1st January 2011
DERBY READY FOR NATIONAL CYCLO-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Onimpex British Cycling National Cyclo-cross Championships are now only one week away, and the scene is now set for an exciting weekend’s racing at the Moorways Stadium in Derby. Following the last year’s championships which took place at Sutton Park in Birmingham it is now time to move east to the new venue.
Moorways has previously played host to popular local Notts and Derby League races and more recently has held a National Trophy race last season. The course itself has again been designed by local league winner Ben Eedy, and will be technically demanding with using the stadium’s steep banks and off camber sections. Coupled with woodland and a tarmac start and finish section it gives a good and varied course. Most of the course can be seen from the grandstand which makes it spectator friendly whilst fans will be able to get close to the riders on the popular technical sections such as the banks and hurdles. A large crowd is expected and there are good parking facilities at the adjoining Rolls-Royce site. The riders’ helpers will also find it easier this year with the pits in a more convenient location close to the car park. Moorways is well situated on the derby ring-road which has good links to the country’s major road networks in all directions.
Currently the course is in pristine condition with no races having been held there this season. Whatever the conditions in a week’s time, it is likely that there will be five main contenders for the Elite race on the Sunday. Jody Crawforth and Paul Oldham will be battling it out again as they have done all season in the National Trophy races. In addition Belgium-based Ian Field will look to take advantage of his continental experiences to lead from the front and stay out of trouble. Last year’s winner Ian Bibby and mountain-biker Liam Killeen will also add to the spectacle.
Entry to spectators is free and they will be able to punctuate their day of exciting racing with a stop in the event village where they will meet the event’s sponsors and suppliers … including Onimpex – Bioracer, Today’s Cyclist, Muc Off, Clif Bar and many more. They can also call at the Quaver Catering kitchen and grab a bite to eat or a drink.
The championships will take place on 8th and 9th of January 2011 at the Moorways Centre in Derby and are organised by the experienced team from Derby Cyclo-cross lead by John Holmes. Derby Cyclo-cross is an amalgam of cyclo-cross enthusiasts across several Derbyshire clubs – Derby Mercury CC, South Pennine RC, Heanor Clarion CC and empella/cyclo-cross.com RT.
Further details can be found on the event website: www.derbycyclocross.org.uk
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NOTE FOR NEWS EDITORS
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.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
John Holmes, Event Organiser 07946461972 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Hook, Press Officer 01332 552637 email@example.com