Brownbacks Hope XC Race Series Round 2 this Sunday

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Yup, if you fancy a bit of XC racing action this weekend then get yourself to Lee Quarry, Rossendale, where the lovely Brownbacks will be holding the second round of their popular series.

Race 2 is Sunday so get ready for a new course with some cheeky “off-piste” surprises and lots more fun in the quarry. Race 1 saw grins all round and we think that we will make everyone smile again this week in race 2.

Online entry open via the downloadable postal entry form is here and the Brownbacks have a request for anyone just below…


WE NEED MARSHALS! We need more marshals this week. Lots of our regulars have disappeared to Delamere Forest (have a great time lads) this weekend and so we are asking for our other supporters to step up. Don’t forget our great Buff sponsorship for our marshalling team, if you marshal for us as well as the rest of the goodies you get a great Buff to protect you from the elements (only once though). We know how important it is to the safety of riders that we have adequate marshalling so we need your support to keep our courses exciting. We look after our marshals better than any other event around and so racers can be assured that anyone they beg, bribe, cajole, blackmail to help us will be looked after.

Interested? Email £50 prize draw, loads of other draw prizes and you get fed and watered (and the all important hi-viz vest, yellow flag, voucher for the burger van and radio).

Ride better: Our coaching offer is still open. If you are a Have-a-go category rider (including the Weekend Warriors moving down after a bit of a shock on the 5th ) and take up a series entry you can get access to our remaining training day on the 30th July. We have some gushing comments on our Facebook page from riders who took up the offer early and attended day 1, day 2 we hope will be bigger and better with Belinda Tarling joining Mark Grange as one of our guest coaches. If you have paid for race 1 we will sort out a refund if you pay the full series entry. T&C’s apply but essentially it’s free and you even get the famous Poppies Café carrot cake (and lunch) thrown in as well. More details here.

Coaching Scholarships: We are pursuing the potential for gaining funding for a group of Brownbacks riders and supporters who want to coach others to take them through the British Cycling system from the beginning with Level 2 Go-Ride developing on to Level 2 MTB XC with exceptional candidates being funded for the Level 3 MTB XC when it becomes available. We will also ensure there is adequate support to make sure you get qualified and develop post qualification via coach educators such as Mark and Belinda. Why do this? We want to develop a pool of independent qualified coaches to help riders of all standards, with the aim of being able to support individual coaching of talented riders new to the XC race scene. The British Cycling system is focused on developing the coach. Got the skills? Get a buzz when you pass them on? Prepared to put the work in to get qualified and to coach others? Then get in touch we want 14-16 riders who think they can make a difference.

Trade team competition: we are keen to see some more shop/ trade teams taking on this competition before it turns into a Big Bear Bikes/ Leisure Lakes grudge match. The competition is “just for fun” and only needs one “employed” rider with ringers welcome. Do you want to ride for your shop? Then ask them to send the junior member of staff to qualify you. If they are not riding ask them why!

Remember massive discounts for pre-entry so don’t delay, pay today!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @brownbacks and we are now on Facebook as well. We’ll be doing some special draws for our followers so follow us today!