Expect thrills and spills as cycling stars turn York into a race track

Fast and furious: top cyclists hit the mean streets of York. Photographs: British Cycling
17 Jul 2013 @ 10.03 am
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Fast and furious: top cyclists hit the mean streets of York. Photographs: British Cycling
Fast and furious: top cyclists hit the mean streets of York. Photographs: British Cycling

As the Tour de France reaches its thrilling climax, York’s streets will be transformed into a race track as some of the best cyclists in Britain compete for glory.

Expect high-speed action when competitors in the 2013 British Cycling Men’s and Women’s National Circuit Race Championships hurtle round the city centre this Sunday, July 21.

Both the men’s and women’s races should be hotly contested with riders such as Olympic champion Ed Clancy and Russell Downing from pro-continental team NetApp-Endura riding.

Lucy Garner, double junior world road race champion and Hannah Barnes the winner of the 2013 Johnson Health Tech GP series will be contesting the women’s race.

When and where

Before the British Championships, the York Cycling City Races see the best of our local riders go pedal-to-pedal.

The action starts at 1pm with the youth race, and the last race, to decide the British men’s championship, starts at 6.15pm.

All the races begin at Duncombe Place next to York Minster. Here is the route map.

The route for both the York and the British cycling races. Click to enlarge
The route for both the York and the British cycling races. Click to enlarge

Spectators can watch from any part of the circuit. The start/finish line and the corners might offer the best vantage points.

After the last race has finished, people will be able to watch the finale of the 2013 Tour de France on big screens around the city.

Times:

York Cycling City Races
1pm-1.30pm Youth Race
1.45pm-2.45pm Support Race (3rd/4th Cat)
3pm Prizegiving

British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships
4.00pm Course open for Women’s Championship riders
4.30pm Women’s Championship starts
5.30pm Women’s Championship ends (approx)
5.40pm Women’s Podium presentation
5.40pm Course open for Men’s Championship riders
6.15pm Men’s Championship starts
7.15pm Men’s Championship ends (approx)
7.25pm Men’s podium presentation

Join in

One of our fastest riders, Ed Clancy
One of our fastest riders, Ed Clancy

Residents can join in the on action by signing up to one of the four Sky Ride Local rides that will be riding into the city centre.

When the rides reach the city centre they will then be able to ride a lap of the course that is used for the races, with spectators cheering them along. To sign up to a Sky ride go to goskyride.com/york.

Road closures

To ensure the smooth running of the event road closures will be in place for the route. There will be crossing points for pedestrians to cross the course when races are in action. The closures will run from 12 midnight on 21 July until 12 midnight July 22.

Spectators who want to ride their bikes down to the races will be able to securely park them in The Guildhall from 11am until 9.30pm.