Friday, 3 July 2015

ALFORD CX 2015



Grampian Transport Museum, Alford.












Deeside Thistle are putting on two cyclocross races (one for Beginners, Newbies and Sandbaggers, and one for Old Hands and Racing Snakes) at Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, Aberdeenshire on Saturday October 3rd.

For those of you who haven’t visited the area before, GTM is a gem of a venue, with a tight motor racing circuit set in rolling grassy grounds. The course will use the tarmac racetrack, grass bankings and verges and an off-road vehicle trail to give a fast, tight course with mud, short steep run-ups and off-camber grassy sections.

ENTRIES

• Entry is online only ( NO entries on the day).
• Both races are open to male and female riders 16 yrs and over.
• Online Entry closes at 23:30 on 27/9/2015
• Entry is £18 - TLI Members will be refunded £5 Day Membership on presentation of a valid TLI Membership Card at sign on. (More info on TLI)
• An admin fee of £1.10 is charged for each entry by Eventbrite.
• No refunds will be given. 

RACE DAY TIMETABLE

• Sign On Open to Riders -  11:00
• Course Open for Practice - 11:45 - 12:45
• Race 1 - Beginners, Newbies & Sandbaggers - 13:00 (50 mins)
• Race 2 - Old Hands and Racing Snakes - 14:00 (50 Mins)
• Prizegiving - 15:20

TIMING

Timekeeping will be by Mark Young (MyEvent Timing) and the finish will be located on a tarmac straight in front of the grandstand for a crowd-pleasing finish.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Portage CX Race - Sunday September 6th 2015



Portage Cycling is pleased to announce an Open Cyclocross Race for Sunday September 6th 2015. The venue in the Fife area will be confirmed in the coming days. Entry and pre-race chat will exude from the Portage Facebook page in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

CX Race at Plean Country Park - Nov 29th 2015


Screen grab from the SCX Plean photoset by Trina Ritchie

Colin Chisholm has been in touch to say that there will be race at Plean this year, after an absence from the Scottish race calendar in recent seasons. Last run in 2011, the course that year sounded pretty spicy!

The race will take place at Plean Country Park, near Stirling, on November 29th 2015. Entries will be via the BC Website shortly.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Haugh+Cross 2015 - Aberdour


The traditional Scottish CX Season Opener (July 31st and August 1st 2015) has been announced today and here’s what the organisers have to say:
HAUGH+CROSS – in association with Ronde Bicycle Outfitters and META - is back with what is Scotland’s original summer Cross event.  For 4 years now we have been bringing you this summer cyclocross race.  With the new partnership with META it’s promised to bring HAUGH+CROSS to a whole new level of cyclocross competition and racing fun.  Spectators can enjoy racing of all abilities, from the best in the country to absolute beginners.  The race will draw in top riders from across the region; race format will consist of two separate races across the day – the morning race as qualifying where you can expect the usual cyclocross shenanigans, with the finals on Saturday evening.  
Ronde Bicycle Outfitters, Shimano, LAZER, Genesis, Ridley and Mule Bar will be on hand with a selection of merchandise, clothing and accessories to satisfy your Cross itch! Race commentators will battle to make themselves heard over the ding-a-ling of cowbells – spot prizes will be presented to the noisiest supporters.  For those wanting to refine their Cross skills, there will be Cross Clinic available to 30 people on the Friday evening. 
This years cyclocross bonanza will be complimented by a cross coaching clinic on Friday 31st July led by Scottish National Cross Champion and British Elite Mountain Biker Rab Wardell and Multi British Cyclocross champion Hugo Robinson (Neon Velo).
Join us for a day of highly charged cyclocross racing and much more. Experience the cheer of the crowd, and the ringing of cowbells. Spectators can enjoy racing of all abilities, from the best the UK has to offer to absolute beginners.  
Ceilidh
Following the cyclocross a family ceilidh will take place in the Festival Marquee. Entry for spectators is FREE but all donations towards the costs for this exceptional event will be gratefully received.  We’ll have our beer tent serving the area’s finest local brews, BBQ and other suitably heart-warming fare.
We hope to see you all there racing and having some summer cross fun or with your best and biggest cowbells supporting the event…
Raceday Timetable - Aug 1st
Register at Festival Marquee (10.30–11.45) - £25.00 per person
12:00 First race (qualifying) – 100 places available ( First 50 % to final number 1, second 50% to final 2 )
13:00 Second race (qualifying) – 100 places available  ( First 50 % to final number 1, second 50% to final 2 )
14:30 and 15:30 Children’s races - FREE
17:00 Final 1
18:30 Final 2
19:00 Podium presentation. 


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

LOVECROSS-TWEEDLOVE-CROSSLOVE


Tuesday May 19th – Peebles Town Centre.

