Milton Keynes Bowl Racing

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Milton Keynes Bowl Racing

The Ron Day MK bowl circuit races (sponsored by Church Lane Creative). Week 2 – 15th June 202170 riders raced tonight across 2 races on a perfect warm and sunny night. With thanks to a huge team of helpers who turned up at 5pm, we managed to organise the course so the race could go out the gate half way through, which always lead to a more exciting race.A few unsuccessful break aways, lead to a strong bunch sprint win in both races.Well done to everyone who rode, it was great to have 4 ladies competing tonight also. A massive thank you to all the valued helpers and our sponsor Mark Bicknell of Church Lane Creative.If you have not put your name down to help, please contact me to arrange an evening, if everyone helps once, we can run every week sucessfully. Please remember the event closes on RiderHQ at 4pm on the Monday before the event. Parking must only be to the right when you enter the bowl for safety reasons. NO ONE is to cross the racing line while the races are still in progress.Full results can be found on:-
https://results.sporthive.com/events/PC1871144


RETURN TO RACING: THE WELLAND TIME TRIAL (WITH COVID PRECAUTIONS)

We ran the first BMCR event since lockdown yesterday – a road bike Time Trial on a sporting 16 mile course in Worcestershire – and tested out the BMCR Covid precautions.

As the organiser, it’s not really up to me to say how successful or enjoyable the event was, but the extensive comments on the BMCR FaceBook page should give some idea.

We had a field of 49, which was good as it meant that we didn’t strain the parking capacity or the space at the HQ. We had a one-way system through the village hall and separate entrance and exit doors. Signing-on was in the hall but with riders queuing sensibly, disposable numbers and minimum contact. Refreshments were served outside at the back of the hall, where there’s a patio area with well-spaced benches. There was no result board, but our resident IT expert sent out results by email in 3 batches to all riders during the course of the event, which was very well received (‘I can never read them on the results board anyway’).

Riders said they felt much more Covid-secure than in the supermarket or pub, and the good weather (fine but not too hot) encouraged riders to linger and chat afterwards (sensibly distanced) and catch up with friends not seen since last season.

The format of a time trial with solo rides but team awards seemed to go down well, and I think encouraged riders to persuade their club/team-mates to enter.

We have 2 more road bike TTs, that I know of, in the planning stage, one near Solihull and the other in Derbyshire.  If this feedback reassures you about the safety and logistics of putting on a race in current circumstances, please speak to me or your Regional Events Co-ordinator and we’ll be happy to support you.

Mike Amery

National Events Co-ordinator  mikeamery58@gmail.com