Some of the best cyclists in Wales are set to sparkle in Swansea this bonfire weekend as Singleton Park hosts the Gunpowder Classic – the seventh round of the Welsh Cyclo-Cross League.
Organised by Gower Riders, Swansea’s premier cycling club, the event will see hundreds of racers from all over Wales descend on the park to compete in a variety of different categories and attempt to rack up enough points to challenge for the overall 2018 Welsh Cyclo-cross League title.
The sport of cyclo-cross sees competitors race each other over a specially designed course which is often wet and muddy. Riders must also negotiate a number of obstacles such as hurdles, flights of stairs, tight turns and short, steep hills. The sport is hugely popular in countries such as Belgium, where races can attract tens of thousands of spectators.
The Swansea event is open to all and will include dedicated races for children in the under 6, under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 16 categories. There are also races for adult men and women as well as veteran races. In addition, there will also be a Novice Women race, as the sport seeks to encourage more women to enter competitions. Races last from 10 minutes for the youngest children up to an hour for the senior men, with the rider who has completed the most laps being declared the winner.
Gower Riders chairwoman, Kath Elias said:
“We are really excited to be hosting this round of the league programme. The races are always keenly fought with vital league points on offer.
They also act as an ideal introduction for children into competitive cycling and as a result, Welsh League events have a real family-friendly atmosphere. It’s a great day out and I would encourage everyone to come along on the day and see what cyclo-cross is all about.”
The event will take place on Sunday 4th November, with the first race of the day starting at 9:50am. Entry is free to spectators, who are welcome to come along and watch the action. Anyone wishing to compete on the day can find out more information on the British Cycling website, www.britishcycling.org.uk.