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Town hosts major sporting event

Cyclists in Exeter
The Tour Series teams took to the streets of Exeter last week

Cyclists took over a Surrey town as it hosted one of the county's biggest sporting events of 2009.

Thousands of spectators converged on the centre of Woking on Tuesday for the one-day Tour Series event, which saw 10 teams of top riders competing.

Woking was one of 10 towns chosen to stage events laid on by the Tour of Britain organisers in May and June.

The five-man teams completed 30 laps of the one mile (1.5km) circuit, starting from 1900 BST.

Road closures were brought in from 1100 BST to allow local schools, disabled cyclists and businesses to take part in amateur races of up to three laps.

The races took place in the heart of the town, starting and finishing on Victoria Way.

The event was part of a strategy to encourage cycling in Woking.

Last year, Woking Borough Council and the county council were given £1.82m from Cycling England, set up by the government to promote cycling.

Plans included improvements to Woking Cycle Network and the Basingstoke Canal towpath, expanding cycling activities in schools, and improving cycle storage at railway stations.

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