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The 2017 Guildford Town Centre Races will take place on Wednesday 5th July

### Race Preview just published and Spectator Riders List available to download ###

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The Event

A highlight of the Guildford Festival each year, the races are fought out by the country’s top road racers. This is guaranteed to bring a fast and hard-fought main event on Guildford’s notoriously tough course, with its cobbled climb up the High Street and tight, narrow corners out of North Street.  As well as the main event a programme of supporting events is also offered including the ever popular ‘youngsters’ race where many top cyclists of the future get their first opportunity to ride in such a big event. The biggest applause is often saved for the smallest riders!

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Many thanks to Andy from Onward Creative for helping us in the design of the 2017 Town Centre Races posters, leaflets and branding.



The Races

As part of the races there are six races throughout the evening as follows:

6.15pm - Hamptons International Youth Criteriums - U8 (Youth E)
6.25pm - Hamptons International Youth Criteriums - U12/U10 (Youth C & D)
6.40pm - Hamptons International Youth Criteriums - U16/U14 (Youth A & B)
7.00pm - Cycleworks 'Local Heroes' Criterium (3rd Cat Only - Regional B) 
7.30pm - Charlotteville CC Womens Criterium E/1/2/3
8.00pm - Penningtons Manches LLP Elite Criterium (E/1/2 - National B) 





The results for the 2016 Guildford Town Centre Races are available elsewhere within this website.


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The Guildford edition of the Surrey Advertiser had a review of the event.

There is also a report on the event posted on VeloUK


Results and reports from previous events:

2015 Guildford Town Centre Races - Front and Back Pages of the Guildford Edition of the Surrey Advertiser and a report from the GetSurrey website

2015 Guildford Town Centre Races Results and Report

2014 Guildford Town Centre Races 


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Entries for the 2017 races are now open on the British Cycling website.

Please also note that the Youth and Support Races will be accepting entries on a 'first come, first served' basis but the main (E1/2) race will have the field chosen based on the best riders available. This will be based on 1) Licence category, 2) Recent results, 3) Date of Entry



We are currently looking for sponsors for the 2017 edition of the Guildford Town Centre Races, if you would like to contact us to find out more then please contact Jon Lewis or Matt Legge. There are many opportunities available to potential sponsors including naming rights to races and space on advanced promotional material as well as 'on the night' activities including starting your own race. If you just want to have your company name/brand being displayed on the racing circuit then we can also do this too. Please get in touch as we can discuss the possibilities in order to make this event work for you.

For 2017 we have the following sponsors confirmed so far:

  • Cycleworks
    Joint title sponsor for the event since 2009

    Established over 20 years ago, Cycleworks has become one of the south’s leading bicycle shops with shops in Guildford, Leatherhead, Haslemere and Petersfield. They will cover all your cycling requirements across Mountain, Road, Commuter and Kids biking.

  • Hamptons International
    Hamptons International
    Hamptons International is a leading residential property company in the UK, working across local, national and international markets, delivering unrivalled customer service through the commitment and inspiration of its staff.

  • Penningtons Manches LLP
    Penningtons Manches is a forward-thinking commercial and private client law firm delivering imaginative and incisive advice – both in the UK and internationally. Its offices are in London, Guildford, Basingstoke, Reading, Oxford, Cambridge and San Francisco. From cross-border technology transfer agreements to sophisticated tax affairs, Penningtons Manches' solicitors have the expertise to achieve results. The firm is proud of its responsive, go-ahead, approach and its firmwide team ethos

Other sponsors:

  • Waitrose Guildford

    Waitrose is a chain of British supermarkets, which forms the food retail division of Britain's largest employee-owned retailer, the John Lewis Partnership.
    Guildford's newest supermarket has opened up just off the course in York Road.

  • Experience Guildford
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    There is so much more to Guildford town centre than its beautiful cobbled High Street. Whether you're seeking family fun, retail therapy, leisurely pursuits, culinary inspiration, cultural experiences, business opportunities or simply a great day or night out

  • RSM UK Ltd

    RSM is a leading independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers with offices in Guildford and across the UK.

  • BagSOLO

    BagSOLO will collect your golfing, skiing and cycling equipment from your home or workplace and take it directly to your hotel, golf course, resort or holiday home, anywhere in the world.

  • Dreadnought
    Race organiser
    At Dreadnought we realise that for racing and extreme riding technical clothing is essential but lycra in social situations isn't a great look. We have created clothes that combine utility and elegance with cycling essence.

  • Guildford Borough Council

    Local borough council who have been extremely supportive of the event and its development over the history of the Guildford Town Centre Races. This includes having the races as a key element of the Guildford Summer Festival (further details below)

  • More sponsors TBC - if you are interested in having your name here and your companies banners on the course then please contact us

Media Partners:

  • Surrey Advertiser

    Local newspaper for Guildford and the surroundings areas we receive great support from the sports department giving a good coverage of the event both in the week leading up to the race and afterwards publishing reports. 

We would like to thanks all our sponsors for their help and financial support without which we would not have been able to have run this event.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the event then please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  via email .  This could include banners on the course or sponsoring primes (sprint laps) in any of the races.

This event is part of the Guildford Summer Festival, supported by Guildford Borough Council, with over 100 events for all ages and interests. The festival runs from June to August. To celebrate your summer with style, pick up a brochure from the Tourist Information Centre in Tunsgate or visit www.guildfordsummerfestival.co.uk for full details of events and how to book.



The Course


Click this image to see a larger version of the route





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Click on the above photo to see our Flickr Stream for the 2016 event.

There are also videos of the Youth and Senior races on our YouTube channel.

2015 event photo's: Charlotteville CC Flickr stream and there are also photo galleries from other photographers: AE Photos and Hugh McManus (Pedal Heaven)

You can see photo's and even video footage online of previous editions from 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

For 2013 there were a number of videos made of the races which can be found on YouTube here


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Also available to view on Vimeo is Guildford Town Centre Races - The Movie 2009


Charlotteville CC Guildford Town Race 2009 from Will Ranoe on Vimeo.





The Guildford Town Centre Races were first promoted by Charlotteville Cycling Club in 1984 as part of the Guildford Festival. The route was the same as it is today involving the small circuit of North Street, Market Street and a stiff climb of the cobbled High Street which proves to be very demanding on the riders. The first race was attended by a large crowd of nearly 2000 spectators who enjoyed some high spirited racing in the two events, one for 3rd category riders and the other for 1st and 2nd category riders. Prior to the racing, nine members of the Southern Veteran-Cycle Club Ripley Section rode two laps on veteran machines. The oldest was a French Michaux velocipede of about 1868. There were also two high “Ordinaires” of about 1880 and a Singer solid-tyred safety of 1890. So if you think that it looks hard on the riders of today with their aluminium, titanium and carbon frames just think it must have been like on those machines !!!

The Town Centre Races are now the most prestigious of the Charlotteville CC’s many annual promotions and regularly attract a first class field, good sponsorship and many spectators. The inspiration came from Les Smith, Mike Willimott and Stuart Campbell who promoted them for the first ten years. Since 1984 the races have had to be cancelled three times (1995, 1999 & 2000) due to roadworks or builders’ scaffolding encroaching on the road. Over the remaining years the swish of board-hard racing tyres and the characteristic rattle of aluminium racing frames over the granite setts of the High Street, together with the loudspeakers, have created an exciting atmosphere.


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Contact Us

If you would like to know more about the Town Centre Races or have a question about entering then please contact Race Organiser  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  via email



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