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Before we return fully to road and circuit racing on 21 June, we plan to hold at least four ‘Test Events’ to try out and review our Covid precautions at races:
Sunday 2nd May – Velo Schils Circuit Races at Colchester – all age categories
Sunday 30th May – Sevale Road Race at Welland, Worcs – 60+ and women only (Stallard series)
Monday 31st May – Moda Circuit Races at Darley Moor – all age categories
Sunday 13th June – Fleche Waltonne Road Race at Husbands Bosworth, Leics – ABCD only (Stallard series)
Entries will open on RiderHQ for the Velo Schils circuit races, the Sevale RR and the Moda circuit races tomorrow 14 April at 8.00 pm.
Entries will open for the Fleche Waltonne RR on 18 April at 5.00 am (the usual 8 weeks before).
As all the 2021 Road Race Championships were due to be held between late May and early July, and rescheduling them all in a crowded late season calendar would be difficult, we have decided not to hold road race championships this year.
We hope that the other national championship events can all go ahead:
Sat 17 July – ABC Crit Champs – Bath
Sat 4 Sept (prov date) – DEFGH & Women Crit Champs – Darley Moor / Shrewsbury
Sun 5 Sept – Time Trial Champs – Napton, Warwicks
Sun 19 Sept – Hill Climb Champs – Vernham Dean, Hampshire
? October – Track Champs – Newport, S Wales
Those planning to organise other BMCR races after 21 June please contact your Regional Events Coordinator now to agree the date and get the event listed on RiderHQ.
As always, we are extremely grateful to those who promote races for BMCR.
National Events Coordinator, on behalf of the BMCR National Executive
Wanted to give you as much notice as possible!
In the last few minutes I’ve received confirmation from British Cycling that a private four round series of BMCR Zwift races – Not Meet-ups, will go ahead starting from this Sunday at 10am.
These will run every other Sunday until the 25th April. This challenge is organised as a collaboration between BMCR and BC for masters over 40.
Appreciate the weather is getting better and we’d all rather be outside but if you wanted a bit of friendly competition then please get in touch and check rider hq for entry details.
Please note that these events are only available to those with the private link and will not be on zwift power nor in the companion app as a meet-up.As an example the first of these links is provided below.
There will be three groups per event based on BMCR age related category. Each group will have different kit and will start at the same time in the usual frenetic zwift way! Channel your inner MVP!
Group A is BMCR A and B categories Group B is BMCR C and D categories Group C is BMCR EFGH&W categories
Everyone starts together! https://www.zwift.com/events/view/1863925…
Any questions give me a shout.
Having seen the government’s provisional timetable for relaxation of Covid measures, I’m sure you are all keen to know when and how we can get back to racing.Unfortunately there isn’t a simple or immediate answer to this, but I’ll try to bring you up to date
The changes scheduled for 29 March (earliest) include:Formally organised outdoor sports for adults and under 18s – can restart and not be subject to the gatherings limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies. This will be the main provision which allows us to return to racing, but we will have to comply with guidance issued by British Cycling for road, circuit and track racing, and Cycling Time Trials for TTs.CTT have recently announced that all solo time trials can resume from 29 March, subject to the guidance and Risk Assessment which they published last summer (there may be some minor revisions), but team time trials cannot. See https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/articles/view/618
BC are working on a plan for a staged return to racing, which has to be based on the plans and assessments of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and also Sport England. This assessment is due very soon and will be shared as soon as we have it .BC have told us that they don’t expect a full return until after 21 June (earliest and assuming there are no more bumps in the covid road!), but they are looking at a staged return through April, May and June, including circuit races initially followed by some ‘pilot’ road races.
What this means for us?
1 Any time trials (except team TTs) planned for 29 March onwards can go ahead. TTTs likely to follow as soon as social distancing rules allow.
2 Any circuit races planned for May onwards can probably go ahead, but may be subject to special provisions (size of field, duration of races etc).
3 National Championship events scheduled for late June onwards should be ok to go ahead, but those earlier (Women’s RR Champs and A&B RR Champs) will probably need to be postponed
.4 Any road races scheduled up to mid-May will not be possible.We will be in touch again in the coming weeks, as soon as more detailed plans are issued by BC and the situation becomes clearer.
Best regardsNigel Byrne on behalf of the NEC
The Welland Trophy TT will go ahead on Saturday 10th April, on a 15 mile course at Welland in Worcestershire. This incorporates a friendly competition between BMCR and VTTA members.
Unfortunately the planned 2-up ‘Grand Prix des Gentlemen’ competition cannot take place due to CTT Covid guidance.
This is run as a CTT event, with entries through the CTT website at www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/find-events (not through RiderHQ).
The entry fee is £13 and the closing date Tues 30 March.
In view of the current Covid situation, with road racing unlikely to restart before late spring/early summer, the Tour of the Abberleys BMCR 3-day Stage Race, which usually takes place on the first bank holiday weekend in May, will this year be moved to the August bank holiday weekend, Saturday 28th to Monday 30th August.
The tough 4-stage race takes place in hilly NW Worcestershire, and we’ll be returning to the familiar and well-loved (by some) courses of recent years. Entries will open on RiderHQ on 3 July at