This coming May sees the start of an exciting new cycling race in Sheffield: the Kelham Island Cyclo-Cross. Set amongst the cobbles and old factories of the fast-transforming Kelham Island neighbourhood of the city, KICX, as it's known for short, promises drama, thrills and speed for riders and spectators alike.
By siting the race in and around Kelham Island Museum, organisers Sheffield Urban CX are bringing together the Steel City's proud industrial heritage with its growing reputation as a destination for all things outdoors. Organiser Adam Simmonite had this to say: "we're re-imagining spaces in the city and turning them into an arena for riders to test their skills on courses with different features to make it a race to remember." Their vision includes holding part of the race inside Kelham Island Museum itself, as well as on the cobbled streets around the museum. Keen to include younger riders in their event plans, KICX will include a balance bike and junior races.
For the uninitiated, cyclo-cross is an high-octane form of cycle racing that's characterised by short courses across various kinds of terrain. Riders carry their bikes short distances across obstacles like pavement, cobbles, grass and steep hills before getting back in the saddle again. Cyclo-cross has its roots in the 1900s Europe, where early road racers travelled cross-country, via fields and over fences, to reach the next town and win the race.
Whether you're planning on taking part or just watching what's sure to be a rollercoaster ride of a race, the date you need to put in your diaries is Saturday 6th May. Having already secured some sponsors for their unique race, the KICX team still have some sponsorship opportunities available, if you or your business is interested in getting involved. Keep an eye on the KICX site for details of how to enter, which are coming soon. With only 120 places available, you'll need to act fast once entry opens! You can also follow KICX on Facebook or Twitter for updates and news about the race.