Cyclo-Cross Championships postponed until February
Snow claims this weekend's event in Midlands
This weekend's National Cyclo-Cross Championships, being held in Sutton Coldfield, is the latest victim of the snow.
Organisers have 'reluctantly' decided to postpone the champions scheduled for Sutton Park after consultation with Birmingham City Council Safety Advisory Group.
In a statement, the organisers said the decision had not been taken lightly.
"It comes after extensive daily discussions with all parties. The decision is made entirely on the grounds of public safety after considering all the issues concerning vehicle movements and the supply of services into Birmingham's Sutton Park," it said.
"It was agreed by all parties that, whilst the course itself may well be capable of holding the racing events, the access roads into the park present some very serious problems due to ice and snow. Guaranteeing access for essential services such as ambulance cover, event vehicles, temporary toilets, gantries and crowd barriers has proved impossible.
"Further forecasts for sub zero temperatures and heavy snow on Sunday mean that it has therefore been agreed that the race will be postponed."
However, organisers have already named the date for the championships to be re-scheduled. Barring any more nasty weather from the east, the event will go ahead over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of February, at the same venue. All programme details for the National Championships will remain the same and entries will be carried forward to the revised date.
Riders unable to make the rescheduled event may apply for a refund of their entry fee by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or writing to British Cycling, Stuart St, Manchester M11 4DQ. Requests for refunds must be received by 12 noon on Friday 15th January. No additional entries will be accepted.