Whilst traditionally the cyclo-cross season runs through the autumn and winter several clubs and leagues promote some summer races. These races are great training and good race practice, ideal for those wanting to keep their cyclo-cross skills sharp and have a good workout.
For newcomers these summer events are a good low key introduction to cyclo-cross racing. Usually conditions are drier and warmer than winter events and courses tend to be a bit less technical.
The Banjo Cycles Summer League is new this year and features six races on Thursday evenings in Goldwell Park, Newbury.
Dates: 30th May, 6th June, 13th June, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July
Venue: Goldwell Park, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RS
Under 14s Race: 20 min race start 6:00 pm entry fee £4.00
Over 14s Race: 40 min race start 7pm entry £8.00
Register: From 5pm for U14s, From 6pm for Over 14s
Car Parking: Please use Pay & Display ( £1.00 fee) and not the Leisure Centre car park
Website: (for info and superb results) www.banjocycles.com/summer-cyclocross
Run under British Cycling rules so helmets are compulsory. A cyclo-cross bike or a mountain bike is acceptable but must be in good working order.
Series and spot prizes will be awarded. Race sponsors are Banjo Cycles in Newbury.
The Western Cyclo-Cross League are again promoting a summer series of 10 evening races using various venues in the Bristol and Gloucester area. Check the British Cycling Western Cyclo-Cross Listing Page for full details.
The general format is the same for each event, with all events on Wednesday evenings. No British Cycling Licence is required as these are run as Go-Cross events. Just turn up, enter and ride.
18:30 Under 12s race
19:00 Youth race
19:00 Senior/Vet/Women race
Entry is on the line and is free for Under 12s, £4.00 for Youth and £11.00 for Seniors.
15th May Pitville Park, Cheltenham
22nd May Hengrove Park, Bristol
29th May Warmley Park, Bristol
5th June Oldbury Park, Bristol
12th June Gloucester Boating Lake
19th June Hengrove Park, Bristol
26th June Odd Down, Bath
3rd July Warmley Park, Bristol
10th July Lockleaze, Bristol
17th July Oldbury Park, Bristol
The London Summer Series of Cyclo-Cross races starts on 1st July and you can find out more details of their races on their dedicated website HERE.