Go-Ride Racing covers six cycling disciplines:
- Grass track
- Cross-country mountain bike
- Closed road circuit racing
- Cycle speedway
The last four of these disciplines require specialist facilities that are not available in Bromley. As a result, the Bromley Go-Ride Racing League will focus on grass track and cross country mountain bike racing.
Grass track racing
Grass track is ideally suited to entry level racing. Events are organised on a flat field with an oval track laid out using markers, with a start/finish line. Races are often short, enabling riders to experience a number of different races at any single event.
There are a large number of event possibilities in grass track racing based on races that would be experienced in a velodrome. some examples are listed below to give an idea of what could be included at a Go-Ride Racing event.
Scratch Race: All riders start together and race for a set number of laps. The first rider across the line is the winner.
Individual Time Trial: Individual riders are timed to complete a set number of laps of the track.
‘Devil’ Takes the Hindmost: This is a bunch race which sees the last rider to cross the finish line on each lap being eliminated from the race. When there are only 3 riders remaining the race becomes a flat out sprint over the last lap to declare the winner.
Points Race: This is a bunch race which involves riders sprinting for points on nominated laps. Usually the first 4 riders get points, 5 for first, 3 for second, 2 for third and 1 for fourth.
Cross-country mountain bike racing
Cross-country mountain bike races take place on off-road courses and generally have more technical sections. Riders start together (mass start) and complete laps of a marked course with climbing, descending, single track and technical sections (tight turns, changeable gradients, muddy or rocky terrain, etc.) all being part of a typical race.
A cross-country mountain bike course can be created on a wide variety of terrain – a challenging mountain bike course can be marked out on flat landwith a little ingenuity. Some venues, such as Orpington’s Priory School, have a mountain bike circuit laid out permanently (pictured right) with climbs, descents, tight turns and plenty of mud!
Other racing disciplines
For more information about the other Go-Ride Racing disciplines, visit the following pages on the British Cycling website: