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The 2017 Guildford Town Centre Races will take place on Wednesday 5th July
Please contact Jon Lewis if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities
A highlight of the Guildford Festival each year, the races are fought out by the country’s top road racers. This is guaranteed to bring a fast and hard-fought main event on Guildford’s notoriously tough course, with its cobbled climb up the High Street and tight, narrow corners out of North Street. As well as the main event a programme of supporting events is also offered including the ever popular ‘youngsters’ race where many top cyclists of the future get their first opportunity to ride in such a big event. The biggest applause is often saved for the smallest riders!
Many thanks to Andy from Onward Creative for helping us in the design of the 2016 Town Centre Races posters, leaflets and branding.
As part of the races there are six races throughout the evening as follows:
6.20pm - Youth Criteriums - U8 (Youth E)
6.30pm - Youth Criteriums - U12/U10 (Youth C & D)
6.40pm - Youth Criteriums - U16/U14 (Youth A & B)
7.00pm - 'Local Heroes' Criterium (3rd Cat Only - Regional B)
7.30pm - Womens Criterium E/1/2/3
8.00pm - Elite Criterium (E/1/2 - National B)
The results for the 2016 Guildford Town Centre Races are available elsewhere within this website.
The Guildford edition of the Surrey Advertiser had a review of the event.
There is also a report on the event posted on VeloUK
Results and reports from previous events:
Results from the 2015 event are available from the British Cycling website here.
2015 Guildford Town Centre Races - Front and Back Pages of the Guildford Edition of the Surrey Advertiser and a report from the GetSurrey website
2015 Guildford Town Centre Races Results and Report
2014 Guildford Town Centre Races
Entries for the 2017 races are now open on the British Cycling website.
Please also note that the Youth and Support Races will be accepting entries on a 'first come, first served' basis but the main (E1/2) race will have the field chosen based on the best riders available. This will be based on 1) Licence category, 2) Recent results, 3) Date of Entry
We are currently looking for sponsors for the 2017 edition of the Guildford Town Centre Races, if you would like to contact us to find out more then please contact Jon Lewis or Matt Legge. There are many opportunities available to potential sponsors including naming rights to races and space on advanced promotional material as well as 'on the night' activities including starting your own race. If you just want to have your company name/brand being displayed on the racing circuit then we can also do this too. Please get in touch as we can discuss the possibilities in order to make this event work for you.
For 2016 we had the following sponsors on board and we appreciate the input and support that they give to the events.
Joint title sponsor for the event since 2009
Established over 20 years ago, Cycleworks has become one of the south’s leading bicycle shops with shops in Guildford, Leatherhead, Haslemere and Petersfield. They will cover all your cycling requirements across Mountain, Road, Commuter and Kids biking.
- Blue Group
Blue is a specialist provider of materials processing equipment for the quarrying and waste recycling industries in England, Scotland and Wales
- Hamptons International
Hamptons International is a leading residential property company in the UK, working across local, national and international markets, delivering unrivalled customer service through the commitment and inspiration of its staff.
- Penningtons Manches LLP
Penningtons Manches is a forward-thinking commercial and private client law firm delivering imaginative and incisive advice – both in the UK and internationally. Its offices are in London, Guildford, Basingstoke, Reading, Oxford, Cambridge and San Francisco. From cross-border technology transfer agreements to sophisticated tax affairs, Penningtons Manches' solicitors have the expertise to achieve results. The firm is proud of its responsive, go-ahead, approach and its firmwide team ethos
Their mission is to bring the world's local restaurants into everyone's home or office - fast. Deliveroo lets you order amazing food from the best loved local restaurants who otherwise may not offer delivery. They work with hundreds of restaurant chains and many top quality independents to deliver their food to your home or office. Our customers are as passionate about great food as we are! They have a fantastic team of drivers who take pride in getting your food to you as quickly as roo-ly possible.
RSM is a multi-national network of acccounting firms forming the sixth largest accountancy professional services network in the world. From 1988 to 2015 the firm was known as Baker Tilly. In October 2015 the firm adopted the name RSM and united under a single global brand with RSM audit, tax and consulting firms across the world.
