Mount Stuart to host the 4th Scottish Cyclo-Cross event.
The Mount Stuart Trust is pleased to be sponsoring round 4 of the Scottish Cyclo-Cross series. Bute CX will be held in the grounds of Mount Stuart on the 16th and 17th November this year.
Cyclo-Cross is a form of off-road racing that predates mountain biking by decades. Measuring 3.25km in distance, the route will feature switchbacks and adverse cambers through the wooded areas of Mount Stuart’s gardens. Expect a lot of mud, hurdles, and obstacles. Some obstacles on the course will force riders to dismount and run with their bikes, where others will test riders’ technical abilities. Intimidating as a course like this may sound; Cyclo-Cross is all about inclusivity. As one of the most accessible forms of cycle sport, riders range from young children to grandparents. Children from the age of 8 upward are encouraged to participate in the event at Mount Stuart.
Louisa Davidson, Visitor Services Manager at Mount Stuart says; “We’re so pleased to be hosting the event at Mount Stuart this year. This place has something for everyone. Riders will be able to enjoy tasty food from The Courtyard at Mount Stuart, and those who aren’t participating will still find plenty to see and do with our spectacular house and grounds.”
She continues: “The Isle of Bute is really accessible for cyclists, via a frequent train and ferry service. Riders will also be able to cycle to Mount Stuart when they arrive on the island, which we hope will give them plenty of warm up practise prior to the main event!”
Stuart Green, the event organiser says “Cyclo-Cross is the fastest growing cycle sport in Scotland, and the Isle of Bute event has grown in keeping with its popularity. Signups of 35 entrants in 2012 have grown to over 300 in 2018, including riders as young as 7 and as old as 69.
“2019 signals another huge leap forward for the races with an exciting new venue. Mount Stuart has thrown its full weight behind the event becoming the main sponsor and providing amazing facilities for riders, support teams, spectators and anyone else who is interested.”
The Cyclo-Cross event will run from Saturday 16th, to Sunday 17th November, with a full weekend of activities, including professional coaching on the Saturday for all ages. Sunday 17th November will see a number of races, beginning with the under 12s category and graduating onto the 60+ category.
No Cyclo-Cross event would be complete without a prize. There will be prizes for winners of each category, and the team at Bike Shed Bute will be providing trophies to winners of the senior race events. Artist Debbie Cassels will be awarding a framed original painting to the first woman across the line.
To find out more about the event, and to book your place in the race, please click here.