The criterium races are a great way to start the academic year, and to end the cycling club season. It is a fantastic event that both welcomes new members to the club and allows UoBCC to give back to the local cycling community, while also helping the club raise some extra funds for later in the year!
Criteriums are a type of road race that takes place on a short tarmac circuit, generally less than 2km long. All the riders start as a group, and battle it out doing laps of the circuit for around an hour. It’s fast-paced type of racing, requiring great bike handling skills, and equally sharp mental awareness, first person to cross the line wins! Fortunately the club were blessed with better weather this year than in the past. The event in Solihull saw dry, warm & sunny conditions, and entry numbers reflected this, with some riders even coming from as far as Wales! All 3 races were competitive and fast, with exciting finishes. It was also great to see current and alumni members of the club amongst all 3 races, including several top 5 finishes.
Every year an event like this generates a long list of people to thank, but there are certain people in particular that the club would like to give a special mention to. As always it would not be possible without the race organiser, Melissa Baker, taking on her first race organisation and doing a fantastic job. Thanks also need to go to the British Cycling commissaires, our wonderful team of volunteers from UoBCC and beyond, to Venture Bikes and Primal clothing for providing race prices, and last but certainly not least, every single member of the local (and not so local!) cycling community who came out to race at the event.