21 July 2013 is also a significant date in the world cycling calendar as it is when the 100th Tour de France will draw to a dramatic close on the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées in Paris. After the stage has finished the baton will be passed to Yorkshire to host Le Grand Depart 2014 with stage two starting in York.
The elite level race is sure to bring some famous faces from the domestic pro cycling scene. The 2011 winner of the elite race, Ed Clancy went on to win gold in the Team Pursuit and Bronze in the Omnium at the London 2012 Olympics.
Cllr Sonja Crisp, City of York Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “As one of the top five cycling cities in the UK we are really excited to announce that the 2013 city centre cycling races are taking place again this July.
Between five and ten thousand spectators are expected to line the route and cheer on the riders, which all adds to the anticipation of stage two of Le Grand Depart 2014 which starts in York.”
The route of the races is unchanged from that of 2011. The start 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 then back onto Duncombe Place.
The youth race will start at 5.30pm and will last for approximately 30-minutes. The category 3/4 race will start at 6.15pm and last for 40 minutes plus three laps. The Elite level and category 1/2 riders will get going from 7pm with the race lasting one hour plus three laps.
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The council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism is Councillor Sonja Crisp on 07876 176931
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