British cyclo-cross preview

After two enthralling battles last weekend, the Rapha Supercross Series reaching its conclusion this weekend with the final round at Alexandra Palace in London on Sunday.

The event has seen the country’s top riders come together in teams to chase a prize fund of £6,000 – but aside from the incentives for riders there is plenty to keep the spectators happy.

Round one and two in Windermere and Huddersfield respectively were well received with commentary from Anthony McCrossan, giveaways, music and beer to add to the fast and furious racing, and the final round on Sunday is expected to be just as good.

The event, promoted by London Phoenix CC, begins with under-10s at 11.30am, and concludes at 2.30pm with the elite race.

Elsewhere, there is some great cyclo-cross action in South Yorkshire on Saturday, when the Doncaster Wheelers Supercross takes place.

The Category A event is being staged at the town’s Keepmoat Stadium just off the M18, with an extensive prize list also up for grabs as well as catering, trade stands and quality racing.

In Wales, the fifth round of the Welsh League is being staged on Saturday evening at Carmarthen Park.

Being used as a venue for the second year, Carmarthen Park proved a popular venue last year, when Andrew Baum (Cwmcarn Paragon) beat Joe Lally (CC Abergavenny). The pair may well renew their rivalry on Saturday evening, with Lally keen to gain revenge for his defeat to Baum in Round Two and add to his wins in Rounds Three and Four.

Lincolnshire Championship leader Mark Cotton (Bycka Sport Racing) will start as favourite in the fifth round of the series at Scunthorpe’s Quibell Park on Sunday.

Having won the last two rounds of the League and finished second in the first two, Lincoln-based 25-year-old Cotton is the man to beat.

There has been a change of venue for the Central League’s fifth round on Sunday, being staged by VC10. The race, which begins at 11am and continues through to the seniors at 1pm, will be held near the Westminster Sports Centre at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford.

With victory in round two and second spot in round four under his belt, Team Corley Cycles’ Nick Jones could be the man to beat in Sunday’s event.

The Waldrons Solicitors West Midlands Leagues moves on to Misterton Hall in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, on Sunday, where round seven is being staged by Welland Valley CC.

As well as giving league regulars another chance to boost their points tally, it will also be an ideal opportunity for many of the region’s riders to get a good workout ahead of the second round of the National Trophy Series in Leicester the following weekend.

North of the Border, Glasgow MTB Club stage the third round of the Scottish League at Mugdock Country Park in Glasgow, where early league leader Colin May (VC Edinburgh) will be aiming for his first victory after finishing second and third in the opening two rounds.

This weekend’s events:

Saturday, October 22

Doncaster Wheelers Supercross – Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster.
VC Nottingham/SRAM Notts and Derby League, round seven – Bingham Leisure Centre, Bingham, Nottinghamshire. Extra Tough Cross – Lee Quarry, Bacup, Lancashire.
Towy Riders/Welsh League, round five – Carmarthen Park, Wales.

Sunday, October 23
Rapha Supercross, round three – Alexandra Palace, London.
VC10/Central League, round five – Westminster Sports Centre, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford.
Ford CC/Eastern League, round seven – Davy Down Country Park, North Stifford, Essex.
Scunthorpe RC/Lincolnshire League, round five – Quibell Park, Scunthorpe.
Welland Valley CC/Waldrons Solicitors West Midlands League, round seven – Misterton Hall, Lutterworth.
Barnesbury CC/CXNE League, round six – Gallagher Park, Bedlington.
CS Pendle/North West League, round seven – West Craven High Tech. College, Barnoldswick.
Glasgow MBC/Scottish League, round three – Mugdock Country Park, Glasgow.
Reading CC/Wessex League – Prospect Park, Reading.
Condor RC/Yorkshire Points Series, round six – Wellholme Park, Brighouse, West Yorkshire.