Cannock Chase Summer Classic MTB Race July 5th

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Cannock Chase Summer Classic MTB Race July 5th

Post by Woolfie on Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:55 am

July 5th 2015 – Cannock Chase Summer Classic MTB Race

Cannock Summer Classic 2015


The Winter Classic event has come and gone. On the day we had high winds, rain, hail, snow, lots of mud and big smiles from riders young and old.

The event sold out with some of the male categories selling out 2 months before the event so please consider this if you plan on entering.

Also following the Winter event we've had a few riders request that we split the "Fat Bike and Single Speed categories which we have now done.

Anyway on with the event details

Held as before on the popular area of Cannock Chase the event will once again be focused more towards the newbie or fun rider. At Run and Ride we really want to support the grass routes of mountain biking.

So what has changed for 2015? Well nothing really. The format works!! With First Timers category has now gone and instead replaced with "Beginners" Please before you enter this category ask yourself is this the right race for you. If you are fit and like and have any inclination to chase Strava times then this is not the right category for you. The Fun class is the next category up for those who may of raced before but want to just enjoy it and not really worry about how quick they are. Enthusiast is for the guys who race a fair bit, spend al lot of time training and generally rip round. Not really a category for Elite riders.

Worth a mention is that we've kept with the new U8's category alongside the already popular U10's and U13's races. These have proved to be a massive success at every race we do. So much of a success that we simple can't time them well enough so we've had to reduce the entry size per race. If you have children who fit into this age group and enjoy riding their bike then we highly recommend you enter them.

We want to encourage more women to give racing a chance, therefore entry prices start at just £6.00!!!

The Singlespeed and Fat Bike categories are here once again for 2015.

Check out a video of 2013 Winter event -

Event details and schedule

The categories are:

U8's Boy & Girls (10 Minutes)

U10's Boy & Girls (10 Minutes)

U13's Boy & Girls (15 Minutes)

U16's Male & Female (M - 2 laps / F - 2 laps)

First Timers Male & Female (M - 2 laps / F - 1 laps)

Fun Male & Female (M - 3 laps / F - 2 laps)

Enthusiast Male & Female (M - 4 laps / F - 3 laps)

Single Speed Male & Female (M - 3laps / F - 2 Laps)

Fat Bike Male & Female (M - 3laps / F - 2 Laps)

09.30 - U16's Male

09.31 - First Timers Men

09.32 - U16's Female

09.33 - First Timers Ladies

10.45 - Fun Men

10.46 - Fun Women

12.15 - Under 8's

12.30 - Under 10's

12.45 - Under 13's

13.15 - Enthusiast Men

13.16 - Single Speed / Fat Bike Men

13.17 - Enthusiast Ladies

13.18 - Single Speed / Fat Bike Ladies

Another question that kept coming up was are we going to offer National Ranking Points. We understand that for hardcore racers offering points was an attraction but goes away from what we want to achieve by putting on these races, ie affordable racing suitable for fun and newcomers. We still offer categories for those hardcore racers and the prizes are still great but ranking points are just not what the events are about.

Race Timing

Timing's are taken on the day, providing a professional service which includes making results available for everybody quickly after their race / overall event.

The Course

As for the course, expect a real mountain bike course. What do we mean by that? Well plenty of nice techy, but fast flowing single track. and some lung busting climbs mixed up with a few fire road sections. As with all our events we try to create a few new sections with the backing from the Forestry Commission ready for the event. If you are a newcomer don't be put off by the "real mountain bike" talk. Our course are 100% ride able by all levels and we don't put anything too dangerous in the course, plus anywhere that has a difficult section in will have a 'chicken route' alternative. The course will be around 5 / 6km in length and take an average of 20mins (Top riders) 30mins (first timers) to complete. The course will be similar to one used for the Winter classic but small changes to make it different and interesting.

If you are nervous about the course then why not book a skills session with Chase Skills who will help you prepare for any technical aspects of the course.

Directions to the venue

The venue at Tackeroo is ideal for holding events at. Easily accessible from the north or the south Tackeroo is around 15 minutes from the M6 motorway junctions at Cannock (South) or Stafford (North).

•Camping - Camping is available onsite at a cost of £3.00 per night
•Parking - There are lots of hard standing parking at the venue
•Food & Drink - we've managed to secure ‘real’ coffee car vendor, Per-Cup, to attend the event. For the true coffee lovers they'll be offering proper coffee. We'll also be offering a wide selection of home baked cakes & savoury treats.
•Onsite drink water - there are a number of taps around the parking area with fresh drinking water.
•Massage Therapy will be set up early Sunday morning offering pre-race treatment and post race treatments . The effects on the legs of a good massage cannot be under estimated.
•Run & Ride Store will be offering the essentials should you forget something and dare we say something breaks. Of course all will be at a reduce "special offer" rate.

•Helmets must be worn at all times whilst you are on course with your bike.
•Your bike must be in good working order and suitable for the terrain.
•Any areas on the bike that could cause damage to yourself or others during a crash must be covered. E.g open ends of handle bars / bar ends.
•Suitable clothing must be worn for the conditions.
•Abusive or offensive behaviour towards the organizers or other competitors will not be tolerated. Please refrain from using any offensive language.
•Please remember that you will be in a public place and whilst we have the backing from the Forestry Commission to use the land we must still share it with other members of the public.
•Please be courteous towards other competitors when passing. If passing a back-marker please give them plenty of warning that you will pass on the left or right. You must then wait for a suitable moment. Remember everybody has the same right to be on the course as you. Anybody found to be barging past or endangering others will be disqualified.

Online Entry


On-line entry is available now using the section below. Entries will be taken on the day with a small surcharge (£2.50) (subject to availability).

Other Information

We will not be sending out race numbers prior to the event. Please arrive with enough time (we recommend at least 1hr before your event start) to sign on. Signing on will be open at 8.30 in the morning so to give any keen riders time to get sorted well before their start time. At signing on you'll need to find your name against your correct category and sign your name. For any under 18's we will need a parent or guardian to sign for you. By signing you are agreeing to follow the rules and regulations of the event (these will be posted on the rider notice board at signing on). You'll be issued with your race number and cable ties. We'll need to take a £1 deposit for each number which will be given back on return of the number.

Entry on the day will be available with a surcharge of £2.50 (we will waver this for the U8's, U10's and U13's categories). Please ensure you allow for more time to enable you to complete a brief application form. It is advised where possible that you enter via the website, this will remain open until midnight Thursday 4th May.

Cancelations / Making Changes

We will be happy to process any cancellations up until 2 weeks before the event. You will also have the option to change details, move category or transfer entries to another rider. Please note that this will carry a small surcharge. Option for this will close on Wednesday 3rd June.

'I thought of it while riding my bicycle' - Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity
'Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race' - H.G. Wells.

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