What is the Great British Cycling Festival?
The Great British Cycling Festival is one of it’s kind and not only host to the 2019 HSBC UK | National Road Championships, but we’ll be giving amateur riders the chance to ride in the shadows of those elites riding for the British title with a truly beautiful and exciting 100-mile closed road sportive.
For the first time in the championships’ history, the men’s and women’s races will be on the road simultaneously, starting at different locations before both finishing in Norwich city centre – with the women’s race to reach its conclusion after the men’s. This is all followed by a closed road sportive starting and finishing in Norwich City Centre and riding behind the National Road Championships, on the exact same route!
We’re giving riders the chance to challenge themselves on the elite course, and benefit from the support of the crowds who will gather to see the country’s best riders go head-to-head to claim the national champions’ jerseys.
The event will be televised live as well as bring thousands of people to the Norfolk to enjoy the event and economic benefits to the local area and economy.
When will the Great British Cycling Festival take place?
We will be hosting the Time Trial event on Thursday 27th June 2019 and the Road Race and sportive will be held on Sunday 30th June 2019.
Where will it he held?
There are two Event HQ locations, with Sandringham Estate being the location for the Time Trial on Thursday 27th June 2019 and Norwich City Centre will be the location of the Event HQ on Sunday 30th June 2019.
Each Event HQ consists of the start and finish areas and team village. We will also be holding podium ceremonies within the Event HQ, crowning the National Champion in both the Time Trial and Road Race for Women and Men.
Who is organising the event?
The event is being organised by cycling specialists Golazo Cycling Ltd.
The organisers of this event have successfully brought together local, national and international partners in the form of various charities, contractors and the worldwide governing body of cycling, UCI, as well as British Cycling.
What are the benefits of the Great British Cycling Festival to Norfolk?
We are not only bringing the National Road Championships to Norfolk, but we’re offering the chance for thousands of riders to ride in the shadow of the Best of British in cycling. As the event is a major mass participation event, it also offers an opportunity to promote and further enhance Norfolk’s reputation as a major sporting destination, as well as showcases the local area for future holiday destinations.
The hosting of this event brings many benefits to the area including opportunities to promote lifelong physical activity especially cycling; economic benefits for local businesses across Norfolk and an opportunity to promote the area as a tourist destination with the many Council, Voluntary and Community led attractions on offer for visitors to the area.
What are the routes?
For detailed route information and maps, including closure timings, please CLICK HERE.
Will roads be closed?
All events taking part on the routes outside the Event HQ require road closures to ensure safety to all taking part, spectators and other members of the public.
Traffic Management contractors are used to secure the closures of the routes, ensuring roads are sterile throughout the closure periods. The road will be legally closed by the implementation of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO), issued by Cambridgeshire County Council.
All roads will be re-opened on or before the time stated for each sector of the route unless Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk City Council Highways decide there are significant safety issues that prevent this.
What roads will be closed and how long for?
Road closures will vary throughout the event, according to the day, location, Route Sectors and the specific event; full details can be found CLICK HERE.
Will the road closures have an effect on the wider road network?
There is potential that some roads that aren’t closed will see increased levels of traffic due to diversions. There is also a likelihood that some bus services are altered in order that they will be able access smaller roads as part of diversions and some bus stops may have to be moved temporarily. We are liaising with transport providers to ensure that alternative transport arrangements are in place during the road closure period.
Pedestrian access will be permitted, however pedestrians are reminded that the roads are closed. Cyclists and vehicles within the race travel at high speeds. It is the pedestrians responsibility to cross the roads safely.
Residents and businesses who will be affected by the road closures will receive a leaflet containing event and closure information.
How will Buses be affected?
There will be a range of bus service cancellations and temporary arrangements during the closure periods. Contact your local bus provider for more information.
What access arrangements are in place for local residents and businesses?
Access restrictions will vary around the routes and will depend on the location and time that the event passes through each town/village. All road closure timings will be kept to a minimum level allowing a safe and secure event, as well as keeping the disruption to a minimum. In any event, we will be making every effort to mitigate disruption on the local roads.
These restrictions are necessary to ensure the smooth running of the event while maintaining the safety and security of participants, residents and spectators.
During the road closure period, residents will not have access to the roads closed until the closures have been lifted. We are working with local care providers to maintain access for essential care on the day of the event, as well as local GPs and Doctors on Call Service. All emergency service vehicles, with a blue light emergency, will have access throughout the road closure period.
We regret any disruption this event may bring but we are confident that by carefully planning ahead, we can minimise the impact on residents and businesses. We encourage residents and businesses to plan ahead and make alternative arrangements wherever possible and also use this opportunity, where possible, to organise or take part in any community events or visit local attractions.
It is strongly recommended that all members of the communities carefully consider any movement in the area during the affected weekend; pay particular attention to the scheduling of any deliveries, servicing, maintenance, attendance, appointments and timetables which may be affected.
Are there any special provisions being made for persons requiring critical health care?
All health care and medical providers have been made aware of the event and the road closure periods; all providers have made provision for this and we will be continuing to work closely together to ensure that all care is provided when and where necessary. All emergency services, who have a blue light emergency, during the closure times will have access to the route.
People requiring access to critical health care during the closure periods must contact email@example.com.
What access arrangements have been made for emergency service vehicles?
In planning for this event we have been liaising with Norfolk Constabulary, Fire and Rescue, NHS Ambulance services, as well as other critical service providers.
Emergency access to all properties and residents on route will be maintained at all times. Emergencies will be treated in the usual day to day way, and the safety of the residents and visitors alike will be a priority. In the event of an emergency situation occurring within the route, members of the public should contact the emergency services as usual on 999.
Emergency services will be dispatched as normal and access will be co-ordinated by the event organisers.
What parking arrangements are in place for the event?
Within the TTRO, all vehicles must be removed from the affected roads. It is recommended that residents and businesses use off-road parking or alternative parking on adjacent roads that are not affected by the road closures.
What security and measures will be in place to ensure no damage is done to residential and business property?
There is extensive plans in place, to ensure safety and security of the event overall and for the cycle races in particular. These plans are subject to scrutiny and approval of the event-dedicated Safety Advisory Group.
What measures will be in place for crowd control within the Event HQ areas?
There will security onsite throughout the event to manage and deploy crowd control measures.