The Elmy Cycles Eastern Cyclo Cross League runs from September to February, covering the counties Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Joining the League is great value, though you don't have to join to ride the events. The cost for the 2014-15 season is £15 for seniors, £11 for juniors and £8 for youths. As a league member you get a discount on the entry fee for each league race, news updates, and of course, you're eligible for league points.
The league offers prizes for the top riders at the end of the season in various categories: senior, under 23, veteran, junior, women, youth and under 12, 10 and 8. League placings are determined by your best finishing positions in about two thirds of the league races. The league honours its old friend, the late Ivan Jeckell by awarding the Ivan Jeckell Trophy each year to the best club or team.
Cyclo cross is suitable for experienced racers and novices alike. New faces are always welcome. If you're a beginner, take a look at our guide for people who are new to cyclo-cross. For league races just bring your bike and helmet and sign on - mountain bikes are allowed. For other events different rules may apply - if in doubt, check with the race organiser.
|You can join us at our EasternCross Facebook group. It's open to league members and friends only, so you'll be told you need to "Ask to join" when you follow that link. If you think it's likely that we won't recognise you from your Facebook account, please email email@example.com.|
30 Aug 14: You are reminded that you can enter league round 1 at Basildon on line in advance via the British Cycling website. If you know you'll be coming, you'll be doing us a big favour by entering in advance. The sign-on and results crews have more work this year with the extra race in the schedule, and having the majority of riders pre-entered will help with that. And, of course, it means you're guaranteed a ride.
30 Aug 14: Many thanks to everyone who has already volunteered to help with the results service this year.
That said, everyone who has volunteered has done it before.
We need more people, and that means we need some new faces to join the team.
Please email Susannah if you are able to help at a couple of races.
Volunteers never miss their race;
You can bagsy an indoors job;
Helping at just 2 or 3 events is a huge help. (More is fab);
You usually get a free cuppa - and sometimes a piece of cake too;
You can claim mileage from the league.
It's pretty straightforward for anyone who can play a game on their phone. It would be great if each club in the league has a representative on the results squad.
30 Aug 14: Posted the list of registered riders. These are the riders who are eligible for entry fee discount and league points at league round 1 at Basildon. If you're a veteran but you'd prefer to ride in the Open (senior) race, you'll need to let me know asap.
13 Aug 14: Note that you need to be logged in to your British Cycling account before you can join the league. Please only email Keely if you're having problems and you've checked that you're logged in. Thanks.
13 Aug 14: The Eastern Youth Cyclocross Development Fund ("Helping the region’s young riders to gain Belgian racing experience") is now up and running. Take a look at their opening announcement to find out what it's about and how to get involved.
7 Aug 14: We're now taking League entries via the British Cycling web site. Please take care to join the correct age category. It's your age on 31st December 2014 that counts, not your age when you join the league.
15 Jun 14: The fixture list for the coming season is now announced. Subscribe to the on-line calendar on Apple devices, Android devices, Google Calendar, Outlook 2010 (and possibly other systems) to have your personal calendar automatically updated. You'll see from the individual race pages that we've added another race into the race day schedule in an effort to lessen the likelihood of races filling up. We also plan to offer on-line entry in advance, but we haven't yet worked out all the details. Watch this space for further announcements.
26 Feb 14: The 2014 AGM minutes are now posted.
20 Feb 14: If you still have your league number, please return it to: Keely Bunton, 4 Coleridge Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6DH. Please include a note stating your name and category. Thanks.
20 Feb 14: From fixture co-ordinator Hannah Ormesher: Eastern League members! This season's doors have barely closed but preparations are under way for the 2014/15 calendar and I will be getting in touch with our regular fixture holders shortly to put a draft calendar in place. It would be exciting to be able to hold some new events this year and the league is on the look-out for promoters and organisers for the upcoming season. If anyone has any ideas for a new venue and a club willing to host please do get in touch - even if you're not sure where to start we can offer advice on how to make it happen! Please submit your interest to Hannah by the end of this month, we look forward to hearing from you! Let’s continue building on Eastern’s strong reputation to make the 2014/15 season even better!
20 Feb 14: We have accumulated a large bag of lost property over the season. Items include 8 water bottles (some with fluid in), a pair of knee warmers, 2 pairs of dark glasses and 2 clear ones (3 are brands), pair of black arm warmers, Continental cap, a branded skull cap, a Berghaus hat, a pair of Pro race mitts, top of a flask, black plain underjersey, a left hand Altura glove, a set of headphones, small mult-tool, camera lens case, small pump, red Ip-Cross hoodie, a track pump and a wheel. If you think any of this is yours, please contact Terry Smith of Colchester Rovers.
