Welcome to UKXCNews.com
Started back in 2013 as a simple Twitter Feed with a goal of helping UK Cross-Country and Endurance mountain bike racers, event organisers and fans stay connected, informed and up to date, UKXCNews.com has endeavoured to become a vibrant hub of relevant, race related information. A site filled with stories, reports, reviews, features and advice to interest racers and fans alike.
Even though the UKXCNews project has evolved steadily over time our main ethos and mission objectives have always remained unchanged:
- To help uncover the wealth of under reported news from around the UK Cross Country and Endurance MTB scene.
- To promote the positive and exciting nature of XC MTB racing.
- To help event organisers attract more riders, fans and support to their events.
- To give XC athletes a forum on which to showcase their talents, dedication and aspirations.
- To give brands the opportunity to show their support for XC racing within the UK and beyond.
- To build a dedicated ‘fan base’ and to help spread the gospel of XC MTB racing!
And with the help of some pretty dedicated folk we have already managed to do a fair bit. The team brought a ‘live’ aspect to UK XC race reporting by utilising social media to help keep fans from around the world updated on race day. We’ve brought you popular features such as Race Bike Focus, in which we gave racers the opportunity to showcase their race rig and the kit that makes them ‘go’! We have interviewed everyone from mid-pack warriors, World Champions, National Champions and race organisers - and we've still many more lined up. You have been given race reports and racer blogs from Homegrown riders who have endeavoured to stretch their legs on the international race scene, and also from those who prefer to ply their skills a little closer to home.
There has been a fair bit achieved so far… But now it's time to do more!!
So what do we want to do? Well…
- We want to expand our ‘live’ race coverage.
- We want to bring you far more full and comprehensive race reports.
- We want to bring you exciting race previews to help build race day excitement and that have all the info needed for both racers and fans alike.
- We want to help more events reach more racers, fans and supporters by working with them to create bigger and better marketing campaigns.
- We'd like to open up UKXCNews to the worlds of YouTube and create vibrant XC related content that will help drive excitement and interest in the sport!
But for this we need you!!
If you've always wanted to do something more for the sport or you have ideas on how to make XC racing bigger, then we really want to hear from you.
UKXCNews needs people from every echelon of the sport to help with editing, feature writing and race reporting (both live and post-event). We need bloggers, news hounds and photographers, boots on the ground to help us create fabulous and up to the minute race coverage.
On top of that, we need people who can help us market not just UKXCNews but to help us promote events and racers so they can reach even greater heights and achieve unbelievable things.
You could be just the person we need to help create a real difference, and you don't need to quit your day job to do it! Even if you only have a spare 5 minutes a week, there could be a role for you at UKXCNews.com. All we ask is that you share our passion for Cross Country MTB in all it's amazing and joyous guises.
So, if you fancy helping and having your say on how we report the XC News, simply jot a few of your details down into a quick email and send it into info@UKXCNews.com
Meet the team
Contact Ross - ross@UKXCNews.com
Based on the doorsteps of Dartmoor, Ross is a an XC racer having moved from road racing in 2013, 2015 saw Ross has competing in the Scott Marathon series and national XC rounds. As a full time web developer, he is in charge of taking care of the site and building on the great work the team have already carried out.
Contact Jon- jon@UKXCNews.com
Jon is the lead coach at E3Coach.com and he's the deputy Editor here at UKXCNews, he has worked in the industry for over 15 years and raced endurance events for over 20 years. Running training camps around the globe for beginner to elite athletes.
Mountain bike racing fanatic Craig Bowles started racing in 1989 at the Mountain Bike Club National Series race held at Cannock Chase back in the days of rigid forks, cantilever brakes & thumbshifters. Over the ensuing 25 years he’s raced all formats from 20 minute Juvenile XC races to the 24 Hour Solo World Championships. Two wheels have taken him to events all around the UK, many overseas adventures, a few wins and lots of friends.
Contact Craig - Craig@UKXCNews.com
My first real race was at the tender age of 34, the then unknown Cape Epic when it was a trans event with big miles. That experience got me hooked on the longer haul. A number of podium spots in 12 hour races followed as did my addiction to stage races. Experience seems to have paid off this year, my 2nd as a vet, with a number of podium spots, a 3rd in the GC at the Transpyr and a top spot at the Manx 100 miler.
Becoming a physio and bike fitter has certainly helped me understand the sporting body in terms of reducing and managing injury and improving performance, as well as helping numerous cyclists gain more from their riding and racing.
Contact Scott - Scott@UKXCNews.com