Bradley Wiggins to race at the Staffordshire Cycling Festival

In his first race back since smashing the UCI Hour Record, Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride the Stafford Grand Prix on Friday

Bradley Wiggins with his Team Wiggins teammates (Photo: Shaun Flannery/SWpix.com)
(Image credit: Shaun Flannery/SWPIX.COM)

Sir Bradley Wiggins will make his return to road racing at the Stafford Grand Prix this Friday (July 3), part of the Staffordshire Cycling Festival.

In his first appearance since breaking the UCI Hour Record on June 7, Wiggins will join his teammates in the second round of the British Cycling Elite Road Series.

There was speculation that Wiggins would enter last weekend's National Championships time trial, but this did not materialise as Alex Dowsett won a record-equalling fourth title.

Staffordshire Cycling Festival Founder and Organiser, Paul Rowlands, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to announce this news. Stafford is once again attracting the UK’s best cycling talent and we’re looking forward to welcoming Sir Bradley Wiggins and his team this weekend.”

The three-day festival features the Grand Prix on Friday evening around the streets of Stafford town centre. Saturday evening sees the Women's Grand Prix take place around the Shugborough Estate, and finally the elite men return on Sunday evening for a 50-mile Kermesse race.

Amateur riders will be in action as well in two sportives, while a host of events will be taking place across the weekend to attract riders of all ages and experience.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.