Sport and leisure

Come and join us

Join us on Friday 19 July 2019 for the Barnsley Town Centre Races. Organised by Barnsley Road Club and Barnsley Council, the course around the centre of town includes races for children, youths and elite competitors.

You'll see some of the most talented cyclists in the region go wheel to wheel in front of thousands of spectators, and there's also the opportunity to experience the course for yourself during the community ride.

Stay in the loop with the race on social media with the hashtag #BarnsleyCrit and on Facebook and Twitter.

Women's Crit winner 2018

HSBC UK National Circuit Series

The elite men's race is the penultimate round of British Cycling's 2019 racing season.

This televised race will see riders racing around the 1.1km town centre circuit.

The 50-minute race starts at 8.30pm.

HSBC UK National Women’s Series

The women's road series race will include competitors from both the elite and 1, 2 and 3 race categories.

This televised race will feature some of the region's most talented female cyclists completing town centre circuits.

The 50-minute race starts at 7.30pm.


Regional A race

This race is open to senior and junior male 2, 3 and 4 category riders, and senior and junior female riders of all categories. Competitors need to hold a full racing licence or a day licence.

The 45-minute race starts at 6.35pm.

You can find out about race categories and road licences on the British Cycling website.

Youth races

Younger riders don't need to worry about missing out on any of the racing action; there's junior races for boys and girls up to 16 years old.

The race for under 12s starts at 5pm, under 14s at 5.30pm, and under 16s at 6pm.

Taking part

To take part in any of the races you'll need to register on the British Cycling website before entry closes on 7 July.

Community ride

For the chance to experience the race circuit for yourself you can join in the free community ride. Individuals, families and children aged 6 or over can take part from 4pm and ride the circuit before the races begin.

Riders of all abilities are welcome; you'll just need to have a working bike and cycling helmet to take part.

Sign up to take part in the community ride.

The circuit

The race circuit starts outside the Town Hall, going along Church Street before a hairpin turn onto Eastgate at Barnsley College.

From there competitors will race towards the Regent Street junction, and down to Regent Street South.

Turning onto Eldon Street, the circuit then approaches the finish line with a climb on Market Hill back towards the Town Hall.

See the races

You can watch the riders along the entire race circuit. Some viewing highlights include:

  • College corner - the hairpin bend connecting Church Street with Eastgate.

  • Mandela chicane - the fast left-right-left turn where the course narrows next to Mandela Gardens.

  • Town Hall - the location of the start and finish line and the podium where the winners receive their trophies.


Watch some of the highlights of the 2018 races


Winners on podium
Youth race 2018
Winners on podium 2