Beastway London Summer Cyclocross Series is back for 2019 and it’s double the size!
Yes, we have eight rounds on consecutive Thursdays in July and August so there’s never been a better time for a London staycation. With the help of some wonderful clubs, venues and volunteers Beastway bounces straight from its regular MTB series at Hog Hill to take in some new and old cross venues.
ROUND 8 22 Aug – FINALE & SERIES AWARDS at Herne Hill 104 Burbage Rd, Dulwich, London SE24 9HE map
Herne Hill is always a great place to end the series. The course is first class, especially after the rough ground had last year’s visit from the Beastway big mower, but it’s the hecklers that make this event! Dulwich Paragon has kindly taken on the role of organising club so their take on the course possibilities should be a good one. The pavilion bar will be open for hospitality as we make the series awards so please do bring lights and stick around to make it an evening.
After a lovely season of racing we have a considerable cash prize table over £1200 to hand out. Each top 3 placing in all categories will also receive a specially-made trophy.
Points standings after 7 rounds. Best SIX results counted.
Click on the title to see that category’s full results.
U10M (Men) 20 Scoring participants
1 CLAYTON, Woody ROTOR Race Team 46
2 OATES, Hayden Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 42
3 BROGAN, Eddie Herne Hill Youth CC 38
4 COLINS, George 29
5 LARKIN, Beau 29
6 TYSOE, Louis Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 29
7 SMITH, Noah Team Darenth 29
8 CARPENTER, Joe Sutton Cycling Club/ C & N Cycles 29
9 TOMLINSON, Billy Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 29
10 BASSETT, Samuel Wigmore CC 23
U10F (Women) 4 Scoring participants
1 GIBSON, Eva Club Cyclopark 87
2 SONES, Annie Crawley Wheelers 46
3 VANCE, Lucy 29
4 VANCE, Sophie 23
U12M (Men) 13 Scoring participants
1 AMEY, Oscar DB Racing 174
2 DYER, Lochlan Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 107
3 LARKIN, Mak Rotor RT 92
4 BARLOW, William Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 77
5 SANDELL, Theo Southborough & District Whls 36
6 MITCHELL, William Team Darenth 34
7 SHEARS, Ollie 19
8 OATES, James Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 19
9 HOLMES, Max 19
10 KOVALOV, Tigran 17
U12F (Women) 3 Scoring participants
1 LLOYD, Anna Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 87
2 JONES, Molly Sutton Cycling Club/ C & N Cycles 46
3 BAKOVIC, Ciara 29
U14M (Men) 14 Scoring participants
1 AMEY, Alfie DB Racing 174
2 REUTER, Clement Herne Hill Youth CC 109
3 BARLOW, Frederick Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 77
4 GIBSON, Luke 4T+ Cyclopark 59
5 LLOYD, Daniel VC Londres 46
6 SMITH, Elliot Sutton Cycling Club/ C & N Cycles 45
7 HIGGINSON, Piers Team Darenth 36
8 PURCHAS, Todd Southborough & District Whls 30
9 WILLIAMS, Owain Hillingdon Slipstreamers 26
10 BISSON, Ben 23
U14F (Women) 3 Scoring participants
1 LLOYD, Carys VC Londres 58
2 WOLLASTON, Lucy VC Londres 58
3 MINNS, Lucy Benezet Penge Cycle Club 52
U16M (Men) 9 Scoring participants
