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Bike racing returns to Bath's Victoria Park each Wednesday this May

Entries invited for what looks set to be some thrilling evenings of racing next month

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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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