Bike race back with a big bang

Actions from the senior race for 3/4/W/J category riders at the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series around Brighouse Town
Actions from the senior race for 3/4/W/J category riders at the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series around Brighouse Town

CYCLE racing around the streets of Brighouse has made a triumphant return.

After an absence of two years, the VS Brighouse Circuit Race made its comeback in the British Cycling Calendar, with the country’s top riders and teams competing.

The popularity of the event, which was held between 2007 and 2009, had not dwindled as hundreds of spectators lined the track.

On the opening race of the Elite Circuit Series, they were treated to a night of high speed racing, with riders reaching up to speeds of 40mph along the main stretch down Commercial Street, and crashes around the demanding circuit.

Chris Vokes, from VS Cycles and part of the organising team that helped bring back the race said the night was absolutely amazing.

“Everything ran smoothly and the amount of people who turned up was a lot more than anticipated. When I was going around and doing a head count there must of been about three thousand people. It has been the best event we have held yet.

“The riders loved it and the guys from Sky who were filming it said what a fantastic town Brighouse is.”

Mick Lever, another member of the organising team added: “A big thank you must go to the sponsors, traders and volunteers who have helped and contributed. The event wouldn’t of happened without them. A thank you must also go to the crowd who came out to support the race.”

Spectators also spoke of the success of the race.

Norma Scatchard, from Guiseley, who was watching her son Mark and visiting Brighouse for the first time said: “It is really exciting and it brings racing home to more local people.”

There was also plenty of reaction on Twitter. Jasmin Chadwick said: “Loving Brighouse cycle race in town tonight, so many amazing events happen just outside my front door.”

Paul Swallow said: “Another great occasion in Brighouse Elite Circuit Race Series cycling. Thousands on the streets again.”

John Steel said : “Enjoyed the Brighouse cycle race tonight. Blooming eck they go fast.”

It was also a successful night for the VS Racing team on the track which included an impressive performance from Paul Dixon. For more coverage go to Echo Sport.