This new circuit of 970m around the centre of Skipton is a fast and not overly technical one. This makes for exciting racing with riders needing to use speed and tactics to attack each other and fight for victory.
The entire circuit has barriers between racers and public, this means it’s safe for everyone as well as the spectators can get really close to the action and lean over the barriers and bang on the boards to make a great atmosphere throughout the race.
The Start/ Finish is on the High Street in front of the Town Hall, it’s a slight uphill towards the roundabout at the Castle. It’s a visually stunning back drop for a Criterium.
Riders will race around the left hand side of the Roundabout and head slightly downhill to pass the New Ship Pub which will be a great spectator point!
We make a fast left into Water Street where the road is quite wide with good visibility for the racers. Riders at the front will not need to use the brakes here and speeds will be as high as 30mph around the corner.
The race will blast along Water Street towards the Roundabout and then turn left onto Coach Street. Again it’s a fast corner where we’ll cut to the left of the Roundabout.
Down Coach Street away from the turn, there is a noticeable descent and riders will use this to their advantage. Coach Street will be the fastest part of the circuit and as we race over the hump back bridge and into the high walled narrow street the view will be spectacular.
A tight left at the bottom of Coach Street where riders will be hard on the brakes. On the final lap the first man out of this corner might well be the winner! It will be very important to be near the front here as riders at the back will suffer a ‘ripple effect’ being forced to slow to a near standstill before accelerating at full speed out of the corner.
From here it’s slightly uphill as we race around a slight left out of Swadford Street then left again to join the High Street. The biggest crowds will be here and riders love to impress so expect attacks and amazing speeds as we blast up the high street and across the finish line.