British Cycling is pleased to confirm the venues and dates for the 2014 National Cross Country MTB Series and National Championships.
The 2014 National Series will once again comprise five rounds and be co-ordinated by British Cycling in partnership with various regional organisers.
The series opener introduces a new venue to the National Series, Codham Park near Braintree in Essex. 2013 season closing round promoters Mud Sweat & Gears will again be the hosts, following their successful events at Langdon Hills and Hadleigh. The Hadleigh Olympic venue, by the way, is scheduled to acquire a new visitor centre next year, with building work starting in the spring. This has made it difficult to schedule a 2014 national event there, but it is hoped to return in 2015.
The debut of the Wheal Maid Valley course in Cornwall proved popular in 2013, and the series returns there for the second round in early May under the auspices of Fully Sussed. A mid-season reshuffle sees rounds at Margam in June and Sherwood Pines in July, both with enhanced class 1 status on the UCI calendar for Elite categories, while the season finale takes place at the Tackeroo area of Cannock Chase, near Rugeley, in partnership with Run and Ride.
The 2014 National Championships return to Shropshire for the first time in many years, the venue being Hopton Woods, organised by Pearce Cycles.
Entries will open via the British Cycling website later in the year, and once again there will be an “early bird” discount for entrants to the full series.
The full national cross country calendar is:
- Sun 30 March: National Series Round 1 Codham Park, Braintree, Essex UCI Class 2
- Sun 4 May: National Series Round 2 Wheal Maid Valley, Redruth, Cornwall UCI Class 2
- Sun 15 June: National Series Round 3 Margam Park, Port Talbot UCI Class 1
- Sun 13 July: National Series Round 4 Sherwood Pines, Notts. UCI Class 1
- Sun 17 August: National Series Round 5 Cannock Chase, Staffs. UCI Class 2
Sat/Sun 19-20 July: Hopton Woods, Shropshire