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Big names lined up for final of the UK Elite Series in Colne

Published: Monday, 24th July 2017

British and world class cyclists will be going up a gear as the grand final of the HSBC UK | National Circuit Series in Colne approaches on Wednesday 26 July.

British and world class cyclists will be going up a gear as the grand final of the HSBC UK | National Circuit Series in Colne approaches on Wednesday 26 July.

“Colne Town Council is hosting the final of the men’s elite series for the second year running for what promises to be an action-packed night of high speed racing,” said Chief Executive Officer, Colin Hill.

Last year’s winner and our 2014 winner Graham Briggs, will be racing again for JLT Condor.

He’ll be competing with legendary teammate, triple Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy OBE, who won the Colne Grand Prix in 2011 and 2013.

And last year’s overall elite series champion, Sebastian Moro, a world scratch champion from Spain, will be powering through Colne for Raleigh GAC.

Simon Norton, Head of Marketing at cottages.com explained: “We’ve been headline sponsor of the Colne Grand Prix for the last eight years. 

“Cycling is in our DNA as a business and anything we can do to raise the profile of cycling and encourage more people into the pastime is worthwhile”.

“This year for the first time, Mani Cruz, a member of staff from  cottages.com, will be competing in the Fort Vale Sprint for Success race.  We will be there to cheer him on!” Said Simon.

The Colne Grand Prix 2017 programme with features, news and photos about the night’s racing is available on http://www.visitpendle.com/whats-on/colne-grand-prix and thousands of free copies will be available on the night from race marshalls.

Race night on Wednesday 26 July timetable:

6.15pm  Youth Race sponsored by Colne Town Council
7pm  Sprint for Success race sponsored by Fort Vale Engineering
7.40pm  Chopper dash tribute to Colne legend Billy Bantam who died tragically in 2015
8pm  Colne Grand Prix sponsored by cottages.com 

Colin Hill added:  We hope thousands of people will come into Colne town centre to enjoy a free evening of racing and take advantage of the many pubs, restaurants, takeaways and other businesses which will be open.  There’ll be an amazing atmosphere,” he promised.

For a full report of the Colne Grand Prix racing results please visit the Elite Circuit Series pages at www.britishcycling.org.uk and re-live the highlights on EuroSport on Monday 31 July 7 – 7.30pm.

Note to editors

The HSBC UK National Circuit Series sees the country’s best riders and teams go head-to-head over seven rounds of circuit racing.
Contested over four weeks from June to July, the series brings fast and furious racing to seven town centres as the riders do battle for the coveted series title.

Last year's winner