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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

York saddles up for city centre action

York is set to host its city centre cycling races for a third year on Sunday 21 July.

Promoted by Clifton Cycling Club and British Cycling, the races will see hundreds of cyclists from grassroots to elite level race through the historic streets.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The elite level race is sure to bring some famous faces from the domestic professional cycling scene. The 2011 winner, Ed Clancy went on to win gold in the team pursuit, and bronze in the six-stage Omnium event at the London 2012 Games.

“York’s 2013 city centre cycling races will be a great chance for people to get a taste of what will be happening in 2014 when stage two of Le Grand Départ starts from York."

The start and finish will be on Duncombe Place, with riders making their way through Blake Street, Davygate and St Sampson’s Square and race up Goodramgate and Deansgate. The riders will then ride over the newly refurbished Minster piazza where they will be fighting for position on the last lap if the race comes down to a sprint on Duncombe Place.

The youth race will start at 5.30pm and will last for approximately 30 minutes. The category 3/4 race will start at 6.15pm and last for 40 minutes plus three laps. The elite level and category 1/2 riders will get going from 7pm with the race lasting one hour plus three laps.

Ten thousand spectators lined the route when the races were last held in 2011.

The event is being held on the same day that the 100th Tour de France draws to a dramatic close on the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées in Paris. After the stage has finished, the baton will be passed to Yorkshire to host the Le Grand Départ 2014 with stage two starting in York.

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