On attempting to enter my local round of the Nationals, I was disappointed to find that Silver membership and a race license are required unless I restrict myself to riding open or sport. This would mean a cost of £75 on top of the £25 race entry fee to take part in the only National race I am able to travel to. Unsurprisingly I am not prepared to spend £100 to enter 1 race and will not be going to Wheal Maid.
In the past it was possible to enter a single round of the Nationals without BC membership and in road racing I believe day licenses are available for occasional racers. Surely a compromise can be reached to allow a less expensive taste of BC's flagship MTB series rather than the apparent deliberate discouragement of wider involvement in these events. I'm sorry for the rant but I'm starting to wonder if BC's primary goal is cash generation rather than promoting cycling.
To those who are racing, enjoy the day, I've loved racing Wheal Maid in previous SW events.