The first European style gran fondo cycling event will attract up to 10,000 cyclists to the area this weekend. Some local roads will be closed

PUBLISHED: 14:51 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 30 May 2017

Tour of Cambridgeshire cycle race comes to Peterborough and Fenland PHOTO: Pexels

Tour of Cambridgeshire cycle race comes to Peterborough and Fenland PHOTO: Pexels

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Around 10,000 cyclists are expected to descend on Cambridgeshire for the first of its kind in a massive cycling event with a chance to qualify for world finals.

While people of all abilities get into training, across the Fens it means a series of roads will be closed for the weekend, to allow safe cycling for those taking part.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire (TOC) – Britain’s first European-style gran fondo - runs from Friday June 2 until Sunday June 4.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “During the events on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 a number of road closures will be in place in Peterborough, Huntingdonshire and Fenland for the safety of everyone taking part.

“On Saturday the event starts at 9am in Peterborough and will affect the A605 Oundle Road, Bullock Road, Morbourne Road, Manor Road, Washingley Road and Washingley Lane.

“On Sunday the event will affect roads in Peterborough, before it moves through to Folksworth, Alconbury, around Ramsey, Whittlesey, Yaxley and finishes back in Peterborough”.

All roads are expected to be open by 8pm on both days.

The ToC is a prestigious cycling festival event over closed roads and is expected to attract hundreds of cyclists of all abilities.

It is one of 19 events worldwide, that make up the UCI Gran Fondo World Series.

The event comprises of a Time Trial (26km), Team Time Trial (26km) and a Gran Fondo (128km).

The event is open to anyone who wants to experience what it’s like to be a professional cyclist.

It is the first Marmotte Gran Fondo ever to be held outside of mainland Europe.

In addition, an Expo will run throughout the weekend within the Peterborough Arena and Showground, with stalls and pop-up shops, food and drink, plus other attractions.

Residents, as well as visitors, in the area will be encouraged to enjoy the activities and soak up the atmosphere.

The event is being organised by cycling specialists Golazo Cycling and qualifiers go on to the Worlds in Albi in France between August 24 and 27.

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