Words : John McComisky.
Images : Emily Linton.

Cyclocross here in Scotland is booming and banging at the moment with a plethora of individuals and clubs putting on new events at venues up and down the country for 2015 and into 2016.

A nice new addition has been the return of a cross type race to the Tweedlove Festival, and a first for Scotland with an urban, street stramash.

With a field of sixty plus riders entered on a real hotch-potch of hardware, with everything from hybrid road bikes, 29er MTB as well as the knobbly pure cross brigade, there was plenty of chatter at the Green in Peebles pre race of what was going to be the steed of the evening.


Aside from the bikes, the event really reached out in terms of inclusivity, with everything from World Cup Mountain Bikers, seasoned cross bods as well as run what ya brung racers who rocked up and cabled a number on for the first time.

And what of the course?....well it was a trully urban affair with plenty of surface change, some slalom, some punchy alleyway climbs as well as an ascent of the stairs at the “Church of the Holy Cross” before coming blinking into the night light and the main street.

The tough and relentless parcour did offer a truly fun  feature of the evening, where the local kids set out stall with a large armoury of water pistols to skoosh and target each and every rider. Urban racing feeds on the oxegen of the spectators even more than the riders itself and it made for a colourful sight to see so many of the families, who attended the social ride hanging back to make some proper noise and heckle the heat races and finals.

The races proper were fast and furious affairs with a 20 minute heat to weed out the top ten in each before a 40 minute final closed proceedings.

First heat win went to the ever smiling and talented Roger Campbell Crawford (Team Thomsons) who ripped the field apart with some bale jumping prowess, top female was the ever  impressive Lucy Grant (Peebles CC) who enjoyed some raucous support from her friends and family in the Tweed Valley to top the seven strong girls grid.


Heat Two saw  reigning Scottish Cyclocross Champion Rab Wardell (Dirtschool/Santacruz) roll out to the line with the likes of Craig Hardie (Hardie  Bikes), as well as the young team of Calum MacGowan and Stuart Wilcox, all eager to grab a spot in the final. Wardell was soon bossing it with a solid win, and was carving through the lapped riders with gusto, even having time to pop the odd wheelie in the process.

With the Peebles night air now starting to nip at the bones, the Le Mans charge along the main street soon warmed the colourful glut of riders as they headed out into the twists and turns and church steps portage. Wardell nailed it off the front with some spirited showmanship of Hardie, MacGowan and Campbell Crawford.

With plenty of scrapping going down the order the real winners were the spectators and organisers for grabbing the attentions of not only the public but even the local TV, who added even more kudos to the event.

Wardell, satisfied after his race win had this to say “ Quite simply these events are just so much fun, the area around here (Tweed Valley) really supports cycling, and the Tweedlove Festival just continues to grow with some World Class events over the fortnight, great event for the down and a challenging course”

The ride of the night had to go to the diminutive Lucy Grant who more than held  her own in amongst the top male finalists, even managing to nip prolific Scottish TT rider and erstwhile cross racer Gary Robson in the process.

With fading light the inaugural Lovecross was put to bed, heres hoping this is just the first stab at urban cross here, and sand pits, tabletops and even more tomfoolery can be added to future editions.


First Three in the first ever Lovecross:                
                                                                               
Men – 1st Rab Wardell, 2nd Craig Hardie, 3rd Calum MacGowan

Women – 1st Lucy Grant, 2nd Isla Rowntree, 3rd Caroline Harvey

Alford CX - Sat Oct 3rd 2015


Preparations for Alford CX, a new race hosted by Deeside Thistle Cycling Club on Saturday October 3rd at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, Aberdeenshire, are now well underway.
We are planning an A and B race format, similar to the racing at Foxlake CX - part of the John Muir Winter Carnival. We won’t be choosing races for riders, since ideally we’d like two full races (and you’re all adults). If you’re new to the sport, or have a few races under your belt and fancy a more mellow afternoon then the B-Race (50min) will suit you just fine. The A-Race (60min) will allow the hitters a chance to find out how their early season prep has gone, test new bikes and flash their new kit in the warm autumn Aberdeenshire sun… Basically, it’s an ideal final tune-up prior to the first race in the SCX Series at Callendar Park the following weekend.
For those of you who haven’t visited before, Grampian Transport Museum is a gem of a venue, with a tight tarmac motor racing circuit set in rolling grassy grounds. The track is used as the start of the KOM Sportive, and hosts a number of Youth Races (including Grampian Youth Crits this weekend). Expect a tight, fast CX course with mud, steep run-ups and a lot of off-camber grassy berms and banks. For spectators, it offers a rare chance to watch 90% of the racing from the comfort of a grandstand seat.
We’d like to encourage folk to make a day of it and discover what Alford has to offer - local businesses have been supportive of the Knockburn Race in the past, and the village has a lot to offer. The, Heritage Museum and the exhibits at the Transport Museum itself will keep non-cyclists occupied, while Haughton and Murray Parks (200m from the venue) offer miles of trails, single track and woody, muddy fun for riders and dog walkers to explore. Haughton Park also has a beautiful campsite in an old walled garden for folk wanting to make a weekend of it. You may even meet the Alford Stormtrooper…
Because of the nature of the course (in a stadium setting) we will have to tape almost the entire course, both sides. If there are any companies/individuals out there who could to help us by supplying some of your branded course tape we would be extremely grateful - we’ve left plenty space on our flyer for sponsor logos.
Event timing and entry details will be available in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tonight - Lovecross, Peebles!


