Round One • Old Shroggs Tip, Halifax, Yorks
So the inaugural CityCross has been and gone and we're pleased to say has surpassed expectations. We had no idea what the reaction would be to this new style of bicycle racing. All we had was a concept that has been rattling around in our heads for over a year and now it's been let loose. And people love it! Racers, spectators, kids, national level cross and MTB racers, all sorts. From people riding carbon bikes and tubs to someone wearing old gardening gloves and a bike from a skip. We had all sorts. The consistents were the toughness of the racing and the smiling in amongst the grimacing. 20 minute racing that feels like an hour. Full gas!
Vecchio Jo over at Road.cc gives a fully comprehensive report from Old Shroggs Tip.
What is CityCross?
Morvélo CityCross is a unique style of cyclocross race set in an old city tip in central Halifax. 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, rubble heaps, 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.
Good to see them observe the 'Get the bike to fit the width if the vehicle' rule. http://t.co/LlkQEKbAom
Riding into the storm. http://t.co/Mh679vjoqQ
RT @scsprints: Final preperations underway at SCS HQ for Spin Up in a Brewery this Saturday, its going to be massive..... see you there...
At Spin Up in a Brewery this Saturday we'll have our Spring Summer 2013 range on show, giving out an exclusive... http://t.co/wrrj7iT5Vy
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.