by Ben Haworth
March 30, 2009
The clocks go forward and racing is back, it’s round 1 of the British XC series on Sunday April 5 at Sherwood Pines. This will be the first of 5 rounds across the country with the best riders taking part in all ages and ability categories.
Riders confirmed for the first round include Oli Beckingsale, Sharon Laws, Jenny Copnall, Robin Seymour, Kate Potter, David Fletcher, Jenn O’Connor, Ian Bibby, Rosara Joseph and Gareth Montgomerie – a great mix of Olympians, National Champions, Commonwealth Games Medallists and emerging talent, 550 competitors are expected in all, with racing available for 12-70 year olds and all abilities. If you don’t have a British Cycling Licence then you can still come and race in the open class or try 1 event to see if racing is for you.
This year the series has stepped up a few notches and will be offering UCI points for the elite riders at all rounds, £10k of prize money, shorter courses and a great range of venues with a host of other things to do on site for the family and supporters. At Sherwood there will be on site camping, children’s adventure playground, catering, Go-Ape course, Swinnerton’s bike shop, mechanic support from elite tech and the new bike wash service the Hope Sh1t Shifter Man. Exhibitors confirmed include Torq, Halfords Bikehut, Weldtite, Orbea, Shred, A Quick Release Holidays, AKO Ducati Corse and Felt.
In addition to the XC on Sunday there will be a free under 12s race, Saturday will feature official course practice and a chance to have a blast round the course at night with the XCracer.com Night Time Trial with Exposure Lights and cash prizes on offer.
Pre entries close on Wednesday April 1 (no they really do) and if entries are available on the day news will be posted on the official website www.britishxc.com from Thursday April 2.
The British Mountain Bike Series is supported by British Cycling, Weldtite, Felt, Orbea, Shred, Joolze Dymond, Torq, XCracer.com and Swinnerton’s.