1 HALL, Daniel Colchester Rovers CC 174
2 BELL, Dominic Sutton Cycling Club/ C & N Cycles 130
3 REUTER, Jules Herne Hill Youth CC 48
4 MILLER, Caelan Welwyn Wheelers CC 46
5 PEATE, Albert Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd 28
6 OWEN, Harry 26
7 MCGEE, Sam 23
8 YULE, James Preston Park Youth CC (PPYCC) 17
9 KIRBY, Daniel 13
U16F (Women) 3 Scoring participants
1 LINES, Emily 29
2 BOLTON, Eleanor 29
3 FISHPOOL, Bryony Southborough & District Whls 29
JunM (Men) 6 Scoring participants
1 KNOWLER, Thomas Team Darenth 140
2 LEAR, Jack Southborough & District Whls 87
3 CHAMPNESS, Joe Hadleigh MTB Club 58
4 BOLTON, Max Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 52
5 GOURD, G West Drayton MTB 23
6 NEAL, Christian 23
JunF (Women) 1 Scoring participants
1 DAVIES, Alice Sutton Cycling Club/ C & N Cycles 58
SenM (Men) 41 Scoring participants
1 MCGOVERN, Chris Southampton University Road Club 111
2 DEMISHEV, Dimitri NLTCBMBC 77
3 JOWETT, Owen Sunday Echappee 61
4 CHECKETTS, Freddie Kibosh 58
5 JANAK, Peter 36
6 HILSON, Greg OCTAVE 34
7 GODDEN, Robin Sunday Echappee 34
8 EDWARDS, Sam 29
9 EGAN, Declan Kingston Wheelers CC 29
10 FLURY, James 29
SenF (Women) 13 Scoring participants
1 DENNIS, Katherine UCL Cycling Club 119
2 HEYWOOD-MAHE, Charlotte Les Filles Racing Team 58
3 HUGHES, Elizabeth Team LDN 58
4 DOWN, Hayley Windrush Tri Club 29
5 BITARAF, Gemma 23
6 PUGH, Meg 23
7 CAMPBELL, Olivia Scarpa Racing 23
8 WALLACE, Catherine 23
9 STOLPE, Kristin 19
10 O’REILLY, Kath 19
V40M (Men) 38 Scoring participants
1 BELL, Bill Bigfoot CC 133
2 PURCELL, Robert 74
3 MALONE, James Dulwich Paragon CC 69
4 LEWIS, Benjamin Forest Side Riders 52
5 WATSON-SMITH, Andrew Stayer Racing 41
6 BRAID, Dan Sigma Sports Official 41
7 HARRIS, Ryan Redhill CC 40
8 DURAN, Dan 40
9 FURNISS, James http://www.Zepnat.com RT – Lazer helmets 34
10 OXBERRY, David 34
V40F (Women) 4 Scoring participants
1 REUTER, Caroline Dulwich Paragon CC 145
2 MULLIGAN, Caroline Greenwich Tritons 132
3 PULLEN, Charmaine Folkestone Velo Club 69
4 PORTER, Emma Penge Cycle Club 29
V50M (Men) 27 Scoring participants
1 PENTNEY, Graham 162
2 JONES, Russell Hackney GT 122
3 GIBBS, Paul Pearson Cycling Club 122
4 CODRINGTON, Charles Dulwich Paragon CC 49
5 DALE, Rob Woolwich CC 47
6 SCARSBROOK, Simon C and N Cycles RT 42
7 LEWEY, Richard Crystal Palace Triathletes 38
8 HORTA-HOPKINS, Paul Handsling Racing 32
9 BOOTH, Joseph Dulwich Paragon CC 30
10 POLLINTINE, Andy Dulwich Paragon CC 28
V50F (Women) 6 Scoring participants
1 DIXON, Kate Oscar Bravo CC 145
2 WILKINSON BEGG, Tracy Folkestone Velo Club 121
3 VAN VELZEN, Marjo VC Deal 90
4 WILLIAMS, Michelle 23
5 EDMANS, Gail 19
6 RIGBY, Caroline VC Deal 19
V60M (Men) 3 Scoring participants
1 TYLER, David Oxted Cycling Club 158
2 WHALLEY, Terry Ford Cycling Club 150
3 HALES, David VC Revolution 113
V60F (Women) 1 Scoring participant
1 BATEMAN, B Thame 29
Summer CX Points: Points for place: 29,23,19,17,13,11,7,5,3,1
Tie-breaking Rules Number of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th then 5th place finishes.
If still a tie: Most recent result.
