Annual cycle races return to Ilkley

Ilkley Cycle Races (Photo: Michael Harris)

On Friday 23rd July, the second round of British Cycling’s HSBC UK National Circuit Series will be coming to the streets of Ilkley.

The annual Ilkley Cycle Races have this year been awarded a round of the national series that will see the UK’s best road cyclists competing on the tough town centre circuit, starting and finishing on The Grove and including the short but tough climb up Riddings Road.

The inaugural event was part of the “celebration of cycling” in the summer of 2014 when the Tour de France came through the town, and is run and organised by volunteer members of Ilkley Cycling Club. Thanks to sustained backing from local businesses, the event has grown each year and for the first time, this year live coverage will also be provided via YouTube by specialists Velo29.

Race night has become firmly established on the local social calendar with the now customary Lishman’s barbecue and Ilkley Brewery tents next to the bandstand, along with stalls around the course.

Event organiser, Mike Firth, said “It’s a great opportunity to meet friends & neighbours socially again whilst enjoying an atmospheric and free outdoor community event”.