‘The Milk Race’ is returning to Nottingham this summer. Preparations are underway for the event that will take place on the 25th May.
Following a successful return in 2013, after a 20-year hiatus, the race returns to Nottingham again, with Olympic champions taking part.
The Milk Race was a multi-stage cycling event that toured Britain between 1958 and 1993, with a number of global cycling heroes taking part in the challenge.
An elite men’s and women’s race will feature numerous world-class champions. But residents are also given the chance to have a go themselves.
The route for this year looks set to be the same as last, with cyclists beginning their journey racing up Long Row, around Beastmarket Hill, down Friar Lane and Spaniel Row, and across Castle Gate past Nottingham Castle.
They will then make their way back to the Old Market Square up Lister Gate, across St Peter’s Gate, along Bridlesmith Gate and back along Long Row to the finish line.
70,000 people attended the event last year and Nottingham City Councillor David Trimble, hopes to see the same turnout
“It’s going to be brilliant for Nottingham’s economy” – Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture
However, Free Wheel bike shop manager Simon Neil, feels the City Council have not accommodated for the smaller businesses.
He hopes his shop will see an increase in customers leading up to the race, but feels the actual event will not benefit the local cycling economy