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Cannock Chase Summer Classic

Neil_scrivenNeil_scriven Posts: 19
edited June 2012 in XC and Enduro
On July 8th MTB XC Racing returns to Cannock Chase for the Run & Ride Cannock Chase Summer Classic.

You may or may not be aware that Run & Ride supported Midlands XC on the Cannock round of the 2012 series and with the lack of races in the area during the summer months have decided to put on another race based at the popular venue.
"We're really passionate about MTBing especially on Cannock Chase and we thought it was a shame that such an area doesn't have more events on"

Expect a similar course to the one used back in March for the Midlands XC event. Plenty of nice techy, but fast flowing single track. Some lung busting climbs mixed up with a few fire road sections.
"The race course area is right on our doorstep so we know the trails like the back of our hand. We've tried to include the best the area has to offer whilst ensuring the course has a good flow to it. With the backing of the Forestry Commission we've even been out and cut new trails specifically for the event. This event is run under British Cycling Go Race guidelines and we wanted to encourage newcomers, so whilst the course has sections to keep the hardened racer happy it's also suitable for all skill levels."

One area where the race does differ is the categories. Things have been mixed up a bit with the emphasis on close racing regardless of age rather than on the standard elite, expert, vets etc.
"We wanted to try something a bit different. First of all we liked the idea that most people in the category would be of similar ability so we'd get more competitive closer racing. Next we wanted to try and get rid of the problem of categories getting mixed together and problems passing or being past. It may or may not work but we think it’s definitely worth a try".

The event is very kindly supported by Juice Lubes, Accelerade and Mt Zoom who will be supplying prizes for the podium finishers along with cash prizes for the Elite / Racing Snake category. Also available on the day will be food and "real" coffee plus for a small charge a pre/post ride massage therapy service from Vivify. Online entry is available via their own website http://www.gorunandride.co.uk and will remain open until July 5th. Entries will be taken on the day with a small surcharge. Camping is available over the weekend for a small charge plus there will be a 50p parking charge on the day, both of which will be donated directly to Run & Ride's chosen local charity The Hibbs Lupus Trust.
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