The Cannondale Cross Country

Sunday 29th of August.

The Cannondale Cross-Country ‘XCO’ races are held over multiple laps of an undulating circuit and have evolved massively in recent years: Technical skill is now as important as fitness to be successful. Riding the course you should expect everything from blazing fast descents to technical singletrack and lung searing climbs, giving everyone the chance to shine. Out of the blocks you will race up the Classic Climb and along the ‘Cannondale Ridge’ before cutting its way back down and up the hill towards Peacock Villa and the Obelisk. The descent will be long and fast taking in the natural features of the hill. The course is 3.5 miles / 5.6km long with an elevation of 423 feet with expected Lap Times of between 16-25 minutes.

The ASSOS Speed Trap will be located on the ‘Classic Climb’ and will reward the fastest male and female riders up the hill during racing with an ASSOS MTB outfit bundle worth £250.00. To view the new trail collection, visit 

Checkout the race on our YouTube Channel: Malverns Classic Country Race.

Note: You must purchase a festival ticket even if you are racing. The race entry covers you for the race only. To enter the festival, please pay the applicable admission price and purchase a festival ticket.

Before entering, please note there are no refunds or transfers on race entries.

Race Entries are £5.00 to £25.00 plus a £1.00 Booking Fee. ENTER HERE



18:00 to 21:00 Race Registration.


09:00 to 21:00 Race Registration Open.

10:00 to 18:00 Course open for all festival attendees to ride.


09:00 to 18:00 Race Registration Open.

10:00 to 17:00 Course open for all festival attendees to ride.


07:30 to 13:00 – Race Registration will close 60 minutes before each race start time.

08:00 to 09:00 – Practice.

Race 1.
09:00 Youth – Male and Female.
09:01 Juvenile – Male and Female.
09:02 Open – Men.
12:00 Podiums Race 1.
Race 2.
10.30 Sport – Men.
10.32 Single Speed – Retro and Fat Bike – Male and Female. (Retro bikes to be made from 2001 or before).
10.33 Women – Elite, Junior and Open.
10.34 Women – Veterans, Grand Veterans and Super Vets.
12:10 Podiums Race 2.
Race 3.
12.30 Under 8’s – Male and Female.
13:00 Under 10’s – Male and Female.
13:30 Under 12’s – Male and Female.
16:00 Podiums Race 3.
Race 4.
14:00 Male – Expert and Elite.
14:01 Male – Juniors.
14:02 Male – Veterans, Grand Veterans and Super Vets.

17:00 Podiums Race 4. 

Number of Laps: 

Number of laps will be confirmed at the event taking into consideration course and weather conditions and will be announced by 08:30 on Sunday morning. We currently estimate the following:

  • Rippers 1 to 2 laps (on their own specific short course).
  • Retro Bikes 2 laps.
  • Fat Bikes 2 laps.
  • Open 2 laps male / 2 laps female.
  • Singlespeed 3 laps.
  • Juvenile (13-14) 2 lap male / 2 lap female.
  • Youth (15-16) 2 laps male / 2 laps female.
  • Junior (17-18) 3 laps male / 2 laps female.
  • Veterans (40-49) 3 laps male / 2 laps female.
  • Grand Veterans (50+) 3 laps male / 2 laps female.
  • Super Veterans (60+) 3 laps male / 2 laps female.
  • Sport (19+) 3 laps male.
  • Expert (19+) 4 laps male.
  • Elite 5 laps male / 4 laps female.


Please Note for Race Registration:

– Please bring valid photographic I.D with you such as a driving licence or passport to sign onto the race.

– Entries are all through British Cyclings website. No British Cycling Race Licence or Membership is required though you will have to register (for free) with British Cyling when entering and they will take your basic details; Name, email and mobile number. This allows you to use their online entry system. The booking fee is an additional £1.00 on top of the race entry fee.

– Sign-On at the event is open from 18:00 on Thursday the 27th of August, we advise you to beat the rush and sign on ASAP where you will receive your bikes front number board and four cable ties.

Note: The race entry covers you for the race only. To enter the festival, please pay the applicable admission price, even if you are racing.



    Warning: Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport with the distinct possibility of severe injuries, or even worse. No matter where you ride or how well you know the course you should never ride beyond your skill level and always ride in control and in a sensible manner. Riding in control does not just mean being able to stop, it also means having the requisite skills to recognise and avoid potentially dangerous situations on the course. You must also be able to recognise where it is safe to stop on the course. Avoiding accidents with other riders is an essential mountain biking skill.

    Riders must use the course in a sensible manner compatible with their level of experience. Riders should walk the course, observing current ground conditions, making yourself aware of any obstacles prior to riding the course. We ask riders to accept that they will ride the course at their own risk and accept that no liability can be accepted by the event organisers.

    Rules and Regulations.

    Equipment: The Bicycle must be capable of safely and efficiently completing the task and must, as a minimum, be mechanically sound, have efficient brakes on all wheels and all reasonable steps must be taken to ensure the safety of the rider and others. As part of the latter, bar plugs are compulsory.

    Helmets: It is compulsory to wear a protective helmet when racing or training on the course and such helmet must comply with the required safety standards defined in the General Regulations. An open face helmet is acceptable. The helmet must be properly secured in both training and racing.

    Please note: The race entry fee covers you for the Cross Country race entry only. To enter the festival you will have to pay the admission price. If you are aged 12 and under then entry to the festival is free. Entry tickets are available now from The Ticket Seller by clicking HERE.

    Recent Questions:

    Q. What if I miss the sign on? A. You will not be allowed to practice or race.

     Q. Do you need a British Cycling Race Licence or Membership to race? A. No.

    Q. Can you enter on the day? A. Yes, if spaces are available and for an additional £5.00 surcharge.

    Q. Can I have a refund or transfer my entry. A. Apologies, there are no refunds or transfers.

    Q. Is there a limit to the number of riders in a category? A. There is no limit to a number of riders in a category.

    Q. Can you provide a course marshal? A. Please contact the Event Manager Oliver Paton [email protected]

    If you have any questions, please contact the Event Director Oliver Paton [email protected] or call/text 07531 930 808 anytime.




    Register to Race!