More than 1,500 people lined the streets yesterday at Colne in Lancashire to inaugurate the eight annual Colne Grand Prix. As an inaugural event, a ‘chopper dash’ was organized. Many riders came donning 1970s fancy dress on classic Raleigh bikes from the same decade for a Le Mans running start before completing two laps around Colne town centre.
The main event - Colne Grand Prix - is an 800m street circuit through the historic market town. The race, part of Britain’s Elite Men’s Circuit Series, is held over 60 laps. This year the event raised more than £3,200 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity.
Photographs: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian
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