Press release: Local clubs preparing for a busy season

12th Sept 2010


As another cyclo-cross season approaches some local Derbyshire clubs are facing a

busy winter. Four clubs that are members of the popular Notts and Derby Cyclo-cross league are helping to organise the National Championships that take place at the end of the season at Moorways stadium in Derby. In addition they will be organising their own events in the league.

South Pennine, Derby Mercury and Heanor Clarion are established clubs that have been part of the league since the early 1980s. Together with younger club, empella/ RT they have a wealth of experience in riding and organising cyclo-cross events. It is this background that has enabled Derby cyclo-cross to be very successful organisers of two recent national trophy races.

The league itself starts on 18th September at Shipley Park with a race run by Heanor Clarion. Two weeks later Derby club South Pennine which celebrates its bi-centenary next year, put on their event at Allestree Park. Nick Hook from South Pennine is actively involved both with the league and national events said: “It takes a great deal of planning and preparation to run the league events and club members come out in force on the day to prepare and marshal the course. As a result the riders and spectators can expect to enjoy a good day’s racing without incident. The same applies to the national race which takes additional preparation and dedication

Youngsters at a Heanor Clarion Go-ride training session

Youngsters at a Heanor Clarion Go-ride training session

Heanor Clarion Cycling Club is a small Heanor-based club with a strong reputation in local cyclo-cross circles – current holders of the Notts & Derby League team titles in Senior, Youth and Under 12 categories. Heanor also offers Go-ride training sessions for young riders from ages 6 to 16 most weeks, as detailed on their website.

Traditionally these first two events enjoy the pleasant autumn sunshine on fast courses. Later in November, Derby Mercury which also runs Go-ride sessions for young riders will be putting on its race at Sinfin Moor Park on much softer ground.

NDCXL Senion Champion 2009/10 and National's course director Ben Eedy

NDCXL Senion Champion 2009/10 and National's course director Ben Eedy

The local clubs have provided many individual winners of the league in recent years with Ben Eedy from empella/ RT being the current senior champion. Rosie Blount and Hilary Johnson from Derby Mercury are the current Youth girl and Veteran women’s champions respectively while Dave Banks from the club is over 45s champion. Heanor Clarion provides veteran age category champions in Mick McDermott and John Dowell. These and other aspiring national riders will be using the league as a build up to the end of season national championships.

Cycle Derby is also assisting at the national championships by organising schools races at Osmaston Park adjacent to Moorways. Over the last 6 months Cycle Derby has organised a series of three cyclo-cross races located at schools around the City, with each race attracting over 70 children.

CycleDerby Interschools racing in summer 2010

CycleDerby Interschools racing in summer 2010

Tracey Fletcher Cycle Derby Projects Officer said “The idea behind the series was to allow local children to put into practice the skills they had learnt over a six week Cycle Derby After School club, introduce them to competitive racing and most of all to have fun. The results were great!! The children gained confidence, their bike handling skills were put to the test and they experienced different courses and kept coming back for more, they had come a long way from being taught in the playground.” There is no doubt that these children are potentially cyclo-cross champions of the future.

Due to the success of the Summer Race Series, Cycle Derby are going to organise a further two races leading up to the National Champs in January 2011 where they are promoting races. South Pennine and Derby Mercury have allowed Cycle Derby to join them and put on a race prior to the Notts and Derby league races. These races will start at 10am and finish by 11am. The dates are 2nd October at Allestree Park and 20th November at Sinfin Moor Park. There is no doubt that these children will progress to Notts and Derby League races, are potentially cyclo-cross champions of the future.

The national championships are being organised by the experienced team from Derby Cyclo-cross and will take place over the weekend of 8th and 9th of January 2011. Derby Cyclo-cross is an amalgam of cyclo-cross enthusiasts across the four Derbyshire clubs.

If you would like to support a prestigious sporting event and help promote the developing sport of cycling in Derby then please contact organiser John Holmes on 07946 461972.

Further details can be found on the event website:

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Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the event, which takes place from 10.00 am on January 8th and 9th 2011 at Moorways Stadium, Moor Lane, Allenton, Derby DE24 9HY.


John Holmes, Event Organiser 07946461972

Nick Hook, Press Officer 01332 552637

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