The Tour of Britain, the UK’s biggest professional bicycle race and the centrepiece of the British cycling calendar, is coming to Colchester on  Friday 17th September 2010.

Some of the world’s top cyclists, who compete in major international competitions like the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, will be competing on our roads for the right to wear the yellow jersey. Over the past five years, Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champions have ridden The Tour of Britain.

Tour of Britain - ColchesterTo help celebrate this   event Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council are organising a massive Cycling Festival in Colchester Castle Park.

On the day, organisations can take part in Grass Track Racing in Castle Park from 5pm -7pm  and  Colchester Rovers will be organising a spectacular grass track racing activity in Hollytrees Meadow where local businesses are being invited to enter teams of 3 – 4 cyclists.

Cyclists need to provide their own bikes and helmets and  a variety of races will be run throughout the afternoon including team sprints, heats and scratch races. The overall winning team will be announced and presented with a trophy at the close of the event.

Limited places are available on this event so email [email protected] to register your interest. Entries cost £20 per team which will be donated to the Mayor’s Charities. Entries need to be received by 5pm on Friday 10th September.

Organisations  can also encourage workers to cycle in on the day.    The organisers    realise that it might have been some time since people got on their bikes or that the bikes themselves have seen better days so  Richard Monk, Colchester’s Cycle champion, will be available to make sure that your company is ready to make the most of this important event.   Contact [email protected]

This year’s Tour of Britain takes place over eight stages from September 11-18. Colchester will host the finish of the seventh stage on Friday, 17 September.    Colchester’s stage starts in Bury St Edmunds at 10.15am and finishes in Colchester around 13.40pm.