Thursday 15 March 2012

Smithfield Nocturne - let's make the women's race happen!

If you've missed the news, British Cycling have asked Smithfield Nocturne organisers to cancel the women's race because there's another race - organised by British Cycling, funnily enough - the next day. The reason they've given is that the Nocturne tires the riders out, reducing competition at the BC event; but there's an unmistakable sour grape flavour to the whole story because the Nocturne is by far the more popular event, and gets TV coverage.

Mule Bar Girl, a team that was due to take part, has been informed that if Nocturne organisers receive a sufficient amoung of support, they'll take on BC and run the race anyway. It'll take you two minutes to email them, especially if you simply copy and paste the following message, so please take the time to do so.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I was upset to read that British Cycling has requested the women's race at the Smithfield Nocturne be cancelled. Nocturne has become so popular that it's now one of the premier showcases for the sport in this country and with women's cycling receiving so little exposure and facing serious problems due to lack of sponsorship, it's simply become too important an opportunity to increase exposure to be missed.

I have heard that, should you receive sufficient support, you will go ahead and run the women's race in spite of British Cycling. I hope very much that you will do so.

<your name here>

You can email your message to or send it via this webpage. This is about much more than just one race.

See also: Why we need a Women's Cycling Council

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