Tour Of The Cornfields

By | 30/08/2016

Next weekend is Tour Of The Cornfields, the first fixture on the Eastern Cyclocross League’s calendar. It’s a 60 mile sportive using a series of byways, bridleways, drove roads, tracks, minor roads and field edges with an additional short route for less experienced riders. Just like an Eastern League race, any off road bike is suitable to ride it. Designed as a great introduction to the cross season and a chance for everyone to meet up prior to the racing commencing. It was run for many years by Mark Wyer who set it up to raise funds for Eastern Region Youth Cyclocross Development but pressures of work meant he couldn’t spare the time to continue running it.
Last year Beastway with help from LVYCC and Hackney GT stepped in to stop the Tour Of The Cornfields disappearing and retain it’s raison d’être of raising funds for youth development. A new start and finish venue was found in the form of the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate, near Royston in Cambridgeshire, which is a magnificent C17th house set in beautiful grounds. There’s lots here for the whole family to do and we’re really lucky that the National Trust have allowed us to base ourselves there.
This year it’s just Beastway and LVYCC so we need a few volunteers please. Currently Julie, Louise and Helen are manning the halfway village hall refreshment stop but we could do with help at sign on, at the start and finish, plus we need people to ride out early to check the course marking and then a group to ride as sweepers. The event is licensed by British Cycling so U16s are not allowed to enter but the course is entirely held on public access roads so anyone can follow the course. 
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If you’re thinking of racing Cross this year LVYCC usually participate in the Eastern or London leagues. In order to gain points for league standings you need to affiliate at least a week before first racing. The first Eastern race is at Hog Hill on Saturday 10th Sep. run by London Phoenix, with a bit of LVYCC help of course.

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