Hundreds enjoy Cycle Wiltshire events

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Marcin Bialoblocki, winner of the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix on Sunday Marcin Bialoblocki, winner of the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix on Sunday

Hundreds of people took to their bikes at the weekend to enjoy the atmosphere and spectacle of Cycle Wiltshire.

Cycle Wiltshire, supported by Landmarc, is part of Wiltshire Council’s A Legacy for Wiltshire partnership – provided the opportunity for people to take to the road on their bikes, as well as experience the excitement and thrill of top-class cycling in their local community.

More than 500 people took part in a Cycle Wiltshire Sportive Ride on Saturday taking in the beautiful scenery of the south of the county.

As well as the chance to cycle, Five Rivers Leisure Centre hosted the Cycle Wiltshire Village which gave people the opportunity to take part in sports taster sessions, have free health checks, get their bike’s safety checked and a fun cycle track for children.

The weekend’s cycling fun continued on Sunday with the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix.

This elite cycle race, part of the British Cycling National Road Race series, saw more than 120 elite riders from top professional teams taking part.

People lined the route to support some of the best riders in Britain as they competed, including double Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy.

The winner of Sunday’s race - which started and finished in Wilton Market Place - was Marcin Bialoblocki. Riders competed over 10 laps on a scenic route.

Coun Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council said: “This was a wonderful event and I’ve seen so many smiling faces both at the Grand Prix in Wilton and at the Sportive on Saturday. 

"I’d like to thank all the people who came out to support the cyclists on both days.

“I would also thank our principal sponsors Landmarc for their support as well as everyone else that has helped make this event a success.

“It was inspirational to see the elite riders competing in our county cheered on by our local communities.

“This exciting weekend is part of our ongoing legacy work to invigorate the local economy, bring communities together and encourage more people to be active.”

Bialoblocki said: “The ride was really great from the very beginning, it’s a great course. The turnout of spectators was great and their cheers meant I could go all out."

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