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Cycle Wiltshire - Elite Road Racing and Multi-distance Sportive Set for May 2014

by Nick Gregory

Cycling for families, enthusiasts and elite competitors is returning to Wiltshire in May. The events, which last took place in 2011 under the Wilton Grand Prix name, have been rebranded as Cycle Wiltshire and take place over the weekend of 3-4 May 2014. 

Cycle Wiltshire is part of Wiltshire Council's, 'A Legacy for Wiltshire' partnership, and is a unique opportunity for people to take to two wheels, as well as experience the excitement and thrill of top-class cycling in their local community. 

The Cycle Wiltshire Sportive events are held on Saturday May 3rd, and give people of all cycling abilities the chance to take part in a picturesque ride through Salisbury and the surrounding area. Riders will have a choice of three distances to ride: 20, 64 or 100 miles. There will also be riding opportunities and activities for youngsters. The event starts at Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Salisbury from 8:30am. 

There will also be displays and exhibition stands as well as entertainment for all the family to enjoy at the Sportive Village. 

On Sunday May 4th the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix will take place. This elite cycle race, part of the British Cycling National Road Race series, will see 100 elite riders from top professional teams taking part. Last run in 2011 as the Wilton GP, the race was won by now World Tour Professional, Simon Yates. Local people can line the route to support some of the best riders in Britain as they compete. The race starts at 11am and will finish on its tenth passage through Wilton at 3pm. 

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Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council said: 

"This event will be a fantastic occasion for Wiltshire and will create a really special bank holiday atmosphere. I hope people young and old, from beginners to cycling enthusiasts, will take part in the sportive and also support the elite cyclists as they race through our beautiful and scenic county." 

"Our legacy partnership is all about invigorating the local economy, bringing communities together and getting more people active, and this event will do just that. I look forward to seeing everyone there." 

John Herety, Team Manager for Rapha Condor JLT:

"Rapha Condor JLT are looking forward to racing again on the roads around Wilton. The first race in 2011 was an exciting one, the course is testing but also ensures a great race. Looping through the town each time brings our sport to the hearts of both existing and new fans and that is what cycling is all about."

Becky Frewing, NFTO Pro Cycling: 

"NFTO Pro Cycling are excited about the return of racing to Wiltshire. Our riders have been training hard all winter and by May we will be racing hard against all the top UK professional teams. This race has something for everyone - a great climb that fans can watch the race from and roads that make for good, attacking racing. We will be bringing our top riders to the race and hope for a good result." 

Roger Hammond - Team Manager - Madison Genesis 

"Madison Genesis are looking forward to visiting Wiltshire and racing on the roads around Wilton. We know the hill on the course is tough, and that the roads make for great racing. Our team like to race in new venues and expand our following with our fans, so this new event for 2014 is a great addition to the elite level calendar." 

For more information on both days of the event and to sign up people should visit: www.cyclewiltshire.com.