Newark Town Centre Races

The District Council is working alongside Generation Pro Cycling Events to deliver a summer evening of fast paced cycle racing, acting as the finale to the British Cycling National Circuit Series. The series also features races in Barnsley and Sheffield and the winner of the whole series will be awarded their trophy in Newark.

The race in Newark, which will take place around the town centre on Friday 29 July, will take riders around a 1.2km circuit snaking around the town travelling on Kirk Gate, Middlegate, Stodman Street, Castlegate, Lombard Street, Cartergate, Bridge Street and through the cobbled market square.

An estimated 3,000 spectators will descend on the town for what could be a nail-biting end to the cycling series.

Local Newark rider Isabel Darvill will line up with her Pro-Noctis - Rotor - Redchilli Bikes - Heidi Kjeldsen women’s cycling team, and reigning National Circuit Race Champion Jo Tindley. Last year’s National Series winner Matthew Gibson will lead his WiV SunGod team taking on the likes of former world tour stars Alex Peters (formerly Team Sky), Harry Tanfield and their Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling comrades.

The opening ceremony for the event will take place at 4pm followed by a community ride for local cyclists and businesses with races for younger age groups and amateurs to follow. The main event will start at 7.30pm for the women’s race followed by the men’s race at 8:45pm.

The mixture of surfaces will provide all riders with an exciting challenge on this twisty, technical and fast circuit which will encourage frenetic and thrilling racings all night long.

With the route being within the town centre, a number of roads will have to be closed. Alternative routes will be drawn up by the District Council and these will be shared in due course.

Find out more about the race on the official Newark Town Centre Races website.

This summer the district will also be in a cycling mood as the Tour of Britain returns yet again. The route was announced recently and will go through many of the rural towns and villages in the district.

Road closures

Riders will race around a 1.2km circuit snaking around the town in what will be an exciting finish to the circuit series. With the race taking part in the town centre, some roads will be closed and parking suspended during the race from 3pm until 11pm. These include: Kirkgate, Middlegate, Boar Lane, Stodman Street, Castlegate, Lombard Street, Cartergate, Bridge Street, Wilson Street and part of Baldertongate. Parking is also suspended on Friary Road.

Please make plans to find alternative routes to travel if you’ll be driving in Newark town centre during this time. More information for residents and businesses can be found here:

Bus service closures

Please note that bus services for both Marshalls and Stagecoach will not be in operation in and out of Newark from 3pm onward.

For local residents and visitors using bus services please check in advance and find alternative modes of transport during the day.

Information for businesses

The race will require some road closures and no on-street parking, therefore we are keen to ensure that your business is not disrupted unnecessarily by providing you with early notification of the timings of the proposed closures. This may affect deliveries to your business operation, which we would ask you to please give advance consideration to.

The following roads will be closed (or have restricted access) between 3.00pm and 11.00pm on Friday 29th July: Kirkgate, Middlegate, Boar Lane, Stodman Street, Castlegate, Lombard Street, Cartergate, Bridge Street, Wilson Street and part of Baldertongate.

Traffic orders will be in place to secure the route. In addition to the road closures, the route will be protected with crowd barriers throughout its 1.1km distance to ensure a safe environment for both the cyclists and the spectators. A number of supervised crossing points will be operating during racing to ensure safe pedestrian access and movement is maintained.

There will be a programme of races throughout the afternoon and into the evening culminating with the final National Elite Women’s and Elite Men’s races of the cycling calendar. It is anticipated that this event will attract a significant number of visitors and spectators to the Town to experience professional cycling at its very best.

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the impact of the road closures are minimised, the event organisers would ask for your support and co-operation to make the event a success for all the Town.

For more information on the event, please visit:
If you have any queries please email or phone 01636 650 000