The annual Ilkley Cycle Races return on Friday 1 July and promises a great atmosphere as riders face a challenging circuit around The Grove with the tough climb of Riddings Road on each lap.
A spokesperson for the organisers, Ilkley Cycling Club said: "A fantastic evening’s entertainment is anticipated as the top bike racers in the country return to Ilkley town centre to contest Round 2 of the National Circuit Race Series. There is a great atmosphere at this free family event, with the first race starting at 5.45pm and a packed schedule ensuring interest throughout the evening.
"The fastest riders lap the course in just over 2 minutes, ensuring you’ll see plenty of action. If you’ve been before, you’ll remember the way the riders battle up Ridings Road, encouraged by the vocal support of the crowd. If you haven’t been before, you really need to witness a 100-rider peloton going along The Grove at 40 mph, and you’ll be amazed by the spectacle and blast of air as they pass.
The now customary and much-loved Lishman’s barbecue and Ilkley Brewery tents will be set up next to the bandstand, along with additional stalls around the course. With generous sponsorship by local businesses, the stage is set for another wonderful summer evening of sport."
The Clarke Foley Centre will be Ilkley Cycle Races HQ between 3pm – 10pm registration for races will take place in the Large Hall and food, snacks, and refreshments will be available outside the Centre.
The timetable for the evening is:
3:00 pm Barriers dropped off around the circuit
4:00 pm The Grove closed to traffic
4:45 pm Circuit closure commences
5:25 pm Full circuit is closed
5:45 pm MAS Design under 16s race
6:25 pm Ilkley C.C. Classic Race (cat.2.3.4 men & masters race)
7:20 pm Ilkley Cinema Women's Grand Prix
8:20 pm Lister Horsfall Men's Grand Prix
9:30 pm Circuit re-opens (except The Grove)
9:35 pm Prize presentation
10:15 pm The Grove re-opens
Further details about the races are available at www.ilkleycycleraces.co.uk
Ilkley Cycle Races 2021 (Credit: Luis Alcantarilla, El Toro Media)