Races start and finish under the gaze of Barnsley Town Hall in the heart of the town centre, and provide a fantasic opportunity for spectators to see many world-class and up-and-coming younger riders competing.
Spectators can gather along the entire circuit, which takes in several of the town’s key areas, including the Town Hall, Transport Interchange and Market Hill. The event Head Quarters at the Digital Media Centre on County Way and holding area on regent Street both provide an opportunity for spectators to see riders warming up for their races.
You can also see the team car expo at Barnsley Town Hall.
Please buy a race programme on Shambles Street, which will in turn raise money for help for heroes.
All riders are categorised by their ability, ranging from 4th category (those new to racing) up to Elite; these categories are simply referred to as E / 1 / 2 / 3 4.
Riders are also categorised by age for age-related races; this is usually for children and young people aged under 16.
Riders compete over a set number of laps or within a set time (whichever happens first).
The event kicks off (usually around 4pm) with the Community Ride. Providing an opportunity for you and your family to ride and experience the circuit first hand for up to one hour before the races start.
An exciting evening of races then unfolds. Races usually starts around 5pm, but please check social media / the event programme for exact times on the day, as these can vary slightly.
Under 12 (Boys & Girls) - 15 mins
Under 14 (Boys & Girls) – 20 mins
Under 16 (Boys & Girls) – 20 mins
Regional A (Adults & Juniors) – 45 mins
Women Only (Elites, and all other categories) – 50 mins
National A (Elite, 1st & 2nd Category entrants) – 50 mins
Prize ceremonies will take place immediately after each race.
Starting outside the Town Hall, the closed race circuit winds its way through the town centre; providing a number of key spots to see the riders race around technical corners and up the Market Hill climb.
At the start / finish line you can see each race begin and watch the exciting finish. The podium is also located in this area, where you'll see the winners receive their trophies and gifts from our sponsors.
College Corner features a hairpin turn as the riders make their way from Church Street onto Eastgate outside the College.
The most technical part of the circuit and a highlight for spectators is the Mandela Chicane. Located at the staggered junction between Eastgate, Regent Street and Regent Street South (next to Mandela Gardens), this tricky left-right-left turn was a highlight at our inaurgural race in 2017. Not only does it feature a fast chicane, but a change in road surface and narrowing of the circuit. This is also where riders enter and exit and course at the start and end of the races.
Mandela Gardens is also used for spectator entertainment and is a great area for a picnic and has close access to local cafes and bars; making it a great location for spectators.
Market Hill is another great spot for spectators. Lined with shops, cafes and bars, spectaors get to watch riders climb back towards the Town Hall to complete the lap.