How do I join CCXL as an affiliated rider?

This year all affiliation is on an individual rider basis via the British Cycling website. See the affiliation page for full details on the Central CXL League 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 being affiliated

  • Online race entry is cheaper for affiliated riders.
  • Affiliated riders will be gridded.
  • Only CCXL affiliated riders score league points
  • If for any reason race entries have to be limited, affiliated racers will have priority

What are the CX categories?

Effective for the 2024 season

  • Under 8 – born 2017 or later
  • Under 10 –  born in 2015 or 2016
  • Under 12 – born in 2013 or 2014
  • Youth – U14 – born in 2011 or 2012
  • Youth – U16 – born in  2009 or 2010
  • Novice – >18 Male / Female
  • Junior – born in 2007 or 2008
  • Senior – born 1985- 2006
  • Veteran 40– born 1975-1984
  • V50+– born 1965-1974
  • V60+ – born 1964 or earlier
  • Women– all race together but are classified as junior, senior and veteran as per the above

Race Day Schedule

*Subject to change slightly on the day on the day to accommodate delays etc*

  • 09:00 – Course open for training (30 mins)
  • 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)
  • 10:15 – Novice Race (Duration 30 mins)
  • 11:00 – Course open for training (25 mins)
  • 11:30 – Junior and Seniors Men (Duration 50 mins)
  • 12:40 – Women – All age groups from Junior – V50+ (Duration 40 mins)
  • 13:35 – Course open for training (20 mins)
  • 13:55 – V40+ Men (Duration 40 mins)
  • 14:50 – Vet 50+ Men (Duration 40 mins) 

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 Thursday prior to each event.

Price for CCXL Affiliated Riders:

  • Vets/Senior/Women £17 online | £20 on the day
  • Junior £11 online | £15 on the day (boys and girls)
  • Youth £7 online | £10 on day
  • U10 £3 online | £5 on the day
  • U12 £3 online | £5 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 £19
  • Junior £14
  • Youth £9
  • U12 and younger £5

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.

Entry on the Day

All CCXL races have Entry on the Day, therefore if you missed the deadline to enter via the BC System, don’t worry you can enter on the day. When you arrive at Sign On you will be asked scan a clever QR code with your mobile device that takes you directly into our Timing System, where you will be prompted to populate an online form giving details such as Name, DOB, BC number etc so we can automatically add you to the appropriate race category seamlessly and quickly. This will also mean your results will show on the timing system.

Entry on the Day closes 15 minutes before the start of each race.

Join British Cycling for FREE

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

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.

There are 10 races in the 2023/24 calendar, a rider must ride 4 races to score in the league standings and the 6 highest sets of points will be totalled up.

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. For league standings click HERE

How does gridding work?

First up, don’t get all stressy pants about gridding. Don’t waste your energy worrying about where you start. Its a long race remember so if you’re as good as you think you are, the cream normally rises to the top.

Pre gridding will apply to all CCXL affiliated riders who have entered online. Non CCXL affiliated riders will not be gridded. Just for clarity: Non CCXL affiliated riders will not be gridded.

If you feel you are amazing and think you should be on the front row, then I’m sure the BC Commissaires on site will know you and support you with any grovelling (demonstrable national ranking) you may raise and they will endeavour to fit you in accordingly. Easiest thing is simply to affiliate to the league and support CCXL.

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

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

The non-affiliated riders are put through a magical “Randomizer” to determine their grid position.

2023 League Info | Central Cyclo-cross League