Chorley Grand Prix
Join us in Chorley town centre on Saturday 4 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 2015.
Chorley Council has teamed up with British Cycling and Chorley Building Society to host the event 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 Chorley Grand Prix is a new event to the Elite Road Series calendar and it is expected to bring thousands of visitors into Chorley, building on the borough’s enthusiasm for cycling. It will also showcase Chorley 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 but there will generally be rolling road closures in place, which will mean very minimal disruption to traffic. Park Road will be closed for the day and diversionary measures will be put in place for residents. These closures are currently subject to approval from the highways authority, Lancashire County Council.
The race distance is 116 miles or 186.7 kilometres, which is 23.2 miles or 37.3 kilometres per lap.
To view the route map, please click on the download section.
- Where to watch
For those of you wanting to watch the race on Saturday 4 April, please find some information below which might be of help.
The race starts at 11am and is a neutralised start from Chorley Town Hall along Park Road. The race passes through the finish line on each lap and there will be a sprint at the finish. We will have details of the start list here as soon as it becomes available.
A full breakdown list and map of the circuit, can be found 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, visit the parking page.
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 dinner after the race.
There will be some disruptions to bus services on the day. For further information please see the Stagecoach website.
The finish line is on Park Road at the junction with Millfield Road and the podium will be located at the entrance to Astley Park on Park Road. 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 a bunch 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, plus there will be a King of the Mountains challenge on the road to Belmont. 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.
The Chorley Council Cycle Village
Bring the whole family along and take part in the activities at the Cycle Village at the start and finish line on Park Road, Chorley Town Centre. There will be everything from smoothie making on bikes to arts and crafts, bike sprint challenges to cake icing workshops, there's plenty to keep you busy. For a full lsit of activities, download the Cycle Village map in the download section.
If you have a son or daughter, aged between 9 and 16 who would like to take part in our Chorley Grand Prix sprint the finish line cycle challenge, please register their details here.
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
The Chorley Grand Prix is now closed to entries from Cyclists.
For deatils on the riders competing in the race please download the specator prgramme under the Download It section.
- How to get here
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.
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.
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?
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 the goskyride website.
If you live in and around the Chorley Borough and would like to give a big community welcome to the cyclists and thousands of spectators, download our ten ways to get involved in the Chorley Grand Prix leaflet.
- Explore Chorley
Welcome to Chorley! Bustling markets, historic buildings, beautiful parks and a well-deserved reputation as a popular cycling and walking destination have all made Chorley attractive to visitors from all over the world. Add to that its lively real-ale pubs and eclectic range of excellent restaurants and we’ve got a menu of attractions that can happily satisfy any appetite.
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, attractions and places to eat and drink, please see the Visit Lancashire and TripAdvisor websites.
- Further information
To keep up-to-date with news on the Chorley Grand Prix, visit the Chorley Council Facebook page or follow @ChorleyCouncil on Twitter.