Cash puts race back on track

Photo Neil Cross'Local cyclists, at the launch of the annual bike race.
Photo Neil Cross'Local cyclists, at the launch of the annual bike race.

A nationally renowned cycle race in Lancaster will go ahead this year thanks to a £10,000 grant from United Utilities.

Lancaster Cycling Club will take over the running of Lancaster Velocity Cycle Race this summer after the city council said it could no longer pick up the bill.

The race, which was launched in 2012 as the “Velocity” races, will take place on Wednesday August 6.

Dawn Harrington, project manager for United Utilities presented a cheque to Lancaster Cycling Club in Dalton Square last week.

She said: “It’s been hard not to notice us working around Lancaster over the last two years. We know our work can be disruptive and we’re committed to giving something back to the community to say ‘thank you’ for everyone’s patience. Events like the 
Lancaster Cycle Race bring people together and 
we’re delighted to lend our support.”

Lancaster Cycling Club chair Brian Kennedy said: “We were hoping to find a major sponsor to cover some of the ‘big ticket’ items – like £4,000 for barriers around the route – and were stunned to receive an offer from United Utilities to pay not only that but most of the other costs.”

Mr Kennedy added that Lancaster’s Business Improvement District (BID) is also behind the project and that traders in Lancaster are hoping to see the event grow and become a big attraction in the area and beyond, pulling in more visitors and therefore trade to the city.

Suzi Bunting BID manager said: “This event will help promote a city centre full of culture and vibrancy.”