CX In The City III

**RETURNING AUTUMN 2021**

Following the $hitstorm that was 2020 we are looking to be back with the turd third version CX In The City for 2021 CX Season

Voted CCXL Event Of The Year 2018 & 2019

Keep it dialled-in to VB socials to learn how this will again be your best CX race day experience of 2021.

British Cycling ‘s biggest event of 2019 is back with a day of CX racing as part of Central Cyclo-Cross League at the home of the UK’s 2014 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup venue in partnership & huge thanks to The Parks Trust

For beginners to ex-pros, league members & guest riders. Lock it in to find out why over 850 riders chose to be part of our 2019 event – including a mere 165 in the women’s race.

VOLUNTEERS – if giving back is your thing or even if you’re only doing it because you need some DoE volunteering hours – we are always looking for helping hands so please message us or email us at velobants.cc@gmail.com

Online entry opens: Summer 2021

Event hashtags: ##bemorebants cxitc³ #unicorner

Event FAQ list  below from 2019…we will be adding any new details of the need to know and stuff that only nerdy types ask about CX events as we build up to race day 2020

2021 Race day timetable: TO BE CONFIRMED FROM CCXL BIG CHEIF KEITH

Q. Have a question that isn’t listed below?
A. Then submit it to us via our Facebook event page or any other VB social media and we’ll do our best to address and share the question & answer

All the A’s to those FAQ’s (and some not-so-FAQs)

(Hopefully) sometime in Autumn 2021 at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes, UK

All pre-entered riders will be emailed a race pack a few days in advance of the event which will contain all you need to know about the day, including maps and detailed directions.

Campbell Park is run by The Parks Trust, if you would like to know more about them - go here
ABSOLUTELY! Whether it's in your dna to help before/after your race or your friend/family member's race, you're generally a good egg or you simply need some volunteer hours for your DoE, Scouts, Guides, other accreditation we don't mind! We try to be flexible to accomodate whatever time people can spare us from 1 hour to all day! If you would like to help email us NOW via velobants.cc@gmail.com
**ENTRIES WILL OPEN SUMMER 2021** 1. This event is open to guest riders as well as those affiliated to the League. To find out more and affiliate to the league click: CCXL League Info & Afflication

2. You can enter in advance via British Cycling's website: CX In The City Entry @ British Cycling
3. You can enter on the day (but note this will cost you slightly more). On the day entry is also open to guest AND league affiliated riders.

4. If you are not a British Cycling member then you can still enter on the day, paying £3 for a day membership but we recommended signing up and riding CX for the rest of the season!

All pre-entered riders will be emailed a race pack a few days in advance of the event which will contain all you need to know about the day, including maps, public transport options and the detailed directions below.

Directions from M1 (NORTH & SOUTH):
From South - take the slip to left and stay left.
From North – take the slip to left then at the lights take either of 2 right hand lanes and take 3rd exit for Milton Keynes.

On approach to the first roundabout once you are off the Motorway take 2nd exit (H6 Childs Way) and follow BROWN signs for the Xscape Snowdome - go straight on over 2 more roundabouts as you cross V11 Tongwelll St, V10 Brickhill St. After this take the 3rd exit on the next roundabout on to Overgate (signposted for Xscape snodome and Campbell Park). Take first left at the min roundabout, over 1 mini roundabout and Campbell Park entrance will be on your right, opposite Budgens.

Directions from THE WEST (A421):
Stay on the A421 / H8 Standing Way all the way in to MK until you hit the rounadbout with the B4034 / V7 Saxon Street, taking first left along H7 Saxon St, straight over the next roundabout and cross H7 Chaffron Way, take a right (3rd exit) at the next roundabout on to H6 Childs Way, straight on at next roundabout (crossing V8 Malborough Street), then left at next roundabout on to Enmore Gate. Left at the min roundabout and Campbell Park entrance will be on your right, past Budgens and opposite a Taylor Wimpey development.

Directions from A5 (NORTH):
Exit for CMK, H5 Portway / A509, at the massive roundabout (Trek store one), take 3rd exit on to V6 Grafton St, over 1 roundabout then left at the next on to H6 Childs Way, straight over 4 rounabouts then left at next roundabout on to Enmore Gate. Left at the min roundabout and Campbell Park entrance will be on your right, past Budgens and opposite a Taylor Wimpey development.

Directions from A5 (SOUTH):
Exit at Grandby (MK Dons Stadium / Oden) and take 3rd exit at roundabout on to v6 Grafton St, right (3rd exit) at next roundabout on to H8 Standing Way, left at the next roundabout on to H7 Saxon St, straight over the next roundabout and cross H7 Chaffron Way, take a right (3rd exit) at the next roundabout on to H6 Childs Way, straight on at next roundabout (crossing V8 Malborough Street), then left at next roundabout on to Enmore Gate. Left at the min roundabout and Campbell Park entrance will be on your right, past Budgens and opposite a Taylor Wimpey development.

Directions from THE EAST (A421):
Stay on the A421 as you approach MK, over the (BP) roundabout as cross Newport Road, then at the Kingston Roundabout take the 3rd exit on to V11 Tongwell Street, straight over next roundabout as cross H7 Chaffron Way, then left at the next roundabout on to H6 Grafton St, over 2 roundabouts as you cross V10 Brickhill St & Overgate. After this take the 3rd exit on the next roundabout on to Enmore Gate. Left at the min roundabout and Campbell Park entrance will be on your right, past Budgens and opposite a Taylor Wimpey development.
Our venue has dedicated parking for participants & spectators for c300 vehicles at any one time and with racing over day we're confident we can accommodate everyone.

There will be a £2 charge for parking.

