Thanks to Colchester Borough Council and the CTC, cyclists can enjoy a led ride ahead of this year’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series event in Colchester.

This year you also have the chance to ride along part of this elite racing circuit and cross the finish line in the Community Cycle Ride that will take place in the afternoon of 30 May.

Why not take part in the FREE Pearl Izumi Tour Series Community Cycle Ride, aiming to get people on their bikes again and show them some of the many cycle routes available both in and around the town.

The led cycle ride will cater for all ages and levels of ability, so everyone can enjoy a family ride into Colchester. The rides will be approximately two miles and you can start from near Tesco’s at Highwoods or the Hythe at 1pm. You will be led, by experienced CTC ride leaders, on a route into town and up the High Street where you will finish under The Pearl Izumi Tour Series race finish line before the professionals take to the circuit with the women’s Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series (race start 5.30pm) and the men’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series (race start 7.30pm).

You will also get the chance to meet the CTC women’s elite cycle racing team – so don’t forget to bring your camera and get some autographs!

The community ride is due to finish at 4pm, so you’ll still have time to visit fun events in Castle Park.

For more information and to register for the event visit www.ctc.org.uk/essex or call 01206 506412.

Richard Monk of national cycling charity CTC said, “Our cycle rides show that all of us can enjoy cycling, not only the elite racers. We hope that hundreds of people will come into town by bike on 30th May for a very special day.”

Cllr Lyn Barton, Portfolio holder for Renaissance said, “Building on the success and excitement of last summer’s cycling events at the Olympics we are delighted to be hosting The Pearl Izumi Tour Series for the fourth time. This Community Cycle Ride gives all residents the chance to get on their bikes and ride part of the professional course. It is a great opportunity for us all to get involved and celebrate Colchester as a place where people want to live, work and visit.”

You can download an event guide for the Colchester round by clicking here.

You can find out more about the Colchester round, including a map of crossing points and details of road closures and bus diversions by visiting www.colchester.gov.uk/tourseries