Countdown to the #BarnsleyCrit

 The Barnsley Town Centre Races, back for its third year on Friday 19 July is drawing closer and once again has attracted the big names in cycling. Last year, images and videos of the men's event went viral as Tom Pidcock of Team Wiggins won the race in style with a one handed wheelie.... yes, on a road bike.

This year, In the men’s HSBC UK | National Circuit Series, the start line is set to include Barnsley born multi Olympic champion Ed Clancy, riding with his new team Vitus Pro cycling whilst the Women’s HSBC UK | National Road Race Series will see the inclusion of Dame Sarah and her team, ‘TeamStorey Racing’. There's a whole host of exciting talent including Robert Scott of Team wiggins, former Team Sky rider Jon Dibben, and 2017 champion Rebecca Durrell on the start line to create an amazing night of racing.

Friday 19 July will be an evening full of action-packed racing, but before that, at 4.00pm 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 pm with the under 12 Boys & Girls race, following this will be the under 14 & 16’s, the Regional A race and then at 7.30pm the HSBC | National Women's Series will start with the HSBC | Men's National Circuit Series starting at 8.30pm. the latter two races will see TV cameras record the action which will be shown on Eurosport and will be Live streamed on British Cycling's YouTube channel. 

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, seeing the race get such a good reception last year with Tom's brilliant win which he capped with a one handed wheelie to cross the line was phenomenal. We also saw a fantastic battle in the women's race with Anna Henderson coming out on top. 

“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 has twice shown Barnsley town centre 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 Barnsley into a cycling town which we hope encourages people to consider cycling for leisure and active travel. 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. Turn up at 4pm with a helmet and you can ride around. Enter near the bottom corner of the Pals Centenary Square. 

To find out more about the race, visit Barnsley.gov.uk/barnsleycrit or follow the hashtag #BarnsleyCrit 

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