Frequently Asked Questions

See below for some FAQs, if there is anything else you would like to know contact us at info@nwcca.org.uk

Can anyone enter?

Yes! Cyclo-Cross is the most accessible form of cycle racing. Everyone is welcome; we regularly have 6 year-old to 70 year-old riders taking part in league rounds.

Do I need a Cyclo-Cross bike?

No, cyclo-cross or mountain bikes can be used for all NWCCA events.

Do I have to be in a club?

No you do not have to be in a club to race.

Do I have to complete all the laps?

No – everyone finishes once the winner crosses the line. Your position will be calculated. Lots of people don’t finish on the same lap as the leader.

Will I finish last?

Probably not! The best thing about Cyclo-Cross is the wide range of riders who take part. Racing takes place right across the board, so you may be in 91st position but battling with another 5 riders for that position.

Is it fun?

You may say no if we asked you halfway through a race, but once the lungs have stopped burning and you’ve been congratulated by the rider you pipped on the line, we guarantee you will be heading home with a big smile on your face!

Can I bring the family?

Yes, of course, Cyclo-Cross attracts many families either competing or spectating. At the majority of our rounds you will find vendors selling hot food/drinks and there will always be toilets on site. More to the point, they can all race!  We have oodles of categories

Do I have to register with the NWCCA league?

No you don’t have to register to the league. But if wish to compete for the overall standings you will need to register. Also if you plan to ride most of the league rounds, it’s worth registering as you will save £2 on the entry fee at every round.

How do I register with the league?

Join online here before the season’s first event, or Fill out a registration form (see the league membership page) and bring it along to the first round you attend. The registration fee is £10 for Seniors, Veterans, Women & Juniors. £5 for Youth, Under 12s, Under 10s & Under 8s.

What happens after I’ve registered online for the League?

Race numbers will be issued for the season. These can be collected at any NWCCA league event. League members (S / V/ W/  J) will keep their numbers (Arm & Back) and their transponder for the season and use them at each league event they attend. They MUST be returned after your last event. Contact us at info@nwcca.org.uk and we’ll send you the details as to where to send them if you can’t hand them in at the event. Please clean your numbers and transponder before handing them back!

How do I get a transponder?

This has changed for 2019-20.  Previously we provided them and asked for them back at the end of the year. We now use an ACTIVE transponder system, rather than PASSIVE, and it came as a large cost burden to us. As a result, you need to ‘rent’ a transponder for the day, or, preferably, BUY a transponder – and own it for what we expect to be 4 years.  They can be shared (i.e. used by two riders in different events).  You can ‘book’ one here.

How do Transponders and Timing work?

We’ve created a help document here about how to use your transponder.

Do I HAVE to Buy a Transponder?

Not at all. League riders will have two options for transponders – either collect a transponder at sign on, then return it immediately after the race, or BUY a transponder. You will retain the transponder from year to year. The advantage is simpler sign on, and you will not need to return it to sign on after your race, you keep it.  Buying a transponder helps the sign on team: we do not need to issue a transponder and get it back, and we don’t need to enter the transponder number in the computer each time you race, this significantly reduces the work of the sign on team, so please help the volunteers.
More info here

What is my age category?

See the British Cycling Age Categories for the current season here.

Do I need to be a British Cycling member?

No you don’t have to be a British Cycling member but you will be required to purchase a British Cycling day membership for £3 at every round you race if you are a Senior, Veteran, Junior or Woman. If you plan on riding the majority of rounds it may be worthwhile purchasing a membership. Make sure you get a RACE membership. A full race license isn’t required for our league rounds, the provisional license that comes with the RACE membership is sufficient.

When and where are the races?

Check out the calendar page on the website.

What time do the races start and how much are they to enter?

  • Start times including entry fees are described on this page

How long are the races?

  • Youth and Novice – duration 30 mins for lead riders
  • Under 12s – 15 minutes duration  for lead riders
  • Under 10s –  10 minutes duration  for lead riders
  • Under 8s –  10 minutes duration for lead riders
  • Veterans – 40 minutes duration for lead riders
  • Women – 40 minutes duration for lead riders
  • Seniors & Juniors – 50 minutes duration for lead riders

Can I pre-enter online?

Not just yet, we have trialled online entry at a few selected events and it got a mixed response. You just enter on the day for each league race. If any has online entry we will advertise it clearly.

What do I have to do on race day?

It’s best to arrive at least an hour before your race. Head over to the signing on area to enter the race and collect your race numbers and borrow a transponder. If no other races are in progress on the course you can ride round, please keep off the course if another race is on including the Youth and Under 12/10/8s races.

Some people have two bikes.  Do I need two bikes?

Cyclo-cross is a winter sport and some winters can be particularly muddy. You don’t need two bikes by any means, but by the nature of the sport, you will be at a disadvantage on some muddier days if you can’t change to a clean bike when the bike naturally becomes clogged with mud.

How do we use the pits

For riders wanting to change bikes, there are normally pits every half lap.  Please check out out pits etiquette page here.

I forgot to return my race numbers… where can I send them back to?

Contact us at info@nwcca.org.uk and we’ll send you the details.

11 comments on “Frequently Asked Questions
  1. John Cooke says:

    When will the full details of the 2017/18 calendar be issued.

  2. John Cooke says:

    With the new Cross season less than 2 weeks away can a full list iof actual events be published, with the on going discrepancies be tween the BC events and the Nwcca events it is very difficult to plan ones season, i of examplre Is the Manchester Whs event still on as it as been taken off the BC list.?

    • Hiya John

      The events that organisers have registered with British Cycling so far are here
      https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=450

      We have chased the others of course…
      We should also have
      15/10 Macc wheelers,
      22/10 Port Sunlight,
      26/11 Lancaster @ Cumbria university,
      2/12 Everton,
      9/12 Fleetwood,
      17/12 Stadt Moers.

      Unless we hear any different, the organisers will be in the process of registering those events. If they don’t register them, then we’ll make announcements, but please assume they’re going ahead. Are you riding this year?

      Regards
      Dave

After the last couple of rounds, we’re down on quite a few Red and Yellow Marshal Flags. If you have inadvertently taken them home, please bring them to the next event – thanks!