Scenes from Sunday's iconic Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross race in Yorkshire, by Andy Jones

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Sunny skies and perfect riding conditions greeted riders taking part in the 53rd edition of the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross in Yorkshire on Sunday.

Hundreds of riders winding their way up and down the dales and fells provides one of cycling’s great spectacles in what is billed as the toughest cyclo-cross race in the UK.

The 650 riders assemble in Helwith Bridge, before starting proper further north just before Gill Garth. Then it’s on to the fells of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent before dropping back down to the finish in Helwith Bridge after 61km (38 miles).

>>> Paul Oldham wins Three Peaks cyclo-cross

Some of the climbs can only be navigated by shouldering your bike and hiking up to the top, and the descents can be tricky as riders pick their way through boggy ground and rocks.

Many riders return year after year, some having taken part in 20 or more editions, and the event’s standing means that it attracts riders from all over the world.

This year’s edition was won for the first time by Paul Odham (Hope), who won ahead of team-mate and 11-time race champion Rob Jebb and Scott Racing’s Nick Craig. Jules Toone (Torq Performance) was the fastest woman. Read our full Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross report for more details.

Cycling Weekly photographer Andy Jones was on hand to capture the action.

Paul Oldham descends, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Paul Oldham descends on his way to the overall win

Simon Fell, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

The line of competitors stretches off into the distance on Simon Fell

Nick Walling, Team Wiggins mechanic, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Nick Walling, Team Wiggins mechanic swaps spanner for cyclo-cross bike

Watching the action, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Watching the action

Verity Appleyard, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Verity Appleyard gets some air

Paul Oldham on Simon Fell, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Paul Oldham on Simon Fell

Jules Toone, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Women’s winner Jules Toone descends

Isla Rowntree, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Isla Rowntree riding to third place

Hope balloon, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Hope balloon floats over the landscape

Rob Jebb leads up Simon Fell, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Rob Jebb leads up Simon Fell

Simon Fell, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Simon Fell is one of the toughest parts of a tough event

Nick Craig, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Nick Craig, who took his first Three Peaks victory in 1991, finished in third place

Rob Jebb, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Rob Jebb put in a faster pace than most

Paul Oldham and Rob Jebb on Pen-Y-Ghent, Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2015

Paul Oldham and Rob Jebb on Pen-Y-Ghent

  • Alan Francis

    Another great set of photographs Andy, all up to your usual high standards. Well done again!

  • Russell Ellis

    Nice pictures Andy! good to chat yesterday 🙂