As venues go, it’s not too shabby really. Broughton Hall, near Skipton, Yorkshire dates back to 1597 and the 300 acre estate has been in the same family for all the intervening time. Extensive and well contoured grassland, good access and a beautiful location make for a very special cyclocross experience.
It’s become a firm favourite on the Northern leg of the ever popular 3 part Rapha Super Cross series, and along with the usual fab Super Cross atmosphere, cowbells, beer, foam machine and general shenanigans, we were very pleased to be doing some free skills coaching organised by Rapha, on Day 1 of the double header weekend of 18/19 October this year. A small but keen group worked on their dismounts, remounts, cornering and carrying technique, several in preparation for racing later in the day. With varying degrees of experience from minimal to extensive, it was good to work on bedding in and fine tuning those essential ‘cross skills.
Coaches Mark and Alan also had a quick turnaround to get onto the start line of the combined Senior, Junior, Vets and Women’s race on an excellent course that threw fast corners, slow corners, off cambers, hurdles and some quite sticky mud at competitors.
First pic: Mark Turner
All other pics: Jo Allen