HUNDREDS of cyclists and spectators are expected to line the streets this weekend as the Grand Prix returns.

For the third year running, the event is set to take place throughout Minehead town centre on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday 23.

The Festival of Wheels returned to town in 2017 after 20 years absent. Now, the renamed Grand Prix is increasing the traction to the town.

Race director, Paul Butcher, said: "We are hoping lots of people will come down, and hope the sun shines.

"It's going ahead no matter what the weather will be doing."

Presumably due to the success of previous events, this year's is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The Minehead Grand Prix will this year incorporate the National Youth Series Championship, and the South West Regional Youth Series.

The new addition to the line up has seen the number of entries rocket. Last year 220 entries were made, and this year 550 entries have been submitted.

Mr Butcher added: "It's going to be a rocking atmosphere. It's a really big deal for Minehead to have that.

"The riders are from all over the UK.

"This is the first time to have the national race, you could guess that's recognition for the last two years.

"We are getting two bites of the cherry because some of the riders from the national event will be staying for the Sunday."

Mr Butcher says the event prides itself on being a 'ride for all', with races for all ages, and free activities for children.

"There's races for novices so anyone can have a turn," Mr Butcher added.

"We have a strong kid-friendly theme. That's where it all started so we want to carry that on.

"We want to encourage young people to get on their bikes, especially young girls."

As well as the races, there will also be other free displays and activities, including balance bikes and BMXing.

The event runs from 3.30-9pm on Saturday, and 9.30am until 6pm on Sunday,

Roads will be closed during the event in the town centre.

The starting and finish line will be outside Cafe Cream on The Avenue.

On Saturday and Sunday, The Parade, The Avenue, Blenheim Road and North Road will be closed to traffic.