Nottingham

Milk Race returns after 20-year absence

Chris Lillywhite winning the last Milk Race in 1993.
Image caption The Milk Race last took place in 1993

A cycling event bearing the famous Milk Race name is returning after a 20-year absence.

The event, to be staged in Nottingham on Sunday, will include elite races, public rides and family activities.

London 2012 gold medallists Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Dani King will cycle in the elite races, while Dame Sarah Storey, who is expecting her first child in June, will also be present.

Image caption Dame Sarah Storey, multiple medal-winner, hopes to compete in a race

Cyclists will complete laps of a 1.2km city centre circuit.

Olympic athletes

The original Milk Race ran from 1958 to 1993 and was one of the most prestigious cycling events in Britain.

It was sponsored by the now disbanded Milk Marketing Board.

The road race took place over a number of days in different locations.

The revived race will be sponsored by The Dairy Council and the Milk Marketing Forum.

Besides the Olympic athletes, the elite races will feature Tour de France stage winner Magnus Bäckstedt. Nottingham-based Team Raleigh is also entering a five-man team.

Dame Sarah Storey hopes to participate in one of three non-competitive public rides. There will be an advanced ride, a community ride and a family ride.

All races will begin and end at the Council House.

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