“PRIZES NOT COLLECTED AT THE TIME OF PODIUM CEREMONIES SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE BEEN DONATED BY THEIR WINNER TO THE PROMOTION”
– Note: Prizes are only available to those actually present at the prizegiving ceremonies.
Please email us beastway’at’btinternet.com if you have any issue with any of the above information
Pre-entry closes at 11pm on Tuesday 20 August. Enter round 8 here
Please make sure you enter as ‘rider without series number’ if this is your first Summer Cross of the year. There is a £10 series number fee which applies to all riders on first taking part.
This year Summer Cross will be run as One Bike events. No pits. No bike changes so travel is simpler and our sport is more accessible to new riders. We have a significant prize pot once again (aiming to beat last year’s £1000…) and series rankings with your best SIX results to count.
We use a group on Facebook to keep in touch. It’s here
2019 Entry Fees
Category Advance/EoL or series
Senior & Vet M £15/£20 series £90
Jun M & F £9/£15 series £63
Senior & Vet F £15/£20 series £90
Youth £7/£10 series £42
u12 £3/£5 series £18
Full series entry HERE
Please note a £10 series joining fee is payable one time by each rider. Select ‘rider without number’ if this is your first Summer Cross this year.
To cover up-front costs and provide a suitably large prize fund Junior, Senior and all Vet category riders will be required to pay a one-off Summer Cross joining fee of £10 to cover chipped number, dossard and data entry into the timing system/results/rankings.
For round 1 and full series pre-entry a £10 charge has therefore been added to the relevant entry fee. In later rounds you can select the ‘first time rider’ option to pre-pay the £10 which helps get you signed-on more quickly.
This charge applies once to each rider – including those intending to race only the final round – as a consistent contribution to series costs and the prize fund.
Any lost, damaged or forgotten numbers can be replaced for £10, so look after your numbers – seatpin and dossard – to bring them every time you want to race.
All youth and u12 riders will receive one chipped number free of charge. Any subsequent Youth or u12 number will be charged at £10, so please remember to bring your numbers to every round.
Race categories and rules
All races are run under the regulations of British Cycling. These are Non-Ranking races, with the new ONE BIKE classification where NO PITS area is needed and riders shall only ride one bike* throughout any single race. This simplifies an evening course set-up, travel by bike and makes it easier for new riders to get into the sport.
There will be no gridding. This saves a lot of time in a tight race schedule. Please be reasonable about your race ambitions when it’s time to line up in your category for the start.
Age categories will be grouped at each start and may not be in a consistent order to allow for variation in courses so follow instructions.
You do not need to be a member of British Cycling in order to race and there is no extra charge for those without a licence. All are welcome, although if you are new to cyclocross please note there are rules about allowable equipment and personal kit. MTBs are welcome. Ask if you want reassurance on something.
All races are for men and women alike, with separate placings and awards being made by gender and age category.
Age categories are based on the usual groupings, which remain the same as your 2018/2019 winter season. Read the category definitions below and you will see that if you turned, say, 12 on 1 Jan 2019 you are still in the u12 category – and so on for those aged 14, 16, 18, 40, 50 & 60. There is to be no ‘racing up’ in any age category and series points will not be awarded to ineligible riders.
Race 1 UNDER 12 18:10 15mins
Under 12 Up to 31st August in the year of 12th birthday (it’s most likely you will already be 12yrs old)
Race 2 YOUTH u16 & u14 18:30 29mins
Youth from 1st September in the year of 12th birthday to 31st August in the year of 16th birthday, including;-
Youth – U14 from 1st September in the year of 12th birthday to 31st August in the year of 14th birthday
Race 3 JUNIOR SENIOR AND VETERAN 19:15 59mins
Junior from 1st September in the year of 16th birthday to 31st August in the year of 18th birthday
Senior from 1st September in the year of 18th birthday
Veteran from 1st September in the year of 40th birthday, including;-
Vet 40from 1st September in the year of 40th birthday to 31st August in the year of 50th birthday
Vet 50 from 1st September in the year of 50th birthday 31st August in the year of 60th birthday
Vet 60+ from 1st September in the year of 60th birthday to 31st August
Each event is organised and run by a different organisation or supporting club so they vary within the rules at a range of venues. We are very grateful to all volunteers who have made the series possible and it’s nice to say thank you.
