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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby Cookie91 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 15:35 pm

Anyone got any info on Eelmore Circuit?

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby proto » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:35 am

Surrey League circuit at Seale. Anyone ridden it?

Rectangularish (sp!) course, 4 left hand junctions. Google maps suggest it's fairly flat. Is it?

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby Jtomes1993 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 18:06 pm

Dishforth

3.5 mile circuit around three runways at an RAF base. Very wide, wider than the M1 in places, and very exposed so if the wind gets up you need to stay towards the front but out of trouble. Great circuit if you're new to racing, not much in the way of tight corners and plenty of time between the last corner and the finish to move up. Tends to feel like a headwind all the way around. A couple of large potholes but it's so wide that you need not worry.

York Sport Cycle Circuit

1km long circuit built specifically for cycling with 3 significant corners, including one hairpin bend. Twisty and sheltered enough for the wind not to be as big a factor, although prepare for an attacking race as there's plenty of opportunities to have a dig. Tarmac is immaculate as it's a new circuit and I was genuinely surprised at how much I could lean in going around the hairpin. From the exit of that corner to the finish is approximately 400m so to be in with a chance of a win you need to be out of that corner in 4th or 5th place and be ready to lead yourself out if necessary. There's a 90 degree bend about 70m from the finish line so keep your wits about you if you're sprinting, I know one lad who missed the bend and went straight into the fence.

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby Wallace and Gromit » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:30 am

Description of Dishforth above is good, though when I raced there, the wind was so strong that it did actually feel like a tailwind for a good section, albeit at the cost of a very strong headwind for another section.

The biggest hazard is cones marking the route, considered necessary as there are a lot of roads that could be used for the circuit that aren't in play. In my race, the guy alongside me clipped a cone, which caused some serious agricultural language behind as it bounced around. No crash, fortunately.

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby mrc1 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:13 am

Hog Hill - only bit I would add is to be aware of rain run off and associated crud on the circuit post rain. The surrounding ground is pretty boggy and particularly in the lower section the run off goes across corners making for some interesting turns.
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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby phil_pompey » Fri Sep 06, 2013 21:50 pm

Hi, I was just having a nosey and thought this is a great thread so thought I would add a review.

Richard Dunn Sports Centre - Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Not been to the circuit for a few years but used to ride there regularly as a youth. This was always one of my favourite courses as it had everything you needed for racing and training. Up hills, Down hills and a good mix of corners. Looking on Google maps it looks like the circuit has undergone some great improvements. The road surface is now nice and smooth and it has been extended and modified so that you no longer have to ride through the staff parking (this used to cause some real problems with high rate staff late for work). Now the circuit passes around the back of the car park keeping riders nice and safe. Anyway enough of the history, here's a little review

The lap starts about halfway up the back straight, this is a real uphill drag and is usually into a head wind. Into the first 90deg left hander and the road gradually drops away to eventually gradually climb to a new section of the circuit into a left hand hairpin. Now I've not ridden this bit but from memory of the topography it might climb gradually into a long right hander. Another straight on the new section leads you into another flowing right hander. Back onto the original circuit now and straight into a sweeping left hander that gradually drops away to create a fast off camber corner lining you up for the fasted part of the circuit a slight left hander into a fast left hander which flicks you out back onto the start and finish straight and its uphill again.

If anybody has ridden the new circuit here i'd like to know how it rides now?

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby charvildave » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:02 am

Guys, any feedback on racing at University Of Central Lancashire, Psa Tom Benson Way, Preston, Lancs, PR2 1SG please? Son wants to do an evening race there whilst we are on holiday in the lakes and I can't find any info on the course. Also they seem to set the Cat 3s and 4s off one minute after the E/1/2s - presumably the faster 3s join up with the E/1/2 peloton at some point? How the hell do the comms know what is going on?

Thanks,

p.s. somebody also commented negatively about Darley Moor, but never said WHY they hated it. Again any details appreciated...

