Love your bike

Come and test ride the course before the racing starts, so you know how the racers will feel!

Bring your favourite bike and bring your friends, wear fancy dress if you fancy, and cruise a lap of the course, enjoying the traffic free route. There are even on the spot prizes for unusual bikes, beautiful bikes and happy riders, remember, every bike is a good bike!

Show your support for Bowel Cancer West, and Bristol (European City of Sport 2017) by riding together around the course to see what it’s like for the racers.

Starts at 10:30am, Saturday 19 August 2017

The lap will last half an hour, finishing at 11.00am.
Please come and meet us at the College St / St George’s Road car park.

Veteran

Veterans Race (M, 40+)

Experienced racers, exciting racing

Starts at 11:30am, Saturday 19 August 2017

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Youth A,B

Youth A,B race — The future of cycle racing

Fast and furious under 14 and under 16 riders. Junior racing can be the most hotly contested. Fast, furious and carefree, expect high speeds and plenty of action from aspiring pro racers. The mixed Youth A and B race showcases up and coming riders from Bristol and across the UK.

Starts at 12:30pm, Saturday 19 August 2017

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Men 4

Mens Category 4 Race

Strength and cunning will determine the winner

Starts at 1:15pm, Saturday 19 August 2017

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Women 4

City centre racing is a popular format in British towns and cities, the Women’s Cat 4 Race guarantees fast and furious action.

Racing will test the legs and ensure a worthy winner. The South West has a rapidly expanding women’s cycling calendar, and we are proud to have premier women’s racing in Bristol. It’s rewarding too, with a significant prize list and the prestige of being the winner of the second Bristol GP. A spectacular, exciting event.

Starts at 2:40pm, Saturday 19 August 2017

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Men 3

Mens Category 3 Race

Watch local cycling club riders racing all comers on their home turf

Starts at 3:15pm, Saturday 19 August 2017

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Women 2,3

The Womens Bristol Grand Prix

Racing will test the legs and ensure a worthy winner. The South West has a rapidly expanding women’s cycling calendar, and we are proud to have premier women’s racing in Bristol. It’s rewarding too, with a significant prize list and the prestige of being the winner of the second Bristol GP. A spectacular, exciting event.

Starts at 4:15pm, Saturday 19 August 2017

Register here

Men E,1,2

The Bristol Grand Prix

These are the professional racers. To race at this level requires either a full time riding contract or a part time job, there’s no time for anything else except cycling. Teams will lay everything on the line to take the inaugural Bristol Grand Prix.

Starts at 6:00pm, Saturday 19 August 2017

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What happens in the Bristol Grand Prix?

The race circuit is only 1.3km long which means that the riders will pass you a lot. It’s also a good idea to explore the circuit, there are plenty of corners where the racing gets more exciting.

  • The bridge at the bottom of Park Street next to Cafe du Jour lets you see the riders twice per lap.
  • The fastest point on the circuit will be the mini roundabout part way along St George Street, the riders cross it twice per lap and both times it’s at the bottom of a downhill.
  • The start/finish is on Park Street by the entrance to Unity Street, and there will be sprint prizes during each race to add to the excitement.
  • The winner of a bike race is not always the strongest person. Races involve teams, alliances, friendships and competition.
  • Bike racing is a team sport. Each team has a team leader. The other members of the team try to help their leader take the victory.
  • The main group of racers is called the peloton. Smaller groups, known as breakaways, will try to escape from the peloton and keep their advantage to the finish.
  • A city centre race has a lot of tight corners, meaning that the skilled riders and small groups of riders should have an advantage.

Enjoy the race!