Chepstow Town to Welcome Cycling Stars for Wales Open Criterium

MonmouthshireAfter last month’s sensational National Championships, Monmouthshire welcomes back UK’s best cyclists for the grand finale of British Cycling’s Elite Circuit Series.

The Series, made up of six separate races, culminates in Chepstow Town Centre on Wednesday 30th July with Monmouthshire playing proud hosts to the only race on Welsh soil.

This year’s Elite Circuit Series began in Otley on Wednesday July 2, which saw the Tour de France peloton pass through on their way to Paris a few days later. The Series then went on to Stockton on Tees, Colne, Beverley and Sheffield (23 July) before the sixth and final race hits Chepstow.

Cllr Bob Greenland, cabinet member for innovation, enterprise and leisure said:

“We have another action-packed evening of cycling races lined-up for residents and for visitors to our beautiful county. We hope you come to Chepstow and experience the energy and excitement of the event. We know from last month’s cycling championships in Abergavenny that there is nothing quite like it.”

The route is over a 1.17 kilometre course which starts and finishes near Chepstow Castle on Bridge Street. The race has no set distance and will be determined by an hour’s racing followed by five laps.

The stars are on the starting line at 8pm and are preceded by a whole host of Youth Races that will see young stars challenge for their own titles.

With the Tour of Britain in September, the trio of cycling events hosted by Monmouthshire this summer reinforces the county’s reputation as the cycling capital of Wales.

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