Brand new for 2015, Love Cross is an exciting, fun packed, rip-roaring, urban cyclocross inspired event based in the heart of Peebles. Building on the success of the popular Peebles Sprint, Love Cross takes the best elements and hurls them into a non-stop, action packed, open to all, battle for the podium. Almost as exciting to watch as it is to enter, but only almost.

The spectacle begins with a Le Mans style start along the High Street before competitors get on their bike to face the course ahead – the course will utilise Peebles High Street, Tweed Green and the steps and alley ways running between the two. A mixture of fast open sprints, tight corners, steps, cobbles, paving, man made berms, sand pits and multiple line choices.  The route will be entirely on tarmac, there will be a fair amount of climbing on and off the bike and running on the tarmac so please wear shoes that you’ll be happy running in! Whilst this event means business, and there’s a podium to reach for, it’s really all about the fun. There’s nothing the average rider can’t tackle and getting off and running is all part of the plan! Riders can face the course on any type of bike, each having its own advantages and shortfalls. The short, fast paced action will leave you desperate for more.


If you’re not riding get trackside to cheer the competitors on. Soak up the atmosphere and get the cowbells at the ready!



Monday, 20 April 2015

Thanks Glasgow United Cycling Club

The SCX committee would like to thank Glasgow United CC for the donation to the association funds.

A spokesperson for GUCC said "We have found ourselves to be in credit after the last few years of holding our event at Auchentoshan, due mainly to larger entries, and wish to put that back into the cyclocross association. We hope that the 'Tosh will be back next year once the building work has been completed."

AGM Minutes

Minutes of the Scottish Cyclocross Association AGM 15th March 2015 



Committee Present:


Ainsley Turbitt, Jac Marquis, James McCallum

Attendees:

Mark Young, Dave Hamill, Andrew Bell, John McComisky, Gordon Watt, Paul Davies, Fiona Walker, John Myerscough, Jim Murray

Apologies:

Davie Graham, Martin Steele, Steven Turbitt, James Melville, Jammy Johnstone, David Mason 

Agenda items discussed:

Committee

John has stepped down. No other changes to committee at this time.

Secretary’s report:

Apologies for so few of the committee being present. Last season continued to build on previous with increased numbers and good racing throughout. Highlight of the season was the understanding of everyone over the incident with Jammy at the champs. It’s unfortunate that Auchentoshan is missing this year but hopefully with the proliferation of non-series races we can have a good season from September through to February. Anyone considering organising a race should contact Davie to try to avoid clashes. 

Provisional series calendar for 2015 season:

October 11th Callendar Park
October 25 Knockburn Loch
November 8th Strathclyde Park
November 22nd Lochore Meadows
December 6th Irvine: champs and series races
December 12th Cross at the Castle, Mull 

Financial report:

The 2014 season finished in the green but only by £230 - largely due to the success of selling SCX merchandise. Staying out of the red in future depends on sustaining rider numbers. Series race organisers pay a small levy of £1.20 to SCX for each adult rider. SCX in turn help cover the cost of timing chips currently £1 per rider. In future SCX may have to review the levy – this would require a new levy form to be produced. 
Committee suggest adult pre event entry to stay at £14 but entry on the day should be raised significantly to further encourage pre entry which helps organisers.
An attendee suggested racers would be likely to accept a higher entry fee (to £15) on the understanding that the extra was to go directly to SCX for the specific purpose of enhancing SCX with more and better events.
An attendee suggested that SCX should communicate the SCX aspiration for sustaining and growing the sport and the need for funds to do that. 
It was suggested that although some events would be running at breakeven, others have a surplus and they may want to invest in SCX future. 

Timing:

To be put out to tender as it is each year.

