The Tour de France visits Leeds this summer for the Grand Depart but more importantly so did CityCross for its much anticipated third edition. On Saturday June 14th Holbeck Urban Village in central Leeds hosted the latest round of this unique series. With cobbles, steps, ramps, berms, alleys, beer tents, music, food and all the great racing, it had the amazing atmosphere you're come to expect from CityCross. But this time in the summer!
What is CityCross?
Morvélo CityCross is a unique style of cyclocross race set in urban spaces. Ever since we filmed our popular 'Ride Everything' urban cyclocross film, we've been wanting to create a race in the same mould, mixing traditional cross with added fun stuff. Now's the time!
Doing away with the traditional format of a single 1hr long race and instead getting our influence from BMX racing, CityCross will be run over a series of "Motos" across all categories. The top 50% of each Moto will qualify for their respective Final.
Each race will be a 20+ minute blast around a course that will comprise of man made obstacles, multiple lines, barriers and more. Testing skills and speed in races that mix up superb close racing with some good old fashioned fun. Much like how you used to race your friends around the streets and woods on BMXs taking in all manner of detours and obstacles.
There will be races for Under 12's, Youths, Juniors, Women Only, Novices, Seniors and Vets, all taking in the traditional race route through the beer tent and cowbell alley.
In between you can fuel yourself on award winning coffee, heckle your friends in the beer tent, grab some frites, wood fired pizza or even sushi. If you have more energy to burn then we have roller racing trackside courtesy of South Coast Sprints not to mention a wide array of exhibitors from clothing, bikes and accessories to illustrators. It's a whole day out. Not just a race.
Instagram your CityCross with #citycx
We'd love to see what type of CityCross you all get up to. The roads, streets, alleys, parks and steps are made for cross bikes, so head out and explore. Then use the hashtag #citycx on Instagram for them to be shown here.