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Salisbury Cycle Tour Series

The OVO Energy Tour Series returns to Salisbury on Thursday 23 May

Salisbury will once again thrill to top class sport when the city hosts Round 6 of the elite OVO Energy Tour Series cycling on Thursday 23 May. 

Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council are supporting the event, which will take place in Wiltshire for the second year. The event is free to attend and sees the prestigious tour series reached its penultimate stage when the men's and women's teams race for victory. Riders compete as teams with each competitor riding the circuit, and the winner is the team with the shortest cumulative lap time.

The races will start and finish in Blue Boar Row with the teams' compound in the Market Square, close to the Guildhall, where the podium will be sited. 

There will be lots going on before the races to make it a event for everyone.  

What you need to know

  • From 12 noon: Street food and refreshments
  • From 3pm: Entertainment and activities
  • 4.30pm: Race introductions and build up 
  • 5.30pm - 6.15pm: Women's team races 
  • 7pm - 8.15pm: Men's team races
  • Approx 8.30pm: Podium presentations

The race route

FAQs for spectators and visitors


Family activities will take place between 3pm and 4.30pm and will include adapted cycling, children’s entertainment, live music, street food and refreshments. The elite cycling programme commences at 4.30pm with the introductions of the women’s teams, who will then warm up on the circuit.  The women’s race will start at 5.30pm and will last for 45 minutes. Presentations will take place at approx. 6.25pm. The men’s team introductions will be from 6.30pm, followed by a warm up on the circuit and the race starting at 7pm. The men’s race will last for one hour before it culminates in 5 sprint laps. Presentations will be at 8.30pm approx.

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The main hub of the event is in the Guildhall Square where the additional activities will take place, the Market Place where the tour buses and riders will park and warm up, with the Start/Finish straight on Blue Boar Row. The 1.2km circuit will run anti-clockwise from the start on Blue Boar Row to Minister Street, Silver Street, High Street, New Canal, turning right down Catherine Street, left into Ivy Street, left into Brown Street and left into Winchester Street returning to Blue Boar Row to finish the lap. 

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ll Salisbury Park and Ride sites will be open late (last collection at approximately 10pm) and will be free. The drop off point will be at Castle Street adjacent to the Milford Hall Hotel, whilst the pick up will be at the Millstream Approach Coach Park, off Castle Street. Disabled parking is available in the underground area of the Maltings Car Park, or at Shopmobility.  Wiltshire Council Central car park only, will be free from 1pm on 23 May 2019

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The OVO Energy Tour Series is Britain’s leading televised cycle race series and is now in its eleventh year of competition. It remains a unique event in the sport of cycling as the focus is on the teams – the winner of each men’s and women’s round is the squad who completes the race in the shortest cumulative time. The series comprises seven city centre circuit races across the country – Salisbury is Round Six.  More information: tourseries.co.uk.

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Nothing! It is free of charge for spectators. The circuit-based nature of the Tour Series also means fans get to see the riders pass by numerous times during each race!

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You can watch the race at any point on the circuit. The circuit will be barriered on both sides, but pedestrian crossing points will be set up around the circuit enabling access to and from all areas.  The pedestrian crossing points are shown on the map at the end of this document.

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The following roads will be closed from 9am to facilitate the set-up of the start/finish area.
• Blue Boar Row
• Queen Street
• Endless Street (between Blue Boar Row and Chipper Lane)
The remaining roads on the circuit will be closed from 1pm to enable the full race infrastructure to be safely put into place during the afternoon.
• Minster Street
• Silver Street
• High Street (excludes the pedestrian section)
• New Canal
• Catherine Street
• Ivy Street*
• Brown Street** (excludes Brown Street south of Trinity Street/Ivy Street)
• Winchester Street (excludes Winchester Street east of Rollestone Street
• Fisherton Street and Bridge Street will also be closed to through traffic between Sliver Street and Dews Street from 1pm. However, residents and traffic for Central Car Park will still have access.

*Ivy Street: Access for vehicles travelling along New Street via Ivy Street will be retained for as long as possible prior to 4pm so that large vehicles can exit Churchfields Industrial Estate.   Once the closure takes effect this route will then be managed by Road Traffic Marshals with the one-way system on St. John’s Street suspended.
**Brown Street: Access and egress for residents and businesses only will be retained along Brown Street from Winchester Street to Ivy Street between 1pm and 4pm.
Access only for businesses and residents at the St. Anne’s Street/southern end of Brown Street. (i.e. White Hart Hotel), will be retained via Trinity Street throughout the event.

At 4pm all streets on the race circuit will be fully closed.

The circuit will be barriered on both sides, but pedestrian crossing points will be set up around the circuit enabling access to and from all areas.  The pedestrian crossing points are shown on the map at the bottom of this page along with the diversion routes.

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Parking Bays
Parking suspensions for the parking, loading and disabled bays will be in force from 6am to 11.59pm in the following streets:
• Minster Street
• Silver Street
• New Canal
• Catherine Street
• Ivy Street
• Brown Street (excludes Brown Street south of Trinity Street/Ivy Street)
• Winchester Street (excludes Winchester Street east of Rollestone Street)
• Milford Street from Pennyfarthing Street to Brown Street
• Castle Street, opposite Zizzi
• Endless Street from Blue Boar Row to Chipper Lane
• Queen Street
• Fisherton Street
Car Parks
• Brown Street Car Parks (east and west) will be closed from 1pm.
• Millstream Approach Car Park will be suspended from 6pm to accommodate the bus arrangements
• Alternative parking is available in Culver Street Car Park and Central Car Park. 
• Disabled parking is available in the underground are of the Maltings Car Park, or at Shopmobility.

Wiltshire Council Central car park only, will be free from 1pm on 23 May 2019.

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Salisbury has a range of accommodation and places to eat. More information can be found at Visit Wiltshire.

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A Paramedic Ambulance will be situated in the Guildhall Square with St. John’s Ambulance first aiders on hand at points around the circuit

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• The public toilets in the Market Place and Central Car Park will be open until 10pm. 
• The toilets at Millstream Approach Coach Park will be open until 11pm.
• The toilets at the Park and Ride sites will open until the last departure 10.15pm approx.

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A range of free activities will start from approximately 3pm in the Guildhall Square including adapted bikes, live entertainment, cycling promo stands, with street food and refreshments.

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Salisbury Reds and Wheelers buses and Park and Ride buses will drop passengers off at Castle Street near the Milford Hall Hotel and collect passengers from Millstream Approach Coach Park.
• Bus stops along Blue Boar Row and Endless Street will be diverted to Castle Street/Millstream Approach at 9am
• All remaining bus stops will be diverted to Castle Street/Millstream Approach at 12.50pm
• Park and Ride buses will continue operating until 11pm approx. The taxi ranks will be diverted to Castle Street Lane.

We advocate that all visitors and residents make use of the free Park and Ride sites, or Central and Culver Street Car Parks, Salisbury Reds buses, or cycle/walk and avoid driving across the city centre as delays will be inevitable.

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Blue Light Services will be able to access any location around the route at any time for an emergency. If access becomes necessary during the race, the race will be stopped immediately.

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FAQs for residents


As soon as the roads close as detailed above, you will not be able to access/egress from your parking space.  The only exception to this is for businesses/residents along Brown Street, which will be accessible until 4pm.  From 4.15pm, access/egress to any parking allocation along the circuit will not be possible until both the women’s and men’s races have finished and the roads are declared safe to operate.  This may not be until 11.59pm. Please use alternative parking in Culver Street, or Central Car Parks during the time the circuit is closed, if you need to access your car during this period.

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A traffic diversion will be in place from 9am as a result of the Blue Boar Row closures. Cars entering the city via Castle Street will be diverted along Scots Lane, Endless Street, Salt Lane, St Edmunds Church Street, Gigant Street, Love Lane, St Ann's Street and Exeter Street.

Traffic entering the city via Fisherton Street will be diverted via the A36 from 1pm

Once the circuit closes at 4pm a two-way traffic system will be put in at the junction of New Street and St John's Street for the duration of the races.

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Salisbury Reds and Wheelers buses and Park and Ride buses will drop passengers off at Castle Street near the Milford Hall Hotel and collect passengers from Millstream Approach Coach Park.
• Bus stops along Blue Boar Row and Endless Street will be diverted to Castle Street/Millstream Approach at 9am
• All remaining bus stops will be diverted to Castle Street/Millstream Approach at 12.50pm
• Park and Ride buses will continue operating until 9.40pm approx. 
• The taxi ranks will be diverted to Castle Street.

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Please contact the events team events@wiltshire.gov.uk or 01225 718066
For more information about the OVO Tour Series – Salisbury please go to:
www.tourseries.co.uk
www.wiltshire.gov.uk/salisbury

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FAQs for businesses


Your business can support this event by displaying event promotional material and mentioning it to your customers. Why not attend the event with work colleagues and experience this free, fast and colourful event.  Why not stay open later than usual.  The Tour Series could attract 5,000+ spectators to the event.

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We have endeavoured to keep the disruption that will naturally be caused by road closures to a minimum.  It is essential that the circuit is safe for the organisers to set up. It is feasible to manage business/resident access/egress to Brown Street for a longer period before this part of the circuit needs to close for all traffic (delivery vehicles will not be able to access Brown Street via Blue Boar Row after 9am). Ordinarily other cities operate a full day’s closure of their roads to enable this event to take place, which we are avoiding.

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If you are due to have your waste collected on Thursday 23 May, it is essential that you contact your contractor for detailed instructions and advise Lynne Davies at Salisbury City Council on 01722 342860 of any collection issues. Collections will have normal access on Wednesday 22 May and Friday 24 May.

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Deliveries to businesses on the race circuit will be viable until the specific roads are closed as detailed above. As soon as the roads are closed, deliveries will not be possible.  Again, the only exception to this is Brown Street but delivery vehicles must have left the race circuit by 4pm at the absolute latest.  Deliveries on the Market Place can be made until 10am as per the usual delivery timeframe.  It would be helpful if any Market Place businesses that are expecting a delivery on the 23 May notify events@wiltshire.gov.uk, so that we can issue you with an access permit, as this will be controlled by a Traffic Marshall at Scots Lane.
To avoid any potential delays/issues, it may be best if deliveries were not scheduled for the 23 May.

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Blue Light Services will be able to access any location around the route at any time for an emergency. If access becomes necessary during the race, the race will be stopped immediately.

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If you have any questions about the OVO Tour Series event please contact the events team events@wiltshire.gov.uk or 01225 718066
For more information about the OVO Tour Series Salisbury please go to: www.tourseries.co.uk

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Last updated: 16 May 2019 | Last reviewed: 16 May 2019