Sharon Argue Memorial Trophy (Scottish National Women’s RR Series)
When one considers how many of the UK’s top female cyclists are from Scotland, it seems strange that there are relatively few races for them in their homeland (and when one considers how beautiful and perfect for cycling Scotland is, it’s positively bizarre). This on offers a chance to see some of the very best including Julie Erskine (Ikon-Mazda), Jennifer Edwards (Team 22), Flora Gillies (Project 51) and more.
Limerigg Community Hall, Slamannan Road, Limerigg, Slamannan, Falkirk, FK1 3BW – More info
SDCC Woodbridge Circuits
Cats. 2/3/4, 1hr
With the long, wide run-in to the finish, this one seems guaranteed to end with a bunch sprint – so expect plenty of action earlier on as all the riders who aren’t so good in a sprint do whatever they can to try to prevent those that are from having it all their own way! Some of the region’s top club riders have signed up, including Gaia Casciello and Rebecca Maynard of Welwyn Wheelers, Alison Wood of Redbridge CC, Jen Smart of VC Norwich and privateer Gemma Melton. Also on the start line are Claire Richardson of Zappi’s and Hannah Shean of Southend Wheelers – a rider who Neutral Service believes has enormous potential.
RAF Woodbridge, Otley Road, Sutton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3TN – More info
Crits at the Park #4
E/1/2, 1hr. Cats. 3/4, 1hr.
VC St Raphael’s Sophie Household looks like the hot tip for victory in the E/1/2 race. The 3/4 has more entries and may well turn out to be the most exciting of the two events – NS is going to be all partisan and keep fingers crossed for Cambridge CC’s Joy Lisney 😉
Cyclopark, The Tollgate, Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 7NP – More info
Banbury Star RR (Women’s Team Series)
You always get a good selection of riders at a Team Series event and this one’s no different – among many illustrious names on the 82-strong start list are SE Regional Champion Bella Leach, Laura Massey (who won the SE Regionals, but isn’t Champ because she lives in the Eastern Region), former Cheshire Classic winner Karla Boddy, National RR Series Champion Nikki Juniper, Jo Tindley, Hannah Walker, Ellie Cadzow, Lou Collins, Julie Erskine, Corrine Hall, Julia Heselberg, Anna Marie Hughes, Nicole Oh and many, many more.
Drayton Pavilion, Drayton Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 0UD – More info
The Milk Race
E/1/2/3, 1hr + 5laps
Nottingham Council House, Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2DT – More info
Hargroves Spring Circuits
Performance Cycles – South Cerney RR
Cats. 2/3/4, 70km
Quite likely to be a battle between Team Peformance Cycles (5 riders) and Ride 24/7 (7 riders). But who knows – there are plenty of others who are more than capable of taking on both teams.
South Cerney Football Ground, Walnut Tree Playing Field, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UT – More info
Yorkshire & The Humber
PH Mas-VCUK Women’s Spring RR (Yorks Women’s RR Series)
Cats. 2/3/4, 56km
You’ve got to love PH Mas – in less than two seasons they’ve become one of the biggest and best-known squads on the circuit, but best of all they’re not content to just show up and race: they also want to do all they can to promote women’s cycling, including by organising excellent races such as this one. Riders notice things like that, so 50 of them have signed up for this one and there are some real stars among them: Annabel Simpson, Elisa McDonagh, Amira Mellor, Victoria Hood, Monica Dew, Emma Coldwell, Nikki Butler and many more – plus, of course, Kirsty Boak, Sinead Burke, Jenny Eastham, Natalie Hodson, Alison Kinloch, Amy O’Halloran, Clara Sandelind and Madeline Scott from the host team.
Jubilee Village Hall, Jubilee Road, Wistow, Selby, YO8 3YP – More info
Yorkshire & The Humber
Pedalsport League #2
E/1/2/3/4, duration unknown
Seonaid Thompson and Ann Whyte (Albarosa CC), Claire Smith (Pedalsport CC) and unattached Rachael Disley are signed up, leaving 26 spaces unfilled. Up in Yorkshore for the PH Mas race on Sunday? It’s only 65km from there to Halifax, so if you’ve got the bank holiday off why not swell their numbers?
Brooksbank Cycle Circuit, Hamerstone Leach Lane, Elland, Halifax, HX5 0TA – More info
North Road CC Redbridge Circuits
E/1/2/3/4, 1hr + 3laps
Just one rider signed up – Emily Roberston of CC Luton. Entry is available on the day, so she’ll hopefully have a few women to race against.
Redbridge Cycling Centre, Forest Road, Ilford, Essex, IG6 3HP – More info
Dulwich Paragon CC Crystal Palace Crits #4
Crystal Palace Park, Anerley Hill, Sydenham, London, SE20 8DT – More info
SwiftCarbon South Downs Velo Goodwood Series #4
E/1/2/3/4, 38km (also U16/14/12/10/8)
A chance to see cyclists in action of the famous old circuit – which hosted the 1982 World Cycling Championships. Entry still available.
Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Claypit Lane, Westerton, Chichester, PO18 0PX – More info
Matrix GP #2
In only a few years, the Matrix GP has gone from being a one-off women’s race held in conjunction with a men’s race series to one of the biggest and most spectacular events on the women’s cycling calendar – not just in the UK, but worldwide. “Yeah, but it’s just another crit,” you may say. Fair enough – there are a lot of crits in women’s cycling in the UK, but thanks to the investement and belief of Matrix Fitness, the GP series has developed into something truly special. And it’s on telly, so if you don’t live near Motherwell you can still see it!
Motherwell Town Centre, Hamilton Road, Motherwell , ML1 3BZ – More info
Bromsgrove Olympique Stourport Tuesday Series
Cats. 2/3/4, 30mins.
Stourport Sports Club, Kingsway, Stourport-On-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 8BQ – More info
Twickenham CC / WTP Vets & Ladies Circuit Races #4
Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Springfield Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB4 0LP – More info
Cycle 4 All LVCA Legacy League Twilight Series #1
Lee Valley Cycle Circuit, Lee Valley Velopark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 3AB – More info
Pedal Heaven Eelmoor Circuits #5
E/1/2/3/4, 50mins. U16 20mins, U14 15mins, U12 15mins, U10 10mins, U8 10mins
Eelmore Driver Training School, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 2HL – More info
Lotus Cars Cycle Race League 4
Always an interesting race due to being used by some of the top riders in the region for race practice – such as Tanya Griffiths, who races with the men because she’s well ‘ard. Don’t bother taking your camera; Lotus don’t allow it – in case you take pictures of the alien technology in their sheds 🙂
Lotus Test Track, Potash Lane, Hethel, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8EZ – More info
St Eval Cornish Series #2
Cats. 2/3/4, 25km. U16 25km, U14/12/10/8 20mins
Like most kart tracks, this is a very tight circuit indeed – which makes for a real test of the riders’ technical skills.
St Eval Kart Track, St Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7UN – More info
Please note: Events can be cancelled at short notice for reasons beyond the organisers’ control. Please check British Cycling before travelling