The 2016 Palmer Park Velo Cyclocross Championship will be taking place on Sunday 31 January, and as last year we are making use of a round of the Wessex CX league to host the event. We will again be returning to Tidworth, hosted by the Army Cycling Union, which is a great course and will again feature the steps for the older riders.

Details of the event can be found on the Wessex CX website:

Entry can be done in advance via the British Cycling website:

All entries are to be submitted via the BC website, or on the day as with any other Wessex CX race (though you save money by entering in advance), and NOT through PPV.

Please make sure you enter your details correctly when signing up, including your age category (see below), as we will be using the results sheet to extract the PPV riders and produce the club championship results. If you are the first PPV rider in the results for your age and gender you will be crowned club champion, no matter where you finish in the overall results. If you have any questions regarding how the race will run, please get in touch.

For those of you new to Cyclocross, or are wondering if you should take part or not (you should, it is great fun!), we have attached an Palmer Park Velo cyclocross guide 2016 Fiona put together last year. Also, parents/coaches are more than welcome to come along and race!

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for some fun, fast and hard racing!

Important reminder — British Cycling age categories

Please be sure to check your age category now we are in a new calendar year. The British Cycling age categories are based on your age on 1 January 2016, and you may have gone up an age category from 2015. For example, if you are aged 12 on 1 January 2016 you are now an U14, even if you have only just turned 12.

See–Road—Track-0 for details

If you have changed age category for 2016, your gear restriction will also have changed. Please make sure you are aware of the gear restrictions, and if you are unsure read the BC guide  The club recommends that members use their age specific gear restrictions all year round, as they are designed not to over-stress growing bodies.

If you need any further information on age categories please get in touch, or see a club coach on a Saturday morning.