Tour of Cambridgeshire Festival
1st to 3rd June 2018
The Peterborough Arena and Showground (PAS), PE2 6HE
The Peterborough Arena and Showground (PAS), PE2 6HE
What is the Tour of Cambridgeshire?
The ToC is a prestigious cycling festival event which will take place over closed roads and it is expected to attract around 10,000 cyclists of all abilities.
Tour of Cambridgeshire is one of 19 events worldwide, that make up the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. The event comprises of a Time Trial (26km), Team Time Trial (26km) and a Gran Fondo (128km).
When will the Tour of Cambridgeshire take place?
The event will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2017.
Saturday 3rd June
Sunday 4th June
The first Marmotte Gran Fondo ever to be held outside of mainland Europe. This event is held over 80 miles/128km with up to 8,000 participants.
In addition, an Expo will run throughout the weekend within the Peterborough Arena and Showground, with stalls and pop-up shops, food and drink, plus other attractions. Residents, as well as visitors, in the area will be encouraged to enjoy the activities and soak up the atmosphere at the Expo. It is envisaged that in addition to cycling related information and sales, local businesses, clubs and organisations on the route will also have the opportunity be represented at the Expo.
Where will it he held?
The main event HQ will be within the Peterborough Arena and Showground, although the route for the races extends to include many Cambridgeshire communities.
Peterborough Arena and Showground offer a central location with a great deal of outdoor space; it is also close to the Peterborough City Centre, bus station and train station and will therefore encourage visitors to make the most of other attractions throughout Cambridgeshire including restaurants and bars, as well as local activities and events.
The races between them travel through many towns and villages in the area – Folksworth, Morbourne, Alconbury Weston, Upwood, Ramsey St Marys, Pondersbridge, Whittlesey, Farcet, Yaxley, amongst many smaller areas - maximising the opportunities for tourists and participants to view our breath-taking scenery.
Who is organising the event?
The event is being organised by cycling specialists Golazo Cycling.
The organisers of this event have successfully brought together local, national and international partners in the form of various charities, contractors and the worldwide governing body of cycling, the UCI.
What are the benefits of the Tour of Cambridgeshire to Cambridgeshire?
This is a major participation event and offers an opportunity to promote and further enhance Cambridgeshire’s reputation as a major sporting destination.
The hosting of this event brings many benefits to the area including opportunities to promote lifelong physical activity especially cycling; economic benefits for local businesses across Cambridgeshire and an opportunity to promote the area as a tourist destination with the many Council, Voluntary and Community led attractions on offer for visitors to the area.
What are the routes?
For detailed route information and maps, including closure timings, please click here.
Will roads be closed?
All races will require road closures on the route and traffic orders have already been issued to enable this. These essential closures are required to secure the route and protect participants, spectators and members of the public.
A traffic management company will travel around the route, closing roads to ensure no vehicles come on to the road. The road will be legally closed by the implementation of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO). The closure will be legally enforced for the safety of both participants and residents. The road will be opened on or before the time stated for each sector of the route unless Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Cambridgeshire County Council Highways decide there are significant safety issues that prevent this.
What roads will be closed and how long for?
Road closures will vary throughout the event, according to the day, location, Route Sectors and the specific event; full details can be found at here.
Will the road closures have an effect on the wider road network?
There is potential that some roads that aren’t closed will see increased levels of traffic due to diversions. There is also a likelihood that some bus services are altered in order that they will be able access smaller roads as part of diversions and some bus stops may have to be moved temporarily. We are liaising with transport providers to ensure that alternative transport arrangements are in place during the road closure period.
Pedestrian access will be permitted, however pedestrians are reminded that the roads are closed. Cyclists and vehicles within the race travel at high speeds. It is the pedestrians responsibility to cross the roads safely.
Residents and businesses who will be affected by the road closures will receive a leaflet containing event and closure information.
How will Buses be affected?
There will be a range of bus service cancellations and temporary arrangements during the closure periods. Contact your local bus provider for more information.
What access arrangements are in place for local residents and businesses?
Access restrictions will vary from place to place and will depend on the location and time that the event passes through each town/village. All road closure timings will be kept to a minimum level allowing a safe and secure event. In any event, we will be making every effort to mitigate disruption on the local roads.
These restrictions are necessary to ensure the smooth running of the event while maintaining the safety and security of participants, residents and spectators.
During the road closure period, residents will not have access to the roads closed until the closures have been lifted. We are working with local care providers to maintain access for essential care on the day of the event, as well as local GPs and Doctors on Call Service. All emergency service vehicles, with a blue light emergency, will have access throughout the road closure period.
