Learjet in for its MOT so you can’t nip down to Italy for the Giro this weekend? Never mind: there’s plenty of racing right here in the UK and, though none of our events have any climbs to rival the Campitello Matese that the Giro takes in on Saturday, they’ll all be just as much fun. They’ll also be a lot more friendly, because that’s how women’s cycling is. Take a picnic and have a great time!
Yorkshire & The Humber
York Cycleworks Spring Circuits #4
York Sport Cycle Circuit, Lakeside Way, York, YO10 5FG
Cats. 2/3/4, 40mins. Victoria Hood (Jadan) is the best-known rider signed up so far, but Albarosa CC have strength in numbers with three riders.
British Cycling South-East Region Women’s RR Championships
Seaforth Hall, Cuckfield Lane, Warninglid, West Sussex, RH17 5UB
E/1/2/3, 80km. There’s a lot of talent coming up through the ranks in the SE region right now – this promises to be hard-fought.
Archer RC Arrow Criteriums 2015
Thoresby CiCLE Fest
Thoresby Park, Thoresby, Near Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9EP
E/1/2/3/4. 32km. Entry still available
South West Regional RR Championships
Hatherleigh Community Centre, Bowling Green Lane, Hatherleigh, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 3HB
E/1/2/3, 66km. The fastest riders from the South-West battle to earn the right to be called the best in the region.
Yorkshire & The Humber
Yorkshire Regional RR Championships
Westwoodside Playing Field Association, The Foreman Carter Centre, Akeferry Road, Westwoodside, North Lincolnshire, DN9 2DX
E/1/2/3/4, 72km. Yorkshire is one of the cycling heartlands and has always had a wealth of two-wheeled talent. See the best of the region’s women compete for the honours.
Chapters Hotel/Godleys Cycles: N.E. Regional RR Championships
King William IV Pub & Restaurant, 1 Silver Street, , Barton, Nr Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6LT
E/1/2/3/4, 72km. Technically taking place in Yorkshire & The Humber rather than the North-East, but included under the N.E here for obvious reasons. Due to the climate and terrain up there, the region tends to produce very tough riders – which should ensure a great race.
South Region Road Race Championships
Owslebury Parish Hall, Main Street, Owlesbury, Winchester, SO21 1LN
E/1/2/3/4, 84km. The fastest riders from the South battle to earn the right to be called the best in the region.
Behind The Bikeshed’s Summer Series 5
Thruxton Motor Circuit, Thruxton Aerodrome, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8PW
E/1/2/3/4, 9 laps. Organisers promise a stand-alone women’s race if ten or more female riders sign up – entry still available!
SwiftCarbon Southdown Velo Goodwood Series #3
Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Claypit Lane, Westerton, Chichester, PO18 0PX
E. Kilbride RC Kames Klassic #2 (W. Scotland Youth Circuit Race Series)
Kames Motorsport Complex, Furnace Road, Muirkirk, East Ayrshire, KA18 3QQ
Juniors, 30mins. Only a fiver (or six quid on the day) to enter, but only has the one entry so far. Give Claire Howieson (PedalPower RT) someone to race against: entry here
Dulwich Paragon CC Crystal Palace Crits #3
Crystal Palace Park, Anerley Hill, Sydenham, London, SE20 8DT
E/1/2/3/4, 1hr. Dulwich Paragon know a thing or two about race organisation and have done more than many clubs can be bothered to do to promote and support women’s cycling. This will be a great event to watch.
The Gannets Stourport League Bottle Returns (Stourport Circuit Summer Series)
Stourport Sports Club, Kingsway, Stourport-On-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 8BQ
Cats. 2/3/4, 30mins.
Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series #1 (Matrix Fitness Grand Prix)
Redditch Town Centre, Redditch Ringway, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4DY
E/1/2/3, 45mins. The Matrix GP needs no introduction – in its first year, when it was the Horizon Fitness GP, it was by far the biggest and best crit series in the UK. Because of that, they decided to fold it every year and it’s become arguably the biggest and best in the world. Most of the UK’s top riders have taken part, and so popular is the Series that many of them will be there again this year. If you can’t get to this one, the following races are Motherwell (26th May), Croydon (2nd June), Peterborough (9th June) and Bath (11th June). It’s absolutely fantastic, get to one of them if you possibly can. If you can’t, make it possible.
Total Cycle Coach Womens Series #6
Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Salt Ayre Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 5JS
E/1/2/3/4, 42km. In an effort to attract more female riders, organisers are charging only £5 to enter – half what the men pay! When a race is willing to take a cut like that for women’s cycling, they deserve fans’ support!
Please note: Events can be cancelled at short notice for reasons beyond the organisers’ control. Please check British Cycling before travelling