A prestigious cycle race involving professional riders will return to Chorley at Easter.
The Chorley Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, March 26 following the success of the inaugural event earlier this year.
“We were overwhelmed with the success of the first race of its type to be held in the borough last year and we wanted to bring it back again in 2016 and continue to put Chorley on the map as a destination which has a real enthusiasm for cycling.”Coun Peter Wilson
Chorley Council has teamed up with British Cycling and Chorley Building Society to host the event, which will be broadcast on Eurosport.
It will see more than 100 professional riders take on a challenging course around the borough in the first race of the 2016 British Cycling Elite Road Race Series.
Thousands of people turned out to watch this year’s race and it was described as “one of the best ever supported national road series rides in the country”.
Coun Peter Wilson, deputy council leader, said: “Chorley has some of the best cycling routes in the whole of the country with a mixture of flat open roads and challenging climbs and we are seeing more and more people visit each year.
“We were overwhelmed with the success of the first race of its type to be held in the borough last year and we wanted to bring it back again in 2016 and continue to put Chorley on the map as a destination which has a real enthusiasm for cycling.
“Not only does it put on a spectacle for local people it will attract many more people into the borough and boost the local economy.”
Stephen Penlington, chief executive of Chorley And District Building Society, which is sponsoring the race, said: “We really enjoyed taking part in the race earlier this year and it was great to see so many people come out and support the event.
“We are really proud to be part of the Chorley community so it’s a pleasure to be able to sponsor an event like this, which showcases the fantastic variety of terrain we have for cycling and will encourage more people to spend their leisure time here.”
British Cycling’s director of cycle sport and membership, Jonny Clay, said: “We’re excited to confirm an extended calendar of men’s domestic road series event for 2016.
“With a calendar comprising popular established races and some fantastic new events, we can expect to see an entertaining year of racing for new and existing fans of the sport.”
The race will start and finish on Park Road, Chorley, and follow a 100-mile route out to Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley.
The riders will complete five laps of the circuit, with rolling road closures in place. The exact route will be confirmed in the coming weeks.