Road cycling's traditional race season is throughout the spring, summer and into early autumn. Some venues also hold winter series races.
Circuit racing events (or crits/criteriums) are held on closed road circuits, at dedicated cycling facilities or circuits in public parks. Road racing is held on public roads under police escort. 4th category and youth riders are usually not allowed to compete in road races.
British Cycling's guide to getting into road cycling.
British Cycling have an online video tutorial series - Racesmart, designed to offer coaching advice about racing etiquette, techniques and riding skills.
Cyclopark runs road skills and racing holiday coaching programmes for under 16s most school holidays.
Go-Ride clubs can run introductory Go-Ride Race circuit races for youth riders in local parks, school or car parks. Even a flat, hard, grass playing field is fine for novice racers. If you are in a Go-Ride Club, consider organising your own, or find events other clubs are already running.
British Cycling South East coaches also organise our Rider Development Sessions for all ages throughout the year, predominately at Cyclopark in Gravesend - the South East's first purpose built cycling circuit. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for future announcements.
Many clubs will hire closed road circuits for their own dedicated training sessions. Find a club using the club finder, or if you are already in a club, consider booking a session by contacting the venues listed below.
The South East is one of the busiest regions in the country road road racing, both on circuits and on public roads. The best way is to use the British Cycling event calendar to find them, but below is a list of regular venues.
Lee Valley Velopark (Eastern Region), East London, E20 3AB
Dulwich Paragon CC VeloPark Winter Series. Seniors only. Thursday evenings in winter.
Cycling Legacy Supporters League. All ages. Wednesday evenings in summer
Events throughout the year. Use the filters on the British Cycling event calendar to find them.
Redbridge Cycle Centre (Eastern Region), North East London, IG6 3HP
Redbridge CC Summer Series. Seniors only, Thursdays in summer
Lee Valley Youth Series. Youths only, Saturdays in winter
East London Velo Winter Series. Seniors only, Saturdays in winter
Note that Surrey League now insists 4th category riders have been through it's road race training sessions, and prior skills training is highly recommended for all bunch racing.
Road and track races use the same age catagory system.
Be aware that all under 18 categories are subject to British Cycling gear restrictions.
British Cycling South East's Go Ride and Performance pathway team run the popular Club Cluster of Training (CCT) road bike sessions throughout the winter at Cyclopark on Mondays and Herne Hill Velodrome on Thursdays. These are open to 12 - 18 year old members Go-Ride clubs, who are at racing level. Contact the Go-Ride team for more information.
Throughout spring and summer, British Cycling's Regional Performance Pathway team run the well-respected monthly circuit Regional School of Racing (RSR) sessions for under 16 riders. Competent circuit racers are nominated by their Go-Ride club to attend. For more information contact our Regional Performance Pathway Coach.
For senior riders who have developed their experience in circuit races, road racing is a step up, longer races of 2-3 hours on more varied courses. The South East has two main organisations promoting road racing within the region.
There are also some non-leauge races. Find all road racing using the British Cycling event calendar.
Top senior teams are invited to race the Elite Circuit Race, Elite Road Race Women's Road series and National Championships.
The youth national circuit championships are usually held in July. Paisley will host it in 2015.
The regions top 4 boys and top 4 girls will be selected to represent the South East every September at the Inter-Regional/UK School games. Contact the team manager to be considered.
Top youth riders may be selected for the Olympic Development Apprentice (ODA) programme, the progression on from the RSR sessions on the GB Cycling Team Performance Pathway.
SERRL Road Race by Dave Hayward
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