News in from Brownbacks Racing:
The third round of the Hope sponsored 2010 XC Race Series at Lee Quarry, Rossendale, Lancashire is almost here. Race 3 on the Sunday 25th July will see the most radical course yet, we are not disclosing the change but expect to see the Lee Quarry quarry trails from a different angle!
The recent rain will not trouble the all-weather course and the forecast for the weekend is for good racing weather yet again. The racing so far has been tight with no rider dominating the top step of the podium yet, leaving the series competition with the great prizes from Hope wide open. The prize sponsorship means we have one of the best prize lists around (thanks sponsors) with plenty of “spot” prizes for those who “entertain” the Brownback’s team.
The women’s categories sponsored by Bardon Aggregates and Astounding Adventures are taking off with a strong entry in race 2 and some quality riding, with prize parity with the men this has to be the race series to enter. In the trade competition Big Bear Bikes are trying hard to grab the trophy from under the nose of Leisure Lakes and their Director Sportif Matt Chester with Wheelbase strengthening their entry to try and retain the trophy. This “just for fun” competition for bike shops/ trade is hotting up and is lining up for a tight conclusion.
The racing is not just for the fit and the able our Astounding Adventures “Have-a-Go” categories are aimed at people who just want to have-a-go. The course has a lot less hills and does not involve any of the big bermy sections. With great prizes including a training course courtesy of the sponsor this is a great way to get into racing. The race is shorter with the later start and it is open for all. We also have a race on the same course for those with their 15th or 16th birthday’s this year with great prizes from Polaris Apparel.
You can pre-enter if you are quick and entry on the day is available, registration opens at 08:30 and the racing starts at 10:00. It’s all over by 13:00 including the prize giving.
Travel: There are full directions to the venue on the Brownback’s website HERE but bear in mind there are roadworks on the A56 and it is signed as being closed on the 25th. Local diversions are in place and will add 5-10 minutes to journey times.
The rules! Remember there is no outside assistance allowed, this includes passing your mate bottles/ gels/ food. We have a simple philosophy of self sufficiency and “you start with it you finish with it” so no littering either please.
BC points: There are licence points for our Racers and Racing Diva’s in “Sport” or one of the age related categories. You do not need BC membership or a licence to race, if you do have one, make sure you bring your licence on the day.
Buff Marshals: as usual we need plenty of people on the day to make sure everything runs safely if you want to be part of the action let us know. Course setup starts at 07:15 and marshals are needed from 08:45, riders can get a free race by helping with course setup. You get really well looked after and our eternal gratitude (and a free Buff, food and drink, £50 cash draw and other goodies). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming.
Other race dates: 22nd August, 26th September