Mmmm, Matterley is just down the road from me. Could be rude not to race!
So who's racing XC this season?
1996 SAMS 1st round had over 300 sport riders at Puddletown and a year later 187 Masters at Ringwood how things have changed.
120 vets in the first NPS this year. Yes it's changed, but it's better than a few years ago. A lot of growth in the young categories too. When I was a Junior (8-9 years ago) there were often fewer than 10 riders in Junior, now often 30+
There were 750 pre entries over all the cats for the National at Sherwood the other week, I'd say that's hardly dwindling. Sure, the 1st race I did in 91/2 had 300 in the sports cat alone, but that was when mtb racing was pretty new, before trail centres, proper gravity events, enduros, 24hrs, guided mtb trips etc and was in a fairly cash rich time. These days where a tank of diesel costs cracking on for £100 and there's lots of other things to do, that many entries is pretty good.
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