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Thank you to all who have renewed their membership for 2019 so far and welcome to all new members of the Surrey League. Membership is steadily increasing and for this year each member will receive a Membership Pack, which will be handed to you at your first event, full of product which our sponsors have kindly donated.
May 3-Day Stage Race
This bank holiday weekend will see a full field of riders taking to the start line for the Surrey League May 3-Day stage race. Stage 1 will be held on the Chiddingfold circuit, which is a shade under 11 miles in length and will be promoted by Kingston Wheelers. Stage 2 takes the riders to the circuit of Bletchingley with Maison-du- velo and 1904RT jointly promoting this race. The final stage, the Crowhurst circuit, is a circuit not used in a while but should offer the riders flat roads to race on meaning fast action from the start.
Good luck to all who race and a huge thank you to all helpers, volunteers and promoting clubs and teams as well as the marshals and BC officials for making this event happen.
Thursday evening Handicap racing
The evening Handicap series kicked off in fine style last week with the 1st event in the series attracting over 65 riders. Last night, however, numbers were not as high, but the racing was still just as hard. The riders faced approx. 30 miles around the roads on the Newchapel circuit.
If you are new to Handicap racing, this is how it works. Each of the events is held on a Thursday evening starting at approx. 19:15 pm. They are open to all ability categories including Vets, Juniors and Women.
The slowest riders, usually category driven, are set off first with faster riders starting after in various ability groups (equally spaced in time) with the E/1 last to leave. Surrey League bonus points are available for the first 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Vet, Junior and Women riders and will count towards the overall rankings.
Below are the next 4 handicap events which you can enter via RiderHQ if you wish.
Dunsfold Park Racing
During this week, Dunsfold Park opened their gates allowing members of the League to race around the outer perimeter road of the park. Racing will be held twice weekly (Wednesday and Friday evening) for the next 13 weeks (1 week a midweek break) and caters for Women (3rd/4th), 4th cats, and Vets. Racing starts at 7 pm.
For new members who have not raced around the circuit or know of its location, our website page will hopefully explain where the venue is located, which gate to enter (and leave), plus the evenings sign-on and car parking areas.
stolen goat Women’s Series (Dunsfold Park – 1st round tonight)
New for 2019, stolen goat have kindly sponsored Women’s racing around Dunsfold Park on Friday evenings by awarding each race winner a single prize (you must be a Surrey League member to claim this prize). As well as providing each race winner with this prize, stolen goat has also kindly sponsored the top three podium positions for the overall rankings at the end of the year.
These prizes will be awarded at our 2019 AGM/Prize Presentation and in the form of a voucher – 1st place £100.00, 2nd place £75.00, and 3rd place £50.00.
More details about the stolen goat Women’s Series as regards timings, race dates, and race length, can be found on our website, but as mentioned, if you want a chance to win the prize and also be in the running for the 3 podium prizes (plus others), you must be a Surrey League member.
Precise Performance 4th cat Series (Dunsfold Park – 1st round tonight)
New for 2019, Precise Performance has kindly sponsored 4th cat racing around Dunsfold Park on Friday evenings by awarding each race winner a single prize (you must be a Surrey League member to claim the prize). This prize will be awarded on the night of the race and a photo will be required at the end also. More details about the Precise Performance 4th cat Series as regards timings, race dates, and race length, can be found on our website, but as mentioned, if you want a chance to win the prize, you must be a Surrey League member.
Vets (Dunsfold Park)
Wednesday witnessed the 1st round of the popular Vets series held at Dunsfold Park. Racing began at 7 pm with riders arriving around 5:30 pm. New for 2019, instead of two age groups (40+ and 50+) being within the main race, this year there will be three (40+, 50+, and 60+). As usual, each age category will be treated as their own individual race with full results and Surrey League points awarded. More details about the Vets Series as regards timings, race dates, and race length, can be found on our website.
Angmering Youth Series
Results from the Monday evening youth races at Angmering Go-Kart track. The events were promoted by Racing Club Ravenna and the results are as follows;
Weekend events in June
23rd June – VC Godalming & Haslemere promote two events on the Cutmill circuit. A morning 60-mile road race for 3rds is then duly followed by the 2nd/3rd cat race in the afternoon. Entry into these events opens on the 23rd April via RiderHQ.
Novice Race Preparation Training Sessions
Please remember that if you are new to the Surrey League, and a 4th cat male/female rider, you will need to complete 2 Novice Race Preparation Training Sessions before being allowed to race with us. Once passed, you’ll be given an accreditation card which you must bring with you to your events as well as your Surrey League and BC race licenses. A few years ago, the Surrey League introduced ‘Race Preparation Training Sessions’. These have the aim of introducing basic and advanced group riding skills to all novice 4th cat riders (men and women) so they are more prepared for competitive racing. They are run by qualified British Cycling coaches, with the help of a number of experienced riders, on various traffic-free circuits in the Surrey area.
More details are available on our website and you can enter the sessions via RiderHQ.
The next session available is;
The race calendars are live on our website and are continually changing, but we must stress that the Handicap and Weekend events are still provisional only.
The Road Book
The Road Book has kindly allowed members a 10% discount code (SURREY2018) when purchasing from their website (www.theroadbook.co.uk).
Launched in November 2018, the world’s most compelling sport finally gets the chronicle it deserves. The Road Book is a landmark publication, containing a comprehensive review of last years (2018) racing, from the first World Tour race of the year (the Tour Down Under) to the last (the Tour of Guangxi).
The three Grand Tours, five Monuments and the World Championships all receive lavish attention, across one thousand original pages of reports and statistics, as do the UCI Women’s Tour events. Other major races are also covered with an impressive array of data.
High-quality images and more information can be found on our website.
Membership Packs are now being distributed via the weekend events. Both Glyn and I will be present before sign-on and after the racing to give members their license cards and packs. Please come and find us at the HQ during the day.
More information regarding the Membership Pack can be found on our website and its thanks to our sponsors for providing the product/discounts you’ll receive.
As well as stolen goat (sponsoring Women’s racing and overall rankings) and Precise Performance (sponsoring 4th cat series), we also have Chimney Fire Coffee, Rouleur, Wilkinson Sword, MOA, Assos (Care Products), and Pelotan all supplying product as regards our Membership Packs.