Bank Holiday Grass Track Championships

Bank Holiday Monday once again saw Richmondshire Cricket Club hosting a British Cycling national grass track event on its natural grass velodrome.

National 8km Endurance Race finish

National 8km Endurance Race finish

On what turned out to be the only fine day of an otherwise miserable Bank Holiday weekend, over 1500 spectators turned out to watch some highly competitive cycling, including the National 8km Endurance Final.

The turnout was just fantastic. With competitor numbers at their highest in over 10 years and the cricket ground brimming with spectators it created a great atmosphere, and the one day window of warm and dry weather helped as well. The cricket club did a great job of preparing the track and the hospitality was second to none. We’d like to reiterate our thanks for their support – and we’ll definitely be back next year!
— James Hall, Nutcracker Events

Over 50 competitors battled each other in a range of races, including points races, omnium and “devil take the hindmost” and there was a series of children’s races with dozens of boys and girls emulating their Olympic heroes and heroines on the track.

“Our ground is one of only two natural grass tracks in Yorkshire, and we were especially delighted in this year of the Tour de France to be hosting this event”, said Andy Barlow, chairman of Richmondshire Cricket Club.

“I’d like to thank all the volunteers - from both cycling and cricket fraternities - for making this day the highlight of the Bank Holiday weekend, a great start to a whole range of events and activities the cricket club has planned in the run up to the Grand Départ on the first weekend in July”.

“Throughout June and July we will be hosting a series of grass track events for the newly formed North Riding Track League, and it’s great to see this natural cycling amphitheatre being enjoyed by cycling enthusiasts, old and young, throughout the surrounding areas.”

“These cycling events are all part of our build up to the big weekend itself, which we’re dubbing "Nous Sommes Richmondshire” in a nod to our Gallic cousins: we’re running a French wine and Yorkshire cheese evening on Friday 4 July, a comedy evening on Saturday night and the highlight of the weekend is our It’s a Knockout (or Jeux Sans Frontières for our French visitors) event on Sunday 6 July, raising money for the Childrens’ Heart Unit Fund at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital. What better way to entertain the thousands of visitors that will be in Richmond over the Tour de France weekend?”

For more information on "Nous Sommes Richmondshire" or any of the events at the cricket club, please contact Andy Barlow on andy.barlow@richmondshirecc.org.uk or call the club on 01748 824573.