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Cyclo-Cross

Cyclo-cross is always fun, sometimes muddy, and is an ideal way to start racing. he official season runs from 1st September to early February, but the last few years have seen some "Summer 'Cross" races in the South London area.

Local races have an informal, friendly atmosphere and you don't normally need to enter in advance. Mountain bikes are welcome at most races and the non-technical nature of the courses means that almost anyone can take part and enjoy a race.

Read more on Cyclo-Cross in this British Cycling Article

There are generally separate races for younger riders (Under-12 and Youth Under-16 categories) usually with a reduced entry fee or no entry fee at all. In the 2015/2016 season, the Club had over thirty youngsters riding in the London Cyclo-cross League over the various age categories, from Under 8s to Juniors, with excellent results. A number of parents also had a go!


FLOODLIT CYCLO-CROSS TRAINING

Wednesdays

David Weir Leisure Centre (formerly Sutton Arena)

  • David Weir Leisure Centre, Middleton Road, Sutton, SM5 1SL
  • Fee payable to Leisure Centre: Under 16s: £2.75; Over 16s: £4.15 (All riders must register as members of the Leisure Centre - reduced rate for residents of L B Sutton.)
  • Lead coach: Gavin Cook
  • New riders contact on Gavin on 07770897865 before attending.
  • NB - No cycling on the running track - training is on the grassy perimeter.

Cyclo-cross training for all members aged 7 or over who wish to race 'cross, split into two ability groups. All riders should be aware that these sessions are for those who are keen to race, and are coached in a more exacting manner than the Saturday Go-Ride sessions at Northey.

WARNING:

Sometimes the condition of the ground at the David Weir Leisure Centre deteriorates following prolonged wet spells, worrying the management. They will then inspect the grassed area on a Wednesday, and will cancel our session if it is likely to do further damage. We will be notified of any cancellation during the afternoon, and will aim to post the news on the Club website calendar by 5:00pm.

SO ALWAYS CHECK CALENDAR LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON!

Posted (29/08/16)

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm

  • Novice - Intermediate, ages 7 - 16

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm

  • Intermediate - Advanced, ages 13 - 18

(i.e, second-year U14s and above, or capable younger riders by invitation). Parents who race may also train, but the coaches' focus will be on the youngsters.

This training is in the form of simulated races, which enables the coaches to assess what is missing from a rider's performance, and also build on the rider's fitness.

Under 14s and Under 16s ride a separate course of greater length, orbiting the Under 10s and 12s. Laps are timed and a lap bell is used. Race conditions are simulated rigidly, in the sense that riders will train for the race duration for their age category, with no stopping unless they are injured or have a mechanical. If a rider stops for a rest or chat then they will sit out the remaining race duration of their category. (If riders stop for other reasons, it does not help their fitness and endurance, and the coaches cannot assess performance.) Interval training has also been introduced.

To achieve smooth running of these sessions, the help of adult volunteers is always much appreciated.

Although the cyclo-cross season ends in early February, off-road training continues at DWLC until the Easter holidays, in preparation for the summer MTB season.


London Cyclo-Cross Events 2016/2017

Click on the link for the London League fixture list and results for the 2016/2017 season. London Cyclo-Cross League.


Cyclo-cross Age Categories for 2016/2017 Season

(Remember that the changeover date for Cyclo-cross is 1st September every year, so you may be in a different CX Category to your Road/Track Category.)

Born 2007 or later Under 10*
Born 2005 or later Under 12
Born 2003 or later Under 14*
Born 2001 to 2002 Youth
Born 1999 or 2000 Junior

*NB Not all events have separate categories for these age groups


THANKS TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS!

A huge thank you to all our volunteers for all their hard work, both on the day and beforehand, in making our round of the London League cyclo-cross last Sunday so successful. There were lots of appreciative comments from riders.

Running an event ourselves makes us, in our turn, appreciate the efforts of the volunteers from other clubs who organise the races our young riders compete in all year round - so thank you to them, too!

Posted (21/12/2014)


C-C Success for Sutton CC!

So the crazy 'cross season came to an end with a successful LCCA Team Championships on Sunday 9th February.

Overall Sutton CC / De Ver Cycles has had an exceptional cyclocross season that's really worthy of mention, with over 30 young people competing regularly in the London League.

For those of you that don't know it, cyclocross has been mud heaven this season, with a few races cancelled due to flooding, but the intrepid Sutton boys and girls ploughed on regardless, with Pocket Rocket Martin Blackman WINNING the Youth section, followed by Harry Clarke, Matthew McGovern and Toby Cook all in the top ten. Emily Ashwood WON the overall girls Youth section. Tom Ives was our highest placed Under 14 with an impressive 4th place, followed by Tom Kirby in 9th. Cameron Still excelled in the Under 10s and WON first place, with Jude Wilson a very respectable 7th, followed by Peter Carpenter, Alex Glaysher, Thomas James and James Kirby all finishing in the top twenty. Jamie Walker came 4th in the Under 12s followed by Luke Ashwood, Dan Kirby, Sam McGhee, Thomas Davies and Bertie Badham as top twenty finishers. In the Junior category, George White finished in a fabulous 6th position overall. Obviously the parents who competed alongside the juniors in the Veterans category, Julian McGovern, James Glaysher, Brian Ashwood, Dave Blackman, Andy Wilson, Gavin Cook, Paul Neville, Phil Kirby, Andy Carpenter and Lance Mead all deserve a huge "Well done!".

The final race was the Team Championships at Crawley and due to adverse weather conditions had a slight adjustment to the course before and during racing. Although very soggy underfoot, the sun shone brightly throughout the day and Sutton finished with podium positions for the Under 12 Youngstars 1st, Colts 6th, Darts 7th, the Narwhals Under 16s 3rd, the Wahoos 10th, Jets Juniors 5th, Pythons and Cobras 25th & 26th. The Seniors race was won overall by Liam Earl, yet another Sutton Rider.

All in all, the cyclocross season was an enormous success for Club and if you haven't been mentioned in this report don't think your riding didn't count - we are all one big team and should continue to do everything we can to dominate the season once again.

Report by Toby Cook

Youth Representative


"OUR" RACE AT FRYLANDS WOOD

A huge thankyou to all our parent volunteers who helped make "our" round of the London League Cyclo-cross such a success last Sunday, 15th December - especially to Julian for masterminding it all and to Gavin and his team for designing and setting up the course. And remember, it was all done at very short notice! We had lots of appreciative comments from riders on the day, and more since.

It will be "our" race from now on, so put it in your diary for next year - 14th December 2014.

Doing it ourselves makes us appreciate the time and effort involved in running the events that our members race in every week. So our thanks, too, to fellow volunteers from other clubs!