Stafford GP date change to prevent World Cup clash

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The Stafford Grand Prix - part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series - will take place on Thursday July 8 rather than July 7 to avoid a clash with the football World Cup semi-finals.

"Initially when we put the application in to British Cycling to be part of the series we had picked Wednesday July 7 based on other cultural events taking place within the town that week, but once it became clear there was a clash with the world cup we all felt it was sensible to move the event by a day," said event organiser Paul Rowlands.

"British Cycling have supported that change of date but unfortunately one of the pages where the event was listed on the BC site was missed and there's been a little confusion as a result."

The Elite race kicks off at 7pm - the riders will tackle the 1km course, starting and finishing near the market square, for one hour plus five laps.

The Stafford event is the fourth round of the 2010 Elite Circuit Series, the second round takes place on Wednesday (June 23) in Otley. Ian Wilkinson (Endura) won the opening round in Dumfries on May 28.

More details of the Stafford GP can be found at its official website,, and via the event's Twitter feed at

Related links

British Race Calendar 2010: including links to reports


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