Preview: The Red Rose Olympic Avenham Cyclo-Cross, 18 September 2010



This in from Colin Colin Humphreys, Red Rose Olympic:

With the rainy summer nearly over its back to the cold and rainy cross season and for those of you who remember the Scorton Scramble we now have something completely different to offer.

The Red Rose Olympic Avenham Cyclo-Cross race opens the North West calendar on Saturday 18th of September at Avenham Park in Preston.  It’s a fantastic venue for cross including grassy climbs and descents, stairs, off the bike short sharp climbing, hurdles, trails and a little tarmac for recovery.  We’ve even got a viaduct over the river to play with!

Full Course Map Here (pdf)

It’s taken a lot of persuading to allow access for a cross race and many hours of negotiating with council officials, contractors, parks and gardens staff and many others.  Avenham is a Victorian listed park so we have to be careful to ensure they let us back in.  It’s essential that we keep to the marked out course to reduce any damage.   It’s a public park so we also need to be aware of the general public wanting to enjoy the park and the racing during the day.  The cross races kick off an eight day festival called ‘Preston on the Move’ so there will be other events throughout the weekend so let’s put on a good display.  We will have a race village area so bring your club and or team gazebos.  There will also be a Go-Ride Racing event for novice U16 riders plus media and film crews recording the event for TV and radio.  It’s a Cat A race so we have decided to have both pre and enter on the day, available.  I would advise you to get your entries in asap as the council may put a cap on the numbers.  If you are a regular North West rider don’t forget you numbers.

Signing on is in front of the new Pavilion building next to the river.

Programme of events

Race 1- 11:00am Youth Race (Under 16 full course 30 minutes plus 1 lap, £5 pre entry, £6 on the day)

Race 2- 12.:00 noon Under 12’s (Short course 15 minutes plus 1 lap, Free to enter)

Race 3-1:00pm Juniors, Women, Seniors, Veterans (full course 60 minutes plus 1 lap, £10 pre entry, £12 on the day)

Race 4- 2:30pm Go-Ride Racing (Under 16 novice riders)

Entries on the usual BC entry form to Colin Humphreys 25 Kennington Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8BT (Cheques made payable to Colin Humphreys)

Finally I would be really grateful for anyone who can help out on the day. Give me a call on 07947069962.
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