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Perfs Pedal Race cancelled due to weather warnings

Joseph Delves
7 Feb 2020

Domestic season opener called off courtesy of Storm Ciara

The Perfs Pedal Race, the traditional kick-off for the domestic season, has been cancelled. Previously due to take place this Sunday, the organisers were forced to make the call with strong winds due to hit the UK this weekend. A Met Office yellow warning is in place across the entire British Isles for all of Sunday.

‘Storm Ciara will bring very strong winds and potentially some disruption to travel throughout Sunday. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen. Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. Some roads and bridges may close,' said the Met Office's warning.

Generally, sub-optimal conditions for a bike race. The organisers announced the race was off via Twitter yesterday evening.

‘With the weather forecast of strong winds and heavy rain for this weekend, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year's Perfs. The course based on Portsdown Hill is very exposed in places and under trees in other parts; rider and volunteer safety is most important to us as organisers.

'Whilst it seems certain about Storm Ciara we realise that it could change over the next few days, however, we are acting on the information we have at present from the Met Office for riders and helpers to avoid unnecessary travel.'

Held outside Southwick, Perfs was first run in July 1964. Since then the National B level event has moved earlier in the season, resulting in it often contending with poor conditions. Both the 2010 and 2014 editions were also cancelled due to bad weather.

Last year’s race was won by Jacob Vaughan of the Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes team. His squad was quick to back the organisers’ decision, commenting it was ‘the correct decision with the anticipated weather coming in. Until next time then…’

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