3. On The Day

How early should I arrive?

Before you race you’ll need to sign on and collect your race number and timing chip. It’s also a good idea to warm-up and take a ride around the course to familiarise yourself with any tricky corners, climbs or obstacles. You should also be at the start area 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Arriving 60-90 minutes before your race should allow you to sign on, ride the course, warm up and arrive at the start in time.

Don’t forget to sign on!

On the day of the race all riders are required to sign on. Sign on allows the organiser to keep track of who has turned up, assign race numbers to riders, and collect your timing chip (that’s right, all our races have chip timing!). Sign on times are:

  • V50+ & Women (including female juniors) – 9:15 to 10:15
  • Youth – 10:30 to 11:10
  • U8’s and U10’s – 11:15 to 11:55
  • U12’s – 11:30 to 12:15
  • V40-50 & Junior – 12:00 – 13:00
  • Senior 13:15 to 14:15

Note: sign on closes 15 mins before the start of each race.

At sign on you’ll need to present your British Cycling membership card, or pay for a day license. If you have paid for membership and don’t yet have your card, bring a print out of the payment receipt and your membership details.

Remember, you’ll need to bring some safety pins to attach your number to your sleeve. CXNE won’t be providing pins, due to the cost of having to replace them each year when they get lost or discarded by careless riders.

Will there be changing facilities?

Most of the CXNE courses are at venues that provide changing (and sometimes shower facilities). But this isn’t always going to be the case. So plan ahead. You’ll see plenty of folk getting changed in their vehicles and please don’t be offended if you catch sight of the odd naked (usually male) bum.

Can I ride the course before my race?

Yes. But the time frame for this is dependent on what race you are in. At all CXNE events the course is to be considered closed until commissaire officially opens the course for practice. This will be communicated via the PA or at Sign On. Riders are to join the course for practice at the start/finish area. Warming up on the course before it is officially opened for practice, or during times that the commissaire has not declared a practice session could result in your disqualification from the race.

Generally the course will be open for practice from 9:30 to 10:25 and 12:45 to 13:10.


The race will start in the next 30 seconds, on the sound of the gun

Check out the final section of our “Get Started” guide to cyclo-cross for what to do, During the Race.

Last Modified: August 31st, 2016

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