The Women’s Invitational will be a town centre criterium to be held in Clonmel on Sunday 3rd August, as part of the programme of events taking place around the Suir Valley 3 Day stage race. It has been four years since the Halfords Dublin City Centre Women’s Crit and once more the women will be delighted to have the opportunity to race around a town centre on closed roads.
Criterium races are usually held on short courses, often on closed off city centre streets. While they can be fast and quite technical they are also very accessible for less experienced riders, due to the fact that they are run over short laps and on closed circuits. Criteriums are great to watch and usually attract more spectators than any other races. In recent times women’s criteriums have become particularly popular, with the prestigious UK Tour Series attracting riders like Hannah Barnes and our very own National Champion Mel Spath. Back home the Corkagh Park Criterium Series has been attracting consistent fields of riders throughout the summer.
The Halfords Dublin City Criterium in 2010 was a unique opportunity for riders to race on closed roads around Dublin City centre. A sunny day brought out crowds of supporters and it made for a very memorable day’s racing for those lucky enough to take part. The Suir Valley criterium will once again give riders the opportunity to race on closed roads in a town centre setting. On Sunday 3rd August the women’s race will take part after the A4 race and before the main event itself.