The Cannondale Cross Country

Saturday 27th of August.

The Cannondale Cross Country.

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 15-25 minutes.

Race entries vary from £5.00 to £25.00 and are payable in advance online and are limited. 

Location – The course starts and finishes outside of the main arena on the hill the other side of the lake.

Before entering, please note:

-There are no refunds or transfers on race entries

– Everyone entering the festival has to purchase a festival ticket to gain entry

– Bring a bike lock and ensure your bike/s when not sat on are locked up at all times

– Bikes should be stored inside your vehicle when not being used (bring an old sheet and remove the wheels if need be). We then highly recommend you bring additional locks and lock the bike up further, even when inside your vehicles. Bring an additional sheet to cover over your bike/s in your vehicle

-You DO NOT need to be a British Cycling Member or hold a race licence to enter


-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.



  • Race Registration 15:00 to 18:00
  • Course open to ride 10:00 to 18:00


  • Race Registration 08:00 to 13:00
  • Race 1 – 09:00 Juvenile and Youth
  • Race 2 – 10:30 12:00 
  • Race 3 – 12:30 (Kids) Different Shorter Course
  • Race 4 – 14:00 Junior / Expert / Elite / Veteran / Grand Veteran and Super Veteran
  • Podiums Immediately after each race

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

– Race registration, we advise you to beat the rush and sign on ASAP where you will receive your bikes front number board and four cable ties

Race Registration / Sign In:

1. Enter online in advance only. There are no on the day entries

2. Entries are all through the British Cycling website

3. Sign on, even though you have entered in advance you must head on over to race registration and ‘Sign In’

4. Race registration will be located in the bottom left of the main arena in the black gazebos. Head to race registration with I.D, we accept passports, driving licenses or your National Federations Race License (non presentation of I.D will means you are unable to race)

5. Collect your number board, then attach it to the front of your bike prior to the start of practice. If you miss race registration (times/schedule are listed above) you will not be allowed to either practice or race

6. Transponders will be issued to all riders on Friday the 26th of August at the white timing trailer, located near the finish line in the main arena.

7. To pick up your dedicated Transponder and two cable ties, please head on over to Race Registration on Friday. Please note to take your number board with you (can be on your bike).

8. Please return your Transponder to Race Registration after you have finished racing. The timing team will have cable tie cutters on hand to remove your transponder.

9. If you forget to return your Transponder do not worry! You can return it by post (at your cost), by sending it by recorded delivery directlty back to the timing company, Action Sports Timing. For further instruction, please contact Chris Roberts by e-mail to [email protected]

-10. If you fail to return your Transponder in due course, Action Sports Timing will look to recover the associated costs.

Rules and Regulations.

Equipment: The Bicycle must be capable of safely and efficiently completing the task and must, as a minimum, be mechanically sound 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. The helmet must be properly secured in both training and racing and must be fitted with a visor.

-POV cameras are allowed during practice only and must be attached to your bike

-During practice, each rider must complete at least one full lap of the course
-Any rider that misses their start slot/call-up will be disqualified


If you have any questions, please contact the Event Director Si Paton [email protected] or call/text 07968 229 359 anytime.







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