The Skipton Cycle Races were back for a third year in 2017, on Wednesday 5th July, as the Yorkshire Housing Skipton Cycle Races. The elite race is part of the HSBC National 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!
|6-6.30pm||Under 12 fun races|
|6.45-7.30pm||U14 and U16 Youth races|
|8-9pm||HSBC National Circuit Series elite men's race|
Start List, elite race (PDF) (subject to change)
A fast, thrilling, anti-clockwise 1km lap starting and finishing on Skipton's broad High St., as visited by Le Grand Départ and the Tour de Yorkshire.
An anti-clockwise 1km circuit with less than 10m of climb per lap.
The race starts at the top of the High Street in front of Skipton Town Hall.
It swings 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.
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.
Skipton accomodated thousands of spectators for Le Grand Départ, and previous Skipton Cycle Races, and offers a warm welcome to visitors.
Entertainment will be provided on the night, as in previous years, more details soon!
Parking charges on the Council car parks will be suspended from 16:30hrs. 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 16:45hrs. 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 5th 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 and other business staff car parks to exit).. Traffic between Newmarket Street and Keighley Road will be controlled by traffic lights.
18.00hrs First race start time
21.20hrs Last race finish time
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.
Details of the road closures can be found on the Council website at www.cravendc.gov.uk/skiptoncycleraces
This website was developed by Craven District Council as part of the legacy of Le Grand Départ.