This year Beastway MTB series has a new title sponsor TraderVan.co.uk and returns for its 24th year of inner-city MTB racing. Under a new organiser and helpers, Hackney GT clothing is now a series sponsor. The regular crew of Bruce Mackie, Michael Humphreys, Drew Jones, Noah Smith, Jarvis Goodyear of Epping Forest MTB, plus many volunteers and the Lee Valley Youth CC run the series with your offers of help always welcome.
The big news is that there are an additional two Saturday races added to the calendar for all those who love the series but cannot make it out to deep east London on a Wednesday night. The Saturday races will be full length XC races with longer laps over approximately 1.30 hours. The evening outings will return to the normal format of short course, fast and furious 1 hour racing.
All happening on the outskirts of London at the excellent Redbridge Cycle centre aka Hog Hill (Forest Road, Hainault IG6 3HP) with stunning views over the Thames valley and towards the City across green fields. Suitable for all comers from complete novice to expert racer all are welcome and given equal treatment. National points apply for al those chasing ranking positions. Originally held at Eastway Cycle Circuit which was bulldozed to make way for the London Olympics, it relocated to Hainault Forest for a couple of years before moving to the current venue. Beastway- because it was held at Eastway and was a bit of a beast!
Racing starts on Saturday 9th April and then consecutive Wednesdays from May 18th until June 29th. The series finale is on the very next Saturday on 2nd July. This finale race will be point scoring towards the overall series standings and we aim to make a bit of a party of it. There will be prize giving alongside, BBQs, bar, music, trades stands and more.
After the first round you can still pre-enter each week up to 24hrs in advance of the round.
Beastway series info on British Cycling website, where you can make online entry, whether you’re a member or not.
No British Cycling racing licence is required unless you want to score ranking points.
9 scoring races with your 7 best results to count
All volunteers who miss a race to help out will have their missed points from that week added to their overall points. This is calculated on the basis of their average weekly score taken from their best five results. (This could well be to your advantage).
*****Signing on for all categories closes at 15 mins before race start time. *****
All riders should gather 10 minutes before the start and be ready to slot into their groups.
Elite/Expert Male From 1st January year of 19th birthday
Sport Male – From 1st January year of 19th birthday to 31st December year of 39th birthday
Senior Womens – From 1st January year of 19th birthday to 31st December year of 39th birthday
Veteran women – From 1st January year of 40th birthday to 31st December year of 49th birthday
Junior men – From 1st January year of 17th birthday to 31st December year of 18th birthday.
Junior women – From 1st January year of 17th birthday to 31st December year of 18th birthday.
Veterans 40+ – From 1st January year of 40th birthday to 31st December year of 49th birthday.
Grand Veterans – 50+ From 1st January year of 50h birthday to 31st December year of 59th birthday.
Super Veterans – 60+ From 1st January year of 60th birthday to when your knees say no more
Separate races on Saturdays only. Youth and Juvenile riders (with permission) join Wednesday main race once it is underway
Youth A U16 – From 1st January year of 15th birthday to 31st December year of 16th birthday
Juvenile U14 – From 1st January year of 13th birthday to 31st December year of 14th birthday.
U12 – Anyone 12 or under who does not reach the 13th birthday in this year race season
Seniors Adv online entry £20 EOL £25
U12 £4 online or EOL
Juniors online £10 EOL £13
Juvenile/ Youth Adv £7 EOL £10
Wednesday nights fees
Seniors Adv £15 EOL £18
U12, Juniors, Juvenile, Youth same as Saturdays.
Series one-off entry fee all nine races
Juvenile/ Youth £56
** No British Cycling licence required for this series **
Free entry if you turn up by 2pm on the day to help build and take down the course!
Saturday 9th April:-
XCO FORMAT (min 4km, max 6km course 1hr30mins seniors)
12h30 u12 race
13h00 Juvenile & Youth
14h00 Seniors start
WEDNESDAYS MAY 18- JUNE 29
18h30 U12 race
19h30 Seniors start
19h50 Juve/Youth start
SATURDAY 2 JULY – Series final, prize giving and BBQ.
14h30 u12 race
15h30 Juvenile & Youth (target 30mins)
16h30 Seniors start
Beastway 2016 will be run under British Cycling Rules.
We are looking for clubs and teams to help us promote this Beastway.
Most info around races goes on our FB group:-
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org