Cyclo-cross

Thanks to Chris Davies for providing content here.

I think I maybe preaching to the already converted here as quite a number of Oggies have got into this branch of the sport in the last year or so. Nina and I do all the races including the National Trophy series but in the Welsh last year there were regular appearances by Chris M, Tony, Biscuit and, of course Tim Raine is a stalwart of the discipline.

It's the best type of dirty weekend you can get (possibly!). You need to be able to handle your bike, jump on and off fluently and ride on your limit (like a TT) for 50 minutes. By the time you ride the course beforehand and warm down after you can easily have got in 3 hours including some impressive hard work. You can get a special bike for this too. Basically it looks just like a road bike but with slacker angles, much more clearance for the mud to fall off, canti-brakes and mud tyres.

In the Welsh league you can ride on any bike including a MTB. In the NT races you can only ride a cross-bike. Go on ---- give it a go! Skills count here too. Last season I could enjoy giving a much fitter CM a good old kicking for the first few races - happy days. Then he learned how to get on and off his bike at speed and I got on the receiving end of the kicking pretty quickly. In the Welsh league it's entry on the line - just turn up, pay £8 and race- simple.

For more information on Cyclocross in Wales, check out the Welsh Cyclo-cross League website.

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Timetable 2009

Welsh Cyclo-cross League

SUNDAY

EVENT/ROUND

VENUE

POSTCODE

ORGANISER

4 October

Getting Cross at Ty Mawr/1

Ty Mawr Farm, Penperlleni

NP4 0AA

Andrew Baum

11 October

Dambusters Classic Cross/2

Penlan Sports Fields, Brecon

LD3 9SR

Liz Slater

18 October

Gateway Cross/3

Crickhowell High School

NP8 1AW

Claire Bowen

25 October

Calf-Burner Cross/4

Pentwyn Leisure Centre, Cardiff

CF23 7EZ

Craig Standage

8 November

Cathedral's Shadow Cross/5

Llandaff Fields, Cardiff

CF5 2AZ

Simon Nurse

15 November

Darran Valley Cross/6

Parc Cwm Darran, Deri

CF81 9NR

Allan Elliott

22 November

Cross in the Park/7

Margam Park

SA13 2TJ

Tim Raine

29 November

Cross by the Sea/8

Pembrey Country Park

SA16 0EJ

David Seward

13 December

Glanusk Cross/9

Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell

NP8 1LP

Sara Randle

20 December

Christmas Cross/Final

Blackweir Park, Cardiff

CF14 3AJ

Alan Haycox

 

Welsh Cyclo-cross Championship

DATE

VENUE

POSTCODE

ORGANISER

CLOSING DATE

6 December

Cwrt y Gollen, Crickhowell

NP8 1TP

Claire Bowen

23 November