World-class cyclists compete in Barnsley championships tonight

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Top cyclists from across the country will ride into Barnsley for the prestigious National Circuit Race Championships tonight.

The race is being staged by British Cycling and Barnsley-based Team Cystic Fibrosis.

The 1.1 kilometre route weaves in and around the town centre, taking in Church Street, Eastgate, Regent Street, Eldon Street and Market Hill.

Both the start and the finish of the race is at Barnsley Town Hall.

The race will be covered live on British Eurosports and broadcast to an estimated audience of 1.2 million people across Europe.

Barnsley-born Olympic champion Ed Clancy will be attempting to reclaim the title he first won in 2010 against tough competition while in the women’s event Eileen Roe will defend the title she won in Hull last year.

Former road world champion Mark Cavendish and Olympic medallists Lizzie Armitstead, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King have all claimed victory in the championships in the past.

Jonny Clay, from British Cycling, said: “The people of Yorkshire have always demonstrated a real passion for cycling, in particular over the last 12 months. Tonight in Barnsley will provide another great opportunity to see some of the best cyclists in the world in action.”

The races will take place from 6.30pm, when the women’s race begins, until 9.30pm.

A number of roads will be closed between 3pm and 11pm. They include Sadler Gate, St Mary’s Gate, Church Street, Eastgate Regent Street, Market Hill, Hanson Street, Regent Street South, Royal Street and Eldon Street.

On-street parking bays will be suspended on Eldon Street, Regent Street, Church Street, St Mary’s Place, Sadler Gate and Market Hill.