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City centre cycle racing returns to York
3:03pm Friday 1st March 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of cyclists – from grassroots to elite racers - will be tearing through the streets of York this summer.
July 21 will see top-level city centre cycle races on a twisting course that will take competitors hurtling past York Minster among other sights.
It is also a significant date in the world cycling calendar as it is when the 100th Tour de France will draw to a close in Paris – after which the baton will be passed to Yorkshire to host the Le Grand Départ 2014 with stage two starting in York,
When city centre cycling was last held in York around 10,000 spectators lined the streets to watch the action.
The start – and finish line – will be on Duncombe Place, with riders then swinging left onto Blake Street and Davygate. They will then take a tight left turn around St Sampson’s Square and race up Goodramgate and Deansgate.
The riders will then go over the newly-refurbished Minster piazza where they will be fighting for position on the last lap if the race comes down to a sprint on Duncombe Place.
The youth race will start at 5.30pm and will last for around 30 minutes. The next race will start at 6.15pm and last for 40 minutes plus three laps. The elite riders will get going from 7pm with their race lasting one hour plus three laps.
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