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Elite cyclists descending on Skipton

Elite cyclists descending on Skipton

Published at 7:03am 2nd July 2015. (Updated at 2:40pm 2nd July 2015)

Top cyclists from across the country are preparing to take part in the first Science Fitness Skipton Cycle Races and some local riders will be battling for victory.

Pete Williams, from Embsay, is riding for ONE Pro Cycling and has won a number of races this year already.

The 28-year-old said: "It's a local event and it's always great to do a race in your home town.

"It'll be nice to race up the High Street - I've always thought you could have a good course around the centre of Skipton.

"The speed we get up to in town centre races is quite something. We'll be doing over 30mph in places.

"When you watch a race at those speeds, it's really spectacular, with the cyclists so close together.

"We're going to have some of the best guys in the country there and it's free to watch - not like a football match where you have to pay a fortune.

"It's a great opportunity for local people that haven't seen a race like this before, to come and see what it's all about."

Scott Thwaites, 25, who grew up in Burley-in-Wharfedale, will also be competing in the elite men's race, along with a number of other professional cyclists.

He's a member of the BORA - ARGON 18 team and represented England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games road race, winning the bronze medal.

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said: "Excitement is building for our first town centre race in Skipton and having local elite riders compete just adds to the atmosphere on the night.

"This is one of our main legacy projects following on from the Tour de France last year and has been made possible by the generous sponsorship from local companies and support from the Skipton Town Partnership and Town Council."

The event kicks off with under-12 races from 6pm and the circuit will then be open to adults from 6.30pm to 6.45pm.

Youth races will take place from 7pm and the elite men's race will start at 8pm.

Several road closures will be in place during the event and parking will be suspended all day for the whole of the High Street and Water Street.

Temporary traffic lights will become operational from 3.30pm at the southern High Street roundabout.

The High Street will be closed from 4.15pm, but the northern roundabout will be kept open.

From 4.45pm, the northern roundabout will be closed along with the rest of the route - down Raikes Road to Water Street, along Coach Street, left into Swadford Street and back up the High Street.

No traffic will be allowed to enter any part of the course from this point onwards, although some allowance will be made for the Medical Centre on Coach Street.

At around 10pm, the barriers will be clear and all roads will be reopened apart from the High Street, whilst the northern roundabout will be partially reopened.

By around 11pm, all closures and temporary lights will be removed and normal traffic will resume.

Skipton Cycle Races Pete Williams

ONE Pro Cycling rider Pete Williams from Embsay