Under-12 riders compete on a short course that is suitable to their age. No hurdles. This is usually a section of the full adult course with short-cuts to keep a lap with the same start and finish lines.
Youths and all senior categories have a course which can include hurdles to 40cm regulation height, steps up and technical features such as adverse or steeply sloping banks. Some asphalt sections or dirt tracks may be included but most Summer Cross courses are on amenity grass and the course must be at least 2m wide all the way round to allow for overtaking throughout. We aim to give a lap around 2.5 – 3.5km in length making a lap 6 or 7 minutes’ duration to allow riders plenty of space to race at their own speed but some courses can run very fast in dry conditions. You should arrive in time to make an inspection lap and get a warm up.
Please do not warm up on the course when another race is in progress!
Please do not hang around near the line with a chipped number as it pings the timing system.
Series points and prizes
Riders will be ranked according to their points scored at each round.
The points winners in each category will receive a cash prize (£TBC dependent on entries in each age group). Women and men category winners will receive equal amounts of prize money in each age group.
The best SIX points-paying races shall count towards a rider’s total points for ranking purposes.
Each race shall have points awarded according to absolute placing in the relevant category. The points will be 1st place: 29 points, 2nd: 23, 3rd: 19, 4th: 17, 5th: 13, 6th: 11, 7th: 7, 8th: 5, 9th: 3, 10th: 2 points.
The running rankings and each race result will be posted on the results server at http://www.beastwayresults.co.uk
In 2018 we awarded a prize pot of £1000 and we hope to at least match this amount for 2019.
Youth riders will receive cash prizes on the day of each race to the value of £4.25 per rider entered and racing that round. (£7 per rider entered, less £1.50 national levy X 0.75 as per reg. 14.1) Parity of prize monies by gender will apply to the first three places in u14 and u16 split 60:30:10. Where fewer than 3 riders enter in any category/gender the unallotted prize money shall be distributed to riders placed fourth and lower in any category with more than three taking part.
Organisers will seek to make the youth podium as soon after the completion of the youth race as possible, but this could be after the last senior has finished racing. Riders not present at the podium ceremony shall be deemed to have donated their prize to the promotion and no later claim for prize money can be recognised.
Under 12 riders may receive awards as soon after their race as possible and this is at the discretion of the organisers each round.
*ONE BIKE rule 10.2 introduced in 2019 https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/bc_files/rulebook/2018/british-cycling-handbook-2019.pdf see page 185.
There’s probably some mercy rule about hand-ups of drinks during races on hot days, so let’s leave that up to the comm.
ROUND 1 REPORT: 4 July – Jubilee Park Leyton Seymour Road, London E10 7BL map
Big thanks to Mike Mooney and our good friends at HubVelo and LVYCC for their help. This round is always a popular opener for the series. The short steep banks in the flat amenity grass made for fun sections and the famous Marsh Lane crossing did catch a few who were really flying. We’re sorry if this meant you had a get-down as Megan our first aider was kept properly busy there for a while.
Results in brief. Lots more on our server www.beastwayresults.co.uk
1. Oscar Amey
2. Mak Larkin
3. William Barlow
1. Daniel Hall
2. Alfie Amey
3. Dominic Bell
1. Max Bolton
2. Thomas Knowler
1. Freddie Checketts
2. Dean Hill
3. William Linton
1. Matthew Webber
2. James Malone
3. Andy Watson-Smith
1. Russ Jones
2. Graham Pentney
3. Graham Freer
1. David J Tyler
2. Terry Whalley
1. Elizabeth Hughes
2. Katherine Dennis
3. Kath O’Reilly
1. Caroline Reuter
1. Tracy Wilkinson Begg
2. Marjo Van Velzen
Sign on and refreshments in the pavilion was run by Lee Valley Youth CC volunteers with their club getting the benefit.
