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.