By Nigel Wynn
The UK's biggest cyclo-cross teams will come up against each other in the newly-created Rapha Super Cross series, starting on Saturday, October 15.
Three specially created courses have been developed in Windermere (October 15), Huddersfield (October 16) and Alexandra Palace (October 23) to test the riders' skills.
Current cyclo-cross national champion Paul Oldham will lead the Hope Factory Racing team as they come up against 2010 National Trophy champion and former national champ Jody Crawforth and his Hargroves Cycles squad.
Scott UK, Wiggle, Charge Bikes, Wheelbase.co.uk-Cannondale, Vicious Velo and an under-23 Rapha squad are among the other outfits fighting it out for the £6,000 prize pot.
Emphasis at the three events in the series is just as much on spectating as it is racing. Entry is completely free for all spectators, and you can expect a 'Belgian' atmosphere with food, drink, entertainment, trade stands and free cowbells.
Entry to the elite race is by invite only but other categories do not need to pre-enter for the Windermere and Huddersfield events, as you can enter on the day. The Alexandra Palace event must be pre-entered online. An under-12s event will be run at all three venues - you just need to turn up with a bike and helmet to have a go.
For more information, including entry details, go to the Rapha Super Cross wesbite.
Rapha Super Cross Series 2011
October 15 - Windermere
October 16 - Huddersfield
October 23 - Alexandra Palace
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