The 2007 Ingliston Criterium Series sponsored by Cycling Scotland kicked off last Thursday, the 12th April, at the Royal Highland Showground just west of Edinburgh.
Now in its 9th season and this year expanded to 6 events, the series is expected to attract many of Scotland’s top elite, women and junior riders.
The series regularly attracts the top Scottish riders
Established professional riders such as Alex Coutts, Evan Oliphant, Jack Woodward and last year’s Premier Series winner Gary Hand have cut their teeth at these events before going on to bigger things.
In the female category, British team members Jo Cavill and Kate Cullen (Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist) have also been frequent entrants.
Other established stars such as Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist James McCallum and top mountain bikers the Creber brothers are regular participants.
The successful formula for the series events which regularly attract fields of around 90 riders, is the same as in previous years with entry on the line only.
Now on Saturdays too
A new development for this series is to hold two events on Saturdays.
The first of these on Saturday 28th April will feature a women’s only race.
The final round on Saturday 26th May will host the Scottish Youth Criterium Championships.
The other rounds will be held on Thursdays starting at 18.30: April 12th and 19th, and May 3rd and 10th.
The series which is promoted by Edinburgh RC-The Bicycleworks/Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, offers a prize fund valued around :£1000.
In addition to the main sponsor Cycling Scotland, support has been provided by Pedal power, ISO, and David Banns Restaurant.
Spectators and people interested in taking up cycle racing are welcome at the events, and admission is free.
Cycling Scotland which also sponsored the series last year, is Scotland’s largest cycling promotion organisation whose vision is to make cycling an acceptable, practical and attractive lifestyle option for the residents of Scotland.
For more details contact Neil Muir, Publicity Officer on 0131 347 1347 or at firstname.lastname@example.org