By Matthew Cole, BikeRadar.com
The UK's Tour of Wessex Premier Calendar road race which was due to take place in May has been cancelled. The Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive, however, will still go ahead.
British Cycling and cycling event organiser Pendragon Sports Ltd have been working together to overcome objections from Somerset Highways and Avon and Somerset Police in the hope that the race could still go ahead, possibly on a simplified route, but these negotiations have been unsuccessful.
British Cycling will submit a report to the Department for Culture Media and Sport later this month in order to allow sport on the roads to flourish. BC is also working with the Home Office so that trained volunteers can be granted accredited powers to stop and direct traffic during a sanctioned event.