If you know Velobants then you know our blogs always cover the quality (or otherwise) of the toilet facilities at other events.
So from the outset of our planning we decided we want to deliver you more than just a "portaloo" or "toilet can", which means the proceeds from parking are being directly used to fund the cost of some above-the-norm toilets with separate male & female facilities....there might even been lollipops.
Payment can be in cash or via card chip&pin or contactless or phone payment app or watch payment app. We think we have most bases covered here to make this seemless for all.

All pre-entered riders will be emailed a race pack a few days in advance of the event which will contain all you need to know about the day, including maps, public transport options and the detailed directions by road.

Campbell Park is less than 2 miles from Milton Keynes Central station, so a short and easy ride for anyone arriving by train.
There sure is!
You can even get a reserved space in a separate section, away from those piddly car vehicles, for you party / race wagon.
Please contact us in advance to get "on the list" either via social media or velobants.cc@gmail.com
Of course! A helipad is available at the venue. If you plan to arrive by helicopter (you can actually get one on Uber) please contact us in advance as the flight pattern is currently block booked for Michael Pattinson. Uber Helicopter is available in the local area.....

Free race-entry is offered to anyone arriving by helicopter - just contact us at velobants.cc@gmail.com
Of course, it may not be as dramatic an entrance as stepping off a chopper but the Grand Union canal does pass Campbell Park with barge parking available. If barging is your thing then you'll know better than us who to contact for the barge pay-and-display details....
2020 RACE DAY TIMETBALE TBC SUMMER 2020:

Rider sign-on will be on stage in the amphitheatre, which is just a couple of minutes walk from the car park.

Live online timing is provided in all CCXL races.
No need!

In our event village you will find the following available; super nice coffee, awesome cakes, hot food, candy floss & popcorn.

So forget the packed lunch, just pack some extra cash monies!!
They actually won't want to leave our Event Village, we will have coffee, cake, hot food, ice cream, beer, Trek bikes and Big Bobble Hats all present on the day to keep our fans happy while you race and for everyone to chill out post-race.

If you can't convince them to take part or set up camp in our event village, then Willen Lake, the Xscape Snowdome, Cineworld and one of UK's largest shopping centres are all just a short walk away from Campbell Park.
Plenty! Campbell is not flat....there are some great high spots to be able to take in a lot of course without having to move too much - we have designed the course to be as viewable as possible from the "Pyramid Pointy Thing" at the top of the hill where you will be able to see over half of the course.
Kids / Junior event podiumers (we've made that word up) are rewarded in actual prizes. If you happen to be a super racer type then there are cash prizes in all other age category races. And maybe an ice-cream.

Velobants plan to be the first club to ensure equal prize money in all categories.
Unfortunately not (at least this year) however the 2018 summer would suggest we will be looking at a dry and dusty race not a muddy one!
WE HOPE SO......fingers crossed! British Cycling hope to be running the GoRide scheme for kids. If so then bikes & helmets are available to use on the day for this too.
Yes, if you arrive in plenty of time for your race there are dedicated free practice slots to reccy the course before your race starts.

Alternatively, spice things up and hit the course with no sighter lap 🙂
Central League thrives on it's great camaradee among riders, organisers, spectators and venues alike. We are all embassadors for our sport and Central League so when you're done with your day at our race please do the following:

1. Ensure you take only memories AND ALL YOUR RUBBISH and leave only tyre tracks .
2. Please rave about the race, cyclocross in general and Central League via all social media channels.
3. Contact The Parks Trust to give them direct thanks for allowing us to race and ask that we can come back again in 2019 (we will provide details after the event).
Unfortunately no showers (jetwash?) or indoor changing facilities at the venue. We are providing changing tents for use before and after races for both male & female participants. These will not be secured but will be patrolled by our volunteer army.
You bet.
We have designed a course that we hope everyone will find fun to ride, albeit once you've got the "start loop" out of the way ;-o
We have also had a few riders hit up the course and feedback has all been thumbs up. Fingers crossed you all enjoy it!
We have been working with The Parks Trust since Nov 2017 to plan for this event, the only animals you need worry about on the day will be Unicorns at Unicorner (see course map).
Absolutely! We have a dedicated zone where we are encouraging people to bring their unicorns and inflatables - it's called Unicorner - check it out on our course map and on Google maps!
Absolutely! We have a dedicated zone where we are encouraging people to bring their unicorns and inflatables - it's called Unicorner - check it out on our course map
Our club mantra is; Beer, Bikes, Bants. So obviously we have organised have a local brewery present at race day to serve up beers to spectators and riders (post-race). Note: If you are driving - please be sensible and avoid the beer.

Hot food, coffee, cake and ice cream will also be on offer in our event village as well as some cool head gear on sale from Big Bobble Hats and some shiny things from Trek.
Yes! There a 50+ 3 phase power sources at our disposal for exactly this. We will be placing vendors close to these sources. The Parks Trust prefers this over the use of generators.
While we've tried to think of everything there is bound to have been something we have missed.
If so then please get hold of us via social media or email us at velobants.cc@gmail.com and we'll do our best to help you out.
- Your helmet
- Your bike (or the bike you are borrowing)
- Your pocket money to spend on Trek stuff, Big Bobble Hats, snacks, coffee, beer
- Your old inner tubes: drop them in the recycling bin at sign-on and we will ship them on to Cycle of Good (https://www.cycleofgood.com/recycle-your-tubes/ ) - Your unicorns / unicorn themed gear / inflatables for #unicorner
- Your bants
- TO PUT ALL YOUR LITTER IN THE BINS / BAGS PROVIDED OR TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU. #dontbethatperson
- Collapsible chair for pitching up before / after you race to support your fellow riders in other races #cheers4peers; EVERYONE GOES FASTER WHEN THEY ARE CHEERED ON. FACT.
Please contact us via email on velobants.cc@gmail.com if you would like to be considered for 2020.....