Run & Ride Cannock Chase Winter MTB Classic

It's hard to believe the Winter Classic has been going on for 7 years.... Our secret to success is to keep things simple. Great old school racing with a challenging but suitable for all course design. Categories that promote competitive racing regardless of ability and a relaxed fun atmosphere. Oh and no crazy entry prices!


Generally the start of the season for the XC Mountain Bike racers in the Midlands, turnout is always big for this event. Many categories will sell out before Christmas with riders super keen to kick off their year.

We made a number of changes to the category system for 2019 and we're pleased to say they worked really well. That means that things remain unchanged for 2020 other than an increase to the lap numbers for the Youth boys (from 2 laps to 3laps) and the same for the E-Bike riders.

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.

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. We often get asked what standard you need to be to ride in our events. We would say that if you up to riding the red route around Cannock Chase then you are at a suitable level. If you aren't quite at that level yet then you may find sections of our full course too difficult.

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.


What Category Do I Enter?

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, please, please enter the correct category! There's no glory in entering a race that you are clearly too good for or there's no point in entering a race against people much quicker.

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.

Single speed / Fat Bike – once again we’re offering a category for Single-Speed and Fat Bike. Tyres on a Fat Bike must be 3" plus

Retro Bike - The history of "Cannock Chase Classic" goes way back to the early 90's when mountain biking was just starting in the UK. We thought it would be great to see some of those old bike racing once again. To qualify for the retro category the bike must be pre 1995. Prize for best in class - The best looking Retro Bike in the event!

Children's Race - The kids races have proved to be a massive success at every race we do. We generally got lots of really enthusiastic kids wanting to race their bikes and it makes a great spectacle to watch. The one piece of feedback we get is how fast some of the kids are and how difficult it is for new riders to take part and feel like they are on the same level. We've also noticed that we're getting really quick riders entering a couple of races as they look for a bigger challenge.

We've decided to test a new format for the Winter Classic. It's based around children entering an event based on their ability rather than their age. New comers can race in a simple 10 minute event or those with speed and experience can step up and ride a longer more challenging race. You guys chose which suits.... All we ask is that you enter the suitable event based on ability rather than the one you think you (or they) can win.

Breakdown is as follows

Youth - 3 Boys and 2 Girls (Full laps of the adult course)

Sabres - 30 minute race based on a half lap of the main course. Will include a couple of technical sections and hill climbs.

Storms - 15 Minute race based on a shortened version of the main course. Will include a technical section or 2 but nothing dangerous

Rouges - 10 minute race based around the arena

E-Bikes

The race will based over 3 laps of the main course. No age or ability categories. One single race for all. All e-bike's must be restricted in line with UK regulations.

Women's Racing

Over the past few years we've subsidised the entry for the women's races to encourage more ladies to come along and try mountain biking. We've seen a steady rise in numbers at the events which is fantastic. For 2020 we have made the decision to continue to subsidise (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.

Lap Numbers

Rouge's Boy & Girls (10 Minutes)

Storm's Boy & Girls (15 Minutes)

Sabre's Boy & Girls (30 Minutes)

Youth Male & Female (M - 3 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)

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

E-Bikes Male & Female (M - 3 Laps / F - 2 Laps)

Time Table

09.30 - E-Bikes Male & Female

09.30 - Youth Male & Female

09.31 - Beginners Men

09.32 - Beginners Ladies

10.45 - Fun Men

10.46 - Fun Women

12.15 - Rouges

12.30 - Storms

13.00 - Sabres

13.45 - Elite / Expert Men / Enthusiast Men

13.46 - Single Speed / Fat Bike Men / Retro Bike Men

13.46 - Elite / Expert Female & Enthusiast Ladies

13.46 - Single Speed / Fat Bike Ladies / Retro Bike Men

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

All events will be electronically timed. Full results will be available straight after the final racer in that particular category finishes. Results will be available online after the 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 look out for our special Pre Event course ride toward the beginning of February. Details will be posted up on our Facebook page

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 [email protected]

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 - FREE

• 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 & 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

• We'll have trade stands from some of the biggest cycle companies in the UK along showing off their new 2020 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 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.

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 Wednesday 26th Feb.

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 or have a refund.

Transfer of entries will carry a surcharge of £1.00 and can be completed up to 4 days before the event start date.

Refunds will carry a admin fee of £4.00

Sorry but no changes or refunds can be processed after this date


Entry Options

Rouges
Storms
Sabres
Youth Boys
Youth Girls
Beginners male
Beginners Female
Fun Male
Fun Female
Enthusiast Male
Enthusiast Female
Elite / Expert Male
Elite / Expert Female
Fat Bike Male
Fat Bike Female
Single Speed Male
Single Speed Female
Retro Bike Male
Retro Bike Female
E-Bikes

Refunds/Transfers/Instalments

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 or have a refund. 

Transfer of entries will carry a surcharge of £1.00

Refunds will carry a admin fee of £5.00

Sorry but no changes or refunds after this date

Transfers

  • You may trade your entry for a Transfer Credit at a cost of £1.00 until 16/02/2020.
  • You will have 12 months (from the date of the event) to spend your Transfer Credit. You may also use your Transfer Credit to enter someone else.
  • Click here for more info on Transfers.

Refunds

  • You may Refund yourself the entry cost less £4.00 until 16/02/2020.
  • Click here for more info on Refunds.

You can manage your entries in the section of your Racer Dashboard.

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