20 Feb 14: I'm told that people ride bikes even when it's not winter. Cyclo-cross stalwart Adrian Grimwood is once again organising the Ixworth Criteriums in May. It's a great day out, either as a rider or spectator.
11 Feb 14: Team placings are posted for the Team Championships.
11 Feb 14: Fixed rendering problem on Windows Phone devices.
10 Feb 14: Apologies for the mix-up with the U10 and U8 awards at yesterday's prize presentation. Medals will be forwarded to the affected riders in due course.
9 Feb 14: Individual results are posted for today's Team Championships. Team placings to follow...
7 Feb 14: The AGM agenda is now on-line. There are some major changes proposed for next season, so if you have an opinion, we want to hear it at the AGM.
18 Jan 14: Results are posted for today's league round 14 at Bury.
17 Jan 14: Entry details are available for the end of season Team Championships. Note that there's a medal category for all-junior teams.
10 Jan 14: The cyclo-cross season continues after the Eastern league has finished. If you need more 'cross action, try the Cross On The Prom at Maldon.
9 Jan 14: If you're planning to ride the Central league event at Welwyn on 19th January 2014, please be aware that only those riders entering in advance will be gridded. Anyone turning up on the day takes pot luck.
9 Jan 14: Congratulations to League member Sean Dunlea (Ciclos Uno) on winning the Junior National Trophy Series. After finishing eighth in an eventful and muddy final ride at Shrewsbury, Sean clinched the Junior Series with 161 points, 13 points ahead of nearest challenger Dylan Kerfoot-Robson. Hugo Robinson (Neon Velo) was ninth in the Under 23 overall standings, while Steve Davies (Hargroves) was 2nd and Dave McMullen (Cotswold Veldrijden) 4th in the Over 50 category, and Sophia Chastell (Welwyn) was 9th youth girl.
2 Jan 14: Medal winners are highlighted in the league tables where we know them. Some categories are sewn up already but in the majority it's all to play for at the last round.
31 Dec 13: Proposals are invited for the Association AGM, which will take place after the end-of-season Team Championships at Mistley on Sunday 9th February 2014. Proposals must be received by Keely Bunton (Association Secretary) by 13th January 2013. Click here for the 2013 AGM minutes. The final agenda will appear here in the week commencing Monday 27th January 2014.
30 Dec 13: Fergus Muir's photos are on the British Cycling report from Snetterton.
29 Dec 13: Results are posted for today's league round 13 at Snetterton.
28 Dec 13: Prizes from the Regional Championships will be available to collect at tomorrow's race at Snetterton, with any remaining to be be posted out on Monday morning.
28 Dec 13: Improved the site layout on small screen devices (mobile phones etc.) Not all of the site has been converted; some parts will change over the coming weeks, older parts may stay as they are indefinitely.
17 Dec 13: John Styles has posted photos from Broome Heath.
15 Dec 13: Results are posted for today's league round 12 at Broome Heath.
9 Dec 13: There's a report with photos from Fergus Muir from the Regional Championships on the BC web site.
8 Dec 13: Results are posted for today's Eastern/South Eastern regional championships.
2 Dec 13: Mark Wyer will be running some Rider Development Sessions for Cyclo-Cross
on Saturday 21st December at Priory School, Bury St. Edmunds.
These sessions are for riders who want to improve their Cyclo-Cross skills or have a go at a different discipline.
Cyclo-Cross bikes are strongly recommended but a mountain bike will be fine.
Riders aged 14 - 23 9:30am - 12 noon (Click to book a place).
Women and Girls aged 14+ 1pm - 3:30pm (Click to book a place).
BC Member £4, Non member £6. If you want to borrow a cyclo-cross bike, contact Mark to book one. To fit the bikes you need to have the following saddle height (measured from pedal to top of saddle): Small Min saddle height 75 cm Max saddle height 92.5cm, Large Min saddle height 79.5 cm Max saddle height 97 cm.
2 Dec 13: Lost property from Grafham Water: a red jacket and a grey jacket. Please contact Michael Hoy.
2 Dec 13: Fergus Muir has posted photos and a report from Grafham Water.
30 Nov 13: Results are posted for today's league round 11 at Grafham Water. Due to a technical issue (battery failure), the lap-o-meter for the middle portion of the women/vet race is a bit rubbish (sorry).