We regret any disruption this event may bring but we are confident that by carefully planning ahead, we can minimise the impact on residents and businesses. We encourage residents and businesses to plan ahead and make alternative arrangements wherever possible and also use this opportunity, where possible, to organise or take part in any community events or visit local attractions.
It is strongly recommended that all members of the communities carefully consider any movement in the area during the affected weekend; pay particular attention to the scheduling of any deliveries, servicing, maintenance, attendance, appointments and timetables which may be affected.
Are there any special provisions being made for persons requiring critical health care?
All health care and medical providers have been made aware of the event and the road closure periods; all providers have made provision for this and we will be continuing to work closely together to ensure that all care is provided when and where necessary. All emergency services, who have a blue light emergency, during the closure times will have access to the route.
People requiring access to critical health care during the closure periods must contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What access arrangements have been made for emergency service vehicles?
In planning for this event we have been liaising with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Fire and Rescue, NHS Ambulance services services as well as other critical service providers.
Emergency access to all properties and residents on route will be maintained at all times. Emergencies will be treated in the usual day to day way, and the safety of the residents and visitors alike will be a priority. In the event of an emergency situation occurring within the route, members of the public should contact the emergency services as usual on 999.
Emergency services will be dispatched as normal and access will be co-ordinated by the event organisers.
I live in residential area next to the Event HQ, are the access arrangements the same as previous years?
All residents who live in Orton Northgate will have access to the Peterborough Arena car park on Loch Lomand Way. There will also be an ingress and egress route from Loch Lomand Way to Dunblane Drive via the internal road network at the Peterborough Arena.
Please be aware that the access to East of England Way is restricted throughout the closure timings. It is recommended that vehicles are parked in the carparking facilities available outside of the closure timings to allow for your traffic movement.
What parking arrangements are in place for the event?
Within the TTRO, all vehicles must be removed from the affected roads. It is recommended that residents and businesses use off-road parking or alternative parking on adjacent roads that are not affected by the road closures.
What security and measures will be in place to ensure no damage is done to residential and business property?
There are two separate control documents in place to ensure safety and security of (1) the event overall and (2) for the cycle races in particular. These will be subject to scrutiny and approval of the Council’s own Health & Safety Service and local emergency services.
What measures will be in place for crowd control at the site?
There will security onsite throughout the event to manage and deploy crowd control measures.
Will there be a camping provision on the site?
There is an Official Camping Area at the Event HQ which is available for both participants and spectators.
To book an Official Camping pitch, email email@example.com.
What about additional litter on the routes?
Bins will be provided at all key locations around the event site. There will be a dedicated Waste Management contractor for both the event site and the routes, with a team and vehicle travelling behind the race to collect litter dropped by riders.
The event organisers will ensure that the course and event site are cleared on the closure of the event.
Will compensation be paid for inconvenience or lost business revenue?
In relation to compensation for loss of trade incurred due to the road closures, there is no general liability to pay compensation. As such, we regret that the Event Organiser and Cambridgeshire County Council are not able to make any payments of this nature.
We have endeavoured to create diversion routes across the event to mitigate against this. In addition, local businesses which believe they may suffer due to road closures can contact the organisers to discuss opportunities for promotion of their business at the EXPO event.
How are residents being informed?
Event information will be shared using various methods including letter drops to homes, local media, and online via the event website.
All road closure information, including timings, will be available on this site and any new questions / answers raised relating to the event will be added to these FAQs. Every household, along with Churches, Businesses and other key stakeholders such as Farms will be informed of the likely impact caused in detail.
Care providers are being asked to ensure information is shared with vulnerable people.
There will also be communications including radio stations and newspapers to encourage the wider community to participate in the events and EXPO.
Who in Cambridgeshire County Council approved this event?
Elected Members and Officers of Cambridgeshire County Council were approached by a consortium of local, national and international organisations with a view to hosting this prestigious event in the area due to our stunning scenery and reputation for promotion of Sport.
Following a great deal of consideration and assessment it was agreed that this event would provide considerable benefits to Cambridgeshire including opportunities to promote lifelong physical activity especially cycling; economic benefits for local businesses across Cambridgeshire and to promote the area as a tourist destination, with many Council, voluntary and community led attractions to offer visitors to the area.
We do understand that the event impacts many residents and businesses and we will ensure that all disruption is kept to a minimum. We would like to thankyou in advance for your understanding and we hope that you embrace this amazing event that is coming to the area. If you have any question or queries that have not been included in the above, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.