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Run & Ride Cannock Chase MTB Series 2018

Words by Matt Williams

on 25/06/2018 14:56:00

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Over the past few years we’ve received countless requests to put on more Mountain Bike events other the the Winter and Summer classic. For 2018 we've finally given in and decided to expand our Winter / Summer MTB events into a 4 event series on Cannock Chase. The sell out Winter and Summer events have been joined by new Spring and Winter races meaning we now have a full Cannock Chase MTB Series

Expect everything that you've come to expect from our event such as great fun courses, super friendly social atmosphere, well run events at each of these races plus a few new things for 2018

- Saturday skills training on the course to help those new riders gain experience and confidence. Run by Chase Skills for adults and children

- New course for each round using some of the best sections from over the years

- New "Retro Bike" category, encouraging riders to bring out their old machines that they may of once rode on the Cannock Classic years ago

- Chip timing to make everything easier and far more straight forward

- No price increases.... yeah that right prices stay the same as they were in 2017

- Free Camping at every round

On top of this we've got loads going on. here's some details:


Event Details – Click on the event for entry details

Winter Classic – Feb 25th – RESULTS

Spring Classic –  April 29th – RESULTS


Winter Classic – Oct 28th


Held as before on the popular area of Cannock Chase the event will once again be focused more towards the newbie or fun rider. The Classic events have always been about grass routes of mountain biking. Riders from 3 years old to 70 years. People who ride everyday and those that have just started. Everybody with one thing in common and that’s a love for Mountain Biking.

The course is traditional mountain biking with everything from short and sharp climbs, single track descents and fire road blasts. We aim for a course which 100% ride-able therefore where we have a technical section we will also have an easy route for those who may be not quite so confident. We often get asked what standard you need to be to ride in our events. We would say that if you up to riding the red route around Cannock Chase then you are at a suitable level. If you aren't quite at that level yet then you may find sections of our full course too difficult.

At the venue you’ll find camping facilities, fresh water, hard standing parking 100metres from the start and great view points for spectators. We’ll also have caterers and trade stands along.


What Category Do I Enter?


Our race categories are designed to encourage close competitive racing regardless of what position you finish in. The breakdown of categories is as follows. Please, please, please enter the correct category! There's no glory in entering a race that you are clearly too good for or there's no point in entering a race against people much quicker.

Beginners - Please before you enter this category ask yourself is this the right race for you. If you are fit and like and have any inclination to chase Strava times then this is not the right category for you. As the name suggests this is for beginners, new riders or those that just know they aren’t super fit but like to have a go

Fun - Next category up from beginners. This is the most popular category. It’s for those who may of raced before but want to just enjoy it and not really worry about how quick they are. You like to go fast but you don’t spend hours a week on the bike and don’t class yourself as “quick”

Enthusiast - For the guys who race a fair bit, spend al lot of time training and generally rip round. Ideal for any Vets, Sport and quick Junior riders. Not a category for Elite or Expert riders.

Pro / Expert – Top level racing for the quickest guys around. Ideal for Elite, Expert and the very best Junior riders.

Single speed / Fat Bike – once again we’re offering a category for Single-Speed and Fat Bike. Tyres on a Fat Bike must be 3" and above

Retro Bike - The history of "Cannock Chase Classic" goes way back to the early 90's when mountain biking was just starting in the UK. We thought it would be great to see some of those old bike racing once again. To qualify for the retro category the bike must be pre 1995. Prize for best in class - The best looking Retro Bike in the event!

Children's Race - The kids races have proved to be a massive success at every race we do. We make an effort to set challenging course for the U10's and U13's whilst ensuring that they remain safe. The U8's course is a more simple flat course around the arena area so you've got full view of the racers at all times. These events aren't so much about who's 1st, 2nd, 3rd more about getting the young ones involved and enjoying mountain biking. Whilst we do have a podium for the first 3 we also have a mass podium and a little something for all. There is no series overall for U8's / U10's or U13's.


Age breakdown is as follows


U8's - any child under the age of 8 on the day of the event

U10's - Any child under the age of 10 on the day of the event

U13's - Any child under the age of 13 on the day of the event

We want to encourage more women to give racing a chance; therefore we have made the decision to continue to subsidise (excluding Elite due to the increased prize fund) the entry fee for the women’s categories. Some may disagree with our decision to do this but we've seen a dramatic increase over the years so we're sticking with it.

