Lancaster city centre bike races can get bigger and better

Lancaster City Centre Criterium races.
Lancaster City Centre Criterium races.

Lancaster’s signature bike race can be bigger and better year-on-year according to its organiser.

The City Centre Criteriums on closed cobbled streets attracted huge crowds last Wednesday, August 6, with home favourite Jack Pullar winning the signature race as darkness descended.

It was a fine finish to a night that also included the Lancaster Youth Grand Prix and the Dalton Square Cobbled Classic.

Now chief organiser Brian Kennedy, chairman of Lancaster Cycling Club, wants to take it on a step further having been supported by United Utilties this year after taking over the running of the race from Lancaster City Council.

He said: “I’m collating photos and will be sending them off to some possible sponsors for next year.

“Rather than scraping around £100 here or there we’re looking for the kind of support we got from United Utilities last year to see how it all adds up.

“It would be great to bring a British Cycling Elite Criterium race like they have in Colne or Otley.

“Those races have been around for years and we’re just looking to continue to move the Lancaster race through the ranks. That’s the way to go.

“But simply carrying it on is the most important thing.”

Brian has just returned from the huge Ride London event that saw a big weekend of cycling involving public rides and more culminate in elite men’s and women’s events on Sunday.

And his dream would be to see something similar in the Lancaster area after the buzz created by the city centre criteriums.

Brian said: “It would be great to hold something over a Saturday and a Sunday with different events.

“You’d have the crit around the cobbled streets but there would also be mass participation rides with stuff happening over a day and a half rather than cramming it into one night.”

Brian particularly wanted to thank all the volunteers for their help on the night.