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Thunder Cross is likely to be both the season’s last and gnarliest cyclocross race

Joseph Delves
3 Feb 2017

Heavy metal racing with an emphasis on fun, beers and pizza

Bike racing can sometimes seem a bit serious and getting involved can be intimidating. Especially on the road, where you’ll need a licence along with the skills to ride in a bunch and the fitness not to get dropped straight away.

Taking place off-road during the winter season, cyclocross is an easier option to get involved with. The racing can be just as intense but people tend to take it less seriously, and despite plenty of spills from sliding around in the mud, the chance of serious accidents is less.

It’s also acceptable to heckle the riders and there's always beers afterwards.

Hosted by North London’s Thunder Cats Black Metal Bicycle Club, Thunder Cross takes these attributes and turns them up to 11. So if you haven’t tried 'cross before, Saturday 25th February could be the day to give it a go.

Taking place on a specially converted motocross track at Canada Heights in Kent the course promises ‘mega-berms, jumps and challenging obstacles with a few speed-sections thrown in to keep our racers warm’ say the organisers. 

#thundercross is real. And it will be a brutal challenge. #nltcbmbc #crossisboss #cyclocross #thundercrossiscoming

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The Thunder Cross course. Photo:

The ‘Anything Goes’ race is a run what you brung event, meaning you won't need a dedicated cyclocross bike, just something adequately sturdy, to compete.

Almost certainly the last big race of the year the main events are for cyclocross bikes only. Running for 45 minutes plus 3 laps the prize for the winners of both men's and women's races is £500 while to tempt down spectators the event also promises fire, food, whisky and beer.

The race is part of a thriving underground CX scene that’s also seen a number of informal and unsanctioned mates races spring up. Along with this cyclocross has started expanding out of its traditional home of the muddy winter season, with London now having a mini series running throughout the summer

Should you fancy getting involved tickets to race can be found here 

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