Around 50 riders set off in 4 groups based on age category, but riders can opt to ride in a group befitting their ability from beginners through to seasoned riders. The races are an hour plus a lap with the scratch group often catching the three groups in front by the bell, ending in a bunch sprint. With cash prizes for the top 3 on the night, the races provides the ideal opportunity to learn to road race.
Women can enter the main race with the men or ride a separate women’s race. With an identical prize list to the main race and race format, the women’s race attracts a regular group of 6-10 riders each week comprising a mix of ages and standards, and importantly provides an opportunity for women to race together on the road.
Points each week count towards the TLI Cycling age related categories ranking system and also towards the Dorset League, a local ranking system for riders competing in all forms of road racing across Dorset and beyond. The Dorset League is not run by a single club and therefore relies upon the goodwill of all local clubs. The races are supported by a regular group of marshals ably assisted by the family members of riders who are ‘volunteered’ to help out on the night. The local parish community even provide the teas and cakes.
Racing starts on the 3rd May and continues every Thursday until the 19th July (12 weeks).
Moreton Village Hall, DT2 8RE