Preview: Guildford Town Centre Races 2011
Event: Wednesday 6th July 2011
Promoted by: Charlotteville CC
Location: Guildford Town Centre
The Guildford Town Centre races return on 6th July promising some exciting action over the town's cobbled streets. Racing takes place in the centre of Guildford and begins at 7pm with all spectators promised fast racing action, lively commentary and a great evening of entertainment.
Above: Guildford's cobbled high street is a fabulous place to witness first class bike racing.
The popularity of the races grows year on year to reach a point where both the support race and the youth races are already full with still a couple of weeks left to go before the event. In the main race of the evening there are still slots available with the regular supporters from the local racing scene already entered in the shape of teams from Felt Racing, Team Corley Cycles, Sigma Sport-Specialized and Hargroves Cycles many of whom have been fine tuning their criterium racing skills and fitness in the last couple of months with solid racing in the Tour Series events. In particular last year's winner Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport-Specialized) returns to defend his crown and promises to be the man to beat yet again. Entries are still available in advance or on the line for the main E12 race .
Above: Top class bike racing on the streets of Guildford
For those unfamiliar with the event it The Guildford Town Centre Races were first promoted by Charlotteville Cycling Club in 1984 as part of the Guildford Festival and take place in the centre of Guildford on a course taking in the extremely tough cobbled section of the High Street followed the fast descent in and around North Street and then a tight turn into Market Street and out again on to the High Street. The rattling of carbon wheels and bike frames on the sets of the High Street is a familiar sound as riders grit their teeth on what is considered to be a very tough and challenging event.
The main event of the evening will be the Colbornes Criterium for Elite, 1st and 2nd category riders and starts at 8pm. A programme of supporting events will also be offered; the Churchouse Criterium featuring Juniors & 3rd category riders will start the proceedings at 7pm. Then, at 7.30pm it's the turn of the youngsters, with the Cycleworks Criteriums for Youth riders.
Order of Events
19:00 - The Churchouse Criterium (3/Jun) 20mins plus 10 laps [National B]
19:30 - The Cycleworks Criteriums (YA/YB/YC/YD/YE) 2 races within 15mins plus 5 laps [Regional B]
20:00 - The Colbornes Criterium (E/1/2) 50mins plus 10 laps
For more information about the event please visit the Charlotteville CC website at www.guildfordcycleraces.co.uk