Monday 9 May 2011


A few quick notes about upcoming events:

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace has a new rider limit of 100 riders for ALL senior races. The first 100 riders who line up and sign on for the Tuesday night races will be allowed to race; all others will be turned away, regardless of category.

This means that if you want to race, you need to get there early! Senior races start at 7:15pm but with youths racing at 6:30pm, sign-on will likely open around 6pm. There is NO special dispensation for the women's race (nor is there for the E/1/2 or 3/4 races).

As well, any women's race with fewer than 10 riders will see those riders race amongst the men's cat 3/4 race, though there will be separate placings for the women. This rule has actually been in effect all along, but recent years have seen it more relaxed with smaller women's fields racing in their own race. However with the added "health and safety" pressure of the new rider limit and difficulties running three races on the circuit at once, if there's a small women's field they will race with the men.

Just a reminder that tomorrow, May 10th is Round 3 of the LWCR league at Crystal Palace, so we encourage all ladies planning to race to get there early and in abundance.

South East Road Race Championships

So far a sluggish pre-entry for this league race on May 21st, possibly caused in part by the British Cycling page which wrongly lists this race as for SE license holders only. In fact, this race is open to ALL RIDERS from ALL REGIONS, though only SE riders can contest the SE Champs of course.

Last year we had a great turn-out for this race, and as it's one of only two open road races for women in the London area this year, it would be great to see that repeated. For everyone toiling away at the closed circuits of Hog Hill, Hillingdon, Goodwood and Crystal Palace, this is your chance to race a local-level (non-National, non-Team Series) open road race. Make the most of it and please support it!

Pre-entry details here.