Olympic stars take on top road men in first round of National Crit Series this Sunday
Full day's racing includes first round of new Women's National Criterium Series too
Road stars take on track champions this Sunday in the first round of British Cycling National Criterium series in which a top notch field including track Olympic medallists and world champs take on some of the UK's top road riders.
Dean Downing (Rapha Condor), national Criterium champion, and Rob Hayles (Halfords Bike Hut), national road race champion, Athens Olympic silver and bronze medallist and past world champion, head a star studded field of 81 in the Hillingdon GP on Sunday, 17 May 2009, at the Hillingdon cycle circuit in Springfield Road, Hayes, the first of the British Cycling National Criterium Series.
Alongside Hayles will be Beijing track Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, who has also won three world championships, along with Andy Tennant, who has come through the BC Academy system that has produced so many champions.
They will be tested by last year’s winner Graham Briggs (Candi TV/Marshalls Pasta RT) and his veteran colleague Malcolm Elliot, the winner in 2006. The local favourite will be Tony Gibb (Plowman Craven), world and commonwealth games medallist, who started his racing as a youngster on the then unopened nearby Hayes By-Pass and won the most recent of the regular Tuesday evening races.
The Hillingdon Women’s GP has a strong field of 30 for this inaugural national series event at the Hillingdon circuit in Springfield Road, Hayes. For a winner watch out for west London rider Janet Birkmyre whose sprint abilities may well take the top honour, although Claire Thomas and Kate Breneman from Scotland will undoubtedly want to make their long journey worthwhile and must be watched.
There is a full programme of events:
10.45 Youth races - 40 minutes
11.45 3/4 category race - 1hr + 5 laps (riders not qualified for main event)
13.15 Women's national series criterium - 25 miles/40km - 27 laps
15.00 Hillingdon GP - 50 miles/80km - 54 laps
The organisation is by BC West London Promotions in conjunction with the Edgware RC and assisted by other clubs from the BC Central Region.