British Cycling National Championships 2012 - Preview

Jul 17, 2012 at 3:10
by Simon Paton  

This weekend will see the UK's fastest racers go head to head to win the title of the British Cycling National Champion. That's a full year's bragging rights to wear the jersey at every race and show everybody you are number one!

British Cycling National Championships presented by Halo.
Saturday and Sunday the 21st and 22nd of July 2012.

Event Location:
Event Location will be well sign posted.
Farmer Jac's
Moelfre Hall
SY10 7QJ
Just 15 minutes West of Oswestry near Llansilin.
One hour west of Birmingham,
OS: SJ 189 283

We recommend you put Llansilin into your SatNav rather than SY10 7QJ for directions to the track. Please note that there are several Moelfre’s in Wales and you will need the one close to Oswestry – If the Moelfre you have found is more than 15 minutes from Oswestry then you have found the wrong one.

Head along the B4580 by the Old Race Course, through LLawnt, through Rhydycroesau and then into Llansilin. The road curves left (there's a phone box on the right hand side). After 50 yards turn the first right by the 4x4 garage and then first right again, signposted Moelfre. Head up and follow the road to the left, after a mile and almost at the bottom of the dip turn right. Follow the road up for one mile, taking caution through the narrow lanes and twisty corners and the race venue will greet you on the right hand side.

The 4x jumps will be in for this race.
  The 4x jumps will be in for this race.

Admission Charges: Free to everyone!
Parking and Camping Is free of charge for everyone including spectators. Please note that there will be specific camping and parking areas away from the pit and finish area, so if you arrive in the early hours of Saturday morning and park in the taped off area then you will have to move.

There will be drinking water available on site and this will be the same source for bike washing – there is a hose pipe attached and please bring your brushes and cleaner to keep your bikes running sweet for the weekend.

Course Description:
The start is 545meters above sea level.
The finish is 238meters above sea level.
318 meters is the total vertical drop and the track is 2.32kms long.

The course is the fastest in the U.K. Flat out open sections up top and you will be going 30mph plus! We then drop into the switch backs before attacking the road crossing and the long rocky straight. Weather permitting you will hit the 4x track, so get your jumps dialled before you descend into the huge finish arena. There is only one tree on course, so don't hit it! The course will still be physically and technically challenging and your race run will be on average 2-3 minutes long.

There are some great switchback corners at Moelfre.
  There are some great switchback corners at Moelfre.

Race Director:
Simon Paton:
Race Web Site:

BC Lead Commissaire: Adrian Walls.
Commissaires: Phil Pollard, Trevor Williams and Alex Thomson.

British Cycling

Categories and running order:
Juvenile - Leisure Lakes
Youth - Rose Bikes
Masters 30-34 - Nukeproof
Masters 35-39 - Nukeproof
Veterans 40-44 - Stendec
Veterans 45-49 - Stendec
Grand Veterans 50+
Women - Monster
Elite Women - Schwalbe
Junior Men - Fox Head
Senior Men - Knox
Expert Men -
Elite Men - Schwalbe

Tom Braithwaite will be Hoping for a dusty track again.
  Tom Braithwaite will be Hoping for a dusty track again.

09:30 Open practise for all riders.
18:00 Course Closed.

08:30 Open Practise for all.
10:45 Course Closed.
11:00 Timed Seeding Run.
14:15 Seeding finished.
14:20 One Timed Race Run.
17:45 Last Elite racer down.
18:00 Podium.

Personally I prefer to break dance on my kitchen floor.
  Personally I prefer to break dance on my kitchen floor.

Entry procedure, distribution of identification numbers:
The race is pre entry only and is full with 330 riders.

Race Timing: Race Timing will be carried out by Sports Timing Systems, results will be posted in the main arena on completion of each event and online by Monday 12:00 after the event. Riders will be captured on the start and finsh lines using light beams. There will be a slpit/speed trap section located at the top of the motorway section.

Medical: Full Medical Cover will be provided by Remote Medical Services, five medics both on course and from a Base Station in the event Arena.

Award Ceremonies: Will take place 15 minutes after the last rider has crossed the line.

Anti-doping tests: Riders participating in National Events shall be subject to In-Competition testing initiated and directed by the National Anti-Doping Organisation of the country. We will have a specific toilet set aside for this.

Press Office: Accredited media please check in with Dave Franciosy at the press tent located near the finih line. You will receive a bib, free wi-fi, power access and refreshments.

PA System: A full Public Announcement Facility will be on sitecourtesy of Monster Energy with announcements throughout the day. A Notice Board will be also on display in the Race Office/Rider Registration area for displaying information regarding the event.

Toilets: This will also include disabled and urinal facilities. All will be serviced on Saturday evening and restocked throughout the weekend.

Retailers: will be trackside with spares and repairs.

Nat Champs Moelfre
Kevin Radical will be spinning the decks on Saturday

Catering: Food and refreshments will be provided by XO Catering.
The onsite caterers will be open as follows:
Friday 15:00 until 23:00
Saturday 07:30 until 23:00
Sunday 07:30 to 18:00

Photos by Chris West.

Click on the Facebook British Downhill Series page for live updates over the race weekend.

Stay Unclipped!
Si Paton.

Video from last year:
Views: 48,530    Faves: 644    Comments: 69

Must Read This Week


  • + 6
 yeahr! old photo... i'll give my testes away if the conditions are like this for the race, its been raining for like 2 months solid over here. although it would be ace if it was like this as i'm away to wales next week on a xc biking holiday with the missus
  • + 1
 Well I hope you already got kids fella now your gettin rid of your balls!? Lmao
  • + 5
 nice,nationals in the us and the uk at the same time....why is there no post on the us national champs??Very confused
not complaining just wondering why not cover the us nationals from start to finish, not just an summery once its over.Facepalm
anyways great artical on the uk nationals . Salute
  • + 0
 Get someone to cover it, make a blog post and send it to the editors...

That's usually how it works Wink
  • + 1

The video is from last year, which was a National DH race, UCI cat 2 which means anyone can win. This preview is for the Nat Champs race this weekend which anyone can race but only a British rider will win the title.
  • + 1
 This is a preview of this years race coming up this weekend! The photos and video are from last year.
  • + 1
 I think he's referring to their nationalities?
  • + 0
 How come Matti Lehikonen and Emmeline Ragot competed (and Ragot won) for the BRITISH national champion title? Am I missing something?
  • + 3
 Yes, you are missing something.
  • + 1
 What exactly? How come they can compete for it?
  • + 1
 Looking good but it will be messy
  • + 1
 Bring it on Smile
  • + 1
 weather is looking dry
  • - 2
 What's with Gee's forks in that photo I wonder. Protos maybe? No decals...
  • + 6
 it's an old picture...
  • + 1
 Yeah I know. Just weird to see no decals on his forks.
  • + 0
 lol chill out
  • + 1
 Not stressing dude. Just sayin'...
  • + 1
 proto air
  • + 1
 There just not stickerd up. I went and saw them.

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