Coming Soon: Ilkley Town Centre Races

After the huge success of the Otley Town Centre Races comes more when the best of British head to Ilkey for the second National Series circuit race round on Friday (July 23rd). Entries close tomorrow July 9

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Coming Soon: Ilkley Town Centre Races

After the huge success of the Otley Town Centre Races comes more when the best of British head to Ilkey for the second National Series circuit race round on Friday (July 23rd). Entries close tomorrow July 9 (Friday).

5:45 pm MAS Design under 16s race

6:25 pm Ilkley C.C. Classic Race (Cat 2/3/4 men & masters race)

7:20 pm Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix

8:20 pm Lister Horsfall Men’s Grand Prix

Photo: Michael Harris (OutTheSaddle)

First promoted to celebrate the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, the Ilkley Cycle Races are now firmly established on the sporting & social calendar. The challenging 1.5 km circuit awaits the riders, using the Riddings Road hill with a high-speed finish along The Grove. With generous sponsorship by local businesses, the stage is set for another fantastic summer evening of sport.


Mike Firth, the organiser says of the event being part of the national series, “The Otley races really whetted my appetite for our own National Series round at Ilkley and reminded me just how special these events are. It was a fantastic atmosphere! It felt to me that it really brought the whole community out to enjoy the evening. With the legal restrictions on social contact being lifted and our event taking place out in the fresh air, I’m really looking forward to everyone being able to come out and enjoy themselves”.

Mike explained that race entries are massively up on any previous year. For the men’s race, the enrty includes ‘names’ such as Otley winner Matt Gibson, Josh Tarling, Steve Lampier, Freddie Scheske, British circuit race champion Joey Walker, Matt Bostock, Isaac Mundy and Rob & Jacob Scott. For the women’s race, entries have come in from riders such as Charlotte Berry, Abi Smith, Jo Tindley, British Circuit race champion Rebecca Durrell, Megan Barker, Samantha Stuart, Frankie Hall and Otley winner Eluned King.

Circuit profile (32m of climbing each lap)

Matt Gibson of Ribble Weldtite, one of the winners last week at Otley

Thanks to Velo29’s Dream Bike, they are ensuring that major domestic cycle races like Otley and Ilkley are televised live but cannot do without your help. For those who cannot be in Ilkley for the race, Velo29 events are going to be televising it again and they are looking for donations to help fund the live coverage of the event. The just giving page is now live at

Historically, British Cycling have funded a small number of Live Races. This has been a five figure cost for each event. Velo29 have invested a lot of money in video equipment and are offering to use it this year for free.

There are still costs to cover such as the motor cycle camera crew, a static camera men, cloud hosting and travel costs which total around £4,000.

Dream Bike, which is a small society lottery, are covering this cost but ask that the fans help via Just Giving to generate as much as possible. We’ve set the target at a realistic £2,500. Recently we followed the same model in Otley and raised nearly all of the target. Ilkley Cycling Club who organise the races are helping with a £500 donation.

You can watch the races LIVE here via a YouTube screen that pop-out from the page.

On the night we use what is known as Bonded 4G HVEC video which we pull from a motor cycle camera and two static cameras and send it to a Cloud service. That cloud service sends the 3 camera feeds to a mixing deck in our studio where we add the commentary and then send back up to the Cloud. From the Cloud, we go LIVE to YouTube and Facebook.

Because we are commentating remotely, we have a big dependency on the officials on the ground to send us updated rider lists and confirmed results. We do get to see the Chip Timing live but again, we need people on the ground to make sure this happens!

The quality of the video is dependent on local domestic 4G masts. We split each camera over four modems and compress the video as much as possible but like we found at Otley, if 1,000s of people are in attendance reducing the available bandwidth on the masts, the video might struggle. The good news is Ilkley has three masts versus Otley’s one!

To help ensure these events are shown live, you donate here:


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.

Photo: Michael Harris (OutTheSaddle)

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

Tom Pidcock currently holds the lap record with 1:59. Decisive/winning efforts on the climb have been ~600W for a minute for the men. “Whilst we’ve had top quality winners (Pete Williams, Scott Thwaites, Tobyn Horton and Tom Moses), we’ve not yet had the sort of strength-in-depth throughout the field that we’ll see this year with it being our first time in the National Series” explained Mike.