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby charvildave » Sun May 04, 2014 07:04 am

/\ bump for preston and darley moor, but also any info on fowlmead country park in kent please?

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby maryka » Sun May 04, 2014 07:41 am

Bump for the new Velopark too.

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby charvildave » Fri Jun 06, 2014 13:18 pm

Brief update on Darley Moor - went there last week.

Ex airfield converted into motorbike race track sometimes used for cycle road races. Roughly triangular layout with a couple of chicanes on the straights and an exaggerated hairpin bend half way round. Track nice and wide and with a good surface. Pretty flat as you would expect for an airfield although a bit of a rise coming up from the last corner to the finish line.

On the down side location is very exposed to bad weather and the chicanes are probably pretty hazardous if a big field is riding.

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby charvildave » Fri Jun 27, 2014 14:42 pm

FOWLMEAD and/or WOODBRIDGE

Anybody have any experience/thoughts on either Fowlmead in Kent or Woodbridge in Suffolk as Cat 3 venues please? Son likely to ride one of them next weekend, but we don't know anything about them...

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby ManOfKent » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:25 pm

Fowlmead - I've never been there but some of my clubmates ride both TTs and the occasional road race there. From what I hear it's dead flat and can be windy, with mostly sweeping bends. Built on the site of a former colliery, it's not just a cycle circuit, there are family-friendly activities in the country park. It's also about a million miles from anywhere, unless you happen to live in Deal or Sandwich.

Cyclopark at Gravesend - I've ridden the loop near the main building, not the whole circuit which is about 1.6 miles long I think. I've heard it described as a circuit for strong men because the undulations tend to break up the groups. Races can be run either clockwise or anticlockwise. In each direction there's a climb of some sort: clockwise a long drag to the finishing line, anticlockwise a sharp rise (maybe 10% although short) at the back of the circuit. The western end of the circuit has a series of tight bends, the eastern a hairpin with a downhill approach and uphill exit, quite close to the finish if running anticlockwise. The surface is smooth, wide, purpose-built and offers decent grip. The facilities are good and it's only about 10 minutes from the M25. Parking costs £1, I believe.

Hope this helps (and is accurate).

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, wher

Postby Coopster the 1st » Tue Jul 01, 2014 16:49 pm

ManOfKent wrote:Fowlmead - I've never been there but some of my clubmates ride both TTs and the occasional road race there. From what I hear it's dead flat and can be windy, with mostly sweeping bends. Built on the site of a former colliery, it's not just a cycle circuit, there are family-friendly activities in the country park. It's also about a million miles from anywhere, unless you happen to live in Deal or Sandwich.


Correct about the location. Even takes an age to get there on the train which is a shame as it is a great resource.

It is not dead flat as it has a slight drag up to the finish line. What does make it hard is the wind and that normally dictates how the lap is ridden and restricts breakaways in the lower level races. It is a course that can be ridden without needing to touch the brakes so is quick for average speed.
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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, where

Postby ShutupJens » Fri Mar 04, 2016 14:58 pm

Preston

A mile long circuit around the football and cricket pitches at Preston Uni's sports arena. Pan flat apart from a bridge over a footpath, the tightest corner is just over 90 degrees to the right. Races go anti clockwise, picture should appear below, and the finish line is just halfway down the straight closest to the athletics track - this is a race to the last corner! Two bottlenecks on the circuit, one of which is on the long back straight and can be pretty sketchy. Seen a few crashes and a lot of taking to the grass there

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Steve Burke Cycle Hub, Nelson

1km track in East Lancashire, close to the M65, another pan flat one but much better designed than Preston. Finish straight is the one after the big hairpin that you can pedal around which usually makes for a nice and safe sprint, it's about 250-300m long so plenty of time to make up for lost ground

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, where

Postby philbar72 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:42 pm

Velopark is a flat circuit with a couple of undulations, which don’t really sap the legs. Both turns that can cause pedal strike are at opposite ends of the circuit.

