League info

You do not need to be a member of the league to race in Central CXL events.

All races have online entry which closes at 23:55 on the Tuesday prior to each race. Pre-entry is cheaper and all entries are gridded irrespective of whether you are a league member.

All races have unlimited entry on the day in all categories but there is no on the day gridding.

You need to compete in at least 4 events to qualify for the league standings, but if you complete more than 7 your best 7 will be selected for your ranking and updated after each subsequent race.

Entry to all races is via the British Cycling site.

The league is open to the following categories

Senior Men
Senior Women
Male Veteran 40+
Male Veteran 50+
Women Veteran
Under 12
Under 10
Under 8

How do I join?

This year all affiliation is on an individual rider basis via the British Cycling website. See the affiliation page for full details and a link to the Central CXL Affiliation page on the British Cycling website.

There is no club affiliation – every rider must register individually to be included in the league. There is no paper or postal affiliation and you cannot affiliate on the day, registration is online and in advance only.

The benefits of joining

Online race entry is cheaper for registered riders. Registered riders will be preferentially gridded in advance after online entries close.

Only registered riders score Central CXL League points.

It doesn’t matter where you live, any rider can take part in any event, and can also affiliate to the league.

What are the categories?

EFFECTIVE FROM September 1st 2019

  • Under 8 – born 2012 or later
  • Under 10 –  born in 2010 or 2011
  • Under 12 – born in 2008 or 2009
  • Youth – U14 – born in 2006 or 2007
  • Youth – U16 – born in  2004 or 2005
  • Junior – born in 2002 or 2003
  • Senior – born 1980- 2001
  • Veteran 40– born 1970-1979
  • V50+– born 1960-1969
  • V60+ – born 1959 or earlier
  • Women– all race together but are  classified as junior, senior and veteran as per the above

Mountain bikes allowed MTB bikes may be ridden in League events.

  • U10 £2.50 online | £5 on the day
  • U12 £2.50 online | £5 on the day
  • Youth £6 online | £10 on day
  • Junior £10 online | £15 on the day (boys and girls)
  • Vets/Senior/Women £16 online | £20 on the day

We recognize that non-affiliated riders or riders from other leagues will want to ride Central on an occasional basis and so online entry will be available at a premium.

  • Adult £18
  • Junior £12
  • Youth £7.50
  • U12 and younger £4

How much does it cost?

Entry fees are shown for online entry (OLE) and for entry on the day. All online entries are subject to a £1 booking fee per race. Online entry closes for all events at midnight on the Tuesday prior to each event.

You do not need a British Cycling Race Licence to compete in the Central CXL. However, If you are not a member of British Cycling, you will have to pay an additional day license fee – applies whether you have entered online or on the day of £3. This does not apply to U10 and U12 riders.

All riders will be provided with a CHIP at sign-on. As all our races are gridded, there is a new race number each race which represents your grid ranking and also a new individually coded CHIP. Your CHIP needs to be returned at the end of every race – otherwise, the league will have to pay a penalty fee.

Join British Cycling for FREE

If not been a member previously, you qualify for FREE BC Bronze membership when registering for the Central CXL.

Raceday timetable

  • 09:00
    Course open for training
  • 09:30
    U10's (Duration 10 mins)
  • 09:32
    U8's (Duration 10 mins)
  • 09:50
    U12's (Duration 15 mins)
  • 10:15
    Youth (Duration 30 mins)
  • 11:00
    Course open for training
  • 11:30
    Vet 50+ Men (Duration 40 mins)
  • 12:30
    Women - All age groups from Junior - V50+ (Duration 40 mins)
  • 13:25
    Course open for training
  • 13:45
    Junior Men and V40+ Men (Duration 40 mins)
  • 14:45
    Seniors Men (Duration 60 mins)

League points

The points system for the league is based on category. For veterans who elect to race in the senior 1-hour race, you will all be scored as seniors and no category points will be awarded. To score category points, you need to race in that category.

For the 2019 league your best 7 scores to count for the overall. You need to race a minimum of 4 events to qualify for overall rankings. If you ride more than 4 but less than 7, your cumulative points for those races completed will be used for your ranking.

At the end of the season, if there is a tie in an award position, a countback system will determine the placing order – the most recent race in which the riders competed together will determine the order.

How does gridding work?

Pre gridding will apply to all those who have entered online and will favour CCXL members in the event of riders of a similar ability lining up together.

Online entry will close at 23:55 on Tuesday prior to race day for all CCXL events.

This means that if you are not a member of the CCXL or did not enter online and in advance, you will be positioned at the back of the pre gridded riders.

There will, of course, be an element of discretion for riders of demonstrable national ranking who will be accommodated in a position on the grid appropriate to their level.

If you do have a query regarding gridding, please contact us using the form here and add ‘GRIDDING REQUEST’ to the subject.

2019 League Info | Central Cyclo-cross League