by Ben Haworth
September 24, 2009
The Scottish Cyclocross Series returns this autumn with 11 rounds of the funnest, friendliest, cheapest and most accessible type of bicycle racing around.
And there’s not long to wait – the series kicks off on Sunday 4th October at Plean Country Park near Stirling. It promises to be a great start to the series with a fast, fun course that makes for brilliant racing and spectating.
After Plean, the series will visit several venues in and around central Scotland from the sand dunes at Irvine to the slippery singletrack at Mugdock Park near Glasgow.
The series will also travel further afield, to two truly unique venues for cyclocross. The first is Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, with two races over the weekend of 31st October/1st November. The second provides a spectacular setting for the final two races of the series on 12th/13th December – Glengorm Castle on the Isle of Mull! As an added bonus, the Mull weekend will also be hosting the inaugural Santa Cross World Championships.
Easy to get involved and get racing
There are categories for all ages at every round of the series (including the Isla Bikes U12’s races) and literally any type of bike with knobbly tyres will work great (you can race on mtb’s at all rounds). It’s cheap and easy to enter too, just a tenner or less per race (U12’s race for free) and you simply turn up and enter on the day.
The vibe at the Scottish series races is relaxed and super friendly, it’s all about having fun and enjoying the racing whatever your level. And that’s one of the really neat things about cyclocross in general – the short courses and multi lap format make for close, exciting racing – there’s always someone nearby to race against, no matter what your fitness is. Cross courses generally include a healthy mix of grass, singletrack, mud, dirt road, pavement even sand, as well as the traditional cross obstacles of wooden barriers and short steep run ups – expect all these and more at the 2009 Scottish series.
The fine people from The Tri Centre in Edinburgh will be attending the races with a stand and Ridley cyclocross demo bikes and will also be providing spot prizes. Look out too for spot prizes from: Mule Bar and 2pure with Pedros goodies to keep you and your bikes running sweetly. Series prizes are kindly being provided by Endura, Bontrager, CycleAid and Crank Brothers (via 2pure).
www.scottishcyclocross.org.uk has all the info on the 2009 Scottish Cyclocross series along with the latest news and happenings, contacts and the SCX shop. You can also follow the series at www.twitter.com/scottishcx
Sunday 4th Oct – Plean, Stirling
Sunday 18th Oct – Auchentoshan, Glasgow
Sunday 25th Oct – Mugdock, Glasgow
Saturday 31st Oct – Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore
Sunday 1st Nov – Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore
Sunday 15th Nov – Cowdenbeath – Stephen Lyle Memorial
Sunday 22nd Nov – Dundee
Sunday 29th Nov – Irvine
Sunday 6th Dec – Glenrothes – Scottish Championships
Saturday 12th Dec – Glengorm Castle, Mull
Sunday 13th Dec – Glengorm Castle, Mull