Photo: Michael Harris (OutTheSaddle)

Photo: Michael Harris (OutTheSaddle)


Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix (Provisional)
1 Hannah Bayes AWOL OShea
2 Olivia Bent AWOL OShea
4 Connie Hayes AWOL OShea
5 Phoebe Martin AWOL OShea
6 Francesca Morgans-Slader AWOL OShea
7 Louise Scupham AWOL OShea
8 Megan Barker CAMS-Basso
9 Rebecca Durrell CAMS-Basso
10 Jessica Finney CAMS-Basso
11 Illi Gardner CAMS-Basso
12 Natalie Grinczer CAMS-Basso
13 Katie Scott CAMS-Basso
16 Alice Towers Drops-Le Col supported by Tempur
17 Sophie Earl Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
18 Melissa Greaves Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
19 Samantha Stuart Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
20 Mary Wilkinson Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
21 Alderney Baker Loughborough Lightning LRT
22 Francesca Hall Loughborough Lightning LRT
23 Flora Knight Loughborough Lightning LRT
24 Meg Smith Loughborough Lightning LRT
25 Chloe Vickers Loughborough Lightning LRT
26 Millie Couzens PH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cycles
27 Madelaine Leech PH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cycles
28 Lily Young PH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cycles
29 Charlotte Berry Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen
30 Samantha Fawcett Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen
31 Amy Gornall Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen
32 Corinne Side Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen
33 Jo Tindley Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen
34 Xan Crees Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus
35 Amira Mellor Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus
36 Abbie Taylor Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus
37 Isabel Darvill Team Boompods
38 Georgia Hilleard Team Boompods
39 Lauren Watson Team Boompods
40 Ella Barnwell Team Breeze
41 Eluned King Team Breeze
42 Abi Smith Team Breeze
43 Sophie Lewis Team Breeze
44 Francesca Cutts Team LDN – Brother UK
45 Harriet Dodd Team LDN – Brother UK
46 Ione Johnson Team LDN – Brother UK
47 Lucy Lee Team LDN – Brother UK
48 Danielle Shrosbree Team LDN – Brother UK
49 Marine Guerin Team Watto-LDN
50 Maddie Heywood Team Watto-LDN
51 Heather Mayer Team Watto-LDN
53 Nicole Coates Torelli-Cayman Islands-Scimitar
54 Alice Lethbridge Torelli-Cayman Islands-Scimitar
55 Jacqueline Kinsey AWOL Worx Gailliard
56 Isla Rush AWOL Worx Gailliard
57 Sian Botteley Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm
58 Imani Pereira-James Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm
59 Amelie Wayte Cero – Cycle Division Racing Team
60 Megan Anderson Clifton CC
61 Nicola Soden Datalynx-Parenesis Cycling
62 Kim Baptista Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
63 Dannielle Khan Isorex NoAqua Ladies Cycling Team
64 Emily Knight Isorex NoAqua Ladies Cycling Team
65 Polly Burge Jadan – Vive le Velo
66 Madeleine Gammons Jadan – Vive le Velo
67 Emma Jeffers JRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team
69 Eleanor Hunt Otley CC
70 Jihanna Bonilla-Allard PMRR
71 Josie Cram PMRR
72 Sarah Briggs RFDA
73 Katie Hadnum RFDA
74 Gemma Sargent Saint Piran Womens
75 Christina Wiejak Saint Piran Womens
76 Lucy Ellmore SKODA DSI Cycling Academy
77 Erin Avill Storey Racing
78 Beth Morrow Storey Racing
79 Gabriella Homer Team Rupelcleaning – Champion Lubricants
80 Grace Castle Tofauti Everyone Active
81 Morven Yeoman Tofauti Everyone Active
82 Ria Mobbs BC Private Member
83 Kate Richardson BC Private Member
84 Sophie Thackray BC Private Member

