With one month to go before race day, the women’s crit at the Sheffield GP is in dire risk of being cancelled due to a lack of entries – at the time of writing, only 14 riders have signed up to take part. Organisers will decide whether or not the event can go ahead this Thursday, the 26th of June.
Having to cancel due to apparent lack of interest will jeopardise future editions too, because it makes the race so much less tempting to potential sponsors. A large part of the problem is that the race takes place on the 23rd of July, a Wednesday when many riders who would be keen to take part will be at work- a problem that only British Cycling could have prevented, by holding the race on a better date. However, it’s definitely a race that deserves support – if you want to race, sign up quickly.
This year’s race uses the same parcours as 2013, which was won by Helen Wyman and proved to be an absolutely superb event with plenty of the eyeballs-out, high-speed, scrape-yer-knees-off-going-round-the-corners excitement that a good crit ought to provide, and it all took place in front of a crowd of thousands – a real showcase for this beautiful sport. There’s even a discount offer for riders at a hotel just off the parcours!