November 2014 is a significant month in the history of bike racing in Britain. It’s the first time the UCI Cyclocross World Cup has ever been held on our shores. It’s by far the biggest race happening this month.
As we creep gradually into the winter months, cycling races are becoming less frequent. However, November has thrown up a few high-profile events for the viewer’s delight.
Yes, Milton Keynes
Round 3 of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup is coming to majestic Milton Keynes!
2014 is the first year in history that a round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup will be taking place in the UK. Campbell Park, Milton Keynes to be precise. The best riders from Belgium, USA and the Netherlands will be competing here as well as our own, home grown champions.
It’s the third round of the World Cup. Round 1 just happened last weekend in Cauberg, Netherlands. Lars van der Haar won the men’s race and Katherine Compton won the ladies race.
Here’s a short clip of round 1’s racing…
Round 2 takes place at the iconic Koksijde race course on November 22nd.
If you’re a cycling enthusiast, or just a little curious of the event, tickets are easily accessible on the website. At just £10 per Adult (Children under 12 go free) and £5 for a parking ticket, the event is well priced for most individuals and families.
It is situated a short walk from a variety of accommodation and the main shopping and dining areas are in walking distance. This gives you an option to make it a weekend getaway, especially if you’ve travelled a good distance to spectate.
Milton Keynes is excited for the arrival of the world’s best. Make sure you get your tickets ASAP because it’s likely to sell out.
Forest Of Dean Mini Enduro
Taking place in Gloucestershire over just a day, the shorter overall distance will allow for 4 stages to take place. Plenty of downhill bombing on the best trails in the Forest of Dean.
Having a shorter overall distance has made way for a race format which keeps the morning of race day free for practice runs. The afternoon will solely be consisted of constant racing action.
A full route distance of the stages will be around 10 miles but with practice runs and travel between stages, organisers expect the distance to be between 20-30 miles overall.
All stage times will be added together to make an overall time for the race and to see the winner of the categories.