Horizon Fitness Women’s Grand Prix


A high-quality field led by the Motorpoint–Marshalls Pasta and Horizon Fitness teams will fight it out for victory in the first ever Horizon Fitness Women’s Grand Prix, taking place in Stoke-on-Trent, on Thursday 17th June. Led by the likes of National Criterium Champion, Dani King, and National Cyclo-X Champion and number three in the world, Helen Wyman, (Horizon Fitness), a field containing many of Britain’s top female cyclists will race on the same 1.2km circuit as the Halfords Tour Series later in the evening.

Other names due to take part include Great Britain national team member Anna Blyth and Welsh Champion Hannah Rich. Further entries are expected and entry positions are still available, however riders and team managers are encouraged to get in touch quickly to ensure their place on the start line. Commenting on the race, Halfords Tour Series Technical Director Mick Bennett said: “I’m looking forward to the Horizon Fitness Women’s Grand Prix, as I think it will provide a fantastic showcase for women’s road racing in this country and the opportunity for some top-class female riders to race in front of The Halfords Tour Series crowds." He goes on to say “The Horizon Fitness Women's Grand Prix is being run as a pilot event this year. We are looking at the possibility of running a wider women’s Series as part of The Halfords Tour Series 2011,”


Jon Johnston, Managing Director for Horizon Fitness added: "Women's cycling is becoming increasingly popular, and as sponsors of a successful women’s racing team with Olympic hopefuls, we are delighted to be supporting this new initiative. The Halfords Tour Series is the natural place for a race of this calibre, and we are optimistic that this will be the start of a regular women’s Tour Series. With the build up to the Olympics in 2012, and the increasing focus on sport, health and wellbeing, we hope that this race and the team will inspire people to get more active, and also encourage youngsters, both male and female, to take up sport.


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The 15.00 start means the women raise the curtain on an action-packed afternoon of cycling in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, with the Horizon Fitness Women’s Grand Prix lasting for 30 minutes plus 5 laps. Highlights of the race will also be shown during The Halfords Tour Series programme on ITV4 the following evening.  Run under British Cycling rules and regulations for circuit races, the Horizon Fitness Women’s Grand Prix is open to domestically registered British Cycling licence holders with Elite, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th category licences.

With the winner receiving the same cash prize as the men’s Halfords Tour Series race winner, and additional cash prizes on offer to the top fifteen finishers, there is every incentive to take part in this exciting new race. Entry to the Horizon Fitness Women’s Grand Prix is £20, with entries available on the line if places are still available on the day. Enquiries and entries should be sent to Andy Hawes via email (hawesa@thetour.co.uk) or via post at the SweetSpot Group Head Office, with cheques made payable to SweetSpot Group Ltd.

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