Gallery: Colchester reflects on Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle event economy boost

Hannah Barnes leads the Johnson’s Health Tech Grand Prix women’s cycle race in Colchester on Thursda

Hannah Barnes leads the Johnsons Health Tech Grand Prix womens cycle race in Colchester on Thursday, 30 May. - Credit: Archant

More than 8,000 spectators turned out to watch Britain’s leading cycle race series pass through Colchester.

The event has been welcomed as a lift for the economy and a boost in trade for businesses.

The town hosted Britain’s top cycling teams for the fourth time on May 30, when the Pearl Izumi Tour Series returned for the 1.5km street racing event.

It was also the second time Colchester has been the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series women’s race.

Around four thousand people visited Castle Park, where free activities included a BMX ramp, tennis skills sessions, dance craze demos and music.

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Nick Barlow, the council’s head of regeneration said: “The Tour Series was a fantastic event, showcasing the best of Colchester and what the town has to offer. 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.”

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