The third and final round of the 2018 Sheffield Urban CX Series takes place on Sunday 9 September, bringing cyclo-cross to the Olympic Legacy Park for the very first time.
A legacy of the London 2012 Olympics, Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park is a joint venture between Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield City Council, which is set to be part of an internationally recognised Innovation District for health and wellbeing research and learning.
Though the Olympic Legacy Park’s setting presents a greener course than previous rounds, Sheffield Urban CX’s standard fast-paced race format will still be on offer along with some interesting twists and turns incorporated. Riders can expect ups, downs, stairs and the usual mash-up of features that make a Sheffield Urban CX race that little bit different.
Starting in Don Valley Bowl, riders will begin the race a stone’s throw away from the finish line of Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. It’s also right next door to the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, the country’s largest multi-sports training centre, where heptathlete Jess Ennis Hill and boxer Anthony Joshua have trained, so it’s a venue that has some pretty inspiring sporting stories linked to it.
Don Valley Bowl will offer riders a great skills challenge, before the course goes through the newly landscaped part of the Olympic Legacy Park site. With around 80% of the course being grass for this instalment of the series, the event will be totally different to the usual format, where the Kelham Island Museum and Park Hill courses weaved through much more hard urban landscape.
As September traditionally marks the beginning of the Cyclo-Cross Season, the event will also be a great opportunity for more seasoned cyclo-cross riders to test their bike set-up and fitness for the upcoming CX season ahead.
Registrations for the event are open now over on Rider HQ www.riderhq.com/events/76939/sheffield-urban-cx-round-3---olpcx/enter
If you just fancy coming down to watch the riders, racing will start at 11am with the junior categories before the adult racing takes place from 1pm. Refreshments will be available at the EIS and iceSheffield, so if you want to make a family day out of it you could squeeze in a skate perhaps or maybe a session on the Altitude High Ropes Adventure Course.