After several weeks of careful organisation, the UoB Cycling Club organised a criterium race open to the general public – the 6th autumn criterium race the club has put on in as many years! Criterium racing is an exciting discipline, with cyclists racing laps on a short, closed circuit, typically with tight corners which leads to some fast-paced racing. All 3 races were competitively contested, with some exciting finish line sprints! Despite the cycling season not correlating well with the cycling racing season, there were a good number of entries for all 3 races over the course of the day with over 50 cyclists competing across the 3 races. This was in spite of the less favourable weather conditions, as the weeks of sunny days were unfortunately replaced by heavy rain! Overall, it was a great day of racing, and a fantastic way to boost links with other local cycling communities as well as being an important fundraising event for the cycling club.
Such an event would not be possible without hard work and dedication, particularly that of the cycling club captain and race organiser, Ollie Hayward. The event also was staffed by the cycling club’s volunteers, including some who had only been a member of the club for a few weeks, who gave up most of their Saturday. The British Cycling Commissaires also played a big part; without these people also giving up their weekends, the hugely successful event would not have happened. A fantastic day all round.