Merseyside Cycling Development Group (MCDG) will no longer promote The Eddie Soens Memorial Cycle Race.

For 2020 and beyond the race will be promoted by The Harry Middleton Cycling Club  website>>



2018 runner-up Matt Bottrill created history at Aintree when he lapped the entire race to take an incredible solo win. Battling challenging weather conditions, it was Matt's second Soens win, 21 years since his first back in 1998.

2019 Podium: 1st Matt Bottrill (Team Bottrill-Vanguard), 2nd Gruff Lewis (Ribble Pro Cycling), 3rd Max Rushby (HMT Hospitals - Giant Cuycling Team)
Pictures by Larry Hickmott,

Full result>>      Pictures/Report (VeloUK)>>      Winners Interview (VeloUK)>>

Saturday 9th March 2019 was the 58th edition of the Eddie Soens Memorial Cycle Race, the classic early season event in North West cycling.

Covering 50 miles (30 laps) of the 'Club Circuit' at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, the race was open to all categories and run on a handicap basis. It attracted riders and teams from all across the country.

Created by Kirkby Cycling Club, the event was later promoted by Merseyside Cycling Development Group until 2019.

During its 58 year history the race has seen many famous victories including the first ever win by a junior - Steve Cummings in 1999. Doug Dailey and Tony Gibb had 4 wins each while World and Olympic Champion Ed Clancy took 3. The 2019 edition of the race saw an epic solo win for Matt Bottrill adding to his previous victory in 1998.

On this website you will find information about the history of the race and details of past winners.

Take a lap of the world famous Aintree Club Circuit



The Soens was dedicated to the memory of Eddie Soens and Ken Matthews


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