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World Championship races cancelled due to lack of interest. But still spaces for sportive.

4th September was looking all set to see cyclists tearing around the race track at Castle Combe on tandems, recumbents and fixies in search of a UCI sanctioned World Championship, thanks to Black Rat Cycle Challenges, but sadly this is not now going to be the case. 

Black Rat have been forced to cancel the event in the face of a lack of entrants, meaning the race day would have run at a considerable financial loss as numbers stood. Anyone who had already entered will receive a full refund of their entry fee. 

We are decidely disappointed as we were banking on just those low numbers of entries for a once-in-a-lifetime chance of bagging a World Championship.

However, it's not all doom and gloom. There are still places left on the North Devon Sportive on 11th September, with 100km or 100 mile options around the stunning Exmoor area. As of today, there were only 20 places left though, so best get a move on if you're keen. 

See www.blackratcycle.co.uk for more information. 

Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling. 

Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other. 

She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.