Clancy, Tennant and Downing brothers to ride inaugural Hitters Grand Prix

Clancy, Tennant and Downing brothers to ride inaugural Hitters Grand Prix

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Location: Llandow Motor Racing Circuit, Vale Of Glamorgan
Event: 14 August 2013

The 14 August will see a new professional bike race come to South Wales, and it is the brainchild of one Britain’s top road cyclists, Team Sky’s Luke Rowe.

The race, the Hitters Grand Prix, will take place at the Llandow Race Circuit just outside Cardiff, and will offer the winner one of the biggest prizes in British domestic racing.

The first prize of £2,000, a £500 prime, and £500 for the minor placings is thanks to the main sponsor, Cardiff based Truly Scrumptious Cakes. Cath Ingram from Truly Scrumptious Cakes said, “We are delighted to be the sponsors of this fantastic cycling event. Cycling and eating cake have long gone together, so we are really excited about being involved.”

As well as the elite race, there will be a race for category 2, 3, 4, and women riders, the Chippers Grand Prix and children’s races, the Nippers Grand Prix, where all the prizes have been kindly donated by cycle clothing manufacturer and Team Sky sponsor Rapha.

The top three domestic teams in the UK, Team UK Youth, Rapha-Condor JLT, and Madison-Genesis, are all sending full teams of six riders for the Hitters Grand Prix, with confirmed riders such as two time Olympic champion team pursuiter Ed Clancy, former world champion pursuiter Andy Tennant, newly crowned British Criterium Champion Russ Downing, and his brother Dean Downing.

The event will be a real festival of cycling with DJs, children’s entertainment, a bouncy castle, and food stalls to entertain and feed all the fans that come and watch, with all the proceeds from the event going to Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. The event will start at 4.45pm with the Hitters Grand Prix taking place at 7.15pm.

Luke said: “I’ve always wanted to put something back into the cycling community in South Wales that has done so much to support my career, and this just seemed like the perfect way to do it.

“To be able to offer such a great prize fund, and raise money for such a great charity at the same time make it all the more special. I can’t wait to be there and watch the racing.”