TheStudios blog: Reasons to stay in Wolverhampton for the Commonwealth Games.
The Birmingham22 Commonwealth Games are fast approaching, with competitors and spectators from around the globe descending across the West Midlands.
Although the main games are being hosted in Birmingham, Wolverhampton West Park will be the start and finish point for the Cycling Time Trials.
Black Country Cycling Time Trials
On Thursday 4 August the Time Trial will be racing through the Black Country, leaving West Park before heading through the city, into parts of Dudley, South Staffordshire, before returning to the finish line back in West Park.
One of cycling’s toughest events, the Cycling Time Trials is a race against the clock for individual cyclists and a major test of strength and endurance.
The event will see over 90 cyclists competing in the competition and will be free for spectators along the route.
Wolverhampton has strong links to road cycling, with the first mass start cycling road race being held there in 1942 and leading riders such as Hugh Porter and Percy Stallard coming from the city.
European Champion Andy Tennant, originally from Wolverhampton helped launch the event back in 2020.
He said: “It’s fantastic news as Wolverhampton has hosted some big events I’ve taken part in, such as the Tour of Britain.
“I went to London 2012, Glasgow 2014 and I saw the impact it had on everyone, with all those involved loving it, so I really hope everyone comes out and supports it. I’m a proud Wulfrunian and I’m very proud to see it here, so I hope it will be a great event!”
Choose Wolverhampton for the Commonwealth Games 2022
With this major cycling event in the city and its excellent transport links to Birmingham, Wolverhampton is an ideal location for your stay during the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Whether you’re competing or spectating, here are some top attractions to visit when you have some downtime.
Wolverhampton West Park
West Park itself is less than ten minutes’ walk from the train station and boasts green flag status for over four years. Featuring beautiful gardens, a lake and classic Victorian features, be sure to go for a stroll while the sun shines!
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Wolverhampton Art Gallery is home to many wonderful locally historic pieces, as well as artwork from around the world. Explore more than 300 years of art for free gallery with fantastic changing exhibitions and permanent galleries, featuring work by English landscape and portrait genius Gainsborough. The architecture itself is stunning and is situated bang in the city centre.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Just a short trip outside of the city centre, the famous Black Country Living Museum is a great place to take in Wolverhampton and the Black Country’s history and culture.
Enjoy freshly made confectionary and some of the finest fish and chips the black country has to offer. Built from pre-existing buildings from Victorian-era Black Country towns, take in the vibe of the old days as you walk along cobbled streets, browse shops and ride the tram.
As well as its prime location, beautiful green spaces and public attractions, Wolverhampton has an excellent nightlife with highly prized restaurants and pubs. Check out our blog Great Places to Eat in Wolverhampton here.