British Masters Cycle Racing is for female and male racers who are at least 40 years of age.
We offer a year-round programme of road, circuit and track races – around 150 races per year.
British Masters Cycle Racing is the go to place for age related masters cycling in this country – with annual membership of only £26.
British Masters Cycle Racing is an independent body proudly established by Percy Stallard in 1986 as the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists. Created to provide a programme of competitive cycling events for members aged 40 and over.
We have recently rebranded ourselves with a new identity, logo and website, but the ethos, the spirit of the organisation and the people involved are still the same. The LVRC legacy lives on now in BMCR.
While the UCI, the international governing body of cycling, holds that masters racing is for those aged 30 and over, we are strictly for those aged 40 and over.
Our membership varies from newbies to World Champions, this is the place for everyone, whatever your ability. Membership does not exclude anyone from joining any other cycling organisation.
Aside from a nationwide racing programme, each member is covered with third party insurance. Provision of membership and racing is administered on a regional basis, while an Executive Committee deals with policy, and co-ordinates the regional activities. Most of the road races are under 55 miles; there are also some stage races, criteriums, time trials and track leagues.
It is BMCR policy that races are organised on an age-group basis grouped by 5 year age bands. If you’re unsure whether you’re fit enough to race, don’t worry – except for National Championships and Series events, the excellent national Percy Stallard and Le Col / Arcadian / Velopace series for example – you are welcome to compete in an older age group than your calendar age indicates. Then you can move up to your actual age group as fitness builds.
For example if a 42 year old rider feels that they are not up to the standard of that age group then they can ride in a 50+ or even 60+ race. (The only exceptions are Championship events and the national Percy Stallard race and Le Col series.) Conversely riders of masochistic tendencies can opt to race in a younger age group than their calendar age, for more intense competition and longer distance.
BMCR age categories for men are designated as follows: A, 40-44; B, 45-49; C, 50-54; D, 55-59; E, 60-64; F, 65-69; G, 70-74;H,75-79: I,80-84, J,85-89; K,90-94: L,95-99.
Women’s age categories are those of men 10 years older (e.g. a woman aged 48 is a D category).
Members will change category on the 1st January in the year of their appropriate birthday. (e.g. if a man is 50 on 10th June 2020, he will be a C category from 1st January 2020).
This flexible format of age related racing has proven very successful at enabling riders to compete at their optimum level.
In 2019 we have had huge success in running separate women’s races too, with all categories racing together. This is run as part of an EFGH race or when there are sufficient numbers, as a separate race.