Put Friday 19 July in the diary, as the Barnsley Town Centre Races return

It has been revealed that following two years of success, the Barnsley Town Centre Races, dubbed the #BarnsleyCrit, will once again return, following the announcement that the Tour de Yorkshire will return to Barnsley on Friday 3 May 2019.

The Barnsley Town Centre Races will play host to the televised penultimate round of the British Cycling HSBC UK | National Circuit Series rounds for Men and Women on Friday 19th July 2019; headlining an event comprising the Barnsley Community Ride, Youth Racing for under 12 to 16s; and an adults regional circuit race.

In 2018 Barnsley hosted 350 entrants and 2000 spectators in the heart of the town during the summer broadcast on Eurosport and will again attract big crowds, street vendors, and opportunity for business within the town centre to advertise within the circuit. Last year Tom Pidcock’s one handed wheelie celebration went viral across the cycling world as he defended his 2017 title.

The Community Ride will again be a free to enter event aimed at younger riders (from 6 years old) who we hope can ride on a marshaled closed road circuit and gain a sense of the atmosphere of a national level cycling event. All entrants must have a working bike, and a cycling helmet to ride.

Cllr Dave Leech, Cycling champion for Barnsley said: “The return of this tremendous event is great news. Barnsley is getting well known as a cycling town and the more we can do to get more people of any age involved the better. This event, year on year enables kids, families and everybody else to get on their bikes in a safe place with the community ride, it inspires young riders to find a love of racing and competing and brings the elite level riders to our town and showcase a evening of sport.”

“It’s completely free to attend and guarantees excitement wherever you choose to watch the race. Barnsley has a brilliant town centre offer for any visitors with cafés, restaurants and bars to choose from right around the course so it’s so pleasing to see the spectator numbers and interest growing as we offer an event for the whole family.”

To find out more information around the event, please visit Barnsley.gov.uk/Barnsleycrit or Follow the @BarnsleyCrit Twitter page. - More promotion of the event will follow in 2019.

This news is linked to Town Spirit. We want to work better together. If everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, together we can make our borough a more welcoming place where people want to live, work and visit.

We’re committed to #LiveIt by encouraging and enabling more people to use active travel. #OwnIt by walking or cycling more for travelling those shorter journeys.

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