Salisbury Business Improvement District

Salisbury to Host 2018 Grand Final of Cycle Race

11th May 2018

As part of Salisbury's recovery, the city will proudly be hosting the grand final of the Ovo Energy Tour Series on Thursday 31st May.

Britain's leading televised cycle race series which will take place in Wiltshire for the first time and will highlight how Salisbury is recovering following the incident almost two months ago.

Many partners are actively working on a united and dignified response to recent events and this professional cycling event along with additional community entertainment is an opportunity to showcase Salisbury and its’ businesses. The event will be shown in two hour-long highlights programmes (one for the Women’s race and the second for the Men’s race) on ITV4 in the UK, as well as in over 100 countries worldwide.

The elite teams will tackle an iconic 1.2-kilometre circuit, anti-clockwise through the city, making an excellent spectator event.

The start/finish line, the key focal point on each of the Tour Series’ circuits, will be located on Blue Boar Row, adjacent to the city’s Market Place and Grade II listed Guildhall. Additionally, this is where the podium and team paddock (comprising buses and cars) will be located. The peloton will turn left onto Minster Street in front of the historic Poultry Cross, sweep onto Silver Street and then left onto New Canal, right into Catherine Street, left onto Ivy Street and Brown Street before entering Winchester Street, which will take Britain’s best male and female professionals back towards the start/finish line.

With thousands expected to attend the event, Salisbury BID are encouraging businesses to take advantage of the additional footfall and consider staying open later and ensure you have enough staff and stock to cater for the increased numbers.


Road Closures

From 6am - 11.59pm: 'No parking' restrictions enforced in parking bays in Blue Boar Row, New Canal, Catherine Street, Ivy Street, Brown Street and Winchester Street.
From 9am: Blue Boar Row will be closed to facilitate the set-up of the start/finish.
From 1pm: Brown Street will be closed. Alternative parking at Culver Street.
From approx 4.30pm: Streets on the race circuit will be close and there will be access restrictions in place and diversions set up.
Approx 10pm: Roads will be re-opened.

Information regarding deliveries and waste collection will follow.

Event Schedule - Thursday 31st May

From 11am: Street food and refreshments
From 1pm: Music and live entertainment in the city centre, have a go on an adapted bike, face painting, children's activities, arts and crafts
5pm: Race introductions and build up
6pm-6.45pm: Women's team races
8pm-9.15pm: Men's team races