The organisational team of the Sheffield Grand Prix have announced that this years event has been cancelled due to issues with the circuit in the centre of Sheffield. Post covid, the city centre has gone through major changes which has had a big impact on the traditional 1.4km circuit. The main finish straight has been pedestrianised and infrastructure in place simply won’t allow for a safe passage of the race in its current form. A variation on the current had been considered but due to recent further works this is now no longer possible, giving the organisers no time to plan for another circuit.
Marc Etches, event director commented, “The whole of Sheffield city centre is undergoing a lot of changes at the moment and planning in a new circuit in a busy city is quite an undertaking. We have already held meetings with Sheffield City Council, who have been an event partner since the first event in 2011 and we are already planning to run in 2023 as part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series”.
Marc continued, “We’ve been blessed with such a brilliant circuit which always provided a great evening of cycle racing for spectators. All the support and effort over past 10 years has made the event one of the best on the calendar and we won’t give up on such a great event that has hosted the National Circuit Race Championships on two occasions. We’ll be back on a reworked circuit and give riders and spectators the opportunity to be part of a great night of racing in our great city once again”.
The event team would like to thank long terms partners which include Bioracer UK, Browns Sheffield, Cocker and Carr, JE James Cycles, Sheffield City Council, HMT Hospitals and Blue Strawberry Elephant.No tags