Perhaps in tune with the nostalgic zeitgeist brought about by factors such as the recession and the impending royal wedding, elite-level bike racing is set to return to Bath’s Victoria Park, where it was a regular attraction up to 20 or so years ago*.
An attempt was made to reintroduce the races a few years ago, but this May will see some top action take place on each Wednesday evening throughout the month.
As well as the Elite Cat 1 and 2 men’s race, there will be a full supporting programme of Youth A/B, Cat 3 and 4 and Women’s races, with series leader and points leader jerseys given out at the end of each round.
Each race will last between 15 and 30 minutes, with the action kicking off at 6.45pm, and the series has been made possible with the support of Bath & North East Somerset Council and British Cycling. It is organised by four local cycling clubs - Somer Valley CC, Avonlea-Treasure RT, Velo Club Walcot and Bath CC – and if you’re interested in taking part, full details are available on the Bath Cycle Races website.
* No-one we’ve spoken to yet seems too sure about when the races were discontinued, so if you do have any information, stories or even pictures, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.