The city of York is gearing up to host the inaugural York Cycling City Races event on Sunday 25 July, featuring a dozen races with competitors including everyone from local families to some of Britain’s leading pros on a route through the centre of the historic city.
Organised by Cycling City York alongside British Cycling and Clifton Cycling Club, it is hoped that the event, which takes place on the same day as the finale of the Tour de France in Paris, will draw big crowds to the city.
Races include the Revenge of The Ouse triathlon, a Brompton Team Challenge in which local businesses will compete on the iconic folding bikes while wearing fancy dress, and to wrap proceedings up, an elite circuit race.
Other featured events include youth races, a family ride and a race for disabled cyclists.
The races will follow a circuit that includes Duncombe Place, Blake Street, St.Sampson’s Square and Goodramgate, after which it passes York Minster to complete the lap.
Full details of the day's events can be found on the Clifton Cycling Club website, and the timetable of races is shown below.
York Cycling City Races Programme
12:30pm - Revenge of the Ouse
12:55pm - Brompton Team Challenge
1:20pm - Youth Races
3:00pm - Go Ride
4:00pm - Disability Race Event
5:00pm - Support Race (3rd/4th Catergory)
6:00pm - Elite/1st/2nd Category Race
7:15pm - Prizegiving
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.