News – Stafford GP


Countdown to the Staffordshire Cycling Festival begins with the help of Felix English and Peal Izumi Sports Tour International rider Lauren Creamer

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News – Stafford GP

Countdown to the Staffordshire Cycling Festival begins with the help of Felix English and Peal Izumi Sports Tour International rider Lauren Creamer. They met at the Swan Hotel – the start and finish line for Friday night’s Stafford Grand Prix.

Felix English and Lauren Creamer with local family

Lauren Creamer said: “Staffordshire has some of the best roads in the country and the Staffordshire Cycling Festival has something for everyone. It’s quickly become a top event on the sport calendar. I had a brilliant time racing last year and I’m looking forward to being part of the Festival again.”

Taking place across two days, the festival starts with the sixth edition of the Stafford GP, which is set to attract some of the nation’s biggest cycling stars. Those attending on the opening night to cheer on their sporting heroes will be treated to a host of activities to get the evening started – from balance bike races for the kids and a chance for the public to ride the closed pro circuit with Free Ride Friday, before the professionals take centre stage in the town centre.

The action then moves to Shugborough Hall Estate for day two, with food and drink and more family-fun activities at this year’s Festival Village happening alongside two public sportives, the INTO Staffordshire 35 mile ride and a revamped route for the longer ride, at 66 miles.

Open for sign-ups to anyone with a passion for pedals, the INTO 35 mile ride is a great introduction for those tackling sportives for the first time. The 66-mile challenge is for more confident riders and involves a number of tests, from steep climbs and heavy sections that test riders’ willpower.


A great way to work up an appetite and toast the achievement of crossing the finishing line, all sportive participants will be rewarded with a soft drink or free half pint of Staffordshire Cycling Festival Ale courtesy of Lymestone Brewery.

An adrenalin pumping short course mountain bike race will provide the warm up on Saturday afternoon, before the pros finally draw the Festival to a close with the Francesco Group Women’s Grand Prix and the fast and furious Shugborough Kermesse – both set to boast the very best in British road cycling talent.

With further Festival details yet to be released, an overview of the programme so far includes:

Friday 3rd July
· Stafford GP Men’s Elite Race
· Free Ride Friday
· Balance Bike Challenge (under-fives)

Saturday 4th July
· Festival Village
· Free access to Shugborough Estate gardens
· Mountain Bike Race
· INTO Staffordshire 35 mile sportive
· 66 mile open sportive
· Francesco Group Women’s Grand Prix
· Professional race – Shugborough Kermesse

The Staffordshire Cycling Festival takes place on Friday 3rd July and Saturday 4th July 2015. For more information or to register to ride one of the two sportives, visit

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