Race Preview / Notes for Saturday 19th event – Alfreton Park

After a fantastic season opener at Hardwick Hall last weekend, this week the NDCXL makes its way to Alfreton Park, courtesy of organisers Belper BC.

The last couple of seasons have seen Alfreton featured on the same calendar weekend as a National Trophy race, but you can expect a tougher race this year without that clash!

As a course, Alfreton can be rather deceptive. What appears to be a relatively flat course on first inspection is revealed to be a subtle uphill gradient for the first half of the course, with a fast, grin-inducing second half as you come back down the slope. In between these, riders must negotiate rooty, wooded sections – mind those carbon wheels!

The weather forecast looks good for the weekend, so no excuse not to come out and race.

See you at Alfreton!


A few notes to help you with Saturday’s event

Pre-Entry Link – Live until midnight Tuesday


Please use the Wingfield Road entrance to the park – the nearest postcode is DE55 7AN.


Plenty of parking will be available in Alfreton Park, but please park considerately.


Men’s and Women’s heated changing rooms, hot showers and tea & cakes


Please bring your race licence, even if you pre-entered. If you cannot show your licence at signing on be prepared to buy a day licence.



Each rider will be issued with disposable back and arm numbers.

Back numbers should be positioned on the lower back with FOUR safety pins, one at each corner. Arm numbers should be positioned on the upper left shoulder, with FOUR safety pins, one at each corner.

Although we have chip timing, this is not a 100% foolproof technology, especially when it’s wet and muddy. The judging lap team really need to be able to see your numbers as a back up to the electronic timing. If you want to guarantee you’re recorded as delivering the stunning ride you’ve put in, pin properly please!

Please dispose of your number carefully – carelessly discarded numbers may result in disqualification.


Entry costs

Age category

Entry fee

Under 9


Under 12






Junior Men & Junior Women
U23s, Men & Women


Note – If you are over 16 and do not have British Cycling membership (proof in the form of a licence will be required) you will need to pay £3 for day insurance.

Race times

Age category



Under 9


7 minutes

Under 12


15 minutes



25 minutes



50 minutes

Junior Men & Junior Women
U23s, Men & Women


50 minutes

Chip timing

Please remember to wear and return your chip!

Race in category

If you wish to accumulate League points through the 2015-16 season you need to do a couple of things:

  • Join the League, or be a member of a League affiliated club – details;
  • Ride in your correct Age category – Categories.
    • Reminder – Handlebar ends

      The League does not permit bikes with bar ends in its races. It’s not a fashion thing, just safety.

      Equipment pits

      The equipment pits will once again be divided into “manned” and “unmanned” areas – please use appropriately.

      Reminder – the pits are a potentially dangerous work area and must be treated as such.

      There is lots more information in the Riders – Useful information section.

      … and finally, have a good safe race!