Elite pro cycle racing returns to Stafford town centre in July

Staffordshire Cycling Festival – Sunday 22nd July

We’re bringing pro cycle racing back to Stafford town centre this summer as part of a day-long celebration of cycling in the county town.

The cream of British cycling talent will be competing in two evening town centre circuit races on Sunday 22 July, starting and finishing in Market Square. It will be the first time the Stafford Grand Prix races have been staged since 2015, when 10,000 people came out to cheer on the riders and enjoy the spectacle of professional cycle road racing.

The pro races are part of our Staffordshire Cycling Festival – and we’re delighted to unveil Redrow Homes as the event’s title sponsor. 

Get in on the action

Sign up for our Staffordshire Cycling Festival sportive! It starts and finishes in Market Square, with a 62-mile route taking in some glorious Staffordshire countryside (and some much-needed food stops). A shorter 39-mile route is also available.

After finishing your sportive, you can soak up the atmosphere in Market Square – where we’ll have big-screen live action from the Tour de France, lots of food-and-drink and cycling stalls, and Strider bike fun – before enjoying the pro races.

The pro races will take place on a short course around the town centre taking in Market Square, Eastgate Street, Tipping Street and Greengate Street. The short course will take around a minute for the riders to complete each lap, making an exciting spectator spectacle for families of all ages on a July summer’s evening!


A celebration of cycling!

Staffordshire Cycling Festival will be a celebration of cycling for the whole family, and the icing on the cake is to once again stage elite pro racing in the town centre. This is only possible thanks to the support of Redrow Homes – who sponsored our Stafford sportive in 2017 and are the title sponsor for July’s event this year – and our other business partners who are doing so much to support cycling in Staffordshire. Thanks also to Stafford Borough Council for their support and permission to host the event in the town centre.

Pauline Turnbull, sales director for Redrow Homes Midlands, said: “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring this fantastic event. The cycling festival is a wonderful opportunity to encourage local families to dust off their bikes and take in the fresh air and beautiful Stafford countryside – and with the added excitement of the elite pro race taking place in the town centre, this year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever.”

Pro Race Circuit

Our pro race circuit for 2018 starts and finishes in Market Square.

From the start line, the riders will head  via Martin Street into Eastgate Street and to the junction with Tipping Street before taking a right turn into Greengate street and up the finish straight back to the Market Square. 

Each lap will take the riders in the region of 1 minute, making this a great circuit for experiencing professional cycling close up. 

The women’s race will take to the grid first at 6pm, before the men’s race gets underway at 7pm.