New regional youth circuit series launched to bridge the gap from local to national racing

New regional youth circuit series launched to bridge the gap from local to national racing

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British Cycling is pleased to announce the launch of 10 Regional Youth Circuit Series for 2022, in an effort to support riders to progress from local to national competition, keep more young riders engaged in the sport and widen the number of racing opportunities available to them.

With almost 50 races already scheduled across the English regions, Scotland and Wales, the mix of new and well-established events have been carefully coordinated to not clash with existing youth and junior national series events and build on the success of existing series and leagues taking place across the country. Details of two further series in Yorkshire and the East Midlands will be published soon, guaranteeing local racing opportunities for riders in all 10 of the English regions.

Through these events, riders will be able to access high-quality racing opportunities closer to home without the need to travel long distances, utilising local facilities and club networks and meeting new people in the process.

Improving the regional and national racing offer is a core ambition of our long-term plan for the road and circuit disciplines, published in May 2021, to improve progression and retention opportunities for riders. Today’s announcement follows soon after last month’s launch of a new Under-23 Men’s National Road Series, with five rounds from April to August taking place across five different regions.

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British Cycling’s Cycling Delivery Director, Dani Every, said:

“Today’s announcement is another really important milestone for us as we continue to deliver on the ambitions set out in our long-term plans for the disciplines, to support the grassroots of our sport on the road towards a more vibrant and sustainable future.

“We understand the vital importance of providing children and young people with fun, convenient and progressive racing opportunities, and thanks to the hard work of our regional teams and local organisers we’ve been able to provide a comprehensive series in eight of the English regions and Scotland, with Wales to follow.

“While there is always more to do, I hope that this and the recent announcement of the Under-23 Men’s National Road Series highlights our sincere determination to address the challenges within road and circuit racing, and as ever we’re incredibly thankful to our Road Commission and all of the local organisers, volunteers and parents who make so much of this work possible.”

Event dates

The below details may be subject to change and are not exhaustive, with more events to follow and confirmation to be provided where indicated.

To view individual events, please visit our event tool and search by date and location. Further events may be added over the coming months.

South West

Round 1: 30 April - Exeter Wheelers - Westpoint

Round 2: 22 May - Wheal Velocity - Wheal Jane

Round 3: 17 July - Wheal Velocity - Newquay

Round 4: 6 August - Paignton Regatta - Torbay Velopark

Contact: AndrewParker@britishcycling.org.uk

 

South East

Round 1: 5/6 March - VCL - Cyclopark

Round 2: 26 April - Dulwich Paragon - Crystal Palace

Round 3: 21st May - Thanet RC - Betteshanger

Round 4: 17th June -  Woolwich Cycling Club - Cyclopark

Round 5: 13 July - Charlotteville Cycling Club – Guildford

Contact: PhilWebber@britishcycling.org.uk

 

South

Round 1: 26 March - Odd Down

Round 2: 9 April - Portsmouth

Round 3: 15 April - Castle Combe

Round 4: 12 June- Sotonia Summer Crit

Round 5: 17 July - Odd Down

Round 6: 24th September – Winchester

Contact: DanCoast@britishcycling.org.uk

RESULTS

 

Central

Round 1: 3 April - Hillingdon Cycle Circuit

Round 2: 14 May - National Bowl, Milton Keynes

Round 3: 18 June - Dalton Barracks, Abingdon

Round 4: 4 September - Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead (TBC)

Contact: MarkDoel@britishcycling.org.uk

 

Eastern

Round 1: 23 April - Redbridge

Round 2: 2 May - Ixworth

Round 3: 21 May - Redbridge

Round 4: 18 June - Colchester

More dates to follow

Contact: iandoe@britishcycling.org.uk

 

West Midlands

Round 1: 19 March / 11 June (TBC) - Hafren CC / Newport Shropshire CC

Round 2: 30 April - Wolverhampton Wheelers

Round 3: 7 May / 16 July (TBC) - Wyre Forest CRC

Round 4: 14 May - Mid Shropshire CC

Round 5: 19 June - Stratford CC - Regional Champs

Round 6: 25 June - Solihull CC

Round 7: 2 July - Lichfield CC

Contact: RichardWickenden@britishcycling.org.uk

 

North East

Round 1: 1 May - Hetton Hawks - Hetton Lyons Country Park

Round 2: 8 May - Cleveland Wheelers - Middlesbrough Sports Village (TBC)

Round 3: 22 May - Tyneside Vagabonds - Carlisle Cycle Circuit

Round 4: 5 June - Hetton Hawks - Hetton Lyons Country Park

Round 5: 3 July - Stockton Wheelers - Stockton Riverside

Round 6: 17 July - Manilla - New Hartlepool Circuit

Contact: JoanneRea@britishcycling.org.uk

 

North West

Round 1: 23 April - Carlisle

Round 2: 22 May - Litherland

Round 3: 28 May / 3 June - Preston (TBC)

Round 4: 12 June - Rhyl

Round 5: 18 June - Tameside (TBC)

Round 6: 26 June – Stockport – Regional Champs (TBC)

Round 7: 3 July - Pendle (TBC)

Round 8: 16 July - Lancaster

Contact: AdamNewall@britishcycling.org.uk

 

Scotland

Round 1: 26 March - Fife Cycle Park - Ben Forsyth Race Day

Round 2: 16 April - Kames

Round 3: 25 June - Spokes RT - Fife Cycle Park

Round 4: 21 August - Ellon Youth Crit

Round 5: TBC

Contact: events@scottishcycling.org.uk

 

Wales

Dates TBC