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 from Saffron Walden's large common, as a host of delicious food stalls 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, 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
Information for Residents and spectators
We'll be updating this page and our social media channels with information regarding road closures, the best places to watch, and how to plan for the day. Stay tuned for more details over the next few months.
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, particularly on Saffron Walden’s common – it only takes one spark to start a fire.
Please keep your dog on a short lead and under control at all times.