Club La Santa stage 2

01-02-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Cracking day's racing in the sunshine! Racing in January is always a shock to the system, most likely why yesterday it felt like lead in my legs and the heart rate was spiking super high. Physically and mentally things had settled down a little for stage 2, a better ride and as someone once told...

Race Report: Winning Start for Last

31-01-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race Reports 

OMX Pro Team hit the ground running this weekend with three of their racers gracing the podium at Round 1 of the South African Cup in Mankele.  It was especially pleasing to see OMX Pro Teams newest recruit and British National XCO champ, Annie Last, winning the race with a controlled display...

Club La Santa Stage 1

30-01-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Doing the stage 1 recce yesterday was a good shout, knowing what was coming in terms of the loose terrain was useful and where the little pit falls were. The stage was fast and short on rolling terrain favouring the powerful riders who could put out the watts on the flat. Today's pace was somewhat...

Race Report: Strathpuffer 2016 - Rich Rothwell

30-01-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race Reports 

Sometimes a race report arrives at UKXCNews that demands your instant attention; a read so good you just have to grab a brew (maybe a biscuit too), stick the phone on silent and find yourself a comfy spot. This is just that type of report! Settle down and enjoy the 2016 Strathpuffer through the...

Club La Santa 4 day stage race and Cape Epic training camp

28-01-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Scott, our endurance race Ed is out at Club La Santa racing their 4 day stage race and being part of the official Cape Epic training camp in readiness for racing the real thing in March. It all starts Friday. The volcanic mountain bike adventure kicks off once again this Saturday at Club La...

Mad XC race

06-01-2016  Steve Corbyn   XC Race Reports 

Old Skool local xc racing Whilst looking for things to keep riding interesting over the winter I was pleased to see a series of xc races pop up in the calendar just a short journey along the M5 from Bristol. Round 1 of the Mean and Dirty (MAD) 'Dash in the Park' was held in private National Trust...

British Bulldog spirit at the World Championship

29-10-2015  Steve Corbyn   XC Race Reports 

  To think that I've lined up on the front row of the grid for a World Championships in a mountain bike event blows my mind. Ok so it's a bit of a niche sport with a self selected 'elite' category. Nonetheless I'm still humbled to have been even in sight of some of the greatest athletes...

The Crocodile Trophy - final stage, the TT

27-10-2015  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Wetherby Station to Port Douglas 30 km / 350m of climbing. The TT stage. The Crocodile Trophy has everything you could ever imagine riding on a mountain bike – steep descents, long climbs. Technical singletrails, wide open roads. Rocky and sandy sections. Rainforests and bush. Outback and...

The Crocodile Trophy - stage 8

25-10-2015  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Skybury Coffee to Wetherby Station 101 km / 1400m climbing Ryan is holding his own amongst the high level of athletes. Stage video here The penultimate stage, a mostly flat 108 kilometres on dirt roads through the rain forest. Like every night here I slept well in the tent, got nine...

The Crocodile Trophy - stage 7

24-10-2015  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Irvinebank to Skybury Coffee Plantation 127 km / 1300 m Today would be the longest stage of this years race at 127km but having had a look at previous years race times I knew that it would be a pretty quick stage with chunks of gravel and even tarmac roads with only a small amount of...

The Crocodile Trophy - stage 6

23-10-2015  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Ryan Sherlock legs were feeling good today for stage 6; Irvinebank to Irvinebank 100km / 2700m of climbing I woke to find my body felt great - how did it turn out to be a bit of a disaster of a day… The race FINALLY started at a slightly more sedate pace for the first five kilometres -...

Halo Bristol Oktoberfest powered by VW Heritage

23-10-2015  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Bikes and post race beers. Now in its 5th year, the Halo Bristol Oktoberfest is the season ending race for many, set on the same iconic trails as the Summer Bikefest and sharing the same cracking atmosphere and buzz. It may lack the high  temperatures and dusty trails of mid summer, but it has an...