March 14, 2011
This Sunday the 20th March will see the first day of spring – and also the first round of the Rapid Racer Products Midlands XC Series at Cannock Chase. The organisers say that the race is already 70% full so you’ll have to get a move on to get an entry.
The race is based in the “Tackeroo” area of Cannock Chase, located off Penkridge Bank road (postcode: WS15 2UE) and just North of the Birches Valley visitor centre. The new location means ample hard standing car parking and on site water, plus the ability to have a spectator friendly clover leaf shaped course.
Local riders from RapidRacerProducts and Cycle Shack previewed the course and were pleased to find they could still blast round on summer tyres despite overnight rain. Thoughts from riders were that the course offered a bit of everything with a killer climb and some cool technical sections.
The number of laps will vary for each category, with Elite riders doing 6 laps going down to Juvenile riders completing 2 laps. Top Elite and Junior riders will be aiming to clock a sub 20 minute lap, with average lap times expected to be 25 minutes. The course does not use the waywarked ‘Follow the Dog’ and ‘The Monkey Trail’, so if you have any energy left after your race, there will be lots more singletrack still to be ridden.
Here’s the schedule and a timetable…
09.00 – Registration opens. Course open for practice.
10.30 – Morning Race (Race 1) – Under 18’s and over 40’s male categories. All female categories.
13.00 – Short Track XC Racing for Under 12’s and under 10’s (entry on the day only).
14.00 – Afternoon race (Race 2) – All senior male categories (Elite / Expert / Masters / Sport / Go Race).
Podium presentations will follow each race. Female podiums will be combined if there are less than 3 people in each category. There will also be spot prizes for the Go-Race category handed out at each podium presentation.
Details for other races in the series are below…
15th May. RRP Midlands XC – round 2 (inc. Midlands Champs)
Location: Birchall, Chesterfield
10th July. RRP Midlands XC – round 3
Location: Hanchurch Woods, Stoke-on-Trent
4th September. RRP Midlands XC – round 4
Location: Eastridge Woods, Shrewsbury
More info can be found at the www.xcracer.com website.