Record-breaking entries in the first Raleigh SCX Series race of 2016

Record-breaking entries in the first Raleigh SCX Series race of 2016

Organiser Davie Lines and Rab Wardell, Callendar Park 2014 (Photos: M. Young)

The first race in the 2016 Raleigh SCX Series takes place at Callendar Park, Falkirk this weekend, and a record breaking 600 riders have signed up across all age groups. Organisers Franco Porco and Davie Lines have made several tweaks to the course, and the huge numbers of riders entered is testament to their vision and hard work developing the iconic Callendar Park course over the last 5 years.

The Callendar Park race is the first in the seven-race 2016 Raleigh SCX Series. This year sees the addition of a new venue in Fife, as well as a return to many of the best-loved courses in Scotland. With races in almost all the Scottish Cycling regions, a thriving race scene, packed calendar and the addition of a new series with the massively popular Super Quaich Series, cyclocross in Scotland is in a fantastic position.

The sustained growth and success of the CX scene in Scotland isn’t an accident - there’s been a massive amount of work on the part of the organisers, racers, sponsors and volunteers over the decade or so to get us where we are today. SCX are extremely grateful for sponsorship from Raleigh UK, both in terms of Series Prizes and for their generous Race Day support, and we’d also like to thank the riders and supporters for turning out in such huge numbers at races. 

Finally, the SCX Committee would like to say thanks to the Race Organisers and their helpers who put in huge shifts to ensure the muddy madness continues. If every rider at Callendar Park puts a bib on once this season and volunteers to help at a race (not neccesarily a Series race), the future of Scottish cyclocross will look even brighter than it does now.