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Imperial Winter Series 2013/2014
IMPERIAL WINTER SERIES RETURNS
The Imperial Winter Series returns on Saturday 7 December 2013 with for an 11 week run at West London’s favourite Hillingdon circuit. Imperial Cycles, the exciting new West London race oriented shop, is the title sponsor of this classic series now in its 15th year, the last seven run under the Imperial Racing Team banner.
The series now comprises three races each day, starting with the ever popular 4th category men – and with a full field of 65 riders already entered for the first race this promises to be as hard fought as ever. Places are obviously going to be limited so early entry is recommended. There’s also the opportunity every week for 4th cats with enough points to move up to take their chances in the Elite race!
There’s huge excitement around the explosion in women’s cycling and Imperial are committed to recognising this demand so running alongside 4th cat race will be a new event – a Women’s Go-Race - an opportunity for novice and 4th cat female riders to try their hand at racing without the need for a license or pressure of gaining points. So that they’re not left out the experienced women riders are encouraged to ride in the men’s events (down a category if they wish) and there will also be an all-category one-off Women’s Championship race on New Year’s Day.
The main event is also re-vamped with the E12’s being joined by the 3rds for a single series race of 1 hour : acknowledging that the 3rds will have their work cut out to get points against the E12’s Imperial have agreed a special dispensation with British Cycling for 3rds to secure their own points. Imperial are expecting big fields for this; this race was the founding event for the series and remains extremely popular both with a hard core of riders returning year after year and those newcomers who focus on it for a season.
The success of Imperial Racing Team and its winter series provided the catalyst for the formation of Imperial Cycles www.imperialcycles.co.uk the shop is based in Isleworth and opened its doors in August. Primarily aimed at the sporting rider it clearly has a very strong link to the winter series. The shop itself is first and foremost a workshop but also offers racing frames and bikes from Sarto, one of the only remaining truly handmade frame sets from Italy. Imperial Cycles becomes the principal sponsor of the series, sponsoring the 4th cat with a weekly prize draw of a free full bike service worth £120 and a weekly winner’s prize for the 3rd Cat race - £20 voucher to spend in the shop
Again this year, there’s the opportunity to get in some coaching on circuit racing before the racing gets underway. Mark 23rd November 2013 (it’s a Saturday) in your diary, as Prime Coaching will come to the Hillingdon Circuit for a four-hour (1-5pm) training session on the do’s and don’ts and probably a few ‘cunning tricks to have up your sleeve’ that’ll be sure to have you ready in every way for when the action kicks off. No question, circuit racing can be intense and riding in a fast moving peloton around a technical undulating circuit calls for an understanding of racing etiquette. If circuit racing is new to you, this is a must-attend. Don't forget to register to avoid disappointment.
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Imperial Winter Series 2012/2013
This series was certainly one of highs and lows – revised circuit timings, malfunctioning equipment, a flooded circuit and instances of poor rider behaviour causing more than an ample helping of stress and frustration. We would also like to have seen a bigger field in the E123 race but this was compensated for by the 3rds and they deserve their own race on this basis alone.
These issues were more than balanced by the positives - consistently good fields in the 4th category race and a strong entry for the single Women’s event. Our decision to continue racing in a clockwise direction but siting the finish adjacent to the opulent new Judge’s hut has been an undoubted success.
Great thanks go to our Sponsors Henry Furniss of WyndyMilla and MaxiFuel and Dan Stevens of Neon-Velo not just for the prizes which were both generous and fantastic but also for their support behind the scenes.
Our roll call of honour must also mention:
ALL THE RIDERS – for their support again and welcome feedback – good and bad
Doug – Series founder, we wouldn’t be here without him; Rich definitely wouldn’t be here without him!
Lucy – wouldn’t be here without Rich!
Isabel – photo-finish operator and successor to the Imperial empire
Harry and Dan – teas and homemade flapjacks again
Tom – occasionally
Sally – cousin, rider and first-aider
Barry Hollis – first-aider
Tracey and Maisy – all round support
John Mullineaux – all round great guy
Mark Doel – always around to help
The Prize Presentation commenced with the introduction of our honoured guest Tony Doyle MBE and he took a welcome opportunity to talk about the highs and lows of his racing career, followed by a few questions from the riders.
The overall format of the Winter series will be reviewed again during the Summer, to ensure that we best meet the needs of the riders and provide racing for everyone.
Have a great season and see you in December 2013!
Rich, Lucy and Doug
A very short video (just 3 minutes) rounding up the feel of the
2009/2010 Imperial Winter Series. Includes out takes.
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