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Cyclo-cross date for Hempton

PUBLISHED: 10:45 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:31 07 July 2010

OFF-road cycle racing comes to north Norfolk when there is Eastern Cyclo-Cross League racing at Hempton Common just outside Fakenham, on Sunday, November 30.

OFF-road cycle racing comes to north Norfolk when there is Eastern Cyclo-Cross League racing at Hempton Common just outside Fakenham, on Sunday, November 30.

Those inspired by the success of British Olympic cyclists will find a day of races, open to all, which will involve riders from the ages of five to well over 60.

Cyclo-Cross races are exciting mass-start events which usually last about an hour, less for veterans and young riders.

The Hempton circuit is one of the best in the region with a combination of challenging sections with stretches of tracks and tarmac where racers can catch their breath. There are also artificial obstacles where riders have to dismount.

There is naturally a big difference between the top riders and those further down the field, but with a short lap the back markers never feel alone and are often engaged in private battles almost as intense as the leaders.

At midday there is a race for Under 12s, again hotly contested at the front but with other riders, some as young as five, more intent on just getting round.

Most adults start riding cyclo-cross on a mountain bike, though specialist bikes, more akin to road machines with extra clearances to suit muddy conditions, are usually acquired later.

The races on Sunday, November 30 are promoted by Fakenham man Paul Harris of the Fat Birds Cycling Club. Phone him on 01328 851380 and he will gladly answer your questions.

The programme starts at 11am with the Youth race for the 13-15 age group and continues until the senior race at 2pm.

Headquarters is Hempton Village Hall on the A1065 just outside Fakenham.

To take part bring a bike and helmet and give yourself time to sign on and check out the circuit.


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