Skipton Cycle Races

Skipton Cycle Races 2017

This event will be held for the third successive year, on 5th July 2017

More details here soon ...

2016 information below ...


The Skipton Cycle races were back for a second year in 2016, on Wednesday 6th July. This year the elite race was part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series.

Whether you were riding, watching children or grand-children in the fun races or youth races, or spectating, it was an exciting evening out in Skipton!


Elite, Category 1, and Category 2 results on British Cycling's website

Youth results on

2015 results on

Some 2016 photos


6-6.30pm Junior Fun Races
6.45-7.30pm U14 and U16 Youth races
8-9.15pm Elite men's race

The Circuit

A fast, thrilling, anti-clockwise 1km lap starting and finishing on Skipton's broad High St., visited just last year by Le Grand Départ.

Skipton Cycle Races route
Skipton Cycle Races elevation

On the Level ... ...

An anti-clockwise 1km circuit with less than 10m of climb per lap.

The race starts on the High Street and climbs a little to to the highest point before swinging left at the large roundabout and down towards the canal bridge.
Left onto Water Street for a level run to Coach St., then over the hump-back bridge and the 'wrong way' down Coach St (normally a one-way street).
Left again onto Swadford Street and the lowest part of the course before two more lefts and the gentle climb up High St. to complete the lap.

2015 finish line photo by Dean Reeve Photography

Finish line 2015 photo by by Dean Reeve Photography.


Declared best place to live in Britain in 2014, and in the top 50 again in 2015, Skipton's historic buildings and castle make a wonderful setting for the races. A spectator-friendly course with broad pavements and many possible viewing points.


Come and watch

There's ample parking in the town centre (see note below), and a good train service to Skipton station.

Skipton accomodated thousands of spectators for Le Grand Départ, and the 2015 Skipton Cycle Races, and offers a warm welcome to visitors.

Entertainment will include BMX stunt rider and Guinness Rorld Record holder Matti Hemmings (see him on YouTube), and Festival Entertainment will be providing roller racing again, have a go!.

2015 youth winners photo by Dean Reeve Photography

2015 youth winners photo by Dean Reeve Photography.

Parking and Road Closures

Parking charges on the Council car parks will be suspended from 4:30pm. Please note there will still be access to the Town Hall car park via the Rectory Lane entrance but not to Coach Street car park after 4:45pm. Alternatively you could try to find on street parking outside of the race route.

Parking will be suspended on Skipton High Street and Water Street all afternoon and evening on 6th July. Traffic will be diverted around the town via the Skipton bypass.

15.30hrs Temporary STOP / GO control become operational at the southern High St. roundabout (no immediate impact on drivers). This is to enable the flow of traffic at the bottom of the High Street between Newmarket Street and Keighley Road.

16.15hrs High Street closed for its entire length. Northern roundabout will be kept open until 16.45hrs but with no access to High Street.

16.45hrs Full lock-down of the course. The northern roundabout will be closed as will the rest of the route. NO TRAFFIC will be allowed to enter any part of the course from this point onwards. (However, some allowance to be made for the Medical Centre on Coach Street). Traffic between Newmarket Street and Keighley Road will be controlled by traffic lights.

22.00hrs (approx.) Once barriers clear, all roads re-opened EXCEPT High Street.

23.00hrs (approx.) Once gantry cleared from carriageway and barriers stowed - all closures & temporary lights removed - normal traffic resumes.

Vehicles are not able to park on, follow or cross the route at any time while the roads are closed. However, emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using NYCC's URL link

Contact us

Sponsors and organisers

Craven District Council
Boundless Networks
Velo29 Events
Skipton Town Council
Skipton Town Partnership
British Cycling
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