After the success of the Cannock Chase Summer Classic the guys at Run & Ride are back with more events for 2013. Continuing with the seasonal format for 2013 they'll be a Winter Classic on February 24th plus a Summer Classic on 7th July both held at the popular venue of Cannock Chase.
Matt Williams of Run and Ride said: "We we're really happy how our previous events have gone and the feedback was amazing. Since our July event we've had so many people asking us when our next race is. Originally we had plans for an Autumn event but we just couldn't get the right date that suited both us and the Forestry Commission so instead we opted to wait and spend our time focussing on making the next races even better".
For those that aren't aware Run & Ride try to tailor their events more towards beginners and fun riders rather than out and out racers. "The Midland's XC Series caters for the hardcore racers chasing British Cycling points which gives us some freedom to approach things a little differently. We work with British Cycling and run the races under the "GoRace" banner meaning we can mix things up a bit with the categories to try and make the racing close and in some ways more competitive. It seemed to work well in the last event when we had close racing between riders of all ages. One thing we're doing for next year is splitting the Beginners & Fun class so the real beginners don't have the worry of getting destroyed in their first event. We want to make sure they really enjoy it and want to race again!
Expect a similar course to the one used during 2012 we a few minor changes. Plenty of nice techy, but fast flowing singletrack. Some lung busting climbs mixed up with a few fire-road sections. "The race course area is right on our doorstep so we know the trails like the back of our hand. We've tried to include the best the area has to offer whilst ensuring the course has a good flow to it. With the backing of the Forestry Commission we're able to cut a few new trails specifically for the event. As we said above the events are primarily about the fun and newcomers, so whilst the course has sections to keep the hardened racer happy it's also suitable for all skill levels. Another bonus is that the area of Cannock Chase drains extremely well which makes it ideal for racing no matter what the weather decides to do.
The event is very kindly supported by Juice Lubes, Accelerade, Mt Zoom, Husky Organic, Chapeau! and Super B who will all be supplying prizes for the podium finishers along with cash prizes for the Elite / Racing Snake category. Also available on the day will be food and "real" coffee plus for a small charge a pre/post ride massage therapy service. Online entry is available at www.cannockchasewinterclassic.co.uk and will remain open until the Friday night before each event. Entries will be taken on the day with a small surcharge. Camping is available over the weekend for a small charge plus there will be a 50p parking charge on the day, both of which will be donated directly to Run & Ride's chosen charity.
Also keep your eyes peeled for more info on the Cannock Chase Summer Classic race closer to the summer! Details of which will be released soon!