Saffron Walden Grand Prix
Sunday 25 August 2019
Le Tour de France visited in 2014 - since then, the silence has been deafening. Until now.
Monument Cycling is bringing cycle racing back to the roads of Saffron Walden.
The Saffron Walden Grand Prix is a day of high-quality circuit cycle racing based in the historic market town of Saffron Walden, showcasing the finest town in the area.
There are plenty of opportunities to watch the bunch lined out on the fast, winding roads of north west Essex, concertinaed in the narrow streets of the market, or sprinting for the finish on the iconic tree lined High Street. Hear the roar of thousands of fans lining the roads, as the country's best cyclists compete to become the first champion of the Saffron Walden Grand Prix.
Local food and drink vendors will supply refreshments in Saffron Walden, as a host of wonderful food stalls and cafes give you plenty to get your teeth into.
Working with partners and local organisations, we can create an event that makes Saffron Walden proud.
10:00 - A traffic-free bike ride open to all
12:30 - Women’s open race.
13:30 - Men’s open race
14:30 - Women’s Elite race
15:45 - Men’s Elite race
The Saffron Walden Grand Prix will take place on a 1.1km, closed road circuit.
Setting off from the start and finish line on the High Street, riders will glide past the terraced houses of Gold Street, hurtle through a tight chicane and race into the historic market. They’ll make their way up a short, sharp climb, to the tallest church in Essex and catch a glimpse of this year’s flower festival, before straightening up for the finish on the High Street.
Spectators are encouraged to watch the action as it unfolds along the route. There are a number of great vantage points. Each lap of the circuit is expected to take 2-3 minutes, so there will be plenty of opportunities to watch the riders before the finish.
Saffron Walden County High School
Audley End Road
Diversions & Road Closures
Information for Residents and spectators
We regularly update our social media channels with information regarding road closures, the best places to watch, and how to plan for the day. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay up to date.
Parking and ROAD CLOSURES
The race route itself will be closed on the day of the race - the closures will run from 06:00 until 22:00 to allow adequate time for safe set up and take down of the event infrastructure. We’ll try our best to finish before that and get the roads open for residents. If you will need access to your car on the day, we advise moving it just off the race circuit.
Due to the early start on Sunday, parking will be restricted from 17:00 on Saturday evening. This is to ensure cars aren’t left on the circuit overnight, which might impede the timings of the event set-up and make things more dangerous for the teams who would need to work around them. Cars left on the circuit may be towed to allow safe passage of the race.
Spectator and rider safety
Speed of the race riders
Please be aware of the high speeds that riders will reach. Stand well back as the peloton passes and don't impede riders in any way - for both their and your safety. Be especially aware that after the peloton passes, there may still be other riders approaching.
Please respect the guidance of race marshals at all times.
Take pictures but do so safely and don’t obstruct the riders, especially on narrow sections of the course. Please be extra careful with selfie sticks.
Please keep small children safe and well away from the cyclists as they come through.
Fires and barbecues
Be extremely careful with flames and cigarettes- it only takes one spark to start a fire. Please note that BBQs and open flames are not permitted on Saffron Walden’s town common.
Please keep your dog on a short lead and under control at all times.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via the form below.