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The latest tweak to the Bike Regulations in the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross rule book confirm the event’s cyclo-cross intentions. No suspension forks or frames (but suspension stems and seatposts still allowed?)
The 59th Edition of the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross takes place on Sunday 24th September this year. Although the course has remained the same, the type of bicycle tech permitted has altered over the decades. Especially so since the turn of the 21st century.
Disc brakes are allowed. Carbon frames and forks and wheels are allowed. Tubeless tyres are allowed. Clip-in pedals are allowed.
There are still some bit of modern bike tech that the organisers will not accept; the event’s definition of the cyclo-cross bike is still pretty rigid.
And we think that’s only right and proper.
If you’re competing in what many regard as the world’s toughest and longest-running cyclo-cross race, you should be on a cyclo-cross bike. The organisers are helping preserving the event’s heritage.
There are plenty of other events that will allow non-cyclo-cross bicycles in.
So what is allowed in the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross now?
Compared to last year’s rule book, there is only one amendment (that we can spot!) that intends to clarify the organisers’ stance on suspension.
Here are the specifications as described in the rule book:
14.1 The race is for cyclo-cross bikes with drop handlebars only. The use of mountain bikes and road bikes is prohibited. Noted the similarities of gravel and cyclo-cross bikes, the only race rules pertaining to cycle design shall be:
- That 27″, 29” or 700mm wheels in mountain bike frames will not be allowed;
- The width of the tyre cannot be more than 35mm as displayed on the tyre;
- Frame or fork suspension of any form is prohibited;
- No flared or flat handlebars are to be used
- Handlebar width shall be no greater than 440mm; and,
- Axles shall be 12mm through axles or quick release only
NB: the previous year’s rule book had this regulation about suspension: “Suspension of any form is prohibited“
Does that mean that suspension stems and seatposts are allowed? (We’ve reached out to the organisers for clarification and will update this story as and when we get more info.)
Just to remind those whom it may concern, when we asked one of the organisers (Mark Richmond) back in 2017 to clarify their stance on suspension, he replied:
“No suspension will be allowed. John Rawnsley [the previous organiser] and I had a lengthy discussion and John also consulted with British Cycling. We feel the need to preserve the nature of the event and not to allow it to evolve into a MTB race, for example John banned flat bars when disc brakes became popular. Gravel is something else and not to be confused with CX so we won’t be allowing larger tyres in [either].”
You can read our report from the 2017 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross below:
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