27th June


4 days before the National Road Race Championships at the Cyclone Festival in the North East, Ilkley Cycling Club will again be hosting an evening of town centre racing

A challenging 1.5 km circuit around Riddings Road hill with a high-speed finish along The Grove. Under 14s, Under 16s, Women's & Men's races

High speed entertainment. Award winning bar & BBQ and a terrific atmosphere


The circuit starts outside Bettys Café Tea Rooms on The Grove, right in Ilkley’s town centre. The bandstand area opposite will again host a bar and barbeque. After a 90° right-hand turn there is a 200m long climb up the Riddings Road ramp. After another right-hander, there is a long stretch of false flat along Albany Walk onto Parish Gyll Drive.

By this point, the gradient has eased although it is here where strong riders will really be able to press home an advantage. The top of the circuit is reached just before the end of Parish Gyll Drive, where the course drops sharply down Wilton Road. A very fast corner will sweep the riders onto Grove Road for an extremely rapid return to the bars, restaurants and shops along the finish straight on The Grove.

The circuit is a more compact version of the well known course used for the Otley Town Centre Races , sharing many of the same elements:

  • A climb away from the home straight
  • The road still rising around the back of the circuit
  • A fast downhill return to the home straight

The Ilkley circuit climbs 32 m on each 1.5 km lap.
The Otley circuit climbs 23 m on each 2.3 km lap.

Faire le métier

Do the job. Be professional. Always.

Women's 4-races-in-1.

The Women’s race has prize lists for 4th cat., 3rd cat., 2nd cat. and 1st cat./Elite riders. This gives “four races in one” with something to compete for within each category, enabling those relatively new to the sport to participate alongside Elite riders, but to still have a realistic prospect of success against their peers and a reward at the end of the night.

2014 was seen by many commentators as a breakout year for women's racing with the inaugural 5 stage Women’s Tour and July’s La Course in Paris at the end of the Tour de France. It marked significant steps in building the profile of women’s cycling and underlined the growth, professionalism and wider exposure of the sport. Ilkley CC are proud to be playing their part in the UK growth of women's racing.


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Take a Look


4:00 pm     Barriers set out around the circuit
5:40 pm     Circuit closed
5:55 pm    Under 14s race
6:25 pm    Under 16s race
7:00 pm    Women’s race (E/1/2/3)
7:45 pm     3rd & 4th cat. Men
8:40 pm    Men’s race (E/1/2)
9:50 pm     Circuit re-opens (except The Grove)
9:55 pm    Prize presentation
10:30 pm    The Grove re-opens



We live for racing. We know what it means to win.

2014 Results

Under 14s

Open full results

20 minutes
1st - Euan Cameron
(East Bradford CC)
2nd - Alistair Leivers
(Blackpool Youth Cycling Association)
3rd - William Draper
(Team RL360 Isle of Man)
1st Girl - Ella Lazonby
(Clifton CC)

Under 16s

Open full results

30 minutes
1st - Tom Pidcock
(Aire Valley RT)
2nd - Robert Gray
(Clifton CC)
3rd - Harry Hardcastle
(Kirklees Cycling Academy)
1st Girl - Sophie Thackery
(Paul Milnes Cycles/Bradford Olympic RC)


Open full results

40 minutes
1st - Melissa Lowther
(Matrix Fitness Vulpine)
2nd - Elizabeth Holden
(RST Racing Team)
3rd - Rebecca Rimmington
(Merlin Cycles)


Open full results

50 minutes
1st - Alex Dalton
(Squadra RT)
2nd - Nathan Draper
(RST Racing Team)
3rd - Jacob Trotter
(Squadra RT)

Racing doesn't build character, it reveals character


32m of climbing on each 1.5km lap. The fastest lap in 2014 was 2 minutes 9 seconds.

Everyday there's something that reminds me why I love this sport.

Bernard Hinault


Ilkley Cycling Club

Established 1896...
Re-established 2011

"Recreation to racing"

Ilkley Cycling Club has a strong and distinguished past and was founded in 1896. It is a community based club (with an application in progress to charity status), based in Ilkley in Bradford MDC. Our motto is "recreation to racing" and we're proud to support all levels of local bike riders from beginners to experienced racing cyclists.

In less than three years, we have become the largest cycling club in the country, and one of the largest community sports clubs, with over 1,250 members. In 2013, we were awarded “Sports and Recreation Club of the Year” and this year we promoted the AvantiGas 2 day stage race.

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Otley Cycle Races

First run in 1985

6 miles down the valley...

The Otley Town Centre Races are one of the most prestigious criteriums in the calendar, with past winners including Mark Cavendish, Jez Hunt, Jonny Clay, Chris Walker, Russ Downing and in 2011 and 2012, local star Scott Thwaites.

Otley is again hosting the opening round of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series. This year's event will consist of the Pinsent Masons Otley Women’s GP, The Property Development Otley GP, The Chevin Cycles Classic Race, The MAS Design Super Prestige Youth Race (for under 16 riders) and the WGC Landscapes Lads and Lasses Bike Race (for under 14 riders).

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1½ km circuit. The stage is set.

..for a great evening of racing


Contact Information

97 Skipton Rd, Ilkley, LS29 9BJ
07801 256777
Ilkley Cycle Races

British Cycling Membership

Being a British Cycling member means lots of benefits however you ride and shows your support for the great work we do for all cyclists from the playground to the podium. As our membership grows, so does our ability to represent you as cycling's National Governing Body.

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Join the club

In joining Ilkley Cycling Club, you will get to meet and ride with hundreds of cyclists from Ilkley and the surrounding areas (although perhaps not all at once!). There is a regular programme of club rides, with Sunday and Thursday nights being our main focal points but there are lots of other opportunities to ride. Our Thursday post ride meetings are a great chance to have a chat over a drink, and to find out what developments there have been in the club.

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