Bike race speeds through Lancaster

Cyclists at 2012 Velocity cycle race through Lancaster
Cyclists at 2012 Velocity cycle race through Lancaster

More than 100 riders will race through Lancaster to compete over the cobbles, corners and hills.

The Velocity cycle race will speed through the city on Friday (June 28) from 6pm to 10pm. The event is inspired by the success of last year’s - held on the same day the Olympic Torch passed through the district.

Top class riders will brave the terrain on this tight and demanding city centre circuit with three races to enjoy across the evening.

The closed one mile circuit has tight corners, unpredictable cobbles, torturous hills and fast sprints which will test the nerves of the riders and thrill the crowds.

Coun Ron Sands, Cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Last year the Olympics proved that this country has a hunger for top class sport. “The Velocity cycle race aims to build on this appetite and help promote a lasting legacy for the Olympics, as well as bringing people to our historic city.”

Velocity will be a great family event with cycle themed stalls to visit in Dalton Square throughout the evening.

To enable the cycle race to go ahead some roads and car parks will be closed in Lancaster city centre both before and during the cycle race.

Access to Dalton Square, and the relocated taxi rank, will remain open at all times.

Anyone who lives or travels through the area where the cycle race is taking place should be aware roads in this area will be closed.

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