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Cyclo Cross is one of the strongest and most enjoyable cycling disciplines within Welland Valley CC.

We have ‘muddy marvels’ aged from 4 to 70 years plus, from first timers through to a World Champion and plenty of different abilities in between.

It’s predominately an autumn/winter pastime, and races varying between 10 to 60 minutes, dependent on your age.

Riders require determined legs, waterproof skin, and antifreeze in the blood.

At one end of the scale, the serious riders race hard for the top placings, yet at the other end, there’s a large number of riders in it “for fun” and race to ‘beat the course’ and keep motivated through the long winter months.

Our riders support the Leicestershire Cyclo-cross League, and they also like to stretch their legs further afield, with many riding events in the neighbouring Central and the West Midlands leagues with success.

A growing number of riders are also stepping up a gear and taking part in the British Cycling National Series.

We are especially proud of our young riders. Cross is a great sport for young legs, and there are separate races for under 12’s and through the Youth and Junior categories.

Cross events are very family friendly. The shorter courses and multiple laps mean they are great for spectators (wrapped up warm) and the “pits” are a place where everyone from the team gets stuck in when they aren’t racing and helps keep their teammates moving.

For anyone wanting to try the sport for the first time, a mountain bike is also suitable.

From late August to January, members meet behind the Market Harborough Leisure Centre on a Wednesday night for floodlit skills sessions.

The club annually promotes league events within the splendid grounds of Misterton Hall, Lutterworth.

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