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Registration Now Open for 2014 Cycle Wiltshire Sportives

by Nick Gregory

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The programme and line-up for Cycle Wiltshire - taking place during the first May Bank Holiday - is hotting up for families, enthusiasts and elite competitors alike. The events, which last took place in 2011 under the banner of the Wilton Grand Prix, have been rebranded as Cycle Wiltshire and take place on the weekend of the 3rd/4th 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 the road on their bikes, as well as experience the excitement and thrill of top-class cycling in their local community. 

Saturday 3rd May will see Cycle Wiltshire Sportive events take place for families, beginners and committed enthusiasts. The events, which start from Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Salisbury from 8:30am, 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 displays and exhibition stands as well as entertainment for all the family to enjoy at the Sportive Village at the leisure centre. 

On Sunday 4th May the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix will see some of the best domestic riders in the UK battling it out in a race that will form part of the British Cycling National Road Race series. Teams confirmed so far include Rapha Condor JLT, NFTO, Team Raleigh, Madison - Genesis RT, Velosure - Giordana, as well as British Cycling Elite National Teams: Starley Primal Pro Cycling, Catford CC Equipe / Banks, HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team, Wheelbase Altura MGD. 

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Spectators 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.

Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council said: "This event will be a fantastic occasion for Wiltshire and will create a really special atmosphere on this bank holiday weekend. I hope people, young and old, will take part in the Sportive and also support the elite cyclists as they race through our beautiful and scenic county." 

Roger Hammond, Team Manager of Madison Genesis said: "Madison Genesis is 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 and to sign up visit: www.cyclewiltshire.com