There’s only one week to go until Kirkcaldy plays host to a national cycle race. Ten top British cycling teams will visit the Lang Toun on Tuesday May 14 to kick off their five week battle to be crowned champions of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series.

Kirkcaldy was the first Scottish town to ever host a leg when it staged the opening round last year.

As well as the main race, which begins at 7 p.m., there’s also a packed programme of community events planned in the town next Tuesday starting at 12 noon.

Events include races involving local school children and Fife Bike Club members, organised with British Cycling, stalls along the High Street and demonstrations from 7 Stanes display team.

For more information on the event go to Fife Direct by following this link.

There’s even a chance for local people to take part next Tuesday too!

Councillor Neil Crooks, Chair of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “This event showcases Kirkcaldy on a local and national stage and I hope everyone in the town is looking forward to the event taking place again.

“Fife Council is working together with Kirkcaldy4All, EventScotland and Pearl Izumi Tour Series organisers to ensure this time the event is bigger and better than ever.

“I hope as many people as possible will come along and enjoy what will no doubt be a fantastic spectacle and a great free day out.

“As well as coming along to watch what’s going on, there’s also a chance for local people take part in the community parade. This part of the programme starts at 4.30 p.m. and is a chance for everyone who has a set of wheels to get involved – so bikes, scooters, roller skates or parents with buggies are welcome to join in!

“This year we would like people to share their experiences of the day on social media too.”

There’s a number of different ways you can get involved:

Upload your pictures from the day on our Tour Series Flickr group here.

Or why not upload your film clips to YouTube and post a message on our Facebook page with a link or why not Tweet us with a link on our page

General information

You’ll find lots of information from the Fife Council website Fife Direct from how to get to The Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Kirkcaldy, to where to park and even links to where to stay.

Travel

Follow the following links to find out how to get to Kirkcaldy by car, bike, train and bus:

Journey Planner

Cycling

Parking

If you’re bringing the car to the Kirkcaldy all Fife Council car parks are available on the day of the event.
You’ll find them online here.

It should be noted that the Mercat Centre’s multi storey car park will be closed for the day of the event.

Road closures

Check the closures and disruptions section of Fife Direct or see detailed info below on road closures for the day of the event:
HIGH STREET PEDESTRIAN ZONE – closed to all vehicle traffic from 6am until 11.30pm. Parking will be suspended from 7am onwards and all parked cars must be removed before this time. A Tow Away Zone will be operating. Pedestrian access will be available all day and during the event on either side of the course. Staffed crossing points will also be provided.
HIGH STREET NORTH AND BOTTOM OF KIRK WYND – closed to through traffic from 6am until 11.30pm. Parking will be suspended from 7am onwards and all parked cars must be removed before this time. There will be a tow away zone in operation. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the day with staffed crossing points.
HIGH STREET, WHYTEHOUSE AVENUE to PEDESTRIAN ZONE – Access for businesses and residents only will be maintained. Parking for non-residents / businesses will be for blue badge holders only.
TOLBOOTH STREET – closed to all vehicle traffic from 6am until 11.30pm. Access to the Mercat Centre car park will be maintained from the Esplanade until 5pm. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the day.
HILL STREET – closed to through traffic from 6am until 11.30pm. Access for residents, businesses and deliveries only will be permitted until 11.30am but there will be no parking on Hill Street itself from this time and a tow away zone will be in operation. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the day with staffed crossing points.
WHYTESCAUSEWAY, HUNTER PLACE to HIGH STREET – closed to through traffic from 6am until 11.30pm. Access for businesses and residents only will be maintained as far as Hill Street from Hunter Place. Parking for non residents / businesses will be for blue badge holders only. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the day with staffed crossing points.
ESPLANADE, NICOL STREET to PORT BRAE – closed to through traffic from 6am until 11.30pm. Access for residents and business will be maintained between Nicol Street and Tollbooth Street throughout the day. For residents and businesses between Tollbooth Street and Port Brae, vehicle access will be available via the service road until 12 noon. Between 12 noon and 5pm, vehicle access will be permitted between events and as directed by marshals. Between 5pm and 10.00pm this access will be closed and no vehicle access or egress will be permitted. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the day to all properties and businesses with staffed crossing points.
All timings above are approximate and may change nearer the time.

Special instructions for spectators

There will be spectator access round the circuit and there will be manned crossings at various points too.

Links to local tourism/accommodation websites can be found here.