Moving up a gear for race

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WITH just over a month to go preparations are falling into place for the return of the VS Cycles Brighouse Circuit Race.

The huge racing spectacle will make its welcome return on Tuesday, June 26, with organisers still hard at work.

Chris Vokes, from VS cycles, one of the organisers along with Mick Lever and Paul Waddington, held the highly successful events between 2007 and 2009.

“Everything is falling into place and a lot of the sponsors have come back on board,” said Chris. “The race is to be televised so it is great opportunity for others to get involved and have their business shown to the nation.

“The response from riders has been great and we are expecting more to come in.”

Mike Smith from Eurosport will return and British Cycling Yorkshire Region Chairman Bob Howden, will be the judge for the event.

The circuit race has been absence from the Elite Circuit Race calendar for the past two years.

In 2009, when the last circuit event was held, thousands of people lined the streets for the racing spectacle despite the torrential downpours.

VS Cycles are also celebrating as one of their young stars has secured his first win.

Alex Orrell Turner, 16, who also works at the cycle store on Bradford Road, won the closed road circuit race held by Tameside Cycling Development Group.

He won the thrid event of the 20 week series held throughout the summer by out sprinting his rivals in the final metres of the race to win by a bike length.

Alex said: “I was in the main break all night of five riders and I kept the pressure on. However the windy conditions meant it was too difficult alone so I decided to wait until the final lap and go for the sprint. I was pleased with the result as this was only my third road race.”

Anyone interested in helping to sponsor and get involved with organising the event can contact Chris Vokes on 01484 715230.