The Scottish Cross Country Series – Mountain Bike Race League

So, it’s been a bit slow on here recently huh? Well, new decade, new Colin – I’m resolving, right here at the start…. well, near the start…. of 2010 to get into the biking properly this year, get the legs in proper shape and hopefully do a bit of writing about it too. And since I’m a man of lazy habits unless I force myself out of them I need to give myself some targets for the year.

The first of these is The Scottish Cross Country Series. This is a series of monthly races that runs throughout the summer season, from March until around September, and allows racers to compete in  a league to get their competitive juices flowing. The races rotate around a variety of different trail centres just to keep things interesting and they offer a number of different levels too depending on how seriously you take your racing. You have the self explanatory Beginner’s section, the up-and-coming Open race, the getting serious Sport category and the full-on, hardcore Elite race. There are also a number of age category races, some of which are for children and youths, but others for older racers so that they don’t have to go up against the seemingly tireless young whippersnappers in Sport and Elite.

I’ve actually entered a Sport race with these guys before and was soundly humped, ending up around 14th out of about 16 racers. Most of the field were in team jerseys so admittedly I had chosen a pretty competitive level, but it didn’t seem an unattainable level with a bit of extra effort. This time round I’m going to start with Open and see how we go, especially as I’ve been a bit slack over the winter due to the the snow.

Anyway, the schedule looks good as shown below, starting with the first race in Kirroughtree this coming weekend and I’m going to try and get along to as many as possible.

Round 1 – 21 March 2010

Round 2 – 25 April 2010

Round 3 – 23 May 2010
Round 4 – 13 June 2010
Fort William (Scottish Championships)
Round 5 – 08 August 2010
Round 6 – 29 August 2010
Round 7 – 19 September 2010
Drumlanrig Castle

Drop me a comment below if you’re competing, let me know how you’re doing and how much you’re beating me by. If I make it off the bottom of the league table I’ll be happy!


Colin started mountain biking in the early 2000s and has haphazardly, and with barely increasing skill, dragged his bike around the majority of Scotland's trail centres since then. Colin has oodles of hard earned experience in how NOT to do things - listen, be warned and don't repeat his mistakes...   More about Colin... Google+ Colin

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