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Chopper Dash–Twenty First Century’s Bike Race in 1970’s Attire

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

Also see London to Brighton Vintage Car Race 2010

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