Can’t get to the Tour of Yorkshire? Or perhaps you can, but want to see more women’s racing over the rest of the weekend rather than the men’s race? Well, the good news is that there’s a choice of events going on around the country.
One of very few multi-day women’s races in the UK, the Women’s Team Series 3 Days of Bedford will see many of Britain’s best cyclists compete in five stages across three days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday), and as WTS organiser Jon Miles told us, it’s a race that has a history of revealing the stars of the future.
If supporting youth cycling is your thing, the ZipVit / Lichfield CCC Youth Races at Curborough on Saturday has a decent start list for its U8/10/12/14/16 races, as does the fifth round of the ECCA Festival Youth Events / LVYCC meet at Redbridge Cycling Centre near London.
The women’s race at the Tour de Yorkshire covers 122.5km between Tadcaster and Harrogate and stars 18 teams, including top UCI squads Boels-Dolmans, Cylance, Ale Cipollini, BePink-Cogeas, Hitec Products, Canyn-SRAM, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Sunweb, Lares-Waowdeals, Wiggle-High5, WNT, Drops and, of more interest here, the British domestic squads Ford Ecoboost, Sunsport Velo, Fusion, NCC Group-Kuota-Torell, Jadan-Weldtite and Storey Racing. Being organised by the ASO (the same company that organises the Tour de France), expect to find a big event with thousands of fans on the roadsides.
Sunday’s biggest women’s one-day race is the Duff Morgan/Iceni Velo RR, part of the Women’s Eastern Racing League and taking place over 76km on the Shotesham Course near Saxlingham Nethergate. Eighteen riders are signed up to start, including some well-known names; entry on the day is available and so there may well be more. See you there! SERRL’s South Nutfield RR has an excellent start list of 25 rd and 4th Cat. riders, while the Mid-Shropshire Riders’ Circuit Race #3 at Shrewbury has 17 E/1/2/3/4 women as well as U8/10/12/14/16 races. The Chitterne Women’s RR, which had been due to take place in Wiltshire, has been cancelled.
Thanks to the bank holiday, we’ve also got some races on Monday. The Ixworth Crits takes place in the Suffolk village of the same name and includes a 40 minute E/1/2/3/4 women’s race, which in years past has proved to be fast and technical – and with big crowds, the entire event has a great atmosphere too. There are also races for U12/14/16s.