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Skipton Cycle Race Clashes With The Football!
Jan Harris, Assistant Editor
And they're off!

Another fine evening heralded the established Skipton Cycle Races now in its fourth year.

The High Street was closed to traffic from late afternoon for the races to begin at 6pm. The evening started with the under-12 fun races followed by the youth races. The crowd gave amazing support to all the riders.

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Even though it was the evening of the World Cup semi-final with England playing Croatia, there were still a lot of people in Skipton town centre to watch the HSBC National Circuit Series Elite Men's race.

The organisers of the annual Skipton Cycle Races adjusted the times of the elite race so that it finished before England's big match ended in Moscow. The start was changed to 7.45pm instead of the usual 8pm and finished at 8.45pm before the end of the football match.

The crowd were able to watch the UK’s best racers flying around this great new 1 KM circuit at speeds of up to 40 mph!

The town centre course once again started at the top of the High Street outside the Town Hall, along Water Street, Coach Street and then back up to the High Street for the finish. A spectator-friendly course with broad pavements and many possible viewing points.

Rob Scott and Tom Pidock (Team Wiggins) crossed the line virtually in tandem to finish first and second with Matthew Gibson (JLT Condor) winning a sprint finish to take the third spot on the podium.

The winners on the podium


photos by Rob Harris

Skipton Cycle Race Clashes With The Football!, 12th July 2018, 16:35 PM