THE cycle racing season is starting up again with an exciting race around Clitheroe kicking off proceedings this weekend.
The Spring Classic Handicap Road Race is now in its 44th year and will take place on Sunday.
Based on a four-mile circuit in the Edisford Bridge area of Clitheroe, riders from the North-West, Yorkshire and beyond will do battle over a gruelling 13 laps and 54 miles in a bid to get their season off to the perfect start.
The handicap format will see a 20-strong novice group given almost a full lap advantage before some of the top riders in the county set off in pursuit.
Sandwiched in between are a further 40 riders trying to keep the fast men at bay.
Top Barnoldswick rider Ian Wilkinson will have his work cut out to make up the eight-and-a-half minute gap but will definitely be going all out to win on his home turf.
The race starts at 10 am. Race organisers say local traffic will be unaffected but patience would be appreciated.
The course will be well marshaled and National Escort Group motorcyclists with Tour of Britain expertise will give the riders a safe passage.