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Win a seat in the elite race service car by entering Cycle Wiltshire sportive

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Cycle Wiltshire | Get into sportives
29 April 2014

Enter the Cycle Wiltshire Sportive on 3 May 2014 for your chance to win a seat in the service neutral car during the Wilton Grand Prix on 4 May 2014. This is your chance to experience an elite road race on the inside.

All you need to do is enter the sportive on the Saturday then bring your number to the pro race on Sunday to be entered in to a prize draw to win this amazing prize. So if you are ready to experience the fast paced action of an elite road race now is your chance.

The programme and line-up for Cycle Wiltshire on May Bank Holiday is hotting up for families, enthusiasts and elite competitors.

The events, which last took place in 2011 under the Wilton Grand Prix name, have been rebranded as Cycle Wiltshire and take place 3-4 May 2014. Watch the trailer to see the Cycle Wiltshire programme.

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 3 May - Cycle Wiltshire Sportive events for families, beginners and committed enthusiasts:
The Cycle Wiltshire Sportive events are held on Saturday May 3 and gives 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 miles for the beginners and 64 miles or 100 miles for enthusiasts and those looking for an extra challenge. Riders can sign up at www.cyclewiltshire.com

Youngsters and their families keen not to miss out can enjoy riding opportunities and activities. The event starts at Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Salisbury from 8:30am.

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.

Sunday May 4 - Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix with top professional teams:
The Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix is an elite cycle race and part of the British Cycling National Road Race series. It will see 120 elite riders from top professional teams taking part.

The start list for the event is below and we encourage riders and spectators to make a weekend of it in Wiltshire and enjoy the Cycle Wiltshire Sportive on Saturday and watch the Grand Prix on Sunday….. spectate, enjoy, join in.

All of the leading British teams and riders are confirmed for the event including:

-       Alex Peters, Madison Genesis RT – leader of the Elite Road Series after Round 1
-       Ed Clancy MBE, Rapha Condor JLT - Olympic Champion - Team Pursuit, Beijing 2008 & London 2012
-       Evan Oliphant, Team Raleigh - winner of the 2013 Premier Calendar series
-       Kristian House - Rapha Condor JLT - former British Champion
-       Tom Scully, Madison Genesis RT - recent medal in the World Track Championships in Colombia, from New Zealand
-       The 100% ME team consisting of the Great Britain academy team
-       Russell Hampton, Athlonsport - Cloud Nine Telecom - former Tour of Britain king of the mountains jersey wearer
-       Local interest with Wiltshire residents:

James Lowsley-Williams, NFTO
Charles Coleman, Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT

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. Click here to find the best spots to watch the race.

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, from beginners to cycling enthusiasts, will take part in the Sportive and also support the elite cyclists as they race through our beautiful and scenic county.”

“Our legacy partnership is all about invigorating the local economy, bringing communities together and getting more people active and this event will do just that. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

John Herety, Team Manager for Rapha Condor JLT:
“Rapha Condor JLT are looking forward to racing again on the roads around Wilton. The first race in 2011 was an exciting one, the course is testing but also ensures a great race. The looping through the town each time brings our sport to the hearts of both existing and new fans and that is what cycling is all about.“

Becky Frewing, Team Manager for NFTO Pro Cycling:
“NFTO Pro Cycling are excited about the return of racing in Wiltshire. Our riders have been training hard all winter and by May we will be racing hard against all the top UK professional teams. This race has something for everyone, a great climb that fans can watch the race from and roads that make for good attacking racing. We will be bringing our top riders to the race and hope for a good result.”

Roger Hammond - Team Manager - Madison Genesis:
“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 on both days of the event and to sign up people should visit: www.cyclewiltshire.com

People can also get regular updates through social media:

Twitter by following @CycleWiltshire at www.twitter.com/cyclewiltshire

Facebook by liking www.facebook.com/cyclewiltshire

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