Next Sunday at 12:30 the Darlington round of the North East Cyclocross League (http://www.neccl.co.uk/) takes place at Branksome School. Entry is £7, if you’re a non-member, and all finishers get an Aldi goody bag!
The course is likely to be largely unchanged from last year, when it went down well with the riders, the course offers plenty of fast singletrack, a couple of stream crossings (aided by purpose built bridges), dismounts, off camber sections, some decent decent climbs and fast open sections.
I raced this last year and came a fantastic 36th place (out of 36 finishers…). It’s probably the hardest 50 minutes I’ve ever spent on a bike but I’ll be there again next Sunday to try to improve on last year’s result.
Even if you’re not a racer (and I’m not a racer!) it’s a great introduction to bike racing, and would be worth going to just to watch and cheer everyone one. I’ll be the one at the back on a mountain bike getting lapped.