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Dudley prepares to face Grand Prix cycling race

Britain’s best cyclists will be racing through the streets of Dudley tomorrow as the Dudley Grand Prix comes to the town centre.

After a successful first edition of 2023, the British Cycling National Circuit Series returns to Dudley tomorrow night as part of this year’s Black Country Festival.

The Grand Prix is ​​free to watch and a large crowd is expected to come to Dudley to support the competitors. The main viewing areas will be at Priory Road, The Broadway and Coronation Gardens, where food, drink and live entertainment will be provided for spectators.

On race day, the race will be officially opened by the Mayor of Dudley at 16:45, followed by a community social round the track at 16:00. Sponsored by Jewson, this fun ride will give participants the chance to cycle on an elite level circuit course.

The competition will start at 5pm when the junior races begin. Up-and-coming cycling stars will take to the track in the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 events. The Under 12 race is supported by Fieldings Auctioneers.

At 18:00, there will be faster-paced action where amateur cyclists from all over our region will compete for victory.

At 7pm, the women’s National Circuit Series race will light up the city centre with drivers looking to score maximum points to climb the rankings. Lucy Glover became the youngest driver to win a round of the series last year when she outsprinted her rivals.

The fourth round of the Open National Circuit Series will start at 20:00. Last year’s race was won by Jim Brown after a dramatic last-lap pass in the final corners. The event is expected to conclude at 21:30 after the medal presentations.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said:

The Grand Prix is ​​a fantastic opportunity to put Dudley back in the national spotlight following our successful hosting of last year’s event and the Commonwealth Games cycling time trial.

We are running a variety of exciting races for spectators to enjoy throughout the day and I hope our residents will continue their invaluable support of this event.

Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Hilary Bills, said:

I am thrilled to have been asked to headline the opening ceremony of the Grand Prix and welcome visitors to Dudley from near and far.

“On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank Generation Pro Cycling Events and British Cycling West Midlands for bringing this event to Dudley and all the volunteers for their hard work in making it possible.

Stuart Goodaker, assistant manager of Jewson’s Dudley branch, said:

Jewson are delighted to be joining the Dudley Grand Prix as a community ride sponsor.

A great opportunity for families and young cyclists to ride together on an elite level race track and have an unforgettable experience.

For more information about the Dudley Grand Prix, including race timings and details of road closures on the day of the event, visit the Dudley Council website.

Follow the Dudley Grand Prix and other Black Country Festival events live on Black Country Radio’s radios on 92.2 and 102.5 FM and online.

The Dudley Grand Prix is ​​funded by the UK Government, the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Commonwealth Games Heritage Development Fund.