What Category Do I Enter?
Our race categories are designed to encourage close competitive racing regardless of what position you finish in. The breakdown of categories is as follows. Please, please, please enter the correct category! There’s no glory in entering a race that you are clearly too good for or there’s no point in entering a race against people much quicker.
Beginners – Please before you enter this category ask yourself is this the right race for you. If you are fit and like and have any inclination to chase Strava times then this is not the right category for you. As the name suggests this is for beginners, new riders or those that just know they aren’t super fit but like to have a go
Fun – Next category up from beginners. This is the most popular category. It’s for those who may of raced before but want to just enjoy it and not really worry about how quick they are. You like to go fast but you don’t spend hours a week on the bike and don’t class yourself as “quick”
Enthusiast – For the guys who race a fair bit, spend al lot of time training and generally rip round. Ideal for any Vets, Sport and quick Junior riders. Not a category for Elite or Expert riders.
Pro / Expert – Top level racing for the quickest guys around. Ideal for Elite, Expert and the very best Junior riders.
Single speed / Fat Bike – once again we’re offering a category for Single-Speed and Fat Bike. Tyres on a Fat Bike must be 3″ plus
Retro Bike – The history of “Cannock Chase Classic” goes way back to the early 90’s when mountain biking was just starting in the UK. We thought it would be great to see some of those old bike racing once again. To qualify for the retro category the bike must be pre 1995. Prize for best in class – The best looking Retro Bike in the event!
Children’s Race – The kids races have proved to be a massive success at every race we do. We generally got lots of really enthusiastic kids wanting to race their bikes and it makes a great spectacle to watch. The one piece of feedback we get is how fast some of the kids are and how difficult it is for new riders to take part and feel like they are on the same level. We’ve also noticed that we’re getting really quick riders entering a couple of races as they look for a bigger challenge.
We’ve decided to test a new format for the Winter Classic. It’s based around children entering an event based on their ability rather than their age. New comers can race in a simple 10 minute event or those with speed and experience can step up and ride a longer more challenging race. You guys chose which suits…. All we ask is that you enter the suitable event based on ability rather than the one you think you (or they) can win.
Breakdown is as follows
Youth – 3 Boys and 2 Girls (Full laps of the adult course)
Sabres – 30 minute race based on a half lap of the main course. Will include a couple of technical sections and hill climbs.
Storms – 15 Minute race based on a shortened version of the main course. Will include a technical section or 2 but nothing dangerous
Rouges – 10 minute race based around the arena
The race will based over 3 laps of the main course. No age or ability categories. One single race for all. All e-bike’s must be restricted in line with UK regulations.