Cirencester prepares for cycling extravaganza

Release date: 10 August 2016

For the second year running, Via Roma will be staging a series of cycling events both in Cirencester and around the surrounding countryside during the August bank holiday weekend.

The action begins on Sunday 28 August when amateur cyclists will be able to choose either of two stunning Summer Sportive routes around some idyllic parts of the Cotswolds.  Starting at Somewhere Else in Castle Street, Cirencester, a 130 Km race will begin at 8.30 am and a 70 Km race will follow at 9 am.  The former will appeal to experienced cyclists who relish a challenge, while the latter will be aimed at those who prefer a more leisurely experience.  Mechanical support will be available to all riders participating in both events, as well as vouchers for refreshments. 

The following day, Monday 29 August, sees four Twilight Criterium bike races around Cirencester town centre from 6pm onwards. The races, staged in association with Cotswold District Council and Cirencester Town Council, will feature a youth event, a National B support race, a corporate relay event and – the main event of the evening – a prestigious elite race under floodlights.

Commenting on the forthcoming events, Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, Cllr Chris Hancock, says:

“We were one of the Via Roma sponsors last year when they organised Cotswolds-based cycling events for the very first time, and they drew a lot of enthusiastic support from the public. We expect that there will be even greater interest this time around and I hope that everyone will come out and enjoy what should be a marvellous experience. As an added bonus I also hope that the events will help to promote some of the area’s many visitor attractions.”

Cllr Mark Harris, Mayor of Cirencester and CDC Member for Abbey Ward, added:

“This is great timing for Cirencester as the Via Roma events will tie in with the town’s popular Phoenix Music Festival on 27 and 28 August so the carnival atmosphere should still be in full swing. The townscape is a fabulous backdrop for the evening races and I am sure that the Twilight Criterium races will be memorable.  We were very grateful to the residents of Cirencester for their cooperation last year when the Twilight events necessitated some road closures around the centre of town.  Restrictions will also be in place this time around, but an alternative route will be clearly marked, and the closures will be lifted as soon as possible to avoid too much inconvenience.”

Anyone interested in entering the Twilight Criterium events on 29 August should go to  (NOTE: entries have now closed for the Summer Sportive events).



Details of road closures in Cirencester for the Twilight Criterium events from 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm on Monday 30 August:

Hammond Way

Park Lane

Park  Street

Silver Street

Castle Street

Sheep Street (part closure)

Alternative Route

A417/429 via London Road, Lewis Lane, South Way, North Way, Market Place.  

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road