Winchester Criterium and CycleFest Thu, 06 Jun 2019 12:21:22 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Winchester Criterium & Cyclefest 2019 Programme Thu, 06 Jun 2019 12:21:22 +0000

We are delighted to share with you this years programme featuring key information and timings about the day. The programme includes rider lists and a schedule of races as well as maps and plans to help you navigate the event. Have a read through and plan your day ahead of the weekend!

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Hampshire Farmers Market Tue, 28 May 2019 08:46:23 +0000

Open Farm Sunday

Sunday 9th June

10:00 – 16:00

Manor Farm Broughton Water Buffalo Stockbridge SO20 8AN

A local producers market on a farm! Visitors can come and explore a range of stalls selling produce, hot food, drinks and crafts whilst listening to some live music in the background. The farm will be open for Farm & River Walks and farmers will be onsite to tell you all about buffalo, farming and working life in the Hampshire countryside. There will also be activities for children and young people. Come along, explore the farm and meet some extraordinary animals and producers!

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Road Closures Mon, 20 May 2019 08:30:44 +0000

To ensure the safety of our participants, spectators, residents, businesses, and the general public, we will be closing the roads, and restricting parking surrounding the city centre area from 5am until 10pm on Sunday 9th June to allow adequate time for set up and tidying up at the end of the day. Taxi ranks within the road closure area will also be closed. 40 marshals and 10 staff members will be on site to help with enquiries, whilst officials from British Cycling will control the racing.

Signage will be placed clearly in the no-parking zones in the lead-up to the event. In order for the temporary infrastructure to be set up and races to take place safely, there can be no parked cars on the race circuit (see map) or The Broadway on event day. Parking attendants will be on duty to issue tickets to cars parked in road closure areas, and any vehicles putting the health and safety of the event at risk will be towed to St Catherine’s Park and Ride car park or as advised on local signage for recovery by the owner and payment of parking fines. Signage will include a contact number for enquiries on the day.

Roads are closed and there is no parking between 5am and 10pm on Sunday 9th June as follows:

  • The Broadway, Winchester, between its junction with Eastgate Street and its westerly junction with Colebrook Street.
  • Colebrook Street, between its junction with Market Lane and its junction with The Broadway
  • High Street, between its junction with St Thomas’ Street and Jewry Street.
  • St Thomas’ Street between its junction with High Street and its junction with King’s Head Yard.
  • King’s Head Yard, Little Minster St, Great Minster Street, The Square, Market Lane, and Market Street all for their entire length

Free parking is available in car parks around the city on this day.

The city’s bars, restaurants, and retail outlets will all be open as normal and we hope that the event will further showcase our City and the Event as the best in the region and one of the best in the country. Why not travel by train or bike? Winchester is well connected by rail. See our FAQ’s page for more information.

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Park & Cycle to the Winchester Criterium & Cyclefest 2019 Thu, 16 May 2019 07:20:07 +0000

Join Breeze for a leisurely family-friendly traffic-free cycle ride from South Park & Ride car park, Hockley Way, Winchester, to the Winchester Criterium and CycleFest 2019 in the City Centre – a great start to a day of all things cycling!

It will be a fun, social ride for all, led by qualified British Cycling Ride leaders and Breeze Champions who will be on hand to support and guide you all the way, so don’t worry if you’re not an experienced cyclist, or new to riding in a group!

To sign up to the led ride please click HERE!


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One Month To Go! Thu, 09 May 2019 13:26:08 +0000

There is just ONE MONTH to go until the Winchester Criterium & Cyclefest 2019 is here!

No need to panic just yet, there is still time for those of you with a need for speed to sign up to our Criterium races by visiting our Criterium page.

For a more leisurely cycle around the course you can still register for the South Downs National Park Family Ride for you and the family HERE!

Keep an eye on our social media pages for closing date announcements and register today to avoid missing out.

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ReCycle & BiCycle Fri, 03 May 2019 11:49:14 +0000

If you attended last year’s Criterium podium presentations you may have seen the unique medals presented to our riders. The medals, made from recycled bike parts, were designed and made by ReCycle & BiCycle!

ReCycle & BiCycle are based on the Isle of Wight and combine the love of bicycles with the art of up-cycling to create products and gifts that predominately feature recycled and reclaimed bicycle parts. They also offer a wide range of vintage cycle clothing, parts, and accessories.

We are thrilled to have ReCycle & BiCycle joining us in June who will not only be providing the medals again but also trophies for the South Region Winners!