More about One-Bike:-
New for the 2019-2020 season this rule 10.2 introduced in 2019 https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/bc_files/rulebook/2018/british-cycling-handbook-2019.pdf see page 185.
Enter this round and the full series here
– We really prefer you to make advance entry for the full series because it will save us time at sign on AND it will save you money.
ROUND 2: 11 July – Frylands Scout Camp, Featherbed Ln, Croydon CR0 9AA map
Organised by Stuart McGhee and the Sutton CC/C&N Cycles with help fromEvans Cycles Race Team this round at Frylands Scout Camp offers a long lap with woodland tracks that always bring a fair number of punctures. Several riders including two round 1 winners did not finish the full race duration.
Brief results here. Full results and analysis on our server here
1. Oscar Amey
2. Mak Larkin
3. Ciara Bakovic
1. Daniel Hall
2. Sam McGee
3. Dominic Bell
1. Jack Lear (winner of main race @56’14”)
2. Thomas Knowler
1. Stuart Lynn 59’33”
2. Nathaniel Cooke
3. Owen Jowett
1. Bill Bell 56’38”
2. Ryan Harris
3. Rob Purcell
1. Graham Pentney 1h02’52”
2. Simon Scarsbrook
3. Paul Horta-Hopkins
1. David J Tyler
2. Terry Whalley
1. Hayley Down
1. Emma Porter
2. Charmaine Pullen
3. Caroline Mulligan
1. Kate Dixon
2. Tracy Wilkinson Begg
3. Marjo Van Velzen
ROUND 3: 18 July – Cyclopark The Tollgate, Watling St, Gravesend DA11 7NP map
Organised by Cyclopark with the help of Team Darenth. Anthony Muir and the Cyclopark Team came up with a wonderful course for all, including the u12s.
Jack Lear of Southborough Dist Wheelers took a great win after some close racing with a welcome visitor Matt Holmes who raced on after a mechanical and outside assistance. Matt’s Arctic RT team mate James Flury came in second. All the races all evening were really great to watch and well contested. Thanks to all who raced.
Full results for all categories are here
ROUND 4: 25 July – Hog Hill Redbridge Cycling Centre Forest Road, London IG6 3HP map
Organised by The Beastway Crew and LVYCC this round’s course featured some elevation change and some nice infield sections in the setting of one of the country’s best purpose-made cycle sport facilities with its cafe, changing, showers, lockers, wifi and car parking facilities.
Oh, and it was on the hottest day of the year. Certainly went above 36degC and was at least 30 when the races were on with a passing rain shower falling during the youth race.
More pics on the FB Group here
Results from round 4 here
ROUND 5: 1 Aug – Bethlem Hospital Monks Orchard Rd, Beckenham BR3 3BX map
This round kindly organised by Penge CC, a community club founded in 2008 to provide coaching for kids in the local community. It’s grown to over 500 members and welcomes riders of all abilities. Penge isn’t much known for racing yet, but more and more members are getting involved in the local scene.
The course is in a surprisingly rural part of S London and will circle some fields and woodland edges on a gentle slope. The densest part of the woodland makes it sensible to bring a bright front light (not rears as these are not allowed). Sign on will be along a woodland track from the section of roadway on the map , but park in the main car park and ride the rest of the way.
Penge CC is supported by SE20 Cycles on Penge High Street. Club rides begin and end at the shop and its recently opened café, Rule 19 Coffee. SE20 Cycles has kindly provided the podium prizes for this race.
Results from round 5 here
ROUND 6: 8 Aug – Hog Hill Redbridge Cycling Centre Forest Road, London IG6 3HP map
A second time this series on a different course run once again by The Beastway Crew and LVYCC at this prestigious venue.
Results from round 6 here
ROUND 7: 15 Aug – Hillingdon House Farm North Way, Uxbridge UB10 9NG map
– NB: NOT Hillingdon Cycle circuit!
