Preview: Hope XC Series 2012 - race three

Preview: Hope XC Series 2012 - race three


After the summer break when some other “minor” sporting events were being held, the Hope XC series is back with another edition.

As usual there is a new course design with plenty to keep riders on their toes. The Hope XC Series is designed to allow riders of all standards compete and enjoy themselves, so two courses are operated at the same time; the “have-a-go” course threads its way through the quarry on a smoother, less challenging route, whereas the main pushes riders hard on exciting descents and technical climbs.

The new 40+ and 50+ age categories are proving very popular and very fast with a high standard of racing last round. This old enough to know better generation are pushing the open categories hard and the series competition looks like it is going to be intense.

Generous prizes (spot and placing) are all courtesy of our great sponsors. Hope Technology, Leisure Lakes Bikes, Big Bear Bikes, Cooksons Cycles, DHP 11, The Bike Shack (Haslingden), CRUD and BUFF for our marshalling team. That is all coupled with one of the best XC racing venues around.

Not riding? Lee Quarry is a compact site and is great for spectators who can see the racing at many places during the event. As always we need lots of volunteers on race day if you want to get involved and support these events and the team get in touch via the website.

Race dates: 2 September, 14 October.