JOHN RUDD MEMORIAL RACE SERIES
In association with the
TOUR DE FRANCE 2007
SATURDAY 7 JULY INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL 35km - Betteshanger Race Circuit, Deal
SUNDAY 8 JULY ROAD RACE 1hr - HYDE PARK, CENTRAL LONDON (TDF Prologue Route)
The TOUR DE FRANCE. The greatest annual sporting event on earth. In 2007 it comes to London & Kent and Handcycling will have its first debut in the Tour programme.
The World Handcycling Federation (WHF) is backing the John Rudd Memorial Race Series as the UK leg of the WHF World Cup and the races will include a 35km Individual Time Trial at the newly opened Betteshanger Race Circuit near Deal in Kent on Saturday 7th July. This will be followed by a road race around Hyde Park on part of the Tour de France Prologue route in front of massive crowds.
The race will be a sanctioned World Handcycling Federation (WHF) 2007 World Cup event (see www.worldhandcycling.com) and a European Handcycling Federation (EHF) circuit event and as such will attract some of the best Handcycling athletes in the World including the current UCI World Champions and IPC Paralympic medallists.
East Kent is now home to the Betteshanger race circuit, the largest purpose built closed track racing circuit in the UK, part of an £18.7m regeneration which includes a 3.5km road circuit, BMX track and mountain bike trails.
As well as the 3.5km six-metre wide cycle circuit with its eight-metre start and finish straight, there will also be a shorter loop for children, a sculpture park, playgrounds, educational facilities, a nature park with bird hides, educational facilities, a campsite and a business park. It is hoped this venue will be the centrepiece for future international handcycling events.
One of the aims of the project is to have a lasting legacy for disabled sport in Kent.
Over the last two years handcycling has been involved with the Tour of Britain, the Professional cycling tour which is mushrooming the popularity of cycling in the UK. The Tour de France 'Grand Depart', as it is known, will be massive this July. Organisers are anticipating crowds of over 3 million during the 2 days of racing in London and Kent.
The UK Handcycling Association is hoping to attract a big field of UK riders this year and ALL abilities should come along as it will be a huge showpiece for the sport especially the second day in Hyde Park. Our race will be within a series of high profile cycling events held within the confines of the park, including a celebrity race. Running in parallel will be a 'Peoples Village' celebrating cycling in London and its communities.
Accommodation over the weekend and our race HQ will be at a University in Kent, so will be both convenient and affordable.
The race series has been named the John Rudd Memorial Race series in memory of the Race Directors' (David Abrutat) father-in-law who died the day after Boxing Day.
Further race details will be passed out to HCA members in due course.
Online entry forms and information on the races can be found on www.worldhandcycling.com
Dr David Abrutat
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