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).
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.