Cyclocross is coming!

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We are well into the cycling year,  but don’t think all the action is behind us as we are on the verge of another cyclocross season. It is one to look forward to.

Several club members took the chance to try it in the event we ran in May in Pittville park, and we had some representation  throughout the league with Gordon Smillie reliably picking up a good haul of points to be 3rd over 50. Full results are in the spreadsheet at:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/familyhawes/2014SUMMERCX.xlsx  (nb need to scroll down for vets etc.)

The main cyclocross season of September to  January will again see the local league developing with a backdrop of increasing numbers of riders year on year. We now have Madison sponsoring the league  so it will now be known as “The Ridley Western Cyclocross League”. CC-CC will promote two events, Pittville on Sunday October 5th and Denfurlong Farm at Chedworth on Sunday November 30th, It all starts at Gloucester Boating Lake park near Over bridge on September 21st. The whole season’s events can be seen on the British Cycling web site at:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=46

We now shall have chip timing for every event. Rides will now cost £14 which includes this. Day membership will be £3 as usual. For riders that means guaranteed on-line full and reliable results pretty much as soon as you get home as well as on screen at the venue. For organisers it means being able to handle the large fields without fear of screwing up results with poor lap counting. There may be a need to register a race chip number for accumulating league points . We’ll let everyone know what’s planned in due course

As always the events will be informal and accessible and good fun.. Anyone can enter, Entry is usually on the line. You don’t need a licence (there is a day membership fee). You can use a mountain bike but on most courses a cylocross bike will be a bit easier going. But don’t be fooled. Competition is fierce and the leading riders are very fast, and will complete a few more laps than the last riders.

John Hawes

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