Race Preview – Round 11 – Darley Moor – Team Zenith-Buzz Cycles

After a couple of weeks of excitement courtesy of the Milton Keynes World Cup and the various Regional Championship events, it’s time for NDCXL Round 11 at Darley Moor this coming weekend, courtesy of Team Zenith-Buzz Cycles.

It’s hard not to have noticed the recent drop in temperatures, and whilst the Met Office are predicting temperatures of just above zero with some sunshine for Saturday, the ‘feels like’ temperature looks set to be a few degrees under the freezing point. Official word from the organisers is that the venue is ‘quite exposed, so riders, pit crews & spectators need to dress accordingly’

A quick straw poll on social media saw the venue described in a variety of ways, from ‘bleak, windy and flat’ through ‘never ever warm’, all the way to ‘brilliant day out’. Suffice it to say it’s going to be one not to miss, and the printers are ready with the ‘I Survived Round 11’ t-shirts just in case.

Weather aside, the course will indeed be flat, consisting of a mixture of grass, gravel & concrete surface with two loops forming a figure 8. The organsiers hope to include a section of off-camber and at least two additional dismounts.

Competition wise, there’s a good number of pre-entrants, and with the chance of some people resting their legs ahead of the Bradford National Trophy round on Sunday, this could be the last chance to bag some ‘big number’ league points for those of you jostling for position in the tables.

See you all on Saturday! (Bring a flask)