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Pedal power in Ryedale


8:00am 13th May 2011

The World's best pedal power will be coming to Ryedale this week .

The UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup is coming to Ryedale from May 20 -22 with Pickering playing host to the opening event - the Pro-Sprint Eliminator - on Friday May 20, with race action between 6 and 8pm.

In 2010, British Cycling not only launched a brand new round of the prestigious UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup Series, they also weighed in with some innovative ideas of their own. Chief amongst these was the Pro-Sprint Eliminator, which lifted Cross-Country racing out of the forest and dropped it into the urban setting of the picturesque market town of Pickering. The event pulled in thousands of spectators who lined the streets of the town and drank the bars dry on a memorable night for the historic town.

The Pro-Sprint Eliminator is back again this year and takes on added importance with the addition of World Cup ranking points for the winners, guaranteeing the involvement of the leading riders and adding an extra competitive edge to the spectacular evening's racing.

British Cycling, Pickering Town Council and Ryedale District Council are proud to be hosting this prestigious event on the evening of Friday 20th May 2011 as the opening to the UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup Weekend in Dalby Forest.  

Local residents and visitors to the area will be able to see world class mountain bikers using pedal power round the streets of Pickering in addition to a variety of local entertainment including Magic Mike, live music and face-painting.

There will be a community market on Smiddy Hill and acoustic musicians performing around the town from 2pm. Local dance group Dancetastic will entertain the crowd before racing starts at 6pm along with a procession of cycles through the ages including working bikes of yesteryear. The evening will culminate with the, now traditional, street party and music in the marketplace after 8pm with performances from local bands acts The Dangleberry, Diva Strop and Chu Ma Shu.  

"It looks set to be a weekend to remember,"

Said Phil Long, Head of Environment for Ryedale District Council.

"There is so much on offer for all the family to see and do."

Throughout the day road closures will come into effect, but Pickering will remain very much open for business as usual, with Minster FM broadcasting live from Pickering all day to keep the local community up to date about arrangements and encourage people to come and join in the fun.

Road Closures

As part of the event the following road closures will come into effect on Friday 20th May from 1pm until 12am that evening, however it is planned that all roads, with the exception of the Market Place, will be opened as soon as is practicable after racing finishes around 8.30pm.  Road closures include the following

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