Race with us
Cross country – Go ride – Time trials
Photos by Simon Walker

Come Race With Us

We organise races throughout the year, on road and off. They’re suitable for absolute beginners as well as more experienced riders. There’s always someone to race against, whatever level you’re at, and the racing is only as serious as you want it to be.

Go-Ride (‘Mud and Grass’)

Race
Go-Ride ‘mud and grass’ races for children and adults run throughout the year. They’re essentially cyclocross events and usually take place on a grass course at Filey Country Park. You can do them on any off-road capable bike; some riders use cyclocross bikes, some use mountain bikes, and we’ve had children as young as three taking part on balance bikes! Children compete in age categories, while all the adults go off together. The emphasis is on fun and inclusiveness. There’s a cafe on site, so you can enjoy a cappuccino and cake afterwards while the medals are handed out. Dates for the Go-Ride races are announced via this website, Facebook, and WhatsApp

Cross-Country

RCC XC racing - Simon Walker
RCC XC racing - Simon Walker

We run cross-country mountain bike races from late spring/early summer to early autumn. There’s usually four or more races, all (at present) around the grounds of Hunmanby Hall, where there’s a singletrack circuit through the woods. You can take part on cyclocross bike if you want, but a mountain bike is quicker. The course is all rollable and there are ‘chicken runs’ around the more technical bits. All riders aged 12+ are welcome to join in. While we do get some quick XC racers, it’s not elbows-out racing – it’s more relaxed than that, although it might not feel it at the finish.

Time Trials

We run road time trials at least weekly from April to September, in conjunction with Scarborough Paragon, another local club. Riders set off at minute intervals and compete against the clock, aiming to get the best time they can. These events take place on local roads, in the evenings after the commuter traffic has eased, and on some Sunday mornings. You need to be 12+ to take part and can use any roadworthy bike, except for an e-bike or a recumbent. There are essentially two competitions: one for the fastest rider overall (categories for men, women, and juniors); one a handicap competition, where you get a bigger time bonus the slower you are. The handicap competition is won by the rider who improves most consistently over the season, and it tends to be won by a beginner.

RCC members also compete in regional mountain bike races, cyclocross races, and some closed-circuit races (e.g. at York).

RCC time trialling - Simon Walker
RCC time trialling - Simon Walker