On behalf of Harrogate Nova Cycling Club, I would like to welcome competitors and spectators to Ripley Castle Cyclocross. The 2014 running was the first cycling event in Yorkshire for the Tour de France year. Working closely with our kind sponsors, our organising team worked hard over twelve months to deliver a day of exciting, high quality and accessible cyclocross racing. The race was a first for Ripley Castle and our course designer got it pretty well spot on to create a course that struck a balance between providing challenging racing for committed riders, yet was still great fun for less experienced riders. 2015 will see some fine tuning, particularly with regards lap length, start configuration. All things being equal, our course should be a little more spectator focused with closer proximity of key features. For those of you who enjoyed the fiendish off camber through the ha-ha…..we’ve got good news for you.
For 2015, sees us make steady progress by offering modest, but warm changing rooms. We also are working hard to achieve live to web results from transponder timing…..even for the children’s races. 2015 also sees us develop a spectator hub around the finishing straight with a strong trace team presence, along with representation from the worthy Dave Rayner Fund.
With our headline races being run at BC category A, we are now offering an accessible adult Go-Cross race early in the day at a lower entry fee. For those who perhaps had one too many the night before, perhaps fancy having a lower key ‘go’ or maybe run a mountain bike, it’s probably just the job.
Whilst the weather cannot be controlled, what is beyond doubt is that Ripley Castle is both a beautiful and spectator friendly venue that can be easily reached from anywhere in the North of England. We really look forward to seeing you on New Year’s Day, be it to blow away that hangover, fine tune your race form, or simply have a go on whatever bike you bring.