The organising team of the 2014 Sheffield Grand Prix are urgently seeking more female entries to make the women's event viable on the 23 July in the South Yorkshire cycling Mecca.
Now in its third year, the event which is part of the British Cycling Women's National Road Series is in danger of being cancelled due to lack of entries.
This event, which has been said to be a highlight of the calendar had at the time of writing, just 14 entries. Marc Etches, event director, stated: “This is very disappointing, we feel that the cycling fans who travel to watch the races deserve a full field of riders to entertain the public and sponsors. Realistically we would need 50 riders to create that spectacle and make the event viable”
Appeals have been made via email and social media but entries still remain very low. Mark Barry, technical director of the event commented: “We have worked very hard to provide women riders and their teams with the very best venue for a national level race and to receive such low numbers is baffling.”
Organisers are now faced with the difficult decision to cancel the race if entries don’t increase significantly and quickly. The promoting club, Sheffrec CC saw nearly 50 female riders enter their Spring Road Race so they know that there are enough riders out there to provide the numbers needed.
The event is now less than a month away therefore the organisers will review the situation and make a final decision whether to cancel the event on Thursday 26 June.