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.



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.

For the 2018-2019 season the following age categories will apply in British Cyclocross sanctioned cyclo-cross events (effective from 1st September 2018)

This information is derived from the following British Cycling document

Article coming soon :) work in progress

10:30 hrs - Under 8's (Duration 10 - 15 minutes):

Under 8's compete over a shortened course that allows parents/guardians to encourage and support their children safely.

Please Note - This information has been updated in light of recent event cancellations.

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

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


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:

At the end of the season, league awards are presented to the various categories with last seasons 2017/2018 results as follows:


Women's Overall Champion

Women's Junior Champion

Q: What race age category should I enter?

A: See this article about Age Categories Explained.

Q: Can I enter on the day of the event?

A: Yes, See this article on How to Enter.