The seventh round is organised by West Drayton Mountain Bike Club and it’s at a brand new venue which used to be a dry ski slope…!
The event was held at the Hillingdon House Farm, with the course taking in the grassed area of the grounds and the elevations of the old ski slope based at the venue so this was a challenging course
Prizes came from club sponsor the Specialized Concept Store Ruislip.
Results from round 7 here
SUMMER CROSS 2018 archive \/ \/ \/ \/
We are the organisers of the London Summer Cyclocross Series in 2018.
Detailed results are posted on our results server www.beastwayresults.co.uk
Times, dates, venues and entry
We have set times for races to keep things simple and so we can pack up in daylight.
u12 race: 6.00pm.
Youth race: 6.30pm.
Seniors, veterans, juniors: 7.15pm
Round 1 Thursday 5 July Leyton Jubilee Park
A very warm day with scorched dry grass that was surprisingly slippy, no matter what tyre choice you made.
We delayed the u12 start as long as we could, with heavy traffic for those being brought by car and then got our other races away on time. There were over 100 starters in the senior race. Instead of the seven or eight minutes expected for the full lap, the leaders produced times well under four minutes, but with a wide course all the way round it was only the pinch points at embankments and the steps where anyone had to hold back.
Our full results, including lap times and detailed placing analysis can be seen at www.beastwayresults.co.uk .
Here are the series standings after Round 1
– see we told you we would separate the results from a single start
Summer Series CX Points after Round 1
Rank Name Team Points Gap
1 MADGWICK, James Bloodwise QSW 17
2 CHECKETTS, Freddie Rapha Cycling Club 13 4
3 MOESLI, Edward 10 7
4 WOOTTON, Tom OCTAVE 8 9
5 NOBLE, Matthew OCTAVE 6 11
6 DEMISHEV, Dimitri NLTCBMBC 5 12
7 PAYNE, Matthew 4 13
8 BAINES, Jesse 3 14
9 ARMENTA BUTT, Leo Hub Velo 2 15
10 LEACH, James Imperial Racing Team 1 16
1 BLAKE, Max Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 17
2 SALES, George Maison du Velo 13 4
3 WARD, Micheal VC Londres 10 7
1 MOREAU, Adeline The 5th Floor Cycle Club 17
2 DUFFY, Jessica Bianchi Dama 13 4
3 WOZNICKA, Agata Sunday Echappee 10 7
4 SADLER, Jessica Hub Velo 8 9
1 HAYES, Connie LIV AWOL 17
Veteran 40 M
1 MOONEY, Mike Hub Velo 17
2 LEWIS, Benjamin Forest Side Riders 13 4
3 PURCELL, Robert Neon-Velo Cycling Team 10 7
4 DEAR, James Crawley Wheelers 8 9
5 GAONI, Enrico Rapha Cycling Club 6 11
6 CALVERT, Mark Team Trident 5 12
7 BRAID, Dan Sigma Sport.co.uk 4 13
8 BEXLEY, Dylan Dulwich Paragon CC 3 14
9 WILLARD, Jolyon PB Cycle Coaching Racing Team 2 15
10 POWERS, Andrew CS Grupetto 1 16
Veteran 50 M
1 COULSON, Steve 17
2 PENTNEY, Graham Greenwich Tritons 13 4
3 CORBY, Dan London Phoenix CC 10 7
4 PHILLIPS, Sam Rapha Cycling Club 8 9
5 CODRINGTON, Charlie Dulwich Paragon CC 6 11
6 FREER, Graham Hackney GT 5 12
7 HAYES, Patrick Hub Velo 4 13
8 CROWE, Russell Abellio – SFA Racing Team 3 14
9 DALE, Rob Woolwich CC 2 15
10 LEWEY, Richard Crystal Palace Triathletes 1 16
Veteran 60 M
1 WHALLEY, Terry Ford Cycling Club 17
Veteran 40 F
1 MULLIGAN, Caroline Greenwich Tritons 17
2 LAWSON, Laura Romford CC 13 4
3 REED, Lucy Kent Velo Girls CC 10 7
Veteran 50 F
1 ORR, Elizabeth Kent Velo Girls CC 17
Under 16 M
1 BOLTON, Max Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 17
2 BROWN, Caleb Team Darenth 13 4
Under 14 M
1 SMITH, Elliot Sutton Cycling Club/ C & N Cycles 17
2 STEER, Robin Cycling Club Hackney 13 4
3 COUZINS, Conrad Cycling Club Hackney 10 7
4 BOULTON, Raphael VC Londres 8 9
Under 14 F
1 MINALE, Anoushka Hub Velo 17
2 BOLTON, Eleanor Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 13 4
Under 12 M
1 HACK-LAZZARI, Milo Cycling Club Hackney 17
2 BLAEN, Ethan Peebles CC 13 4
Under 12 F
1 WILLIS, Skye Panagua CC 17
Full results and series standings at www.beastwayresults.co.uk .
