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Thousands turn out for first ever Science Fitness Skipton Cycle Races

Thousands of people lined the streets to cheer on children, amateur and elite cyclists as they took part in the first ever Science Fitness Skipton Cycle Races on July 2.

SCR finish

Despite the drizzle crowds turned out in force to see Scott Thwaites, a former Ermysted's Grammar School pupil, narrowly beat Embsay's Pete Williams in a thrilling finish.

Earlier in the evening, children had taken part enthusiastically in fun races, teenagers had zoomed round the circuit in the youth races, and cyclists of all abilities had the chance to speed round the route on the closed town centre roads.

Council leader Councillor Richard Foster said: "This was a fantastic event and it was brilliant to see so many people come toenjoy the races - children, families, amateurs and professional cyclists. We're delighted with how well the races were received - the crowds were very impressive particularly as this was the first time we've run the event.

"I'd like to thank all our sponsors and all the district and town council staff and volunteers who helped to make it such a success. We hope this will be the first event of many."

Fiona Lazenby, MD of Principle Healthcare, said: "Given the event was the first of its kind in Skipton, it was a great opportunity for us as a local based nutrition company to be involved. Our recently launched Science Fitness range of sports nutrition was the perfect partner for the event given our target audience is elite endurance athletes looking for something new, proven and safe to improve their performance.

"The evening was great, with exciting finishes, and it was an ideal platform for Science Fitness to be seen and tried, in its home Yorkshire town!"

Cllr Chris Harbron, Leader of Skipton Town Council, said:  "It was great to see an event of this kind in Skipton for the first time and it was a very promising start to what I hope will become a regular date on the cycling calendar.

"It was particularly good to see local families and young people taking part before the elite race. Skipton Town Council was very happy to lend its support and we will continue to do so in the future."

Andrew Mear, Skipton Town Partnership chairman, said: "Skipton Town Partnership are thrilled the first Skipton criterium race was such a success. There was a great atmosphere in town, especially when the sun came out just in time for the elite men's race.

"The nail-biting finish between the three local riders was great stuff! Congratulations to everyone for putting on such a cracking event." 

Picture by Dean Reeve Photography