Bike racing returns to Lancaster city centre

Matt Cronshaw.
Matt Cronshaw.

Lancaster city centre will be taken over by the third running of its professional bike race on Wednesday night.

LC3, as the evening is known, will see a hat-trick of races, from juniors through to elite riders, take on a circuit around Dalton Square on August 6.

The main event, the Lancaster City Centre Criterium, will see cyclists, including local professionals Jack Pullar, fresh from competing the Commonwealth Games road race, Matt Cronshaw from Carnforth and James Gullen do 40 to 50 laps of a technical course over Lancaster’s cobbled streets around the heart of the city.

In a year that has seen Tour de France fever grip our shores with millions lining the streets to take in the world’s biggest bike race organisers Lancaster Cycling Club, headed by chairman Brian Kennedy, are hoping for a carnival atmosphere on the night.

There will be food stalls and a two PAs playing race commentary and music as Brian and his team aim to attract casual as well as ardent cycling fans.

The evening starts at 6.30pm with the Lancaster Youth Grand Prix and is followed at 7.10pm by the Dalton Square Cobbled Classic for amateur cyclists.

The main event starts at 8pm, and is set to last around an hour.

Crit racing is the boom form of the sport in the UK with the ITV4-televised Tour Series having taken in 10 city centre circuits during May and June with spectators able to better follow the race as riders pass them multiple times unlike in the Tour de France.

Having been run by Lancaster City Council for the first two years, the race is now organised by Lancaster Cycling Club with support from United Utilities.

Roads on the circuit will be closed from as early as 9am on the day of the race. For a full rundown click HERE