The 2018 Bristol Grand Prix will now be part of British Cycling’ prestigious National Series. Race Director Phil Adkins tells everything you need to know about the National Series, and how the 2018 Bristol Grand Prix is going to be the biggest one yet.
What is the National Series?
The HSBC UK | National Series is a select group of races throughout the season and across the country. The races are hotly contested at the highest level by Britain’s best professional cycling teams. The series includes different length race over all types of terrain, the Bristol Grand Prix will be part of the HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series. You can find out more about the National Series and the Grand Prix Series on the British Cycling website.
Who can take part?
The National Series race is open to all domestic professional teams as well as local riders. The peloton will be larger and faster than ever, matching local heroes against teams with their eyes on a Series victory.
Will it be on TV?
All National Series races will be televised, with highlights shown on Eurosport and ITV 4.
Why is the course longer?
To accommodate the requirements of the National Series we’ve had to extend the course. We can’t tell you everything about it quite yet, but it’s going to show off some of the iconic parts of the city.
When is the race?
The race will take place on Sunday 8 July. There are events on all day and even the opportunity to ride around the course, so make sure that you come down early to join in!
Who is riding this year?
The cream of the domestic professional racing scene will be in Bristol for the GP. This includes National and Olympic champions and riders from teams including Team Wiggins, Team Canyon Eisberg and Spirit Tifosi. We’ll keep you up to date with the big names via Twitter and our website. No doubt Rory Townsend will be back looking for a hat trick of wins.
Do I need tickets to see the race?
The Bristol grand Prix is completely free to watch. You’ll need to get there early to secure your place on the course.