Exclusive course preview and last minute details from the organizers ahead of Sundays race at Cannock Chase.
Sunday 20th March is the first day of spring and the 2011 RRP Midlands XC Series will be waking from the winter hibernation with a big ring blast of a course to kick off the year. With big numbers in Vets and Sport, a long start straight on hardpack will help to spread things out before riders turn into the trees for the first section of singletrack. Skimming past the young firs at top speed you're soon back on a fast fireroad descent then left up a climb to a small bombhole. Out the other side, let things drift on a fast off camber corner before taking flight on a rollercoaster that leads to the RRP drop. Over the edge, carve your way down a great singletrack descent before a fireroad drag onto some contouring singletrack and a steepening climb up to the arena.
Past the feed zone, through the jump spot and down to some classic Cannock singletrack: Tight and twisty up and down, keep it smooth and don't hook your bars on one of the trees! Up a last short, steep climb and wind the speed up before a long section of singtrack with multiple line choices. Dirt and roots cover the concrete remnants of the old army camp as you flick-flack through the trees, then hang a right and start jockeying for position in the lead out sprint to the finish!
Cannock Chase, Tackeroo Campsite, Penkridge Bank Road, Rugeley, WS15 2UE
Registration opens - 09.00
Morning Race - 10.30. Under 18 and over 40 male categories, plus all female categories.
Under 12's / 10's / 8's Race - 13.00. Short course XC format based near the arena.
Afternoon Race - 14.00. All senior male categories.