Cycling’s version of Mardi Gras – Rapha SuperCross

IF YOU’VE never been to the Rapha SuperCross Series then imagine cycling’s version of Mardi Gras mixed with lots of mud, cow bells, more mud and both spectators and racers alike wearing some very strange costumes. Yes, it’s that bizarre but a whole lot of fun and gets under-way this weekend in Yorkshire.
Held at two locations across the UK, thousands of fellow fans and racers are expected for the 2015 Rapha Super Cross Series but what makes this series stand out from your usual cross race is the tequila-fuelled antics.
Yup, racers can take a sneaky shortcut to gain an advantage over the other riders but only if they neck a shot of tequila – sounds like a receipe for some interesting bunny-hops if you ask us.
If that doesn’t float your boat, then sit back and watch all the fun with your well-earned beer and frites while the rest of UK’s finest fight it out for the overall team title in the Pro category. Hope Factory Racing, who still remain undefeated, will be defending their wins from previous years, so expect fierce competition and team tactics.
There will be something for everyone at both of the venues at Broughton Hall in Skipton, North Yorkshire, and Alexandra Palace, London. First up, Yorkshire will host a weekend of racing at Broughton Hall, with a Yorkshire League Points Race and every category for all ages and abilities over two days.
Then the following weekend, Alexandra Palace takes centre stage for a challenging and technical hilltop course. Varied racing categories on all three dates ensure that everyone can participate – bring the family for a fun day out with live music, warming food and activities for the kids.
Three rounds at two locations:

October 17th and 18th at Shibden Hall in Halifax and then 14th November at Kings Cross, London.

Entries are advance only, via RiderHQ.

Race categories and timing:

Under 10s/ Under 12s (race time: 10 to 15 mins)
Youth – under 16s (race time: max 30 mins)
Junior – 16 to 18 years (race time: max 60 mins)
Senior – 18 to 39 (race time: max 60 mins)
Veteran – 40 plus (race time: max 60 mins)
Woman – Not a bloke (race time: max 60 mins)
Fun – New to cross? This means you (race time: max 40 minutes)
Entry to the Elite race is by invitation only
For more info, visit:

All photos courtesy of Jonathan Hines/Rapha (5) (6) (7) (2)

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