Cyclo-Cross (often abbreviated to ‘Cross) is generally an autumn and winter sport. Massed starts make for exciting races, usually no more than an hour in length – and shorter for juniors, youths, women and veterans. There are usually cheap-to-enter races for younger riders. Race length is dictated by times, not distance or number of laps.
Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross runs both summer and winter series, with other stand-alone events in-between. Winter events are usually at the weekends, whilst the summer ones take advantage of the long evenings and take place mid-week.
What is a Cyclo-Cross event like?
Lapping it Up! Cyclo-Cross races are usually multi lap events, held on short (typically less than a mile and often less than half a mile), grassy courses, generally in public parks or on school playing fields. Less technically demanding than Mountain Biking, Cyclo-Cross often requires riders to dismount to clear artificial obstacles – often wooden boards – or up steep, slippery bankings. The ability to swap smoothly and quickly from riding to running and back to riding in one fluid motion is a key skill for advanced riders.
Private Battles: The short lap lengths mean that better riders often lap some of the slower competitors, but that’s not the end of the race – you can still submerge yourself in the action, enjoy your own private battles and forget whether you are first or a hundred and first – that’s the beauty of the sport: it’s what you make of it that counts.
Cyclo-Cross machines look very similar to road bikes, with dropped handlebars and thin tyres – however the latter have a knobbled-tread for grip, powerful brakes, low gears and better frame clearances to prevent clogging with mud, all of which adds up to make them easy to handle on the rough. Mountain bikes are welcome at all our summer and winter series events.
Our races are organised into age categories. Ask for advice at signing on if you are in any doubt as to your age category.
We currently run two systems:
1 YCCA WINTER SERIES EVENTS
Under 8/10/12: Run Separately with short races of less than 15 minues. Girls and Boys race together, but for separate prizes.
Youth Under 14/16 : , races last less than 30 mins. Girls and Boys race together, but for separate prizes.
Junior men: race up to an hour, usually with seniors and Vet 40-44
Senior Men: , race for up to an hour
Veteran Men 40-44 : Race with the Seniors and Juniors
Veteran Men 45+ : Race with the Women and Novices. The race should usually last for 50 minutes, give or take.
Women: all ages 16 and above
Novices : Age 16+ – Please note this is a Novice Race and you are expected to move into the main races once you have built some experience. There are no prizes or Podium for this Category.
Non Series winter events combine Junior and Adult categories – check website for information. Youths and Under-12s always race separately.
2 SUMMER EVENTS
Under-14: all riders in the Under 14 and younger category race together, usually with end of season/series prizes for male and female riders in age categories: Under-14, Under-12, Under-10, Under-8. Race duration approx 15 mins
Over-14: all riders in the U16 Category and above race together, usually with end of season/series prizes for male and female riders in age categories: Under-16, Junior, Senior, Veteran. Race duration approx 45 mins.
HOW DO THE CURRENT SERIES WORK – WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
For Winter Series 2016/2017 Yorkshire Points Races:
Counting Races will be 7 rounds.
For the 12.45 and 2pm race, the categories at sign on for each race will just be in one alphabetical list. There will be a separate signing on sheet for new people in the 12.45 race and again for the 2pm race with a minimum of two queues for each race subject to organisers providing enough volunteers. For these races you will need BC membership with a provisional licence or pay a £3 day licence.
Non Yorkshire points may have slightly different times and adult races may be combined.
For the Yorkshire Points 12.45 and 2pm races, Sign on will open an hour and fifteen mins before each of these two races and close 15 minutes before.
FOR YOUTHS AND UP, THE FIRST TIME YOU ATTEND YOU PAY £1 EXTRA FOR YOUR SERIES NUMBER WHICH YOU KEEP FOR THE SERIES.
IF YOU FORGET IT, DO NOT BUY ANOTHER NUMBER BUT JUST RIDE WITHOUT AS ITS YOUR CHIP WHICH IS IMPORTANT. PUTTING A NEW NUMBER CAUSES ISSUES WITH THE RESULTS.
In the Yorkshire points rounds ( different for non points races as cats are combined) the senior race at 12.45 is for Seniors/ U23 Juniors born , Vet 40 – 44 PLEASE SEE WINTER AGE CATEGORIES PAGE TO DETERMINE WHICH AGE CATEGORY YOU ARE.
For Vet 45-49, you have your own race at 2pm which will earn you ycca series points with Women , V50 men Vet 60 men and Vet 70 men.
The Under14/U16 Youth Signing on sheets will be separated again to make prize calculation easier. Youths race at 11.45.
There will be set signing on times for each race. WINTER SERIES SIGN ON TIMES (Different Times for Non Series Events which are usually an hour before each race and close 15 minutes before)
Will all new riders please check you write down your correct age cat.
No chip written down on the day, no chip on = no result – no excuses!
Vet 45 – 49, you can ride in the Senior race to get national points in the Vet 40 category ONLY IF YOU ARE RIDING THE NATIONAL TROPHY SERIES.
If you are Vet 45-49 and you ride in the Vets race, you will get YCCA series points for that category.
While Chip Timing are professionals providing the results service, all the signing on sheets, gridding, posting of results and website/Facebook posts are all done by a couple of volunteers who spend a lot of time each week getting everything ready.
By making sure you sign on the correct sheet and put the correct number in the chip column, you will make it a lot easier for us and you will get a result.
All results queries need to be submitted by e-mail only to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com within 48 hours of publishing. This allows enough time to send final results to BC and calculate the series points within the required time frame. We don’t accept queries sent by Facebook or Facebook messages as we need a forlam copy with e-mail address to protect from spam comments.
Series Standings queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org only. No standings queries will be answered via Facebook or comments to the website.
Standard Timings for the Yorkshire Points events unless stated otherwise are below. Non points races will have different timings and will be updated nearer the event.