thursday evening handicaps

thursday evening handicaps

The Thursday evening handicap road races that have become a mainstay of the West Midlands racing calendar are back in 2023, with nine races planned between May 11 and July 13, and sponsorship from Jacob Tipper Performance Coaching. As well as the overall, there will be prizes for best woman, veteran and junior. The series is now available to enter here


The league is run by Staffordshire and South Shropshire Cycling Clubs who each take a turn in running an evening race. The SSSCCRRL started out as a training league, but different riders use it for different purposes – from the hardened racer who is using it for training, through to the beginner who is trying to get some experience.

League road races take place every Thursday night at 7pm, from May 11 to July 13 2023. Races are run on a handicap basis over a distance of approx 35 miles for Road Races & 1hr for Circuit Races. Courses are typically “rolling” and include some that are not used for weekend races.

Riders are started in up to five different groups based on ability, with the “slowest” going off first. This makes these races a really good entry point into road racing for beginners or for those returning to the sport. All riders who finish a race are placed and there are awards for women, juniors and vets as well as the overall.

Online entry to the series is via the British Cycling website, costing £150 for 8 races; entry on the night is available but is walk-up only and costs £25 per race, meaning there is a substantial saving for those who pre-enter the whole series.

The races are open to riders of all categories from all clubs, but there may be preferential entry for riders from organising clubs if the races are over-subscribed.



More information and race calendar here:




Midlands Thursday evening handicap Calendar for 2023


11th May 

Charlton Circuit

HQ: Allscott Heath football club, Shawbirch Road,Telford TF6 5EQ  


18th May

Bobbington Circuit
HQ: Wolverhampton Airport, Bobbington, Stourbridge DY7 5DY


25th May

Sywnnerton circuit

HQ: Swynnerton Village Hall ST15 0RB


1st June 

Charlton circuit

HQ Allscott Heath Football Club, as above


8th June

Bobbington circuit

HQ: Wolverhampton Airport as above


15th June

Leighton circuit

HQ: Leighton Village Hall School Lane SY5 6RN


22nd June No race


29th June 

Huntington circuit

HQ: Penkridge Cricket Club, Cannock Road Pillaton ST19 5RZ


6th July

Stourport circuit

Two one-hour races, each for two groups.


13th July

Charlton Circuit
HQ: Alscott Heath Football Club as above






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