- Ilkley Go-Cross
Anyone else playing out at this?
It’ll be my first cross race. I’ll be there on a wildly inappropriate mtb and will no doubt be flailing around somewhere near the back.
Any tips so I don’t embarrass myself? Any Flemish words I need to know before going to the beer tent?Posted 6 years agoCloverSubscriber
Arrive early and do a couple of laps… apart from that, don’t worry, you can make a complete tit of yourself and throw yourself over the bars every lap but you’ll be so covered in mud by the end that noone will recognise you. That’s my strategy divulged to the world.Posted 6 years ago
No Bradford council as far as I know are not allowing mountain bike races, however there is a race run by Wharfedale where you can use your mountain bike.
There was a mates downhill race a couple of months ago too, but very unofficial.
Im currently working with Bfd Council and Land owners to open up access on the moor, so should have something soon.Posted 6 years agoFunkyDuncMember
Did anyone race then?
I went along to spectate as I am still recovering from Pneumonia.
Was the course typical of cross races? I thought the course would be a lot longer than it was, is that usual for a cross race? I was also surprised how smooth the surface was apart from the field/wooded section which appeared to be rougher than some mtb races I’ve done.
Are all cross races open to mtb’s, or is it only a limited few?
TaPosted 6 years ago
That was great fun but my bike needs an epic clean!
My first time but, talking to some experts, apparently most courses have laps up to twice as long as ilkley. The terrain was apparently very typical.
Mtbs were allowed in this as it was a British Cycling ‘Go-Cross’, not a usual league race.
I had a couple of minor offs and was down to 2 working gears at the end but at least I had no major mechanicals, unlike loads of the field!Posted 6 years agoJonMMember
Yes I “raced” on my trusty steel hardtail. A great event and really well run. A bit tricky mixing MTB with Cross bikes though. On my MTB with Mud tyres I found myself wanting to overtake on the technical sections and able to hop over the obstructions, but then being absolutely destroyed by Cross bikes on the tarmac. First time so I don’t know if it was typical. Good fun though.Posted 6 years agopistonbrokeMember
Sancho – Member
I think the Yorkshire summer Cross is open to MTB’s, but I think the winter series is under BC Regs so Cross bikes only.
I did the Yorks Winter Series on a mountainbike, not very successfully though. The no mtb rule is only for Cat A races such as the National Champs, National Trophy Series and 3 Peaks. Some courses such as Tod and one of the early ones are quite mtb freindly but most are too fast and non technical. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.Posted 6 years ago
“i snapped my forks… “
I saw your bike perched on its remaining leg near the finish – looked spectacular!
Only 31 in total in the Seniors, or is that 31 finishers? Felt like lots more than that.Posted 6 years ago
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