It pans out that the start finish area is near the control tower, it then drops and rises over a bridge section that has expansion joints so you’ll get a couple of bumps. Then there is a hairpin, that on the exit a lot of cat 4 riders pedal strike on the last lap as they fight to stay on. This then leads in to a right turn then a left that rises then falls to the right, and a bottleneck area, where the reverse side of the pit straight narrows slightly, then a right turn up the steepest part of the course this then crests the top section and drops slightly left and has a tiny pinch point as you are pushed right side of the track, then you drop straight on for about 60m then an uphill pedalstrike hazard going left and dropping onto the pit straight where you complete a lap.

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, where

Postby GAThomas1983 » Sat Aug 27, 2016 07:03 am

I've just started road racing but can't seem to find any Cat 4 only races. Im based on Merseyside - can any help?? Will to travel 30-50miles.

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Postby Imposter » Sat Aug 27, 2016 09:05 am

GAThomas1983 wrote:I've just started road racing but can't seem to find any Cat 4 only races. Im based on Merseyside - can any help?? Will to travel 30-50miles.


There won't be many at this end of the season now. You probably also need to be prepared to travel a bit further than 50 miles if necessary. Presumably you are looking on the BC calendar?

Also, you've posted in an existing discussion topic - you will probably get more answers if you put up a new thread on this forum.

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, where

Postby JGSI » Fri Sep 23, 2016 15:37 pm

GAThomas1983 wrote:I've just started road racing but can't seem to find any Cat 4 only races. Im based on Merseyside - can any help?? Will to travel 30-50miles.


The TLI calendar in 2017 might be of interest to you.
The NW region is very well supplied with races.
However, to get entries you best be a member of an organising club... eg Liverpool Century.. St Helens .. Birkenhead to name a few... although you could get in being an independent but no guarantee.
TLI is age related as regards splitting up the races according to age groups - not to BC categories - may or may not be a deal breaker to you.
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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, where

Postby bobmcstuff » Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:17 pm

Would have thought the Tameside circuit races might work - I'm considering giving those a go next season (they're done for the year now, think it's a Tuesday evening league but don't quote me on that), they do a 4s only and a 3/4s weekly. One of my clubmates rides in the 3/4s there every couple of weeks and doesn't seem to have any issues getting a ride. Apparently the 4s can be a bit crashy but the 3/4s is usually OK.

My club (Chorlton Velo) doesn't run races really so I guess I'll struggle to get on the proper road races... I also ride with Harry Middleton during the week and they put on one or two races a year (but they seem to be Pimbo circuit races, which looks like an even duller course than Tameside).

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Re: Course / Venue guides and reviews - what to expect, where

Postby Cruff » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:04 am

bobmcstuff wrote:Would have thought the Tameside circuit races might work - I'm considering giving those a go next season (they're done for the year now, think it's a Tuesday evening league but don't quote me on that), they do a 4s only and a 3/4s weekly. One of my clubmates rides in the 3/4s there every couple of weeks and doesn't seem to have any issues getting a ride. Apparently the 4s can be a bit crashy but the 3/4s is usually OK.

My club (Chorlton Velo) doesn't run races really so I guess I'll struggle to get on the proper road races... I also ride with Harry Middleton during the week and they put on one or two races a year (but they seem to be Pimbo circuit races, which looks like an even duller course than Tameside).

Tameside is a Tuesday evening league, but it really doesn't suit me (being an old git, the constant jumps out of the hairpin on each lap are an absolute ruiner) but I don't think it's 'crashy'. Certainly potential for it if someone comes into the hairpin a bit hot, but the surface is decent and there's a bit of banking that helps keep you upright if you take it a bit wide. It's exposed though, so wind makes it a bit of a selecter

Grimbo is ideal for me, cos there's nothing technical on it - there's a winter chainy there that I do well on and only one corner that seems like it would be remotely problematic in a race (second last, coming from the fastish downhill straight)

You might want to give Salt Ayre in Lancaster a go. Done a couple there and seems to be a decent circuit, in good condition (though lots of trees, so I'm guessing an autumn crit might be a bit sketchy...)

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