Leading cyclists could be attracted by new city race
Top-level road cycling could come to Leicester thanks to the partnership between Leicester City Council and British Cycling.
An agreement, announced by city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby at a public briefing yesterday, will see Leicester's Sky Ride continue for at least three years and the popular programme of led rides in and around the city continue to grow.
The city council is also working closely with British Cycling to develop a new road race that would bring the UK's elite level cyclists to Leicester, and could attract up to 5,000 spectators.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "There has been a huge growth in the popularity of cycling in recent years and this had a tremendous boost with British Cycling's successes at last year's Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympics.
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"In Leicester, more people are using their bikes every day. We want to build on this and encourage even more people to discover what a great city this is for cyclists.
"We've developed an excellent relationship with British Cycling over the past four years which we will continue to build on."
As part of the new three-year agreement, Leicester City Council will contribute £63,750 over three years, attracting match-funding of £135,000 from British Cycling.
Discussions are still taking place, but the new cycle race is likely to be held in August and would feature British Cycling's elite level athletes competing as the headline event on a closed road circuit.