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The last race

The Betty Pharaoh on 15 March 2020 was the last national road race in mainland Britain

Exactly a year ago today, Wales Racing Academy’s Peter Kibble took the win at the Betty Pharoah Memorial Legstretchers road race. That moment, a full 365 days ago, marked the last time a national road race took place on mainland Britain*.

In any ‘normal’ season, the Betty Pharaoh serves as an important early season road race for domestic riders. Organised by the Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club, the race was started by South Wales cycling legend Reg Pharoah who started the race as a memorial to his late wife Betty. The National B race often attracts a high quality field. Connor Swift, then of Madison Genesis, won the 2019 edition, for example.

British Cycling’s latest road map suggests it won’t be until 21 June 2021 at the earliest that national road racing returns to the UK.

*Road racing did return to Guernsey in June last year.

Featured photo: sportphoto.wales