Cyclo-Cross (often abbreviated to ‘Cross) is generally an autumn and winter sport. Mass 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 run up steep, slippery bankings. The ability to swap smoothly and quickly from riding, to running, and back to riding again 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, ‘cross bikes 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.
Age Categories are on our winter/summer series and event pages.
We currently run two systems:
1 – WINTER SERIES EVENTS
Under 8/10/12: Run separately with short races of less than 15 minutes. 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 40-49.
Senior Men: Race for up to an hour.
Veteran Men 40-49: Race with the seniors and juniors.
Veteran Men 50+: Race with the women. 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 Yorkshire Points series winter events combine junior and adult categories – check website for information. Youths and Under-12s always race separately.
2 – SUMMER SERIES 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.
For a taste of what a Summer Cyclo-Cross event is like, check out the video below:
HOW DO THE CURRENT SERIES WORK – WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
For Winter Series 2019/20 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. 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 MUST PAY A £2 SERIES REGISTRATION FEE.
You will receive a set of three identical ‘Tyvek’ numbers for the 2019/20 series.
IF YOU LOSE ALL THREE NUMBERS, YOU WILL BE CHARGED A £5 REPLACEMENT FEE WHICH WILL BE PUT BACK INTO THE ASSOCIATION.
While Chip Timing are professionals providing the results service, the signing on sheets, gridding, posting of results and website/Facebook are managed by 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.
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