Chance to be part of cycling championships

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York residents are being given the chance to be part of the Men’s and Women’s British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships later this month.

York Council and British Cycling are giving a hundred lucky residents the chance to be part of the championships.

Four Sky Ride Local rides will take local residents and families into the city centre for a once in a lifetime cycle race experience on Sunday July 21. Riders will be able to enjoy a gentle ride into the city and all riders will then take part in a lap of the elite route alongside British Cycling ride leaders.

The 2013 Men’s and Women’s British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships will be held in the city later this month on the day that the 100th Tour de France draws to a close and the baton is passed to Yorkshire ahead of the Grand Départ 2014.

Coun Sonja Crisp, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to get involved with the National Circuit Race Championships in York.

“I hope people will be cheering the riders along and getting a small taste of what it will be like when Stage two of Le Grand Départ 2014 sets off from York, this time next year,” Coun Crisp added.

The four rides begin a fantastic summer of cycling opportunities in York, with guided rides taking place most weekends until the end of September.

Each of the National Circuit Race Championship rides will be starting from a different location around York. These are: Askham Bar Park and Ride, starting at 1.30pm, meet near the bike parking, YO24 1LW; Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride, starting at 1.30pm, meet at the information building, YO30 5XZ; York Designer Outlet Park and Ride, starting at 1.30pm, YO19 4TA and York Sport Village, starting at 1.30pm, YO10 5FG.

For more information and to book your free place on one of these extra special Sky Ride Local rides, visit www.goskyride.com/york

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