Posted: 11th July 2013
Event: British National Championships- spectator information
Date: 20th & 21st July
Download: XC Champs Flyer (PDF)
About the Championships
High speed, all action mountain biking comes to Glasgow on 20th – 21st July when the British National Cross Country Championships brings the best UK competitors to Cathkin Braes Country Park on the south fringes of the city.
Around 500 competitors will compete in six races over two days, testing a newly built course, which will be used during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and determining National Champions in18 categories.
How to get there
Cathkin Park is located between the Ardencraig Road in Castlemilk and the B759 Cathkin Road. There will be NO PUBLIC PARKING along Cathkin Road and restricted parking opportunities on Ardencraig Road.
A shuttle bus system will be in operation from Hampden Transport Hub on Aikenhead Road, giving direct, easy access to the Event Village, the heart of the action. Or better still, travel by bike and leave it in the designated Bike Park (remember to bring your cycle lock).
FREE Shuttle bus system
Please don’t try to drive to Cathkin Braes Country Park – there is NO PUBLIC PARKING available. Park at Hampden Transport Hub and use the SPT Shuttle Bus system:
Saturday 11.00 – 18.00, every 15 minutes
Sunday 09.00 – 18.30, every 15 minutes
The bus will also pick up/drop off from Kings Park train station.
What to expect
Cross Country Mountain Biking is an Olympic event, with all competitors in a mass start, charging around the course for a set number of laps (usually taking around 1hr 45mins for the Elite Men). It’s a unique combination of lung-busting endurance and technical bike-handling skills, mixed in with tactical decision making to cross the finish line in first place.
Who to look out for
There are a number of top international riders, including Kenta Gallagher (Inverness) who has won an XC Eliminator World Cup (sprint cross country event) this year, Lesley Paterson double World XTerra Champion and Liam Killeen, Commonwealth Games Gold medallist and multiple British Champion.
The 5.5 km course has been developed by Glasgow City Council ahead of the Commonwealth Games but it’s already a successful legacy project giving the city an exciting, challenging course, open to all mountain bikers, just 20 minutes from the city centre.
Download: National XC Champs Flyer (PDF)