Women’s Bournemouth Twilight Criterium
New to 2013 the Bournemouth Twilight Criterium promises all the razzle dazzle of the London Nocturne and more. The race is planned as part of a day of cycling festivities, and with a Sky Ride taking place the same evening crowds are likely to be large. The organisers, who have been involved in the very successful London Nocturne, Tour Series and Tour of Britain, are pulling out all the stops to give riders and the public a full experience of a professionally run bike race.
Spectators have been catered for, with big screens and commentators, while the riders get the full works like any of the best professional races. Organiser Richie Dickson said “it will be set up as any professional event, from sign on to podium presentations; prize money will be from 1-10 for men & women, descending from 100-10 pounds. Plus top 3 will get trophy, flowers & champagne”.
The race will be run on a 1.5km circuit right in the town centre, taking in a seafront section and some of the great sights of Bournemouth – not that riders will have much time to take all this in with some fast straight sections mixed into technical tight corners it promises to be an exciting course to race on.
With only three women entered at the moment, organisers are understandably getting twitchy about filling the field – however to lose the race entirely would a be a real shame as it presents such a great opportunity to show the general public that women do race bikes, and that women’s races are just as exciting as men’s!
So here we get to the crux of the matter – I have written this piece to try and boost the number of women entered to the event. It is slightly self-serving of me, since basically I am really keen to race this event myself and won’t be able to if it is cancelled. But also I think it is important to support women’s races (especially ones where organisers offer prize money equality between genders!).
Yes, fewer women race bikes than men, and yes we probably won’t get as bigger field as the men, but we’ll never get more women racing bikes if we don’t get out there and show them that we do it. Plus, why wouldn’t you want to smash it round Bournemouth town centre with the potential of a nice prize at the end?!
So come on girls, sign up. We have until Tuesday (25/06/2013) to get 20 women entered to keep the race. Entry is a bargain considering the organisation that has gone into the event at only £10. You know you want to! So girls and guys please spread the word it’s important for the world of cycling competition.
For more information visit the dedicated British Cycling page by clicking here.