A guide to Mallory Park - where we race.
Alex Burden at Mallory Park Race League
This is the first in a series of guides to the circuits used by the Junior races throughout the year. Hopefully it will help you understand where we race, the conditions and facilities and what to expect if you want your budding champions to have a go at racing.
First up, Mallory Park, home of the Tuesday night Mallory Park Road Race League.
Mallory Park is a motor racing circuit located bewteen Hinckley and Leicester. It's a challening circuit of between 1 and 1.4 miles, depending on the configuration for the event. The circuit is wide and super smooth with chicanes, long straights and the option for a nasty little uphill section. It's a terrific circuit for racing hard, and for parents there is good visibility across the circuit.
Facilities are good with loos and plenty of space for warming up and down.
For Stratford riders the big negative can be the journey to the circuit for evening racing - if the traffic catches you it can take a long time to get round Coventry. The return trip is usually much quicker!
Tuesday nights host the junior races for u8, U10, U12, U14 and U16. Races kick off around 18:45 for the Under 8s and follow on from there.
One of the nice things about the league is that the format for the races changes from week to week. Some weeks are a points race, others a hill finish or you might be doing a time trial. It keeps things varied and interesting.
The standard is high and racers can expect some hard slogs on the straights if there is a headwind.
The organisers do a great job of running the event and there are medical teams on the course in cars who can quickly respond if needed.
You don't book through British Cycling, but you do require a British Cycling race licence to race. You can turn up and pay on the night. Race fees range from £7 to £9 depending on the age category. Bikes will be checked for restricted gears.
A parents perspective:
The Mallory Park circuit is a great facility for racing and it really pushes the riders to work hard. Racing is very competative and challenging and the different formats teach riders a lot of race craft skills they won't get on the normal circuit of races.
The league also organise adult races on a Thursday, so if you fancy trying it yourself, give it a go!
For more information, talk to one of the coaches or visit the league website: http://www.malloryparkrrleague.co.uk/
Sam Abbott racing at Mallory Park
View down the circuit