Once again, on the evening of Wednesday 6th July, the annual Guildford Town Centre Cycles Races will be taking place promoted by Charlotteville Cycling Club. A highlight of this year’s Guildford Festival, the races incorporate round five of the British Cycling National Elite Men’s Circuit Race Series, currently being fought out by the country’s top road racers. This is guaranteed to bring a fast and hard-fought main event on Guildford’s notoriously tough course, with its cobbled climb up the High Street and tight, narrow corners.
The winner of the main event wins the historic Guildford Cup, last year this honour went to Chris Doel (Team Quest) who battled on with other riders in the driving rain on the slippery cobbles of the High Street where crashes were in plentiful supply. The organisers are hoping for better weather this year that should bring with it a full field and spectacular racing.
The Guildford leg of the British Cycling Elite Men’s Circuit Race Series, sponsored by Trek, Club La Santa and Sporting Tours International, is for Elite, 1st and 2nd category riders and starts at 8pm. Prizes are being awarded after the racing concludes at around 9pm. Entries for the event include Ian Holt (Vinerbikes/Agisko Sports Nutrition) who is the current series leader with 84 points. Ian is joined on the start list by second positioned James Taylor www.sports-coaching.com, Tony Gibb (Plowman Craven), Jamie Newall (Evans Cycles RT) and a strong team from the www.agisko-viner.com squad. In addition, local boy James Millard (Bouwelse Wielervrienden) makes a brief return back to the cobbles of Guildford in the middle of his second year racing on the continent in Belgium supported by the Dave Rayner Fund.
The Guildford leg of the British Cycling Elite Men’s Circuit Race Series, sponsored by Trek, Club La Santa and Sporting Tours International, is for Elite, 1st and 2nd category riders and starts at 8pm. Prizes are being awarded after the racing concludes at around 9pm.
Please note that the race circuit will be closed to all traffic during and prior to the event. The race circuit is as follows and contains many areas that provide perfect opportunities for spectating as well refreshment. The race circuit begins near the junction of the High Street and Chertsey Street and heads down towards North Street where the riders make a sharp left into Market Street where they climb up towards the junction with the High Street to meet the cobbles and complete the circuit:
Sponsored by Evans Cycles, Guildford Borough Council, Knight Frank Estate Agents, Surrey Advertiser, Sherborne Windows and USE (Ultimate Sports Engineering)
For further details contact the organiser, Derek Dowden on 01483 302729. For entry details please refer to the British Cycling Handbook or the BC website.
Charlotteville Cycling Club was founded in March 1903, in the Charlotteville area of Guildford. The Club has been involved in all aspects of cycling through the years, both locally and nationally. For further details please see the clubs website at www.charlottevillecc.co.uk or contact General Secretary Matthew Legge (email: [email protected] or phone: 01252 315603.