The Barnsley Town Centre Races, or #BarnsleyCrit, as it’s well known as, is back for 2018 and is already attracting the big names in cycling. In the men’s HSBC UK | National Criterium Series, the start line will include 2018 Tour de Yorkshire stage one winner- Canyon Eisberg’s Harry Tanfield; Last year’s champion, and now the Junior World Time Trial Champion and current National Circuit champion Tom Pidcock who now rides for Wiggins, and our very own Barnsley born multi Olympic champion Ed Clancy, riding with his JLT Condor team.
The Women’s HSBC UK | National Road Race Series will see the inclusion of Dame Sarah Storey’s team ‘TeamStorey Racing’ and the return of Nicola Juniper who won the National Criterium Championships in Barnsley back in 2015, with her self-named team NJC Biemme
Friday 20 July will be an evening full of action-packed racing, but before that, at 4.30pm there will be a fantastic opportunity for riders of all abilities to ride around the 1.1km course for up to 45 minutes. Last year saw many children and parents, as well as cycling fans, ride around the closed circuit course at their own pace. All that’s required is a bike and a helmet.
The racing action will then commence at 5.30pm with the under 12 Boys & Girls race, following this will be the under 14 & 16’s, the Regional A race and then at 7.40pm the HSBC | National Women's Series will start with the HSBC | Men's National Circuit Series starting at 8.45pm. the latter two races will see TV cameras record the action which will be shown on Eurosport four days later.
The race, jointly hosted by Barnsley Road Club and the council, will attract a large crowd to the town centre who will be able to make the most of their evening in many of the bars and restaurants around the town centre. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for many of the new businesses which have recently opened to attract the crowd and families through their doors.
Chris Lawrence, Race Organiser for Barnsley Road Club, said “We’re set for fantastic Friday night in Barnsley. The course is designed with descents, technical corners and a short climb which is the perfect recipe for town centre racing.
“We’ve made an event that suits everybody. Families can get involved with the community ride or junior races before watching the elites battle around the course. There’s a range of places for the crowds to enjoy the race with nearby food and drink options suited to everybody.”
Councillor David Leech, Cycling champion for Barnsley, said “The Tour de Yorkshire showed Barnsley in the fantastic light it deserves, anybody who came and enjoyed that should come along to this event. We’re attracting riders who rode in the tour, Olympic champions and future stars.
“Having the community ride is a brilliant event and helps us to develop the Tour de Yorkshire legacy. The community ride was so good last year that this year I’ve already signed up to ride it with my own grandchildren, we’re all looking forward to a great evening.”
The community ride is open for all and anybody can register for the race at letsride.co.uk/rides/barnsley-community-ride-1
To find out more about the race, visit Barnsley.gov.uk/barnsleycrit or follow the hashtag #BarnsleyCrit