The Southern XC Series is back for it's sixth year with a massive prize pot of £1000 for Expert and Elite riders. Sponsored again by PedalOn and run by racers for racers across the south of England, Henry Turgoose has sent us the latest including a video so you can get a taste for the courses on offer.
Organising a round of the British XC Series and both the British XC and British Marathon Championships in 2010, the regional Southern XC series will provide riders with an early chance to test the courses used for these one-off national events.
For 2010 with help from title sponsor PedalOn.co.uk and new partners SRAM and Kaboom! the SMBC team are upping the prize money for Elite and Expert riders to a massive £1,000 per round! Products and exciting new trophies will be presented to other categories.
There's also a new venue in the form of Wasing Estate near Reading. This 4,000 acre estate can be compared to Pippingford, but with slightly tamer hills and Sherwood-esque coniferous woodland. Round 1 of the series is your only chance to see the estate before it hosts a round of the British XC Series in May. Also of note is Pippingford, where the team have been busy building even more sweet singletrack in preparation for round 3 and the 2010 National XC and Marathon Championships.
Round 1 - April 11 - The Wasing Estate, nr Reading
Round 2 - May 23 - The Pippingford Estate, nr East Grinstead
Round 3 - June 13 - Crow Hill, nr Ringwood
Round 4 - July 11 - Bordon, Hampshire
Round 5 - August 22 - Old Park Farm, nr Alton, Hants
Southern Champs - September 11 (Saturday) - The Pippingford Estate, nr Est Grinstead
All series info can be found at www.southernxc.net with an online entry system already open.