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Roads closed this Sunday for cycle race in Leicester

Roads across Leicester will be closed all day on Sunday 13th August as the Castle Classic cycle race takes place, followed by the Ride Festival.

Events start at 10am Credit: Leicester City Council

From 10am, elite riders will compete for the win in the fast, flat and challenging 80km, 20-lap race.

Thousands are expected to line the streets, after 2,500 saw last year's event, where Olympic, world and national champions all take part.

The start and finish point is on Western Boulevard, close to Bede Park, with plenty of space for viewing along the length of the route.

The race route Credit: British Cycling

After the race finishes, the annual Ride Festival takes place, where thousands of members of the public join the mass bike ride on traffic-free streets, between the King Power Stadium, Leicester Castle and Leicester Market.

The Ride Leicester Festival is a key fixture in a summer of cycling for the city and having this year's Castle Classic on the same day as the City Ride will be a great way to kick off a two-week celebration of everything to do with cycling.

It's also a chance for us to showcase the fantastic new Leicester Cycle Circuit - a one kilometre circuit that provides a great opportunity for safe, traffic-free cycling for everyone from elite athletes to young children.

– Cllr Adam Clarke, Leicester City Council

Road closures are in place from 5am on Sunday and will be lifted at 8pm.

Roads that will be closed to vehicles – either partially, or along their entire length – are Castle View, Castle Street, Peacock Lane, St Martins, Hotel Street, Market Place, The Newarke, Mill Lane, Eastern Boulevard, Western Boulevard, Upperton Road, Raw Dykes Road, Filbert Way, St Peters Lane, East Bond Street, Causeway Lane, Southgates slip road, Churchgate, Duns Lane, Cheapside, Eastgates, Haymarket, Every Street, Walnut Street and Applegate.