Give a ‘fantastic Chorley welcome’ to top cyclists

ON YOUR BIKE: Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, at the launch of the Chorley Grand Prix with Charles Jackson, from British Cycling, and Lesley Pape, from sponsors Chorley Building Society
ON YOUR BIKE: Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, at the launch of the Chorley Grand Prix with Charles Jackson, from British Cycling, and Lesley Pape, from sponsors Chorley Building Society
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  • More than 100 of the country’s top cyclists have already signed up for the Chorley Grand Prix
  • Residents and business owners are being urged to show their support to the cyclists
  • Suggestions include making cakes, knitting features for along the route and decorating shop windows
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The countdown is on to the country’s top cyclists arriving in Chorley - and residents are being encouraged to get creative to cheer them on.

It is one month until Chorley Grand Prix, a cycling race starting in Chorley town centre on April 4 and following five laps around the borough.

“We want to create a real community atmosphere right along the route and we can only do that if residents and businesses get involved and show their support.”

Coun Alistair Bradley

The race will kickstart the British Cycling Elite Road Race Series for 2015 and is being organised by Chorley Council and British Cycling.

People are being urged to show their support for the cyclists by getting creative.

Ideas include knitting features along the route, baking bicycle-themed cakes for fellow spectators, decorating and displaying old bicycles, and taking part in Sky Ride Local bike rides.

Schools could create a welcome flag or cycle art project and businesses could decorate their windows or create a special offer or menu.

There will be activities in a cycle village on Park Road, Chorley, and spectators can line the route on the day to cheer on the cyclists.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “The Chorley Grand Prix will be a fantastic occasion for everyone but in particular for our local communities.

“Over 100 top cyclists from many of the country’s leading cycling teams have entered the race so far, so it is important that we give them a fantastic Chorley welcome.

“We want to create a real community atmosphere right along the route and we can only do that if residents and businesses get involved and show their support.

“This is the first time we’ve hosted a British Cycling Elite Road Race and we would like to make it an occasion to remember for everyone.”

For more ways to get involved, visit chorley.gov.uk.