During 2015, following complaints from the general public (and for clarity not about our race) Cheshire Police enforced the Cycle Racing on the Highways Regulations 1960. In this act it is deemed that circuits need to be over 10 miles in length, together with a number of regulations regarding the distance in and between 40 mile an hour speed limits. Despite many meetings between Cheshire Police, British Cycling and other cycling associations such as TLI, Cheshire Police are not allowing approval of circuits that don’t meet these 1960 regulations. The existing Cheshire Classic course doesn’t meet regulation in a number of areas and cannot be used.
Over the past several months the committee here at Weaver Valley Cycling Club have been determined to keep the race alive. We were given a lifeline in September when a new circuit which we had created for another race of ours was approved. This circuit wouldn’t be the quality needed for the Cheshire Classic however it gave us all hope.
A new circuit is born
We believe we have created one of the best circuits on the Women’s cycling calendar in Europe. This will set a whole new benchmark for Women’s cycling and will be a spectacle like no other. There will be no respite across rolling terrain and will feature a significant climb which dwarfs the Cliff. If ever there was a statement to be made about progression in Women’s cycling this will be it.
The circuit is currently going through approval with British Cycling and then with Cheshire Police. We will keep you posted on progress.