Winchester Criterium & Cyclefest 2019 Incorporating the Regional Championships
Winchester City Council are delighted to bring you highlights from the 2019 event!
Hundreds of cyclists enjoyed one of Winchester’s most popular events on Sunday 9th June 2019. More than 600 riders took part in Winchester Criterium and Cyclefest which returned for its seventh year.
Riders of all ages took part in cycling related activities, racing past iconic city centre landmarks in a bid to earn Winchester Criterium winners’ titles. The best of local riders were crowned South Region Circuit Race champions.
The event was sponsored by Hargroves Cycles, South Downs National Park and Winchester Motor Company. Key partners included VC Venta and British Cycling.
A total of 319 cyclists took part in the Winchester Criterium races and 439 people took to the saddle for the family cycle ride.
The event came at the start of Bike Week (June 8-16) which encourages people to give cycling a try.
Cabinet Member for sport, leisure and communities Cllr Malcolm Prince, said:
“This was a fantastic event which really celebrated all things cycling and it was brilliant to see so many riders of all ages enjoy cycling through the heart of Winchester. The atmosphere was fantastic and it is a wonderful example of how cycling can bring people together, it is also a reminder that cycling is one of the most sustainable forms of transport and offers clear health benefits.”
As part of the event, primary schools took part in a cycling, sustainable travel and air quality competition. The aim was to create and produce a fun, colourful, eye-catching feather flag which were displayed throughout the Criterium route.
The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eleanor Bell, judged each flag and awarded Colden Common Primary School awarded first place, St. Peter's Catholic Primary School in second and The Westgate School in 3rd.
Winchester Criterium & CycleFest 2019