Excitement is building ahead of the arrival of the BAE Systems Barrow Round Six of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series on Friday 29 May.

The high-adrenaline bike race will transform the town as some of the world’s top professional cyclists battle it out on a street circuit.

The free event takes place at 7.30pm and will be preceded by a series of community cycling displays and races. Highlights of the race will be shown on ITV4 on Sunday 31 May at 2100 with a repeat at 0825 on Monday 1 June, and available online via the ITV Player for 30-days.

Cllr David Southward, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for economic development, said:

“The Pearl Izumi Tour Series is back. Those who missed out last year can come and see what the fuss is about. The thousands who came can come again to soak up the atmosphere and see the spectacle of Barrow town centre turned into a professional cycling circuit, with a riot of logos, banners and lycra transforming the town’s streets into a kaleidoscope of colours. Last year people who have lived in the town all their lives said they’d never seen anything like it before. Don’t miss out this time!”

The event has been brought to the town by Cumbria County Council, alongside main sponsor BAE Systems.

Barrow Borough Council is helping to co-ordinate the event, alongside volunteer stewards from Barrow Rotary, Furness Rotary, Furness Peninsula Rotary, Submariners’ Association, BAE Systems, and other local volunteers. The event is also being stewarded by Barrow Rugby and Football Clubs.

Barrow Borough Council’s spokesperson for sport, councillor Tony Callister, said:

Once again Barrow has been chosen to host an important leg of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and with that, brings huge excitement for the residents of Barrow and the surrounding area. During the day, a junior run and equity projects will take place with a further build up with top amateur club riders competing prior to the elite riders challenging for the honours of winning the BAE Systems Barrow leg of the Pearl Izumi national tour. The influx of travelling fans and locals turning out to watch the professional cycle teams is fantastic for the area. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the beauty of our area. Here’s to another brilliant race day.”

Information for visitors:

Road closures on 29 May:
0700 First road closures come into force: Duke St (closed from Ramsden Square roundabout to Schneider Square roundabout) and Market St, Lawson Road and Cornwallis Street all closed to all traffic. Traffic arriving at Ramsden Square roundabout from Duke St will be diverted left up Abbey Road.

1300 Hindpool road closed (closed from John Whinnerah Roundabout next to Tesco to junction with Cornwallis St – access to retail parks including Tesco and Homebase will not be affected). Abbey Road closed from John Whinnerah Roundabout to Ramsden Square roundabout. No access on Abbey Rd southbound beyond the junction with Dalkeith St.

All roads will be reopened by 23:59.

Visitors should follow the yellow Tour Series parking signs from the A590. They will direct you to Barrow Borough Council’s Dalton Road, Cavendish Street and Scott Street car parks, where the parking charge has been reduced to a single payment of £3 for all day parking after 12 noon.

In addition to these three car parks there are also three other town centre car parks (Whittaker Street, Fell Street and Emlyn Street) which will be operating as usual, offering in access of 500 spaces. Due to the various road closures the multi-storey car park above Portland Walk can be accessed from Slater Street, which will be a two way street for the day of the race.

Information about car parking can be found on the Barrow Borough Council webpage.

Bus information:
There will be no services in both directions from the Police station /Mall stops all the way down to Coronation Gardens/ Dalton Road.  There will also be no service to Tesco stop on Hindpool Road.

There will be no temporary stops put out. Services will use stops which are already in use.

  • Services 2 to West Shore, 3 To Newbarns, 4 to Tesco/Asda (Tesco stop on Cornmill Crossing), 5 to North Scale and 7 to Ireleth and Millom will all use the stop outside the Old Alfred Barrow School.
  • Services 3 to Ormsgill and 4 to Holbeck will use the stop opposite the old Alfred Barrow School near ther Albion Pub.
  • Services 1 to Walney and 6 from Ulverston will use the bus shelter on Michaelson Road opposite the Job Centre.
  • Services 1 to Furness General Hospital and the 6/X6 to Ulverston, Kendal and Windermere will use the shelter on Michaelson Road outside the Job Centre.
  • Services 1, 3 and 6/X6 Will be diverted along Rawlinson Street and Greengate Street.  There will be no stops on the diversion.

Schedule of events:

  • 1300 Promo zone opens in Cornwallis Street
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Barrow sports partnership: (Disabled children from Barrow and Ulverston special schools taking part in bicycle skills workshop and demonstration)
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Youth running event  (Circuit running race organised by local running club Walney Wind Cheetahs. Under 11s and 11-16s).
  • 15:00 – British Cycling Sky Ride (opportunity to ride the circuit)
  • 15:30 – 16:00 30-minute window to let vehicles in and out of the circuit area
  • 16:15 – 17:00 Furness Future Flyers Race – The first British Cycling Go-Ride cycling club in South Lakes plus other young racers (under 16s) from the region will be competing on the full race circuit.
  • 17.10 – 18:00 Adult amateur race Lakes Road Club adult amateur race – 3rd & 4th category amateur cyclists compete in a race on the full race circuit for approximately 45 minutes.
  • 18:15 Podium prize giving for amateur races
  • 18:30 Riders Warming up on Circuit and Signing on the podium
  • 19:30 Pearl Izumi Tour Series Round Six Start of Race
  • 20:45 Race Finish
  • 21:00 Podium Ceremony and Presentations