With the summer’s sporting successes still fresh in the nation’s memory,
racing cyclists in the eastern region have an exciting new circuit racing
venue confirmed for 2013 to help motivate them through the long dark
months of winter training.
Working in conjunction with British Cycling, Lord Iveagh of Elveden Estate
has agreed to allow access onto a 5km tarmac circuit in the heart of the
Estate for a series of early season road racing events starting in March
2013 and running through until the end of June.
Sara Flatt, East Anglia’s regional events officer for British Cycling,
explains, “Sitting on three county boundaries – Cambridge, Norfolk and
Suffolk – and with good road links to all parts of the Eastern Region,
this venue is a huge asset to the existing circuit racing calendar,
opening up possibilities for significant development in youth and women’s
racing as well as adding variety to the existing racing programme.”
The feel of the circuit is unique in road and circuit racing terms. Set in
a mixture of mature woodland and arable farmland and completely hidden
from public roads and buildings it offers an entirely new concept in
closed circuit racing – the feel of a road race with the accessibility and
flexibility of circuit racing.
Sara continues, “The quality of the Estate roads is something that
cyclists dream about – an almost flawless asphalt finish and a width of
between 3 and 5 metres.
Roughly, square in shape but with a variety of corners and some changes in
gradient it offers sufficient interest and challenges to deliver top
The race day programme will include events for all categories of rider and
will provide a superb stepping stone for those looking to gain experience
in bunch racing as well as offering something new for more experienced
racers. (The events have been registered with British Cycling and have
been listed as road races to allow greater flexibility when setting the
event category and thus the banding for licence points).
Anyone wishing for further information about the proposals for Elveden
should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about Elveden, please contact Frances Armstrong,
marketing and PR manager on 01842 898068 or email
email@example.com or www.elveden.com
The organisers are also holding an open day:
To hear all about this exciting new venue with pictures and maps come
West Suffolk Wheelers Headquarters
Priory School (Shakers Lane Entrance)
Bury St Edmunds
13-30 to 15-30 Friday 28th Dec 2012
That invite includes riders, potential organizers, potential helpers and
those just plain interested. Tea and biscuits available.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your club name, if you wish to attend as numbers are limited. I will then forward you a copy of the program.