Over to Stuart McGhee and the Sutton CC for round 2 at Frylands
This round will be run with conventional pinned-on race numbers and manual timings. Check back after the race for the updated series standings, once we have swallowed the results from Stuart.
We encourage you to make pre-entry through the links for each round below. This will save you time and the uncertainty of races being full. Entry on the Day with payment by cash or card is possible, but please be patient and help us get your details correct.
Round 2 Thursday 19 July
Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre
Address: Featherbed Ln, Croydon CR0 9AA
Frylands has some tricky woodland sections and lots of elevation change on a course that’s usually quite long. Stuart McGhee and the Sutton CC are promoting this round.
Parking is possible within the grounds of the centre, but please make sure you keep it tidy and only park where directed. HQ is near to the lower car park.
Enter round 2 here
Round 3 Thursday 2 August
Beckenham Place Park East
Address: Old Bromley Road, Downham BR1 4JZ
We’re on the flatlands East of the railway so expect an emphasis on hurdles and labyrinth layouts.
On street parking is possible and we have some limited parking in race HQ which is at TenEmBee Sports Foundation. We request a £2 donation be made to the club and we ask you not to ride on any grass inside the club. Please note the race venue is on the other side of the park from the mansion where we raced last year. – Note map. No prizes for going to the mansion by mistake.
Enter round 3 here
Round 4 Thursday 16 August
Herne Hill Velodrome
Address: 104 Burbage Road, Herne Hill SE24 9HE
Herne Hill has some features that have become monuments of London cross, especially if the puddles are full and infield is slippy.
Parking is limited in the venue and around this residential district. There will be catering including a bar and we will have a series awards ceremony.
Enter round 4 here
Points mean prizes
Each round will have a podium for categories within each Youth and under 12 race. These are sponsored by businesses and supporting clubs. Please honour the podium ceremonies which we endeavour to make as soon as possible after each race. Sometimes we have to get on with the race programme and keep events running to time, so please be patient.
Any rider not present to collect an award will be deemed to have donated their prize to the promotion for it to dispose of at its own discretion*.
There is a significant cash prize pot across a broad range of senior categories, with awards being made at the ceremony after the final round.
Prize-paying positions will be determined on category points as scored at your best THREE of FOUR rounds (…it is holiday time, after all).
Points scored in category races as follows;-
In the event of a tie, the decider will be on which rider has the highest discarded score and then which rider scored higher at the most recent race. Any prize not claimed at the presentations is deemed to be donated to the promotion for distribution as it decides*.
You can now enter the full series here
Chip timing for happy riders
Beastway provided the timing and results to last year’s Summer Cross so the chip timing should be familiar because we pioneered the tail numbers format there.
In addition to this blog we have a dedicated results server at http://www.beastwayresults.co.uk where you can find lots more detail about how you raced.
We would like to provide live commentary and music at the promotions, but most venues do not allow PA systems. To make up for this we will see what we can do about serving live race information and results to your smartphone wifi.
