Sunday, 25. June 2017, Cannock, Run & Ride Cannock Chase Summer Classic 2017

from 25. June 2017 - 9:00 till 16:00
Cannock
United KingdomCannockWS15 2UA
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15 people attending
Event description
The Winter Classic was a sell out event so don't miss out on the Summer Classic which promises fast, close fun racing for all the family in the beautiful surroundings of Cannock Chase.

With categories of racing for everybody from 4 years old to 70 years old we offer a race for everybody to get involved in. A relaxed, friendly environment so you don't have to worry if you're new to the sport. We can offer you help and advise so you can ease your way into racing.

If you are thinking of entering in the Fun / Enthusiast or children's categories then enter now. These races will sell out weeks before the event!

Why not make a weekend of it? If you love your running, cycling or walking than why not camp onsite and enjoy all that Cannock Chase has to offer over the whole weekend for just a small fee. Booking isn't required, just turn up.

Following feedback sort from previous competitors, we've decided not join with British Cycling for National Ranking points. To run an event through British Cycling costs a considerable amount of money and we felt that this money could be better spent elsewhere. It now means that the planned price increase for 2017 no longer needs to happen so everybody benefits. We've increased the price pot for the Elites (£600 Cash) so we can attract the best, plus without the constraints of BC rules competitors can now race in whichever category they wish regardless of age.

Other than the above you will find the same fun, social and relaxed mountain bike event as we’ve always put on. We’ve still got the kids races, the courses are still designed for all, entry into the Women’s race is still subsidized and we’ve still got the Fat Bike / Singlespeed (sorry no electric bikes) category.

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. The Classic events have always been about grass routes of mountain biking. Riders from 3 years old to 70 years. People who ride everyday and those that have just started. Everybody with one thing in common and that’s a love for Mountain Biking.

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The course is traditional mountain biking with everything from short and sharp climbs, single track descents and fire road blasts. We aim for a course which 100% ride-able therefore where we have a technical section we will also have an easy route for those who may be not quite so confident.

At the venue you’ll find camping facilities, fresh water, hard standing parking 100metres from the start and great view points for spectators. We’ll also have caterers and trade stands along.

Our race categories are designed to encourage close competitive racing regardless of what position you finish in. The breakdown of categories is as follows. Please it's really important that you enter the RIGHT category for you. If you are new to to racing than please start at the Beginners category level. We get many riders that will enter the "Fun" category not understanding just how quick many of the riders are.

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. As the name suggests this is for beginners, new riders or those that just know they aren’t super fit but like to have a go

Fun - Next category up from beginners. This is the most popular category. It’s for those who may of raced before but want to just enjoy it and not really worry about how quick they are. You like to go fast but you don’t spend hours a week on the bike and don’t class yourself as “quick”

Enthusiast - For the guys who race a fair bit, spend al lot of time training and generally rip round. Ideal for any Vets, Sport and quick Junior riders. Not a category for Elite or Expert riders.

Pro / Expert – Top level racing for the quickest guys around. Ideal for Elite, Expert and the very best Junior riders. This event will carry a premium prize fund - 1st £150 / 2nd £100 / 3rd £50 for both male and female events

Singlespeed / Fat Bike – once again we’re offering up a category for each

Worth a mention is that we've kept with the new U8's category alongside the already popular U10's and U13's races. The kids races have proved to be a massive success at every race we do. So much so we've had to reduce the entry capacity per race. If you have children who fit into this age group and enjoy riding their bike then we highly recommend you get them entered. The U8's course is around a grass / tree area and remains in full sight of the arena. We've opted to challenge the U10's / U13's a little and their course will use a shortened version of the Adult course.

We want to encourage more women to give racing a chance; therefore we have made the decision to continue to subsidize (excluding Elite due to the increased prize fund) the entry fee for the women’s categories. Some may disagree with our decision to do this but we've seen a dramatic increase over the years so we're sticking with it.

TimeTable / Lap Numbers

U8's Boy & Girls (10 Minutes)
U10's Boy & Girls (15 Minutes)
U13's Boy & Girls (15 Minutes)
U16's Male & Female (M - 2 laps / F - 2 laps)
Beginners 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)
Pro / Expert Male & Female (M – 5 laps / F – 4 laps)
Single Speed Male & Female (M - 3laps / F - 2 Laps)
Fat Bike Male & Female (M - 3laps / F - 2 Laps)


09.15 - U16's Male & Female
09.16 - Beginners Men
09.17 - Beginners Ladies
10.30 - Fun Men
10.31 - Fun Women
12.15 - Under 8's
12.30 - Under 10's
12.45 - Under 13's
13.30 - Elite / Expert Men
13.30 - Enthusiast Man
13.31 - Elite / Expert Female & Enthusiast Ladies
13.32 - Single Speed / Fat Bike Men
13.33 - Single Speed / Fat Bike Ladies

Please note start times have changed from the Winter Classic Event

Online Entry

We use a company called Nutickets to provide our online entry system. They will send you a "ticket" upon completion of your entry. Please note you will not require this ticket on the day.

Pre Event Information

We will send out a pre event email to all competitors 4 days before the event. No numbers or details will be sent out in the post. Amongst other things this email will confirm start times and lap numbers. Prior to this email please consider the race start times and lap numbers below for reference

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.

Photography

We have a professional photographer onsite during to the day. Pictures will be available to purchase on the day or after the 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 last years Winter classic but with 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.

Sponsoring / Exhibiting At The Event

We are always looking for like minded companies to partner with at our events. Should you be interested in getting involved in the event then please email matt@runandride.co.uk

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).

Facilities

Toilets
Camping - £5 for the weekend
Parking – Free, there’s 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 & savory 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

We'll have trade stands from some of the biggest cycle companies in the UK along showing off their new 2017 range

Rules

- 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 behavior 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.

On-line entry is available now using the section below. Entries will be taken on the day with a small surcharge (£5.00) (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 £5.00 (£2.50 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 22rd Feb.

Cancelations / Making Changes

We will be happy to process any cancellations up until 2 weeks (12th June) before the event. You will also have the option to change details, move category or transfer entries to another rider or have a refund. Transfer of entries will carry a surcharge of £1.00

Sorry but no changes or refunds after this date
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