Grand Prix, visit the Chorley Council Facebook page, follow @ChorleyCouncil on Twitter or follow @visitchorley on Instagram