May is swiftly approaching, so without further ado, here are the pick of the road events currently on the British Cycling system:
Sunday 8 May 2016
Bourne Wheelers Junior Women’s Road Race – the first ever standalone junior women’s race currently has 52 entries – closing date is 24 April for this 45 mile race – starting at 1pm – Grantham, Lincolnshire
Team Cystic Fibrosis Women’s Road Race – W2/W3/W4 – entry fee £20 – 10am – 37 miles – Holmfirth, West Yorkshire – this race is on a great circuit (course details on the link) and promises to be a great event.
SW Bike Academy Road Races – WE/W1/W2/W3/W4 – entry fee £26 – 2pm – 53 miles – Somerton, Somerset – this event is part of the Kalas SW Women’s Road Series and is described as the perfect warm up for the Lincoln GP by the organiser. A later start time means that riders will be able to travel to the event from further afield.
Saturday 14 May 2016
Women’s Road Race Series – Munlochy, Inverness – part of the Scottish Women’s Road Race Series, this event near Inverness features a QOM competition (laps 2 and 4) – WE/1/2/3/4 – 47 miles – Munlochy, Inverness – entry fee just £12!
Sunday 15 May 2016
Cotswold Veldrijden Road Race – W2/W3/W4 – 1:15pm – £25 entry fee – 40 miles – Malmesbury, Wiltshire – this is the first time this race has featured a women’s event – the course is described as the “rolling Charlton Brinkworth circuit”. Looks like a great event
Team MK Central League Road Race – WE/1/2/3/4 – 1:00pm – 40 miles – £20 entry fee – Cranfield, Bedfordshire – this is on the Astwood circuit. for those of you who know where that is!
Saturday 28 May 2016
The Green Jersey North West Junior Women’s Tour – another first for the junior women this season – a three day, four stage event for junior women, based in Morecambe and Lancaster, over the Whit Bank Holiday weekend. At £50 for an event that includes a time trial, a closed roads road race and two circuit races, this is one event that is not only a bargain, but will also have some great racing!
Sunday 29 May 2016
Performance Cycles – South Cerney Road Race – W2/W3/W4 – 48 miles – 12pm – entry fee £25 – this event is part of the village’s festival, which will likely mean big crowds for this Cotswold event, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
Stan’s Cycles Shrewsbury Grand Prix – always a good event – this 45 minute race around Shrewsbury town centre is always popular – entry fee £25 – great prize fund and great atmosphere.
As previously, this is not an exhaustive list of events in May, merely our pick. However, if none of the above take your fancy, click here to be taken to a list of women’s only events on the BC calendar for May. Don’t forget to follow London Women’s Racing, South West Women’s Racing, Women’s Eastern Racing League and Racing Chance on Twitter for more information about racing opportunities!