Council wants to host highly successful Chorley Grand Prix on an annual basis

Cyclist Ian Bibby in action. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com
Cyclist Ian Bibby in action. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

The first Chorley Grand Prix cycling race proved to be so popular it could become an annual event.

Thousands of people lined the streets on Saturday to see professional cyclists tackle a challenging 116-mile route, starting in Chorley town centre and taking in many of the surrounding villages.

Gary Hall, chief executive of Chorley Council, said: “This was a first for Chorley and it was so well received by everyone that we hope that it may become an annual event.”

Cycling fans who missed the race can catch up on the action when it is televised on Eurosport on Sunday.

See today’s Guardian for an eight-page souvenir pull-out from Chorley Grand Prix.