Bedford 2 Day Stage Race 2003 Cancelled 

We are disappointed to have to announce that the Bedford 2 Day 2003 has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

Apparently, roadworks are planned to take place on the road between Cardington Village and Old Warden village between May 8th and May 29th. This section of  road was to have been used on each stage of the event and due to the local road layout, changes to the planned routes avoiding this section are impossible.

Discussion with the highways department at Bedfordshire County Council have proved fruitless they are not willing to be more specific about the dates upon which the works will be undertaken, nor are they wiling to consider amending the programme of works. Therefore, we cannot take the chance that the road will be clear again on the weekend of the race.

Given the proximity of receiving this information to the closing date and the date for the event itself, we have taken the regrettable decision to cancel. We do not feel that there is enough time to make alternative arrangements and get other courses approved, HQ booked and so on. Apologies if you have already made arrangements for travel and / or accommodation - especially  those riders travelling from long distances and overseas.

It is with heavy hearts that this decision has been taken. This was to have been our fourth and final year of organising the event and the third that it will have taken place in the Bedford area. We would like to thank all those who had already pledged their support to the event sponsors, officials and marshals and all those who have supported the event in the past.

All the best for the rest of the season.


CJ Farquharson,       Suzanne Lawrence

Joint Organisers