'Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Giro Del Mon, the premier road cycling stage race in the Midlands. We have worked hard to organise a high quality stage race that should produce a very worthy winner at the end. You will experience a mix of terrain and there will be plenty of scope for riders with different attributes to have a chance to shine.
What we are trying to achieve is ambitious and it will be a busy three days, with a packed schedule in store. However, as organisers, we like a challenge and want to give a platform for the many talented riders out there who are not 'Pro' but love bike racing and train very hard whilst working/studying and in some cases also juggling family life.
We have therefore arranged for two separate races to take place over the course of the weekend. The flagship event is the 'Giro Del Mon - supported by Pro Vision', This is a 'National B' event open to twenty teams of four riders (only) who have either Elite, 1st, 2nd or 3rd Category on their license. This event comprises 5 'stages' over the 26th, 27th and 28th May. We will be welcoming teams from Scotland, Wales and various corners of England to what should be a fiercely contested race.
The second event is the 'Giro Del Mon Support Race' which is open to individual riders with either 3rd or 4th Category on their license. This event is a 'Regional B' and is held over 3 'stages' on the 26th and 27th May only. It is designed to give riders a 'taste' of stage racing and hopefully inspire them as they make their way up the categories.
We have field limits of 80 riders for both races. Team cars or following vehicles will not be allowed at any point in the event, but there will be Neutral Service vehicle present for all road stages and the two kermesse's. Each team is advised to lend a front and rear wheel to the neutral service for the duration of the event to ensure support is available should it be required.'