The Lister Horsfall Mens Grand Prix
1 Matthew Bostock Canyon DHB Sungod
2 Jim Brown Canyon DHB Sungod
3 Robert Scott Canyon DHB Sungod
4 Jacob Scott Canyon DHB Sungod
5 Andrew Tennant Canyon DHB Sungod
6 Rory Townsend Canyon DHB Sungod
7 Daniel Tulett Canyon DHB Sungod
8 Reece Wood Canyon DHB Sungod
9 William Brown Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
10 Matthew Gibson Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
11 Cameron Jeffers Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
12 Gruffudd Lewis Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
13 Charles Page Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
14 Frederik Scheske Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
15 Simon Wilson Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
16 Joe Wilson Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
17 Conor Davies Saint Piran
18 Matthew Ellis Saint Piran
19 Iwan Evans Saint Piran
20 Jacob Hennessy Saint Piran
21 Will Bjergfelt SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
23 Ben Hardy SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
24 Ross Lamb SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
25 Christopher Latham SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
26 Oliver Peckover SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
27 Alex Peters SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
29 Oliver Rees TRINITY Road Racing
30 James Ambrose-Parish Bikestrong KTM
31 Jamieson Blain Bikestrong KTM
32 Cai Davies Bikestrong KTM
33 Bryn Davies Bikestrong KTM
34 Harrison Mayo Bikestrong KTM
35 Joseph Rees Bikestrong KTM
36 Samuel Tillett Bikestrong KTM
37 Lloyd Wise Bikestrong KTM
38 Charlie Renshaw Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy
39 Michael Chadwick Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy
40 Alistair Slater Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy
41 Dean Watson Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy
42 Toby Barnes Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
43 Ed Beecher Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
44 Leon Mazzone Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
45 Adam Mitchell Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
46 Chris Sherriffs Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
47 Jude Taylor Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
48 Alistair Thomas Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
49 Joey Walker Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
50 William Harding Cycling Sheffield
51 James McKay Cycling Sheffield
52 Billy Robinson Cycling Sheffield
53 Matthew Taylor Cycling Sheffield
54 George Wood Cycling Sheffield
55 Jim Bradford Richardsons-Trek RT
56 Peter Cocker Richardsons-Trek RT
57 Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT
58 James Jenkins Richardsons-Trek RT
59 Isaac Mundy Richardsons-Trek RT
60 Callum Riley Richardsons-Trek RT
61 Frazier Carr Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor
62 David Bolland Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor
63 Tom Couzens Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor
66 Angus Hawkins Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor
67 George Kimber Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor
68 Joshua Price Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor
69 James Bentley Team PB Performance
71 Toby Jarvis Team PB Performance
72 Matthew King Team PB Performance
73 Cian Leveridge Team PB Performance
74 George Peden Team PB Performance
75 Max Sillifant Team PB Performance
76 Christopher Walkinshaw Team PB Performance
78 Matthew Burke Wales Racing Academy
79 Joe Holt Wales Racing Academy
80 Liam James-Morris Wales Racing Academy
81 Harvey McNaughton Wales Racing Academy
82 William Roberts Wales Racing Academy
83 Owain Roberts Wales Racing Academy
84 William Truelove Wales Racing Academy
85 Oscar Nilssen-Julien Team Inspired
86 Jack Rootkin-Gray Team Inspired
87 Max Rushby Team Inspired
88 Jack Crook Dolan Ellesse Race Team
89 Theodor Obholzer Durham University Cycling Club
90 Max Poole Fensham Howes – MAS Design
91 Joshua Tarling FlandersColor Galloo
92 Timothy Lynch London Dynamo
93 Matti Dobbins RT23
94 Tim Shoreman RT23
95 Matthew Lock TAAP Cervelo
96 Neil Phillips Tekkerz CC
97 Finn Crockett Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
98 Fraser Martin Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
99 Matthew Kingston Zappi Racing Team
100 Daniel McDermott BC Private member

101 Finlay Pickering Fensham Howes – MAS Design
102 Ben Houlihan Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
103 Aidan Lawrence Fensham Howes – MAS Design
104 Joe Coukham Prologue Racing Team
105 Josh Housley Willebrord Wil Vooruit
106 Matthew Downie TAAP Cervelo
107 Declan Hudson Dolan Ellesse Race Team
108 Tyler Hannay Utmost IOM Junior Cycling Team
109 Aaron King RT23
110 David Lines Wheelbase CabTech Castelli









Ilkley Cycling Club has a strong and distinguished past and was founded in 1896. It is a community based club and a registered charity. Their motto is “recreation to racing” and they are proud to support all levels of local bike riders from beginners to experienced racing cyclists. In less than three years, they became the largest cycling club in the country, and one of the largest community sports clubs, with over 1,000 members. In 2013, they were awarded “Sports and Recreation Club of the Year” and continue to proudly promote cycling for all.


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