Lap Numbers

U8's Boy & Girls (10 Minutes)

U10's Boy & Girls (10 Minutes)

U13's Boy & Girls (15 Minutes)

U16's Male & Female (M - 2 laps / F - 2 laps)

Beginners Male & Female (M - 2 laps / F - 1 laps)

Fun Male & Female (M - 3 laps / F - 2 laps)

Enthusiast Male & Female (M - 4 laps / F - 3 laps)

Pro / Expert Male & Female (M – 5 laps / F – 4 laps)

Single Speed Male & Female (M - 3laps / F - 2 Laps)

Fat Bike Male & Female (M - 3laps / F - 2 Laps)

Retro Bike Male & Female (M - 3laps / F - 2 Laps)

Time Table

09.30 - U16's Male & Female

09.31 - Beginners Men

09.32 - Beginners Ladies

10.45 - Fun Men

10.46 - Fun Women

12.15 - Under 8's

12.30 - Under 10's

12.45 - Under 13's

13.15 - Elite / Expert Men / Enthusiast Men

13.16 - Single Speed / Fat Bike Men / Retro Bike Men

13.17 - Elite / Expert Female & Enthusiast Ladies

13.17 - Single Speed / Fat Bike Ladies / Retro Bike Men


Skills Training


We've joined up with Chase Skills to offer a half day skills training session on the course. Aimed at beginners level the course will take in many of the more technical elements for the course and train you on how to master them. We'll be offering courses for both adults and children. The course will run on Saturday morning and afternoon.

Half day Adult - £35

Half Day Children - £30

For further information please contact


Pre Event Information


We will send out a pre event email to all competitors 4 days before the event. No numbers or details will be sent out in the post. Amongst other things this email will confirm start times and lap numbers. Prior to this email please consider the race start times and lap numbers below for reference


Race Timing


All events will be electronically timed. Full results will be available straight after the final racer in that particular category finishes. Results will be available online after the event.




We have a professional photographer onsite during to the day. Pictures will be available to purchase on the day or after the event


The Course


As for the course, expect a real mountain bike course. What do we mean by that? Well plenty of nice techy, but fast flowing single track. and some lung busting climbs mixed up with a few fire road sections. As with all our events we try to create a few new sections with the backing from the Forestry Commission ready for the event. If you are a newcomer don't be put off by the "real mountain bike" talk. Our course are 100% ride able by all levels and we don't put anything too dangerous in the course, plus anywhere that has a difficult section in will have a 'chicken route' alternative. The course will be around 5 / 6km in length and take an average of 20mins (Top riders) 30mins (first timers) to complete. The course will be similar to one used for last years Winter classic but with changes to make it different and interesting.

If you are nervous about the course then why not book a skills session with Chase Skills who will help you prepare for any technical aspects of the course.


Sponsoring / Exhibiting At The Event


We are always looking for like minded companies to partner with at our events. Should you be interested in getting involved in the event then please email


Directions to the venue


Tackeroo Campsite

Penkridge Bank

Nr Rugeley


WS15 2UA

The venue at Tackeroo is ideal for holding events at. Easily accessible from the North or the South Tackeroo is around 15 minutes from the M6 motorway junctions at Cannock (South) or Stafford (North).




• Toilets

• Camping - FREE

• Parking – Free, there’s lots of hard standing parking at the venue

• Food & Drink - we've managed to secure ‘real’ coffee car vendor, Per-Cup, to attend the event. For the true coffee lovers they'll be offering proper coffee. We'll also be offering a wide selection of home baked cakes & savory treats

• Onsite drink water - there are a number of taps around the parking area with fresh drinking water.

• Massage Therapy will be set up early Sunday morning offering pre-race treatment and post race treatments. The effects on the legs of a good massage cannot be under estimated.

• Run & Ride Store will be offering the essentials should you forget something and dare we say something breaks. Of course all will be at a reduce "special offer" rate

• We'll have trade stands from some of the biggest cycle companies in the UK along showing off their new 2018 range




• Helmets must be worn at all times whilst you are on course with your bike.

• Your bike must be in good working order and suitable for the terrain.

• Any areas on the bike that could cause damage to yourself or others during a crash must be covered. E.g. open ends of handle bars / bar ends.

• Suitable clothing must be worn for the conditions.

• Abusive or offensive behaviour towards the organizers or other competitors will not be tolerated. Please refrain from using any offensive language.

• Please remember that you will be in a public place and whilst we have the backing from the Forestry Commission to use the land we must still share it with other members of the public.

• Please be courteous towards other competitors when passing. If passing a back-marker please give them plenty of warning that you will pass on the left or right. You must then wait for a suitable moment. Remember everybody has the same right to be on the course as you. Anybody found to be barging past or endangering others will be disqualified.

On-line entry is available now using the section below. Entries will be taken on the day with a small surcharge (£5.00) (subject to availability).