Format of the SCX series:

An attendee suggested that having separate kids races should be considered, pointing out that it would be easier for organisers to put on adult events if they were separate. 
Committee confirmed that the 2015 season will have the same format as last season. Same race categories and run under Scottish Cycling.
Committee explained they consider it important to have the kids races as they were important for the future of the sport and encourage parents to race too. 
Concern was raised at the lack of current series venues and the reluctance of non-series organisers to consider running a series race due to the extra work involved conformed to SC rules. 
Committee explained they consider at the moment that operating under SC had advantages including allowing racers to earn BC points. 
Committee confirmed they would go with another organisation such as TLI if they considered it would be best for SCX but the current format under SC is currently considered best. 
Fiona Walker was asked to take away an action point to find out of SC would accommodate a SCX series without kids races taking palace in same event as adult series just to clarify if it was possible under SC. 
Fiona also asked to clarify if non-series races get same BC points as a series race.

SCX aspirations for the future:

An attendee explained that he wanted the sport to grow but also wanted SCX to feel the same fun at events. 
The Committee explained that the current race venues and organisers have achieved so much over the last few seasons that we are now close to a point where the existing venues and organisers just can’t grow very much bigger because of maximum numbers venues can handle.
SCX want to encourage new organisers and venues. It is expected that they would demonstrate success with at least one non-series event before being considered to join SCX series. 
SCX committee currently offer advice and support to Organisers.
An attendee suggested that clubs might be encouraged to pool resources and put on new events.
An attendee suggested SCX ask SC to encourage clubs to put on CX events – one in each of the new regions for example. Fiona confirmed SC are already doing a lot of work in developing CX including with recent successful Youth and Women’s coaching events plus several go cross events and that it can be hard trying to force clubs to hold CX races when they are perhaps not familiar with the format.
SCX explained that organisers often struggle to get enough volunteers to cover the officials jobs at a CX event. It was suggested that more could be done to encourage racers to take a turn and help out as volunteers.
SCX want to know what racers value most and what direction they want the sport in Scotland to go. Use of an online survey was suggested. For consideration by the committee. 

Other Business:

Champions jersey was discussed. The committee explained the problems associated with this include cost of having jerseys printed with riders/team/club sponsors logos and the number of categories required. Also, as the champs is officially an SC race it should be up to them. No further action at this time. 
One attendee requested publishing separate V60 results – no request for a separate prize-giving. Mark Young said this was possible and agreed to take that forward. 
One attendee suggested SCX should consider expanding its equipment inventory (eg. Clocks, banners etc) in order to help organisers and to enhance the feel or the event by making it more slick. The committee welcomed this suggestion confirming that they are keen to help organisers and want to help encourage local communities to come along to spectate. A good looking event would help with that. Funds/storage and transportation barriers were discussed but suggestions of free storage and suggestions of grant money were made. For consideration by the committee. 
A suggestion of having a SCX race/event group under the SCX Committee was made. That group would be focussed on helping organisers put on a successful event. Committee indicated that although the committee is all volunteers, they do already work with organisers. Setting up a separate sub-committee seemed a bit out of scope at the moment but they would be happy to continue to working closely with organisers. 
Deeside Thistle are about to give donation to Braemar Mountain Rescue Team.

Thanks:

Phil Glennie of Braemar Mountain Rescue Team for fast action and excellent care at Knockburn Loch.
Volunteers, landowners and racers who helped out at races.
Jim Cameron for all his poster work.
The sponsors for their sponsorship of the series.
Jammy for his ongoing work at every event.
All the committee were thanked for their work throughout the year 
Committee’s closing remarks:
Everyone was thanked for traveling and attending

Monday, 16 March 2015

Provisional Cyclocross Calendar 2015/2016 (Updated)




Scottish CX Calendar 2015

May 19th - Lovecross, Peebles
Aug 01st - Haugh+Cross, Aberdour
Sep 06th - Portage CX, Fife
Sep 12th - Glasgow Cross
Sep 19th - Bute Cross, Isle of Bute
Sep 26th - ERC Inch Park, Edinburgh
Oct 04th - Alford CX, Alford, Aberdeenshire
Oct 11th - SCX1 Callendar Park
Oct 18th - Kick in the Knock
Oct 25th - SCX2 Knockburn Loch
Nov 08th - SCX3 Strathclyde Park
Nov 22nd - SCX4 Lochore Meadows
Nov 29th - Plean Country Park, Stirling
Dec 06th - SCX5 Irvine - incorporating the Scottish Cycling Cyclocross Championships
Dec 12th - SCX6 Mull
Dec 13th - Santacross, Mull
Jan 17th - RGCX, East Renfrewshire
Jan 24th - Doonbank Trofee (TBC)
Feb 07th - Fife CX (TBC)
Feb 21st - Dig In

National Series Dates

Oct 11th National Trophy 1 - Southampton
Oct 25th National Trophy 2 - Derby
Nov 08th National Trophy 3 - Durham
Nov 29th National Trophy 4 - Ipswich
Dec 13th National Trophy 5 - Bradford
Jan 09th & 10th National Championships - Shrewsbury
Jan 17th National Trophy 6 - Milton Keynes