Cycling pro Jamie Caldwell hopes for home-town success in St Ives

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 May 2014

The route of the St Ives race on June 14.

The route of the St Ives race on June 14.

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Professional cyclist Jamie Caldwell says he’s aiming for a home-town victory in next month’s night-time race in St Ives.

Jamie, who has ridden for racing team Starley Primal for the past three years, is preparing for the criterium – a high-intensity race around a mile-long circuit – in the town centre on June 14.

The event, which has been started by his father Tom Caldwell, features races from 4pm to 10pm, starting with youngsters, veterans, ­professional women and ­culminating in the professional men’s race.

The route starts outside the Corn Exchange, travels between the Golden Lion and the Town Hall, before sweeping around towards Birt Lane and a tight right-turn towards the Quay.

Cyclists will then race along Bridge Street, turn left into Merryland before making a U-turn on the Broadway and heading back towards the Corn Exchange.

Roads will be closed from 12.30pm to 11pm, including parts of Market Hill and The Broadway.

Jamie, 24, who started cycling at St Ives Cycling Club, said: “It’s going to be an exciting race having seen the route. There’s everything a criterium needs – narrow roads and tight turns.

“It’s going to be quite surreal cycling around my home town.

“The biggest advantage I will get is the buzz from the crowd that will spur me on.

“It has the potential to be a great event and I can’t see why it can’t do as the Circuit of the Fens has done in becoming one of the top eight races in the country.”

Jamie, an aeronautical engineer who lives in Portsmouth, started cycling when he was 16, with club runs and races before moving on to race professionally.

“The best thing to do in the St Ives is to get to the front and fight hard to stay there.

“Down towards the Oliver Cromwell pub is going to be very narrow, so I’m expecting to be cycling very quickly in single file.

“Then along The Broadway we will get a bit of time to recover before tackling the narrow streets again.

“It’s going to be a spectacle.”

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