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National road racing returns

Women's CiCLE Classic and Junior CiCLE Classic confirmed for 27 June

More cheer for British road racing. Following the announcement last week that all five British men’s UCI Continental teams have been selected to ride this year’s Tour of Britain, CiCLE Classics have today confirmed that the Women’s CiCLE Classic and the men’s Junior CiCLE Classic will both go ahead on 27 June.

The Women’s CiCLE Classic will be the first National A road race to be held in the UK for 666 days. The last National A road race, the Bourne CiCLE Classic, was held on 1 September 2019. The event will mark the start of a reduced, 3-4 race, women’s National Road Series.

Similarly, the Junior CiCLE Classic will be the first National Junior event since the pandemic and will be the first event of the men’s Junior Road Series.

Tom Pidcock at the 2017 Junior CiCLE Classic. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Entries for both events will be available via the British Cycling online system from 30 April. Details can also be found there concerning the selection criteria for the Junior CiCLE Classic, which the organisers say will provide some greater flexibility on this occasion as a result of the long cessation of racing last year and early this year.

Volunteers are still needed for both events after the sad passing of several key race volunteers. “There are always places and roles available for anyone wishing to volunteer to help at our races,” said Race Director Colin Clews, “Clothing, and all required equipment, PPE, and packed lunch are provided as will be full instructions to anyone wishing to join the organisational team. Anyone interested will be made more than welcome and guaranteed a fun day.” Interest can be expressed by email (cicleclassics@gmail.com) or telephone (07979 856 262).    

Featured photo: James York/SWpix.com. Emily Nelson of Team RST/Cycle Division Team wins the Women’s CiCLE Classic 2019