Your entry includes a race number board to stay with you through the series. This helps with points and rider registration at each round. It has a chip inside and we ask you not to fold it in any way, nor to use zip-ties. We won’t be sympathetic if your result is missing because you’ve mucked up the chip.
Your race number is to be attached to your saddle and seatpin using only the velcro tabs we supply. A chip is concealed inside and this must be mounted on the rear of your saddle so we can see the number from both sides. Do not fold or puncture the card in any way. No zipties, no sticky tape, no ‘creative’ positioning.
Riders who are only doing one round are requested to hand back their race number at the end and there will be a drop bin for this. Otherwise, please keep your number safe and bring it along to the next round. If your forget to bring it, or if you want a second race number for any reason we will charge you £5.
Round 2 of the series is being promoted by Stuart McGhee who has opted to use conventional pinned numbers and manual timing. Anyone who raced round 1 will be on Stuart’s sign-on sheets with their r1 race number in a reference column. You will be issued with a one-off number for r2, but your series number will operate again for r3 and r4.
Special note on “Riding Up”:- We have been asked about this and followed on with a request to BCHQ. The answer came back as a very firm; “Riding up is NOT allowed”.
Our age bands are the same as for last cross season because they don’t change until 1st of September. – If you were an u12 last winter, that’s what you will be now. If you turned Vet in the last few months, you could still be a senior …and so on.
Under 10 riders are also u12. Sorry but there is not enough time to give them a separate race. BC regulations allow for this**
Please don’t try to enter a race that is not for your age category***. Our sign-on system will not allow any entries that are out-of-category and if any such entry is discovered later on it will be removed from the series and you will get no points. BCHQ sanctions riders separately as well.
Extra fixing tabs cost 50p each so look after the ones we issue.
In more than 2000 rides we have not had a rider lose their number during an event. The tabs work very well with our slot-cut number boards.
Our gravel ride:-
Once again we are delighted to bring you the TOUR of the CORNFIELDS on Sunday 2 September. This is our off-road sportive and pre-season cyclocross shakedown for all on gravel, cross and MTB bikes over 100km of byways, bridleways and lanes between Cambridge, Bedford and Huntingdon. A 50km option is offered if you prefer more time for cake at our lovely refreshments stop. The start and finish are at the prestigious National Trust’s Wimpole Hall estate.
*Tour of the Cornfields has made cyclocross coaching possible through its financial support and we hope to continue this in 2018.
**5.10 Under 12s shall compete only amongst themselves. Event organisers may choose to sub-divide the Under 12 category into separate races or starts for different age groups (e.g.U10s, U8s etc). Where such races are held, riders may only compete in the youngest age group to which they are eligible.
We have opted not to provide a separate race for u10s because the u12 event can include them and will be the better for it.
***Age categories for Summer Cross
[Age subcategories which we will separate in the results and will try to make on-the-day podium awards in Youth and U12 races]
And here are the relevant regulations on age groups;-
5.9 The following age categories and sub-categories may be recognised in Federation cyclo-cross events;-
Under 12: Up to 31st August in the year of 12th birthday (Note ‘up to’:- There is no definition of an u10 or u8 in the regs)
Youth: from 1st September in the year of 12th birthday to 31st August in the year of 16th birthday
[Youth – U14: from 1st September in the year of 12th birthday to 31st August in the year of 14th birthday]
Junior: from 1st September in the year of 16th birthday to 31st August in the year of 18th birthday
Senior: from 1st September in the year of 18th birthday
Veteran: from 1st September in the year of 40th birthday
[Vet 40: from 1st September in the year of 40th birthday to 31st August in the year of 50th birthday
Vet 50: from 1st September in the year of 50th birthday to 31st August in the year of 60th birthday
Vet 60: from 1st September in the year of 60th birthday to 31st August in the year of 70th birthday
Vet 70+ from 1st September in the year of 70th birthday]
Full info (opens as PDF, in new window) at: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/bc_files/rulebook/2018/C11_-_Cyclo-Cross_Specific_Regulations.pdf