Beer, sell-out crowds and first-class racing are regular features in Belgian cyclo-cross racing – and the inaugural Rapha Super Cross Series aims to bring a helping of Continental glamour to this autumn’s ‘cross calendar.
Ten invited teams will slug it out for a minimum prize fund of £6,000 cash over three events, kicking off at Lake Windermere on October 15 and touching down in Huddersfield 24 hours later before the finale at London’s Alexandra Palace on October 23.
Multiple mountain bike national champion Nick Craig has had a hand in designing the courses, resulting in an abundance of planks, steps, singletrack and climbs at the three venues handpicked for their stunning locations.
Belgian beer, top quality catering, cowbells, DJ, commentator Anthony McCrossan and trade stands featuring some of the best ‘cross bikes available will make for three fantastic days of mud-spattered action.
“I got the idea after racing at the excellent Muddy Hell night race last year at Herne Hill,” said series organiser Ian Cleverly. “The event had an electric atmosphere that was more like a Belgian ‘cross and I decided this was what we needed more of in this country.
“The Tour Series also gave me inspiration, which is why there is a team format to the series. I want to see the likes of Ian Bibby, Ian Wilkinson, Scott Thwaites and Simon Richardson take on the ‘cross regulars, like Jody Crawforth, Paul Oldham and Nick Craig; Motorpoint and Endura pit themselves against Hargroves Cycles and Wheelbase. The potential is fantastic.”
But the series isn’t just for elite racers. The main event will be supported by youth, junior, senior, veteran and womens’ races. A Novice Go-Cross class is also on the cards to offer the ideal introduction to cyclo-cross virgins. We’ll bring you more information on how to secure an entry when we have it.