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The league will be staged over multiple off-road circuits, promoted in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. All South West League events are sanctioned and held under British Cycling regulations unless otherwise stated.

For further details on the rules governing such events, please refer to the British Cycling Handbook Cyclo-Cross Regulations.

 

 

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All competitors, please take note the following important changes for this season. + have a read of this article which explains all the latest information & you need to know all you need to know in one handy read.

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The South West Cyclo-cross League ask that all riders adhere to the following code of conduct. By signing your name on the ‘Sign On’ form you are agreeing to the following terms;

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As a league, we will use photos from events on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram as well as the league website swcx.org.

Many consider cyclo-cross to be a steeplechase with modified road bikes on a 2.5km to 3.5km course over hill and dale, others consider it muddy hell.  Its roots can be traced to the early 1900s, when French army private Daniel Gousseau would ride his bicycle

So you want to give cyclo-cross a go?  Brilliant!  First things first; you'll need to find an event.  Cyclo-cross races are usually run via local leagues, and the South West League with its roots starting back on 2002 covers the three counties’ of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

Enter online 

  •  All events now benefit from online entry via the British Cycling website. Click on the Events tab and follow the link to British cycling.

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For the 2019-2020 season the following age categories will apply in British Cyclocross sanctioned cyclo-cross events (effective from 1st September 2019)

This information is derived from the following British Cycling document

Article coming soon :) work in progress

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The day will consist of 4 races:

 

Race 1 - 10:30 

UNDER 8's

Riders will complete a small course for approximately 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Race 2 -11:00 

UNDER 10's AND UNDER 12's

Riders complete a more advanced course, greater in length and with more technical elements for approximately 15 - 20 minutes.

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If you are wishing to compete & qualify for overall league standings, please take a moment to read the following information.

 

  • A maximum of 9 rounds will be counted towards a competitors total point score from the 11 round league.
  • To qualify for the overall league standings and be eligible for a league award, competitors must compete in a minimum of 7 league events.
  • The SW Cyclo-Cross Championships IS NOT a counting round.
  • Points will be awarded to the first 30 finishers in each category, on the basis of,

Just how is Cyclo-Cross Scored?

The short answer:

First we need a definition – Race Leader – this is the lead rider on the course, regardless of which category they’re racing.  Scoring is based on the:

1) Number of laps completed

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2) Finish order of the last lap.

Everyone finishes on the same lap as the race leader, which causes some funny things to happen, so here’s an FAQ that might answer your questions before the lengthy explanation:

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At the end of the season, league awards are presented to the various race categories. Everyone is welcome to attend and invited to bring something along with them to eat and share.

The event is free to all.

 

Please note. Riders are only eligible for awards if they are league registered.

 

End of season awards to:-