Road Racing

As our club’s long history will tell you, the Wheelers have had a big part to play in road racing over the years. These days, we have fewer riders with racing experience in comparison to Swindon Road Club, 24/7 and Performance Cycles, who compete regularly in local and regional events.

However, we are affiliated to British Cycling. This means you can still buy the appropriate licence (usually Gold or Silver) to enter a road race. For more information about events and the background to entering a road race, visit the British Cycling road page.

We support road racing by visiting the big events, such as the Tour of Britain, and events run by the local clubs in Cirencester and Cricklade.

But if you’re a member who’s thinking about becoming the next Chris Froome, you may be interested in trying some of the local, closed-circuit races, Swindon Wheelers usually have representation for the summer series of racing at ThruxtonCastle Combe and Odd Down in Bath. Events are usually held during weekday evenings, but you can look forward to extra races on weekends throughout the summer.

If you’d like to chat to someone on the club committee who has experience of road racing, please contact Ady Short on ady.short@btinternet.com.  To get a feel for the racing experience you can read the blog reports here or on Swindon Wheelers Facebook page.

2018 Race Calendar

Targeted events for the upcoming season where we’ll look to have some representation from Swindon Wheelers, email me on the address above if you are interested or just want some details:

Event Date Event Name Discipline Class Category
Sun 11 Mar Bristol South Road Race Road Reg B CAT 3 – 4
Fri 30 Mar Chippenham Whls Easter Classic Road Various Various
Sun 1 Apr Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg C+ Team TT
(Performance Cycles)
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 10 Apr Cat 2 – 3
  Women
Tue 17 Apr Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Cat 2 – 3
Women
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 24 Apr Cat 2 – 3
  Women
Sun 29 Apr Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(Veloton)
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 1 May Cat 2 – 3
  Women
Thu 3 May Castle Combe Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ Various
Sun 6 May Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(Cotswold Veldrijden) Road Reg A Women
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 8 May Cat 2 – 3
  Women
Thu 10 May Castle Combe Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ Various
Sun 13 May Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(Cheltenham & County)
Thu 17 May Castle Combe Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ Various
Sun 20 May Gloucester City CC Summer RR Road Reg B CAT 3 – 4
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 22 May Cat 2 – 3
  Women
Thu 24 May Castle Combe Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ Various
Sun 27 May Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(Performance Cycles) Road Reg A Women
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 29 May Cat 2 – 3
  Women
Thu 31 May Castle Combe Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ Various
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 5 Jun Cat 2 – 3
  Women
Sun 10 Jun Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(Bath CC) Road Reg A Women
Sun 17 Jun Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(Cotswold Cycles)
Thu 21 Jun Castle Combe Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ Various
Sun 24 Jun Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(VC Montpelier)
Thu 28 Jun Castle Combe Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ Various
Thu 5 Jul Castle Combe Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ Various
Sun 8 Jul Bridge Too Far RR Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(Cotswold Cycle Racing League) Road Reg A Women
Sun 22 Jul Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(Ride 24/7)
Sun 28 Jul Cotswold Cycle Racing League Road Reg A CAT 2-3-4
(Radeon CC)
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 7 Aug Cat 2 – 3
  Women
Tue 14 Aug Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Cat 2 – 3
Women
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 21 Aug Cat 2 – 3
  Women
  Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series Circuit Reg C+ 4
Tue 28 Aug Cat 2 – 3
  Women
Sun 9 Sep Thruxton Team Challenge Circuit Various Various