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- 25. May 2009.

Adrenaline fuelled action to close festival

Town Centre Cycling Criteriums To Bring The Original Bicycle Festival To A Close

The Original Bicycle Festival, Scotland's Homecoming cycling festival, comes to a gripping and dramatic close this weekend (Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May) as adrenaline fuelled town centre road racing hits the streets of Castle Douglas and Dumfries. 

The first two events of Scottish Cycling's ScottishPower Renewables Criterium Series build upon the massive UK wide interest that is generated for cycling in Dumfries and Galloway as a result of the annual visit of the Tour of Britain, with large crowds expected to turn out to watch the action unfold.

Scotland's premier circuit races have attracted a top class field from across Scotland and the North of England with the challenging routes in Castle Douglas and Dumfries expected to test riders to the limit whilst providing a thrilling spectacle for both festival visitors and residents alike. 

Jackie Davidson, Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling, said: 'The Criterium Series is a great day out for riders and spectators.  With up to 100 riders battling it out around a town centre circuit, these events will be fantastic to watch. This is an exciting time for cycling in Scotland and it will be interesting to see who out of the experienced riders and emerging talent take away victory from these fast-paced races.'

The Castle Douglas Criterium programme starts at 5.30pm on Saturday evening (23 May) with a series of junior, youth and women's races building up to the Men's elite race at 8.10pm. The Dumfries circuit on Sunday (24 May) is longer, more dramatic and a lot more energy sapping. The first race starts at 2.30pm with the elite men's race starting at 5.30pm.  

Providing entertainment in Dumfries on Sunday, between the competitions, will be YouTube biking sensation Danny Macaskill and The Clan cycle stunt team as they wow the crowds with their awesome displays.  

Councillor Ian Carruthers, Dumfries & Galloway Council's Events Champion said, 'These exciting Criteriums will bring a new cycling spectacle to Castle Douglas and Dumfries and conclude the Original Bicycle Festival in style and colour. Come out and support the event and get inspired to get on your bike!'

Cyclists can still register for each of the events. For further information and details of how to compete visit www.scottishcycling.org.uk 

Full programme available on http://www.originalbicyclefestival.co.uk/
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