Racer Report: Round 4 of Eifel Mosel Cup (Lomas Wefing)

16-05-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race Reports 

After a stinking cold had kept me off the start line in Singen last weekend and away from training most of the week, I was keen to get the season back on track with the next race. Round four of the Eifel Mosel Cup took place in Neef on the banks of the river Mosel. A strong field lined up in the...

Kent XC Action - Betteshanger Summer Series

13-05-2016  Craig Bowles   XC Race News  XC Race Reports 

Last weekend XC racing returned to Betteshanger Country Park, near Deal in Kent for the first time in two years. A great turnout of 45 riders enjoyed a bone dry 5.7km course and warm weather at the first round last Sunday. Brothers Simon and Martin Dickinson of organisers Cyclebubble Cycle...

Essex Summer Evening Series Round 1 - Race Report

15-04-2016  Craig Bowles   XC Race News  XC Race Reports 

Round 1 of the Essex Summer Evening Series kicked off with the same course used for the Potash Spring Classic but run in reverse. Due to heavy rain on Monday night the course became quite wet and slippery in some of the technical bomb hole sections forcing many riders to get off and run. The...

Race Report - Potash Spring Classic

11-04-2016  Craig Bowles   XC Race News  XC Race Reports 

Bright sun shine met the competitors when they rolled up to the start line for the Potash Spring Classic, luckily most of the recent rain had missed the venue and the course was mainly running dry and fast. First off was the Senior Male category, Robert Staines of Hadleigh MTB Club in his first...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 6 (Stuart Spies)

20-03-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race Reports 

After a very damp night that had me grateful yet mildly perturbed the solid downpour would continue through the morning we lined up in cooler conditions to tackle the penultimate stage of this years Epic. I hadn’t wanted to trouble my team mate, Scott Cornish, but the invariable ’stage race...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 5 (Scott Cornish)

20-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Rain, thorns and a few hills... I say rain, but it was more of an early morning drizzle cooling the air and keeping the dust at bay on stage 5, the queen stage in terms of climbing. Not huge at 2500m D+, but constant up and down, tough enough on the now tiring legs 6 days in, but what a day. Not...

MAD XC red 4

18-03-2016  Steve Corbyn   XC Race Reports 

I've been trying to drag a few more local mates along to races this winter to share the fun. Next time I'll have to leave my buddy Tim Trew at home as he smashed me and all but one of the field in round 3 of the Mad Dash in the Park at Ebworth near Stroud. After some decent xc results over winter...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 4 (Team Momsen UK)

17-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

The Cape Epic with test your fitness, it will test your equipment and most telling it will test your resolve. I love and hate that fact; I love being tested, I hate coming up short and I very definitely hate if factors out of your control conspire to mess with your head. Todays stage around...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 3 (Team Momsen UK)

17-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Singletrack treats, monkeys and mishaps Stage 3, not dissimilar to stage 1 in length and height gain, it was going to be another long, hot day in the saddle, but this time ending at the next venue town of Wellington and characterised by constantly changing scenery and some epic riding. This is an...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 2 (Team Momsen UK)

15-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Stage 2 Results round-up: Stage 2, day 3 (93KM -  2200m Elevation- Saronsberg to Saronsberg) was less of a brute than stage 1, but only just, which is reflected in the times. There were very few 'easy' km today, much of the pedalling on single-track trails, up and down, requiring intense efforts...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 1 (Scott Cornish)

14-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Forgotten how that 4:50 am alarm feels, but getting back in under the midday sun you realise why the start is at 7am. Stuart popped his head into my tent just to make sure that I was awake! I did ask him to, as I am notoriously bad at early mornings. The heat, which can be the achilles heel for...