- Yeomans Honda
Yeomans Guildford have state of the art showrooms, workshops and used car areas are designed to provide their customers with a relaxed, comfortable and efficient environment, where they can find out all the latest information about new and used cars, or have their current vehicle maintained by our fully trained and professional technicians.
- Sports Tours International
Established 40 years ago, Sports Tours International is one of the UK's largest specialist sports travel companies, taking thousands of participants and spectators to sports events around the world, including the TCS New York City Marathon, L'Etape du Tour and Le Tour de France.
At Dreadnought we realise that for racing and extreme riding technical clothing is essential but lycra in social situations isn't a great look. We have created clothes that combine utility and elegance with cycling essence.
- Guildford Borough Council
Local borough council who have been extremely supportive of the event and its development over the history of the Guildford Town Centre Races. This includes having the races as a key element of the Guildford Summer Festival (further details below)
- More sponsors TBC - if you are interested in having your name here and your companies banners on the course then please contact us.
- Surrey Advertiser
Local newspaper for Guildford and the surroundings areas we receive great support from the sports department giving a good coverage of the event both in the week leading up to the race and afterwards publishing reports.
We would like to thanks all our sponsors for their help and financial support without which we would not have been able to have run this event. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the event then please contact
via email . This could include banners on the course or sponsoring primes (sprint laps) in any of the races.
||This event is part of the Guildford Summer Festival, supported by Guildford Borough Council, with over 100 events for all ages and interests. The festival runs from June to August. To celebrate your summer with style, pick up a brochure from the Tourist Information Centre in Tunsgate or visit www.guildfordsummerfestival.co.uk for full details of events and how to book.
Click this image to see a larger version of the route
Click on the above photo to see our Flickr Stream for the 2016 event.
There are also videos of the Youth and Senior races on our YouTube channel.
2015 event photo's: Charlotteville CC Flickr stream and there are also photo galleries from other photographers: AE Photos and Hugh McManus (Pedal Heaven)
You can see photo's and even video footage online of previous editions from 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
For 2013 there were a number of videos made of the races which can be found on YouTube here
Also available to view on Vimeo is Guildford Town Centre Races - The Movie 2009
Charlotteville CC Guildford Town Race 2009 from Will Ranoe on Vimeo.
|This photograph from club member Dave Faulkner was selected for the front cover of the August 2010 issue of 'The Guildford Magazine' which is a lifestyle magazine that is distributed to many thousands of homes in the Guildford area.
The Guildford Town Centre Races were first promoted by Charlotteville Cycling Club in 1984 as part of the Guildford Festival. The route was the same as it is today involving the small circuit of North Street, Market Street and a stiff climb of the cobbled High Street which proves to be very demanding on the riders. The first race was attended by a large crowd of nearly 2000 spectators who enjoyed some high spirited racing in the two events, one for 3rd category riders and the other for 1st and 2nd category riders. Prior to the racing, nine members of the Southern Veteran-Cycle Club Ripley Section rode two laps on veteran machines. The oldest was a French Michaux velocipede of about 1868. There were also two high “Ordinaires” of about 1880 and a Singer solid-tyred safety of 1890. So if you think that it looks hard on the riders of today with their aluminium, titanium and carbon frames just think it must have been like on those machines !!!
The Town Centre Races are now the most prestigious of the Charlotteville CC’s many annual promotions and regularly attract a first class field, good sponsorship and many spectators. The inspiration came from Les Smith, Mike Willimott and Stuart Campbell who promoted them for the first ten years. Since 1984 the races have had to be cancelled three times (1995, 1999 & 2000) due to roadworks or builders’ scaffolding encroaching on the road. Over the remaining years the swish of board-hard racing tyres and the characteristic rattle of aluminium racing frames over the granite setts of the High Street, together with the loudspeakers, have created an exciting atmosphere.
If you would like to know more about the Town Centre Races or have a question about entering then please contact Race Organiser