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The Bedford 3 Day Women’s Race


The long running Bedford 3 Day Women’s stage race just got a that little bit harder, says its well known and respected organisor Jon Miles.

Jon has added another day to this already prestigious event, which is a key feature in the British Cycling Women’s Team Series. As well as the additional day, a newly built bypass around the villages in North Bedford, England has allowed a brand new course to be built, so everyone from the newest junior to the most experienced of seniors is as new to this set-up as the next.

The 3 Days of Bedford now starts on Saturday 4th May 2013, using the Great Barford village hall as its Headquarters.
Day 1 sees the riders taking in the scenery with a 55 km rolling course.
Day 2 sees the Team Time Trial in the morning, then in the afternoon an 80 km race, as if they were tired enough.
Day 3 sees the race go to the traditional final day in the Millbrook Vehicle Testing track where excerpts of the latest James Bond film were filmed and is also the test track for the BBC series Top Gear, so smooth surfaces and fast times can be expected, hopefully.

This year sees race organiser Jon Miles take an innovative and may I say fresh and very welcomed approach to women’s cycling. He has added a race specifically for Cat 3 and 4 women riders. When asked about it recently Jon said, “I realise that some of the lower category riders enter this stage race because it has been the only women’s race that weekend, and they have no expectation of finishing. Because of this I have decided to hold a race tailored for 3 and 4 category women riders at the Millbrook course on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May. I really do hope that riders will see that they will have a better race that weekend by entering the Millbrook Classic for Women.”

This classic stage race in the women’s calendar has been organised by Jon Miles over the last twenty or so years, and as such has some valuable support from Rouleur Magazine and Velocite Bikes. Shutt VR are supplying all the race leader’s jerseys, whilst our friends at Bottle Sport are keeping all the ladies hydrated with their bottles.

Stef Wyman, the Director Sportif of the Matrix Fitness Racing Academy (@onthedrops) will be supplying all the elements which make up a successful and sought after winners podium, whilst also finding an anonymous donor to increase the prize money to a worthy £2000 in total. Nice work Stef.

And thanks to Stef’s introduction I have managed to arrange with Jon that we at Bike Pure are sponsoring the Junior Race category and jersey. This is a continuation of our pledge to develop youth and junior talent in the sport.

I (@BikePureUK) will also be there on the Bank Holiday Monday with a gazebo kindly lent to us by our partners and friends at Bike Science UK (@bike_science)

I’ll have lots of Bike Pure literature and merchandise to spread the word, so please come over and chat to me if your there.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Jon openly for the opportunity in joining this prestigious event, and hopefully helping him taking it forward in the future.

Authored by
Karl Nielsen

Twitter @Bedford3Day
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