Peter Young Memorial Road Race needs new organisers

The Surrey race, first run in 1971, needs new organisers to take over the running of the race from Hounslow and District Wheelers

The Peter Young Memorial Road Race, one of the biggest early season races in the country, needs new organisers to take over the running of the race.

The race has been organised for the past 44 years by its founders, the Hounslow and District Wheelers (H&DW), but the club is no longer in a position to run the event, which starts in Woking, Surrey.

Chris Lovibond, current organiser of the National B event, said that the difficulty for H&DW is that their members “with any knowledge and experience of road racing have now become too old to have the enthusiasm to run the event”.

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The race has a strong reputation, forming one half of the British Cycling Central Region Spring Classic Weekend alongside the Hemel Hempstead CC-promoted Roy Thame Cup.

Any prospective organisers can take over the race without payment to H&DW, who would assistance in the take over of the organisation of the event, including handing over race signage and equipment. “In the right hands, this race is a valuable asset,” Lovibond added.

“This is an event with a good reputation which every year attracts many more entries than can be accepted and usually makes a modest profit.

“If anyone would like to run the race, the club wishes to hand over everything connected with it.

“On offer is the title with its goodwill and its spot in the calendar, all the race equipment including the signage, and the offer of consultancy to the new organiser.”

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H&DW have also offered to deal with publicity for the 2016 event.

Rory Townsend (Pedal Heaven) won the 2015 event, a year after the 2014 event was cancelled because of road works. Jake Martin (Kingsnorth International Wheelers) won the 2013 race.

“No money is expected - the club just wishes to see the race continue for the good of cycling,” Lovibond said.

For information, contact Lovibond on 07415 012067.

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Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.