Best of British cyclists are coming to town

Katie Archibald
Katie Archibald

Spectators will get an up close view of the best cyclists in Britain in action as they race around the streets of Motherwell next Tuesday.

The town is staging the fourth round of the 10-round UK-wide Pearl Izumi Tour series and thousands of cycling fans are expected to converge for the professional races.

From 1pm there will be family activities and action on the course which starts and finishes on Hamilton Road and takes in High Road, Farm Street, Ladywell Road and Douglas Street.

Leading cyclists Katie Archibald, Charline Joiner and double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott will be among the competitors in the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix, starting at 5.30pm.

Then at 7.30pm ten teams compete in round four of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, including Team Wiggins, formed by Britain’s first Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins.

Local schoolchildren will act as mascots for the teams taking part in the Pearl Izumi race and be part of the presentation ceremony at 9pm.

The roads around the race circuit will be closed to traffic from 7am to midnight with diversions in place.

Scottish Cycling will host a series of amateur races around the circuit from 1.50pm, then from 3pm to 7.30pm North Lanarkshire Leisure will have activities including smoothie bikes, bike doctor sessions, a climbing wall, sumo suits and a Bodycheck fitness area.

In the afternoon Motherwell Library will host a cycle treasure hunt, a children’s show called Magic Den and yarn bombed bike. The cafe will be open until the end of the men’s race and you can download the cycling race app at the library’s digital drop in session.

Motherwell Heritage Centre will have archive cycling photos, bookbug sessions for pre-school children, outdoor games and activities, and workshops for kids to make their own photo badges, flags and shakers.