As you might expect, the events of the last 24 hours have cast a shadow over this weekend’s opening event of our 2022-23 Cyclo-Cross Championships. Below are several important messages, all of which need to be read very carefully and given equal attention.
WE’RE GOING AHEAD
Following the death of the Queen, we have been in touch with British Cycling, who have given grass-roots events the green light to go ahead this weekend. We will be continuing to follow their guidance. Please keep an eye on your email in-boxes and our social media. We will let you know by these means if we have any updates. But, for the time being, please assume the event is ON.
As a mark of respect, we will not be running any podiums on Sunday and plan to hold a minute’s silence at the start of the races.
IMPORTANT – WE HAVE A CHANGE OF VENUE
Entirely coincidentally, we have been forced to move this weekend’s event from the intended venue – Bishop Burton College, near Beverley. The landowners have been concerned following recent rainfall at the venue and decided that the risk to their future equine events was too great and have cancelled our booking. We’re grateful to VC Beverley for all their efforts in putting the event together and we share their disappointment at the decision, which was entirely out of their hands.
Rather than cancel completely, we have been able to move the event to an alternative venue, the Hunsworth Showground, Hunsworth Lane, Bradford, BD4 6RN, just off the M62 Junction 26 Cleckheaton. You might recall that Shibden CC were able to use this venue when all others were unavailable to us during the covid restrictions, and we used this venue for a couple of summer races this year. Once again, Shibden CC have stepped in in our hour of need. They promise us a fresh course and have even moved in machinery to create some new challenges for us! The event schedule will remain the same and the event’s listing on the British Cycling website will be updated to reflect the change in venue.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IF YOU CAN’T/DON’T WANT TO RACE
We realise that Hunsworth is many miles from the original venue and that some riders may not wish to make the journey. We also understand that riders may not wish to race for other reasons.
We are therefore offering two options for all riders who decide not to race:
1/ A refund of your entry fee. Simply email email@example.com with your full name, race category, date of birth and British Cycling number and put the word “refund” in the subject line of your email. We will organise the refunds during next week. Deadline – please let us know by 9pm on Saturday 10th September.
2/ Transfer your entry to a later event in the series. This option is slightly more complicated, given the uncertainty surrounding next week’s event at Bingley and its proximity to the Queen’s funeral. So we’d ask that you nominate to have you entry transferred to a later event from Round 3 onwards (full list of events is on our website homepage).
Again, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, race category, date of birth and British Cycling number and put the word “transfer” in the subject line of your email. Then simply let us know the date and round number of the event you want to have your entry transferred to. Deadline – please let us know by 9pm on Saturday 10th September.
We will compile a full list of transfers and add them to the appropriate events as the events go live for entries. You will receive a confirmation email once this has happened. This may take a couple of weeks.
NO PRESSURE WASHERS AT EVENTS
As if things weren’t complicated enough, we’re also asking everyone not to use any kind of pressure washers at our events during the hosepipe ban in Yorkshire. Aside from the obvious need to do our bit to support the water-saving sacrifices we are all making, the bad PR likely to come from a public park full of jet-washers running at full blast doesn’t bear thinking about.
The ban includes all pressurised petrol or electric/battery powered washers and hand-pump pressurised units. This ban extends to all parts of our venues, including car parking areas. Please keep it simple and don’t bring them with you. We will disqualify riders who ignore this request.
Pitting and bike wash areas will be provided at events as usual and you will be very welcome to use water, buckets, sponges and brushes, plus spare bikes.
The ban will remain in place until the hosepipe ban in Yorkshire is lifted.