Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Winchester Criterium & Cyclefest Back Bigger & Better for 2017

Winchester Criterium and CycleFest is back bigger and better for 2017 and will take place on Sunday 11 June, supported again by headline sponsors Hargroves Cycles.
The Winchester Criterium is widely regarded as the best of its kind in the region and further afield by riders and fans, located right in the heart of the historic city centre with stunning backdrops.
We're delighted to be involved again said Matt Treviss, Hargroves’ Head of Marketing.
This event is a special one for us. We're really focussed on our local market, and with both our Winchester store just up the road in Winnall, and our headquarters not far away, this event is right up our street. Plus, our own riders love to take part. It's not often you can experience city centre racing in such a spectacular location as Winchester.
As well as supporting the Criterium races, Hargroves Cycles will have a big presence amongst cycling exhibitors and family activities in The Broadway area. “New for 2017, we are providing a fleet of bikes for visitors to try out in a dedicated test zone” added Matt “we’ll also be hosting an exhilarating roller racing competition, and there’s much more in the pipeline, so watch this space!”

Also this year, the event has had a brand makeover, thanks to local cycling designer Neil Wyatt at The Handmade Cyclist. “As a local cycling business, and VC Venta riders, we’re big fans of the Criterium” said Neil. When we saw how we could get involved, we said yes straight away, and we’re really pleased with the new identity – the website looks great.”

British Cycling’s South Region Chairman Mick Waite said: We’re delighted that once again Winchester will host the South Region Circuit Race Championships as part of this event. As well as the location, the twisting technical circuit with its gradients, corners, and changing road surfaces are a hit with the racers and provide a real challenge. We are very happy to be supporting it with our local technical officials.

For those looking to race, Criterium entries are open HERE and with a range of family activities and opportunities to try bikes, the city will be a hive of activity. A range of local cycling clubs and partners will join British Cycling’s Go Ride team and Hargroves to demonstrate what they have to offer and how you can get involved.
Luke Nolan Wins Winchester Criterium 2016

Councillor Lisa Griffiths Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said:
We’re really pleased to be hosting the Winchester Criterium and CycleFest again this year. The event was born of the London Olympic Legacy and we are delighted that it is still growing, five years on. This is our biggest event yet and part of an annual programme of activities and events organised by our Sport and Physical Activity team, aiming to inspire and provide opportunities for our residents to become more healthy and active.
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