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Last week the Government updated its rules concerning what we can do during the next phase of their strategy to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. So with this in mind, I thought I would share the slide below, which was taken from the Press Conference slide set the Government published on 13th May, concerning the new and updated rules.

Detailed information about the Government new guidance and how it impacts cycling can be found on the British Cycling website.

Looking back – ‘On This Day’

Over the past month or so, Glyn has been publishing a series of photographs from a time when racing was allowed and in abundance. Hopefully, July will see racing resuming once again in the UK, but until then take a look back at past events.

Photos from East Grinstead’s 2/3/4 event on May 13th, 2001 with the riders covering 64 miles on the Ladies mile circuit. This year should have seen the 7th edition of the SL 3-Day stage race taken place. Take a look at some photos from past events.
On May 2nd, 2004, the Surrey League had 3 women’s teams entered into the Women’s Team Race on the Crowhurst circuit. May 1st, 2005, Cycle Kingdom Spring Classic with riders covering a tough 131 km’s. This was round 3 of the Sigma Sport/Gizmono SE Series.

‘Lucky Dip’ Rouleur Handicap Racing

Last Thursday would have seen the 3rd round of the Rouleur Handicap series on the Charlwood course and due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, it was cancelled as well as the planned 6 events after. With this in mind, and after speaking with the guys at Rouleur, it was decided that the prizes for each of the first 9 cancelled events will still be awarded.

So all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cat riders, both junior and men, who have joined the Surrey League for 2020 will have their names placed into a musette, and every Thursday evening a name will be drawn revealing the evening’s ‘Lucky Dip’ race winner.

So far the winners have been;

  • Event 1 -Andrew Stewart, Lindfield Coffee Works RT
  • Event 2 – Adam Dart, Farnborough and Camberley CC
  • Event 3 – Bradley Shenton, Partenza – Nude Espresso RT

The prize is a ticket to the Rouleur Classic show which is held at Victoria House in London during the first week of November. Obviously this is subject to any social distancing that may/may not be in place at that time.

The series now consists of 5 events (unconfirmed) using various courses within the Surrey area and finishes with the Handicap Championships which are held in September. You can enter all the events via RiderHQ or if you prefer, on the day of the race at race HQ. Visit our website page regarding our Handicap events.

Event 10 will open from the 2nd June.

  1. Events 1 to 9 – Cancelled
  2. Event 10 – 2nd July – South Nutfield
  3. Event 11 – 9th July – Newdigate
  4. Event 12 – 16th July – Laughton
  5. Event 13 – 23rd July – Wivelsfield
  6. Event 14 – 30th July – Kitsmead Lane

‘Lucky Dip’ Dunsfold Park Racing

As regards the Precise Performance 4th cat series and the stolen goat Women’s series and due to the loss of racing at Dunsfold Park, thanks to the new housing development being built, the same is going to happen with these. Each Friday, which started last night, all 4th cat and Women riders who joined the league prior, will have their names placed into two separate musettes with 10 names (starting with 10th place) being drawn out for each series. We will then allocate Surrey League points to the top ten results ending with an overall for each series.

The top 10 for both events are as follows;

Pos. Precise Performance 4th cat Series Stolen Goat Women’s Series
1st Rich Wilson Anna Dwyer
2nd Greg Lawton Claire Leonard
3rd Matt Peberdy Gemma Freeman
4th Mark Blackman Emma Dalzell
5th Ryan Sharp Allyson Fenlon
6th David Scrivener Laura Senior
7th Neil Houldey Nikki Pearman
8th Daniel White Maria Victoria Vazquez Tojeiro
9th Dean Hendry Sally Hamilton Savory
10th David Palmer Caroline Willis

Please note that it’s only one prize per person so if a person is drawn a second time, their position will stand, but the prize will move to the 2nd placed rider of that event.

Free 3 Month Commute Membership for all NHS Staff

On the 16th April, British Cycling introduced a scheme whereby all NHS workers will be offered a free 3-month Commute membership. The scheme will run from April to the end of June and hopefully provide NHS staff with additional support and peace-of-mind insurance.

Weekend racing in July and beyond

With all British Cycling sanctioned events cancelled throughout April, May, and June, we are hoping that July will see racing commence again, but this is very much uncertain at the moment. Once we know either way then we’ll inform you also.

To see what racing is available from July, please visit our website page for Weekend Racing

Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance and the Surrey League

We have teamed up with Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance to offer our members a 10% discount off bicycle and cycle-specific travel insurance.

Cycling has risks especially when racing. Insuring yourself and your bike will allow you to ride, train and race stress-free, safe in the knowledge that you are covered for theft, accidental damage, and liability.

Their policies will cover you for all year round riding, sportives, and races, cycling abroad, your accessories, clothing and wheelsets, emergency physio, dental and permanent injury. Also, their ‘Ultimate’ package specifically offers cover while racing and also will cover race cancellation fees.

To obtain your 10% discount, just enter the code SURREYLEAGUE10 at checkout via the links mentioned here. Feel free to call their team on 03330030046 with any questions or click here to find out more.

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Further details can also be found on our website.







Richard Pearman