ReCycle & BiCycle will be based in The Broadway from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 9 June so make sure you stop by to see what they have on offer.

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Let’s Ride with South Downs National Park & British Cycling! Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:23:21 +0000

On Sunday 9th June, the Winchester Criterium and Cyclefest will open at 10.00am with the popular Family Ride, in partnership with South Downs National Park and, new for this year, as an event in collaboration with British Cycling and HSBC UK.

The South Downs National Park Family Ride joins the community of HSBC UK Let’s Ride festivals that will take place up and down the country this summer offering a safe and friendly space to enjoy cycling. Whether you’re a beginner or pro, this traffic-free environment provides the perfect opportunity for the whole family to have fun on their bike, before watching some spectacular racing and a enjoying a range of activities in the Broadway area and Abbey Gardens.

‘We’re delighted to be partnering with Winchester City Council to deliver this fantastic event as part of our year long support of cycling in the city” said Ruth Miller, Cycling Delivery Manager. “It’s now the third year that this event has incorporated the South Region Circuit Championships and having the community cycle ride as part of the HSBC UK Let’s Ride family feels like a great addition. Recreational cycling has enjoyed a real boom in Winchester over the years thanks to the dedication and support of a growing group of volunteers in the area, and it’s also great to see how local clubs like VC Venta have developed to become a mainstay on the course and behind the scenes on 9th June.”


Following the success of last year’s aim to ‘Share the Space’, South Down National Park’s countryside theme and continued commitment to local active travel will once again be the focus of the Family Ride. Participants will be led out onto the Criterium route at 10.00am before the races begin at 11.00am.

Alister Linton-Crook, Cycling Projects Officer for the South Downs National Park, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting the event and are excited for a great day out for all the family. “We encourage everyone to behave responsibly and share the space in the National Park and this is a great message to advocate when cycling on roads too. “Winchester is on the doorstep of the National Park, so I hope this event inspires people of all ages to get on their bikes and make use of the many family-friendly cycling opportunities across this stunning landscape.”

The National Park rangers will be in Abbey Gardens with the events van offering a host of fun family activities, including Virtual Reality experiences showcasing the beauty of the South Downs and its wondrous Dark Skies that offer some of the best views of the stars in the world.

Share the space participants will also receive a South Downs National Park memento after completing the traffic and pedestrian free ride around the city streets.

Registration for the South Downs National Park Family Ride is now open and FREE to all so head to
to reserve places for the whole family.

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Winchester Criterium and Cyclefest 2019 Tue, 09 Apr 2019 08:54:48 +0000 Cyclists are being urged to saddle up for one of the south’s biggest cycling events this summer.

Winchester Criterium and Cyclefest will off a mix of cycling-related activities and high-speed races, supported again by Hargroves Cycles.

The Criterium races are highly regarded by riders and fans, with many travelling from across the UK to attend the event, which takes place right in the heart of Winchester’s historic city centre.

The event takes place on Sunday 9 June.

Entries are now open for those wishing to race in the Criterium with categories ranging from juniors to elite. You can apply for your place at

Andy Hargroves from Hargroves Cycles said

“This event has become increasingly popular each year and is now a widely recognised event by riders from across the UK.

“We feel privileged to be a part of this fantastic event and the Criterium provides us with an opportunity to engage with children and families across the district to promote such an exciting sport.”

The event be filled with exciting activities for everyone, including a family cycle ride prior to the races.

The Winchester Criterium and Cyclefest Facebook page will provide sneak previews of what will be on offer ahead of the event.

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Award Winning Coach Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:11:19 +0000

Read all about local club VC Venta’s Award-Winning Coach Malcolm Cross in the latest edition of the Winchester Resident Magazine! Click on the link below to find out how Malcolm got in to cycling as well as his role at VC Venta on pages 20 – 23.

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Criterium Entries are OPEN! Wed, 06 Feb 2019 17:37:38 +0000

Winchester City Council and partners are delighted to announce that entries for the 2019 Winchester Criterium are now OPEN! 

The event will again include British Cycling’s South Regional Circuit Race Championships and will take place on Sunday 10 June 2018. Youth (Under 16) boys’ and girls’ races, as well as the senior men’s and women’s races, will be crowned British Cycling Regional Circuit Race Champions as well as holding the Winchester Criterium title for the year and being in line for a range of great prizes.

In keeping with previous years, organisers will also hold Under 8 to Under 14 races in addition to senior support races. These are not Regional Championship Events per se, but will be no less competitive with titles, cash prizes and a range of goodies on offer.

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