Event Safety

  • If possible please do not bring bags with you to the event – if you do have a bag with you please keep this on your person at all times.
  • If you’ve registered for the South Downs National Park ‘Share the Space’ Family Ride, come along from 9am to pick up your wristband in time for the event opening at 9.45am or just come along from 10am to join the fun with racing starting just after 11am.
  • Make sure you come along and get an event programme from registration if you’re racing/ riding the Family Ride or from the info point or event staff if you’re spectating on the day.
  • The Winchester Criterium & CycleFest is held in the heart of the City Centre with the Start/Finish line at the top of the High Street a 5 – 10 minute walk from Winchester Train Station while the CycleFest area in the Broadway is a further 10 minutes walk down the hill.
  • Local buses will call at a temporary bus stop in the Broadway as roads will be closed from 5am in the heart of the City Centre around the High Street. A full list of closures can be found here.
  • The nearest airport is Southampton Airport which is under 10 minutes from Winchester by direct train.
  • If you are driving, we recommend you use the South Park & Ride Car Park (SO21 2FG) from where you can you choose to follow the signs for a pleasant three mile cycle along the Hockley Viaduct. You can meet up at 8.45am to join a guided ride to the Broadway to get there in time for the Family Ride.
  • If you witness anything unusual at the event please notify an event steward and stay safe by following RUN, HIDE, TELL, guidance.
  • Any queries please contact us!

What time should I arrive in Winchester to see the Criterium & CycleFest?

We anticipate Winchester to be very busy on the day of the Criterium & CycleFest so make sure you are in place early. Our Family Cycle Ride will start at 9.45am along with a number of other activities and stalls opening at 10.00am. The first race is scheduled for 11.10am.

I want to come by public transport. How do I get there?

The event ‘hub’ at the Broadway is a 10-15 minute walk from Winchester Train Station which has good links throughout the region including a direct line to Southampton Airport and to London.

I want to bring my bike. How do I get there?

If you are driving from further afield, and would like to park and cycle to the hub at the Broadway, you may like to use the South Park & Ride and follow the NCN23/ Hockley Viaduct for a pleasant 2.5 mile cycle ride to start your day. You can sign up to a our led Park & Cycle Ride with the whole family here.

I will be coming by car. Where can I park when attending the Criterium & CycleFest?

Free parking is available on the day throughout the city centre, and more information is available on the City Council website. Please follow road signs for city centre parking. Note that the park & ride/ shuttle bus does not operate on a Sunday – check the City Council website for more information to find the best parking for you.

What are the different races in the Winchester Criterium?

The races for the Criterium will start with Under 8/10s just after 11am and progress through the age groups until the final men’s and women’s senior races from around 3.45pm. For more information, view the full schedule here.

Where shall I go to see the races?

There are safe viewing areas around the route. The busiest places are likely to be at the start/finish area towards the top of the High Street, and there will be some short sections where no viewing is possible due to the narrow streets and pavements and the need to allow clear access routes. Stewards will be available to advise on where best to stand throughout the day.

What impact will this have on businesses and local residents in the area?

Winchester City Council and the Business Improvement District are working with local businesses and residents affected by the road closures to keep them informed and ensure they can best plan and manage access to their premises, and to ensure businesses can best benefit from the increased footfall on the day.

Will toilet facilities be provided for the public lining the route?

There will be no additional temporary facilities. There are a number of public toilets signposted around the City and stewards will assist in directing you to the nearest conveniences which are likely to be Abbey Gardens and Middle Brook Street.