OVO Cycle Race returns to Salisbury

OVO Energy Tour Series Salisbury May 2019

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:50am 23rd May 2019. (Updated at 1:57pm 23rd May 2019)

Some of the country's top riders will be taking to the streets of the city centre.

The event today (Thursday May 23rd) is the penultimate round in the OVO Energy Tour Series and is the second year organisers have chosen to stop off in Salisbury.

Last year around 12,000 people went along to watch the races, which lap around the city centre.

OVO Energy Cycle Tour Salisbury 2018
There'll be plenty of activities in the Guildhall and Market Squares for us to get involved with during the afternoon

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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OVO Energy Tour Series Finish Line
The finish line will be on Blue Boar Row once again

WHAT IS THE OVO ENERGY TOUR SERIES?

It's a seven stop tour of the UK where some of Britain's top teams and riders compete to be crowned champions.

Salisbury has been chosen to host the races again following the success of last year's event.

Race Director Mick Bennett said:

“I think everybody involved with last year’s visit to Salisbury would describe it as the best round in the OVO Energy Tour Series’ proud history. The support and the enthusiasm – not to mention the noise – from the crowd that night will live long in the memory, and I hope that more unforgettable racing and that strong community togetherness will be created once again.”

THE ROUTE:

The Salisbury leg will follow the same course as last year, which confusingly for us locals, goes the wrong way around the one way system.

Here's the map of the route:

OVO Energy Tour Salisbury Route 2019

Once again, the start and finish points will be on Blue Boar Row, with the riders going around Minster Street, Silver Street, the High Street, New Canal, Catherine Street, New Street and Brown Street.

The women's race will start at 5.30pm on Thursday May 23rd, lasting around 45 minutes.

After that, the men's race takes place at 7.00pm, lasting for an hour.

The cyclists will keep doing laps of the 1.2 kilometre circuit until the time runs out.

ROAD CLOSURES:

An event of this scale will mean some roads in Salisbury city centre will need to be closed for the set-up and for the races themselves.

There's a timetable for the closures being put in place, starting from 9.00am, Thursday May 23rd with these roads:

  • Blue Boar Row
  • Queen Street
  • Endless Street (Blue Boar Row to Chipper Lane)

Then from 1.00pm today, the following roads will be closed for the race infrastructure to be put into place:

  • Minster Street
  • Silver Street
  • High Street (excludes the pedestrian section)
  • New Canal
  • Catherine Street
  • Ivy Street (access will be managed by marshals with traffic being allowed through as much as possible until 4.00pm. After that time, the one way system at St John Street will be reversed to allow cars to leave the city)
  • Brown Street (Residents and businesses will still be able to get some access between 1.00 and 4.00pm)
  • Winchester Street (excluding the section after Rollestone Street)
  • Fisherton Street (closed to through traffic, but access will still be allowed to the Central Car Park)
  • Bridge Street

The race route will have safety barriers on both sides throughout, but there will be pedestrian crossing points around the circuit.

PARKING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

To allow for spectators to have access to the races, parking will be FREE OF CHARGE in the Central Car Park ONLY from 1.00pm this afternoon.

Brown Street car park with be CLOSED from 1.00pm today too, to allow for the cycle race teams to set up.

All other Wiltshire Council run car parks will operate as normal - Culver Street will be free after 3.00pm as usual.

On street parking bays on the roads affected by closures above will be suspended throughout today.

Park and Ride buses will run later on the evening of the races, with the last services leaving the city centre from the Millstream Coach Park at 9.40pm.

Salisbury Reds bus services will drop passengers off on Castle Street, near the Milford Hall Hotel for the duration of the road closures, taking passengers out of the city from the Millstream Coach Park.

Taxi ranks will be moved further down Castle Street throughout the day.

OVO Energy Tour Series Salisbury 2019
Cyclists from the OVO Energy Tour Series at the launch of the Salisbury event

ENTERTAINMENT:

There'll be family activities within the Guildhall Square from 3.00pm today.

That will include live music, adapted cycling, children's entertainment, street food and more.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council, said:

"We're delighted to once again welcome the OVO Energy Tour Series cycling to Salisbury. Last year's event was such a huge success that we just had to bring it back to the city, and we hope this year's races will be just as well supported.

"The beautiful city of Salisbury offers the perfect backdrop for cycling, and I hope both spectators and competitors alike will enjoy another fantastic evening of racing through the city's streets. 

WHO'S RACING?

There'll be eight women's teams and seven men's teams competing in the races - with 200 to 400 riders on the circuit at any one time.

Among the big names taking to Salisbury's streets will be Dame Sarah Storey, 14 time Paralympic gold medallist and three time Olympic champion Ed Clancy.

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