Over eight thousand residents and visitors lined the streets to enjoy thrilling cycling racing as Britain’s top cycling teams battled again in Colchester when The Pearl Izumi Tour Series returned on 30 May.

The men’s and women’s races were the culmination of a great day out in town for families enjoying the half-term holiday as well as those already working or shopping in town.

A fantastic afternoon of free activities was also laid on in Castle Park, from a BMX ramp and tennis skills sessions to land zorbs and bungee trampolines, dance craze demos from Leisure World and music from local bands. All enjoyed by an estimated four thousand people.

Colchester Borough Council and its partners were pleased to welcome back the thrilling 1.5km street racing event for a fourth year.

2013 was the second time the town hosted a round of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series women's race; this year won by Hannah Barnes who took a dominant solo victory.

After Hannah’s win, the international and national cycling stars took to the stage for The Pearl Izumi Tour Series men's race. The pace of the race was fast, with the riders battling to score points for their teams. Spectators cheered on as Jon Mould took the biggest win of his career to date, clinching victory to give his UK Youth squad both the individual and team wins. 

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Close working with town centre businesses, retailers and transport operators as well as event staff around the town on the day to help visitors ensured any disruption to travel and deliveries was kept to a minimum, helping keep the town open for business.

Helen Kissonerghis, owner of Coffee Aroma in the High Street said, “The Pearl Izumi Tour Series event was fantastic! We stayed open throughout the evening and we had a really busy day. It is great to see events like this being held in the town centre, bringing in a different mix of people and creating a wonderful atmosphere.”

Highlights of both races were shown on ITV4 at 10pm on Friday 31st May, with a repeat at 6.25am on Saturday 1st June and remain available to view online on the ITV Player for 30 days.

Cllr Nick Barlow, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration said, “The Pearl Izumi Tour Series was a fantastic event, showcasing the best of Colchester and what the town has to offer. Lots of families enjoyed the activities in Castle Park and the atmosphere was electric as thousands of people gathered to cheer on the professional racers. It was a great opportunity for us all to get involved and celebrate Colchester as a place where people want to live, work and visit and provide a further boost to the local economy.”

Cycling fans in East Anglia can look forward to two further visits from the Series, with Aylsham in Norfolk hosting Round Ten on Thursday 13th June before the Grand Final at Ipswich a night later on Friday 14th June. 

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