Cyclists race through city streets

Cyclists at the Velocity Cycling Race
Cyclists at the Velocity Cycling Race

The Velocity cycle race returned to Lancaster last Friday with more than 100 riders taking to its historic streets to compete over the cobbles, corners and hills.

Buoyed by the success of last year’s race, which took place on the same day the Olympic Torch passed through the district, Lancaster City Council agreed to repeat the event this year.

The city centre saw more than 1,500 spectators line the one mile route to see top class riders take part in three demanding city centre circuit races and take on the challenge of numerous tight corners, a short tortuous climb and several rough cobble sections.

Coun Eileen Blamire, Leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “This year’s Velocity cycling event certainly proved that the Olympic legacy in the world of competitive cycling is alive and kicking and that the country still has a hunger for top class sport. The Velocity cycle race aimed to build on this appetite as well as bring people from all over the north west to our historic city.”

About the success of this year’s Velocity, Martin King of Lancaster-based Destination Cycles and main event sponsor, said: “As a truly independent cycling business we are delighted to have been able to support this local event which saw cyclists from all over the north west compete in a top class challenge around the historic streets of Lancaster.”