The Tour of Cambridgeshire (ToC) is coming to town along with a jam-packed schedule of cycling excitement and fun. Three days of closed road racing will see crowds line the streets cheering on racers as they go by.
This year, in addition to the UCI Gram Fondo Word Series qualifiers for the Chrono and Gran Fondo ToC is staging a Team Chrono for teams of 4 riders on the roads closed for the individual Chrono. Over 80 teams have already entered and a few places remain.
ToC will also witness its first Tour Classic, a closed road ride for pre-1987 style road bikes. Additionally, the organiser, Golazo Cycling Limited, are staging a scheduled packed with closed circuit events utilising the resources on the East of England Showground.
Over the course of three days, from June 2nd to 4th, the ToC will host a number of events including the worldwide mass participation event, the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. The following events
20km Time Trial – UCI Gran Fondo World Series
20km Team Time Trial
112.6km Gran Fondo - UCI Gran Fondo World Series
75.5km Medio Fondo
The Medio Fondo is a shorter event aimed at riders whose appetite is conditioned by their aspiration to enjoy the opportunity to be involved in a major event on closed roads.
75.5km Tour Classic
A race for enthusiasts of pre-1987 bikes. The Tour Classic is run over the Medio Fondo route and is expected have approx. 500 participants. The Tour Classic will have a podium for both male and female classification.
Folding Bike Racing
Friday evening will see a race for Folding Bikes which will require the riders to stop on each lap and collapse and re-build their bikes
Fixie Bike Racing
The folding bike race will be followed by a Fixie race. This will not be offering the same perfect smooth surfaces that the Nocturn does but will provide a fun tare-up around a highly-produced circuit with music, DJs and the smells of the fair.
Electric Bike Trial
An electric bike trial will be held at the end of Friday evening. This is an opportunity for people who have electric bikes to see how fast they can ride a circuit on their electric bikes.
On Saturday morning, a Family Fondo is being held on the circuit with distances of 4, 6 and 12 miles available. All children finishing will receive a ToC medal.
Gravel Bike Relay
The Saturday afternoon sees a relay on the circuit. It is branded as a Gravel Bike Enduro Relay. It will go on for a few hours and is aimed at companies, clubs, societies, charities and cycling groups. The idea of gravel bikes is not because the circuit is particularly gravelly (although a deviation through some gravel to justify the title is planned) but to make this event open to anyone with a bike suitable for some off road use.
Summer Cyclo X
The Sunday is offering a programme of Cyclo X races of a more traditional nature. The organisers will be establishing a few obstacles to force riders to dismount.
ToC is an event for the everyday cyclist, the family riders and the hardcore racers who enjoy clear closed road cycling and a weekend of fun. The event takes place from Friday, June 2nd until Sunday, June 4th.
For more information about the Tour of Cambridgeshire head over to their website here.