Oxford city centre to be transformed for cycle races

Oxford is to host the latest round of a city centre cycling event later, including a race between teams from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

The city centre will be transformed into a 1.4km race track for the visit of annual The Halfords Tour Series.

Races start at 14:00 BST but road closures affecting a number of bus routes will be in place all day.

Ten teams will battle it out in a series of races on the course through the St Giles area of the city.

Oxford hosts the third round of the Halfords Tour Series, which will visit 10 cities across the UK by the end of June.

The country's top 10 professional cycling teams are vying to be crowned winners of the competition.

Spectators can watch the action right through until final race and medal ceremony at 20:30 BST.

Road closures are similar to those enforced for the annual St Giles Fair.

St Giles, Magdalen Street East and Magdalen Street West will be closed to traffic.

Parking will also be suspended around the race circuit.

Affected bus services will operate via Broad Street, while taxis will be relocated to Beaumont Street.

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