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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.
Surrey League May 3-Day Stage Race
This years stage race will again be held over the May Day bank holiday weekend starting on Saturday 4th May and finishing on Monday 6th. No more than 5 per team can enter and spaces are filling up. So if you wish to enter, please visit the link and get our name down.
Three tough stages await those who enter with the 1st stage being a 60-70 mile race around the Dunsfold circuit, with new tarmac. The 2nd stage takes place on the rolling circuit of Bletchingley with the 3rd stage being on the Lingfield circuit. Let’s hope for better weather this year!
With the cancellation of both events last weekend this now means that Brighton Mitre, and their events on the Kirdford circuit, are the ones to open the Surrey League racing calendar. The 3rd cat race has a full field now so entries into this are closed, but a few spaces still remain for the longer 2/3 race, which takes place in the afternoon. Fingers crossed that no roadworks or cold weather (snow) stops this event from happening.
stolen goat and Women’s Racing within the Surrey League
stolen goat is sponsoring the Women’s racing within the Surrey League. As well as providing 1st place prizes for their Women’s series at Dunsfold Park, they are also providing the top 3 overall ranking positions with large cash value vouchers. These are in the value of 1st £100.00, 2nd £75.00 and 3rd £50.00 and to be redeemed via their online store.
For more information, please visit the dedicated web page for the stolen goat women’s series.
PLUS; stolen goat will also provide an overall Combativity award for the length of the series. This will be a £30.00 voucher again to be redeemed on their online store. stolen goat has also provided 500 musettes for the Membership Packs.
So ladies, please pass the word around about this super news and we look forward to seeing you at the first event.
Precise Performance 4th Cat Series
Precise Performance, a company delivering bike fitting & coaching services, will be sponsoring the Friday night 4th cat series at Dunsfold Park. Precise Performance will be donating 12 prizes to each race winner and is in the form of a voucher for a free Fitness Test at their studio in Herriard, near Basingstoke.
Surrey League Club/Team/Rider 2019 Affiliation
Club/team/rider affiliation is increasing, but please remember that if you wish to affiliate to the league then your club/team must be affiliated first. Rider affiliation is done via RiderHQ, but clubs/teams can download the form from our website and then posted to Glyn.
Weekend events in March/April/May (updated)
17th March – Brighton Mitre promote two events on the Kirdford circuit with a 3rd cat event planned for the morning with riders covering approx 50 miles. It is then followed by a 2nd/3rd cat event in the afternoon with these riders tackling 60 miles. The 3rd cat race is sold out but spaces are still available for the 2/3 event.
7th April – Farnborough & Camberley promote two events on the Seale Circuit. A 3rd cat event is planned for the morning (09:30 am), which will cover approx 50 miles, followed by a 2nd/3rd cat event in the afternoon (1:30 pm). Both events are open to enter via RiderHQ (spaces are still available for both events).
4th May – As mentioned above, the May Day stage race is now open via RiderHQ. Places are filling up so if you keen to race a 2/3 3-day stage race then please enter before being disappointed.
Race Calendars (updated)
The race calendars are live on our website and are continually changing, but we must stress that the Handicap
The Road Book
The Road Book have 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.
Novice Race Preparation Training Sessions (updated)
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 sessions available are;
Amendments for 2019
This year we are making a couple of changes to two of our series. The changes are needed to help aid the riders and also, race promoters.
Firstly, the Vets series. In the past, the format has always been one race two age groups (40+ and the 50+). Well in 2019 this will change to three age groups (40+, 50+, and 60+). This is to aid and encourage others to race and be rewarded with league positions and points. The same system applies, everybody races together, but the results will be split into the new age groups rather than 2 age groups as in previous years.
Secondly, the Handicap events will now be on RiderHQ. This will help riders, as well as promoters, regards cash on the night. You can still enter ‘on-the-day’ mind you if you prefer.
Membership Pack (updated)
Next weekend (Brighton Mitre events) will see the Surrey League hand out Membership Packs to the riders planning on racing either of the events. All members will receive a Membership Pack, with their Surrey League license, but when they sign-on at their first event.
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 Rouleur, Wilkinson Sword, MOA, Assos (Care Products), and Pelotan all supplying product as regards our Membership Packs.