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British Cycling today announced the cancellation of the final round of the Premier Calendar series, the Wilton GP, due to take place in Wiltshire on the 12 August.
Explaining how British Cycling had arrived at the decision to cancel the event, Cycle Sport and Membership director Jonny Clay said: “We’ve been working for a number of weeks with Wiltshire County Council and the local police to put in place the appropriate resource to ensure the safe running of the event. Having got to a place where we felt that was possible, the resource earmarked for the Wilton GP has had to be redeployed to work on the Olympic Games in London.”
With three weeks to go to the date of the event the organisers felt that it was preferable now to take the decision to cancel before teams incurred costs around travel and accommodation for the event. Expressing his disappointment at having cancel the event, Jonny Clay reassured that British Cycling remain committed to working in Wiltshire in the future.
“There’s good support for the event locally and the working relationship we have built with the council and the police in the area is a positive and constructive one. We hope that we’ll be able to revisit the event in 2013 when we return to a more normal calendar in terms of available resource.”