Round 1 of the 2018 Sheffield's Urban CX Series will return to it's orginal feature location, when Kelham Island CX (KICX) takes place on Saturday 5 May. Set amongst the cobbles and old factories of the fast-transforming Kelham Island district of the city, once again the race promises drama, thrills and speed for riders and spectators alike.
For the uninitiated, cyclo-cross is an high-octane form of cycle racing that's characterised by short courses across various kinds of terrain. Riders carry their bikes short distances across obstacles like pavement, cobbles, grass and steep hills before getting back in the saddle again. Cyclo-cross has its roots in the 1900s Europe, where early road racers travelled cross-country, via fields and over fences, to reach the next town and win the race.
Sheffield Urban CX have taken things a step further by bringing this form of fast-paced racing into some of Sheffield's most iconic venues. By siting the race in and around Kelham Island Museum, they'll be bringing together the Steel City's proud industrial heritage with its growing reputation as a destination for all things outdoors.
In true cyclo-cross style, the Kelham Island course will be fast paced, short and very punchy, as riders race down the cobbles outside before heading INSIDE the museum itself and then out again via the spectacular 'Little Mesters' Street attraction.
If you fancy taking part is this unique cycling event, registrations are open now, but places are limited so make sure you book your place ASAP.
If you'd prefer to cheer on the riders, the racing itself is FREE for spectators to attend, taking place from 10am until 6pm. A selection of street food stalls offering refreshments throughout the day will be on hand, while Peddler Market will also be running on the same day, just down the road at Burton Street- why not make a day of it!
Racing starts at 10am and runs right through the day until 6.15pm, before topping off with a prize-giving. For more detail on category timings visit the Sheffield Urban CX website here.
Sheffield Urban CX are also on the lookout for marshals, so if this is of interest they'd love to here from you- get involved by heading to http://sheffieldurbancx.co.uk/get-involved and filling in the online form.