Cardigan Street Racing 2011
(Criterium racing comes back to town)
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Sunday, 14th August 2011
For Race Licence Holders:

Entry Form (please print, complete and return) available here...
Course Route available here...
Welsh Cycling's view of the event here...

Entry on the line will be catered for.

Just in case you needed any more encouragement, thanks to our sponsors we are offering generous prize money for placed riders... good luck!
For first timers - or anyone wanting to 'have a go':

Anyone wanting to try cycle racing for the first time, can simply turn up and ride the 'go-race' event, which will also include a sub-category for Cardigan's traders.  The first trader across the finish line will officially be crowned as the 'fastest business in the west' - the mayor will also present you with a trophy.....I know, you're tempted.....

Entry forms can be found here 

Documentation for 2011's event is now available:

Poster            Letter to residents

Entry Fees
Race/Event Rider Cat Fee
For Go-Race unclass. £10.00 (£12.00 on the day)
For all youth races A/B/C/D/E £8.00 (£10.00 on the day)
For all adult races E/1/2/3/4 £15.00 (£20.00 on the day)
Event Timetable
(please note timing & running order differs from last year)
Race Detail Start Time Race Duration
Youth Race, categories C/D/E (U8/U10/U12) 1245 hrs 15 mins + 2 laps
Youth Race, categories A/B (U14/U16) 1330 hrs 30 mins + 2 laps
Go-Race - including Cardigan traders' race 1420 hrs 15 mins + 1 lap
Welsh Masters/Womens National Championship (Masters 40+, open to all cats) 1500 hrs 45 mins + 2 laps
Welsh National Criterium Championship (E/1/2/3) 1600 hrs 1 hour + 2 laps
3rd & 4th Category, Regional B 1710 hrs 40 mins + 2 laps

Cardigan is only 35-40mins drive from Carmarthen, following the A484.  We would suggest that you bear left at Cynwyl Elfed onto the B4333 - it's quicker that way and the views are nicer.
To contact the organisers, please call 07887 800867 or email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Cycling in the UK is resurgent.  With a phenomenally successful Olympic Team, strength and depth in the European Road Racing scene – Bradley Wiggins fourth overall in the 2009 Tour de France and Mark Cavendish winning 6 stages – the bicycle’s presence on our roads is becoming a more familiar sight than it has been for some years.  And speaking of “our roads”, cycling is about to hit Cardigan with a bang in the form of “criterium” racing.
Criterium racing is hugely popular in towns across Europe; the format consists of a circuitous route, usually within a town’s confines, on which cyclists’ race en masse.  The racing is fast, spectacular and very spectator friendly.  Spotting Cardigan’s potential to host such an event, the local cycling club, Velo Teifi, have put together an event, the like of which has never been seen in Cardigan before – behold, “Cardigan Street Racing”.

Imagine the sight: 60 or more brightly coloured cyclists careering around the streets of our town at speeds that would normally cause Inspector Thomas to ‘have a word’.  60 cyclists all trying to take the Pendre/Feidrfair corner at speed.  60 cyclists jockeying for position before the technical right hand corner at Finch Square, before accelerating past TM Daniel and diving into the left-hander in front of Siop y Cardi.  60 cyclists jostling for optimum positioning before Grosvenor Hill; a climb which, by the way, the sadists of Velo Teifi will have made narrower, forcing the imperative to arrive at the foot of the hill in a good position, lest you be left behind before the flat-out section along High Street.  And this nerve-jangling, lung-busting, adrenalin-fuelled spectacle will be repeated every two minutes or so until the race concludes with a final few laps where, quite frankly, very few prisoners will be taken as the 60 cyclists bid for glory.  Did we mention the event is to be a National event, attracting the top amateur riders from Wales and the UK?  Did we mention there would be prize money?  The incentives are there; this will be no tootle in the park...

Now these are, of course, public roads and in order to stage this exciting event it has been necessary to apply for formal road closures via Ceredigion County Council.  To this end, it is anticipated that on the afternoon of Sunday 14th August, the town centre will be closed off (access around town via Quay Street/Bathhouse will be maintained), barriers put in place and the area made a pedestrian-only zone.  Cafes and bars brace yourselves!  Town traders in general, be warned - there will be an influx of visitors over and above normal August numbers, an influx Velo Teifi hope to keep in-situ for the best part of five hours.

Town Traders also be further warned – Velo Teifi are staging a special “Traders Race” to see just who is the fastest business in the West.  There will also be an event to see which of our Secondary Schools is the quickest.  There’s still time to don the lycra and get a few miles of training in... What are you waiting for?

As the plans evolve, we'll use these pages to keep you posted.

If you can help us stage this exciting event, please get in touch.

If you want to sponsor or support this event in any way, definitely get in touch.

Yours in sport

The Velo Teifi Race Committee.

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