The Minehead Grand Prix and will be held on 24th June 2018.
Promoted by Minehead Cycling Club and supported by Minehead Events Group (MEG) and dozens of the town’s businesses, town centre cycle racing returned after a gap of more than 20 years. As part of the Festival of Wheels the day of exciting racing around the closed streets brought large crowds and a fabulous atmosphere right into the heart of the town.
Renamed the Minehead Grand Prix, this year includes the Elites and 1st Category riders to show off the very best in the region.
Based in Exmoor it is impossible to cycle very far without having to go up some pretty serious hills and so during the summer months, Minehead Cycling Club have held a series of training evenings to help riders climb a little bit better.
These were held on a variety of different climbs and thanks to the generosity of The National Trust, the most popular was the relatively short hill up to Dunster Castle. The much steeper and longer climbs to Selworthy Church and North Hill in Minehead also proved to be worthy challenges. Ages ranged from pre-school to well into retirement with the more experienced riders sharing their knowledge with their less experienced colleagues, though with some of the under 16 year olds from Minehead Merlins Cycling Club showing the older riders how well they could climb.
Over the series Geoff Ware from Skillgate showed his ability to get up the hills consistently with best female Ros Willicombe from Minehead showing many of the male riders how it should be done.
All the riders will have the opportunity to demonstrate their new found skills and fitness at the forthcoming Tanks Direct Porlock Hill Climb held up the Toll Road on the 24th September. This is an annual race which attracts many of the top Hill Climbers in the country including Olympic & National Champions. For more information see www.porlockhillclimb.co.uk
The next event organised by Minehead Cycling Club will be a series of Circuit Races for all ages on closed roads around the rather flatter town centre as part of the Minehead Festival of Wheels on 10th September. For more information see http://mineheadcyclingclub.com/festival-of-wheels-2017
The return of closed-road town centre cycle-racing to Minehead, last seen in the mid 1990’s, adds an exciting and colourful spectacle to a weekend of attractions and activities. Based around the visit of the world-famous Flying Scotsman to the West Somerset Railway, and the Minehead Railway Station in particular, the town expects to welcome record numbers of visitors, ensuring a great atmosphere for the cycle races. The last winner of this event was former Team Sky rider, Jeremy Hunt in 1995!
Thanks are due to volunteers from Minehead Cycling Club and Minehead Merlins GoRide Club, together with fantastic support from the Minehead Events Group and a vast array of local traders, businesses and other generous supporters including the Town Council.
Race Schedule and Prizes – see below
The clockwise circuit is a flat, fast 1.1k through the town centre, encircling the beautiful Blenheim Gardens, with just a single dead turn and 3 fast corners.
Riders will be protected by barriers around the entire circuit.
Methodist Church Hall, 31 The Avenue TA24 5AY (inside the road closure area)
The start and finish area is in The Avenue, opposite the Old Hospital, immediately adjacent to the HQ.
Free parking is available at West Somerset College, Bircham Road, Alcombe
TA24 6AY. Please park considerately to ensure space is available for later arrivals. If necessary, later arrivals will be directed to an alternative location, a very short distance away. It is approx. 800metres from the College to the Event HQ. (Parking is entirely at your own risk)
NB On-street parking will be very limited due to the large number of visitors to the town.
There are toilets at Event HQ, as well as public toilets in the Coop car park (opposite Event HQ) and in Blenheim Gardens (at the rear of the HQ)
There are no changing facilities.
There are many cafes, pubs and shops around the circuit. Minehead’s reputation as an attractive seaside town depends on these!
The circuit will be closed from midnight Saturday.
MINEHEAD CYCLING CLUB
Paul Butcher, Farleigh, Beacon Road, Minehead TA24 5SE
A huge thanks to all the many sponsors, and to members of Minehead Cycling Club , Minehead Events Group, Town Council and countless other volunteers from the wider community.
Start in The Avenue opposite the Old Hospital (adjacent to the Event HQ) , proceed west to the left of the flower beds to the right (dead) turn at the junction with Bancks St (125m); turn left into Blenheim Road (190m) then right into North Road (550m); and right again into The Avenue (810m) to the Start/Finish area and completion of one circuit (1070m)
Youth E riders will race only in The Avenue, using dead turns at either end.
Opposite the Old Hospital/Event HQ.
Riders should assemble at the start 5 minutes before your race start.
There are 10 minute gaps between races allowing opportunity for riders to familiarize themselves with the circuit. Beware pedestrians may also use this time to cross the course. There may also be some traffic movement during this time, subject to marshal control.
There is ample space to set up rollers/turbos around the circuit but please ensure you do not obstruct pavements and other rights of way.
Lapped riders must not obstruct faster riders or take pace from a lapping rider or group.
Lapped riders may be pulled out of the race by the commissaires.
IN THE EVENT OF A BLUE LIGHT EMERGENCY THE COMMISSAIRE WILL STOP THE RACE. MARSHALS SHALL WAVE RED FLAGS INDICATING A STOPPAGE. All riders must stop immediately and make their way to the finish area. If possible the race will be restarted with riders placed in their approximate positions as far as possible.
The winning boy and girl in each category will be presented on the Event stage after the finish of their races.
The first 3 in each race, and the winning girl, will be presented with their prizes after the finish of their races.
The first 3 in each race and the winner of each category will be presented with their prizes after the finish of their races.
Special Primes thanks to Fatyak and Minehead Cycling Club
Prizes courtesy of Minehead Town Council
Prizes courtesy of Channel Training
Prizes courtesy of Exmoor Bike
Prizes courtesy of Chambers Bistro
Mens Cat 4
Prizes courtesy of Derek Merson
Womens Cat E/1/2/3/4
Prizes courtesy of Autohaus VW and Julians Dry Cleaning
Daniel Westonhas recently been putting in some impressive performances. He was competing in the Special Olympics National event (for athletes with learning disabilities) where he received 2 silver medals. The event took place at the Tameside Cycle Circuit in Ashton under Lyme.