Who needs the Champs-Elysées when we’ve got our own Grand Arrivée on Pinstone Street? The annual Sheffield Grand Prix attracts world-class athletes to Sheffield's city centre. Taking place on Wednesday 18 July and sponsored by WNT, the Grand Prix will once again incorporate the HSBC UK | British Cycling Circuit Series in a high-tempo evening of criterium racing.
Criterium races – for those who don’t know their pedal from their peleton – are fast, tough, exciting events, where riders compete over a number of laps or within a set time.
Riders will travel anticlockwise around the course and on leaving the start will travel down Pinstone Street, left onto Furnival Gate down to the roundabout and sweep left on Arundle Gate past Sheffield Hallam University. Riders will then turn left at the Crucible Theatre and make their way up Norfolk Street. From here riders will ride on the cobbled section turning right onto Surrey Street before completing 1 full lap which is 1.4kms. The finish area will be on Pinstone Street.
Spectators are encouraged to line the route, standing behind barriers in some of the close sections of the circuit. The event hub is spread outside the Town Hall, where you can pick up refreshments, browse stalls and watch serious cyclists get in the zone before they whizz off on the race.
For spectators, here’s a few insider tips from Sheffield Grand Prix organiser Marc Etches:
Where’s your best tip to see the action?
The best place to see the action is on Pinstone Street, but everyone will want to see the finish line. A great spot to see a fast corner is at the end of Pinstone Street where the road turns on to Furnival Gate, and Surrey Street is great, where the riders tackle the cobbled section of road.
Everyone likes a statistic; tell us, what kind of speeds will the riders be reaching in the race?
We expect the riders to average close to 30mph for an hours racing. The top speeds will come as the race heads down to Furnival Gate where riders will be racing down at over 35mph.
Cycling has always been a popular sport in Sheffield and the region. If money was no object, how would you improve things for cyclists in the area?
For me, as a cycle coach, it would be to build an indoor velodrome facility in the city. The only way to breed future Tour de France winners is to start youngsters on the track. Velodromes create a wealth of talent that is hard to recognise when riding on the road. We need to find the next Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton – I’m sure we have one in Sheffield!
Road Closures 2018
05.00 – 07.00 (to put in barrier line)
Arundel Gate lane closure (Furnival Square to Norfolk Street). One lane open for buses and cars.
12.00 – 22.30 Tudor Sqaure
16.30 – 22.30 Pinstone Street to junction of Furnival Gate.
Norfolk Street, Surrey Street (from junction of Norfolk Street towards Pinstone Street) Leopold Street (access to taxis only)
17:45 – 22:30
Pinstone Street (from Furnival Gate to Cross Burgess Street) Furnival Gate to junction of Arundel Gate, Arundel Gate (toward Norfolk Street)