25 Nov 13: Fergus Muir's photos are on the British Cycling report from Regrave.
23 Nov 13: Results are posted for today's league round 10 at Redgrave.
18 Nov 13: An announcement from Mandy Burchett (Hempton chief commissaire): "I apologise for the extra lap in the vets/ladies event. I messed up the timing/lap board completely. Am so sorry. Didn't do too well with the working out for the youth senior event (they came up a little short for the leaders). I hope you can all forgive me, I usually get it right, but I am only human!".
18 Nov 13: Fergus Muir has posted photos and a report from Hempton.
17 Nov 13: Results are posted for today's league round 9 at Hempton.
14 Nov 13: Added the team league table. Team positions are calculated from the team's best three riders' individual league points for each race. If you're using a non-touch device, you can hover your mouse over the points cells to see which riders contributed to that week's team score.
9 Nov 13: Full details are now published for the Eastern & South Eastern Regional Championships at Trinity Park, Ipswich, including how you can enter. It's advance entries only, except for under 10s and under 12s. All league members are encouraged to ride this event but be aware it is a stand-alone event, not part of the Eastern League.
4 Nov 13: The Eastern & South Eastern Regional Championships will take place at Trinity Park (Suffolk Showground) in Ipswich on Sunday, 8th December 2013. Further details, including entry procedure, will be announced shortly.
30 Oct 13: If anyone is interested in organising one or more teams for the Inter-Area Championships, please contact Ian Poole. The Eastern Association is willing to offer some financial support for youth teams. Riders will be selected based on performance. You'll need to move quickly - teams must be declared by noon on Friday, 1st November 2013.
29 Oct 13: Added average points to the league tables for people who missed a race due to officiating or helping at an event. If you think you're entitled to average points but you haven't been credited, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 Oct 13: Fergus Muir has posted photos and a report from Mistley.
27 Oct 13: Results are posted for today's league round 8 at Mistley.
22 Oct 13: Lost property from Davy Down: a set of house keys - contact Geoff Bores. Other items (a rain cape, a pair of black sleeves, a small cycling helmet and 2 water bottles) will be available at Mistley.
22 Oct 13: The red kit bag containing various items of clothing that was lost at Baldock has now been found. Contact Dave Copland.
21 Oct 13: Simon Parker has posted photos from Davy Down.
20 Oct 13: Results are posted for today's league round 7 at Davy Down.
16 Oct 13: Fergus Muir has posted photos from Hillyfields.
15 Oct 13: Reminder: there is a course for the new Level 2 Cyclo-Cross Coaching Award at Bury St. Edmunds on the 2nd and 3rd November. The more coaches from the region we can get on this course the better it is for the development of our riders. More details here at British Cycling.
13 Oct 13: Results are posted for today's league round 6 at Hillyfields.
8 Oct 13: We have a new facebook group administrator in the shape of Clive Sparkes. If you want to join the group but you're not a league member and you think Clive may not know you, please email him to explain who you are.
6 Oct 13: Many of you wil know that junior riderr Sean Dunlea is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness this month. After his first race in pink yesterday at Welwyn, Sean said, "I'd like to thank the generous people who donated money to my Breast Cancer Awareness month fundraiser today! Please have a look at my blog post explaining what I'm doing."
6 Oct 13: Apologies to league riders who have been ungridded this season. A glitch related to the move to on-line league registration meant that some riders did not get gridded properly in their first race as a league rider this season. We'll try to sort this out by next week. (For anyone interested in the boring detail, it's due to the fact that we now use riders' names as registered with British Cycling. For many riders, this does not match the name they used previously, e.g. Steve vs. Steven. So, until they had ridden one race this year under their full name, we didn't pick up their correct ranking.)
5 Oct 13: Results are posted for today's league round 5 at Welwyn.
3 Oct 13: John Mullineaux has posted videos from Hoggenberg.
29 Sep 13: Lost property from Hoggenberg: a pair of cycling gloves, a pump and a camera lens cap. These items are with Welwyn organiser Graeme Anderson.
29 Sep 13: Results are posted for today's league round 4 at Hoggenberg.
25 Sep 13: Lost property from Baldock: two children's jackets and a pair of sunglasses. Please contact next week's organiser Terry Morgans-Slader or reclaim at round 4 at Hog Hill next week.
25 Sep 13: Fergus Muir has posted photos and a report from Baldock.
21 Sep 13: Results are posted for today's league round 3 at Baldock.
19 Sep 13: Eastern league cyclo-cross races are limited to 80 riders on the course.
In order to reduce the chance of disappointment,
there will be a new sign-on procedure at the CC Ashwell event on Saturday, 21st September, 2013.
League members will be given priority.
So, only people who are in the league (i.e. the people on
the registered members page)
will be allowed to sign on more than one hour before the race.
Non-league riders can add their names to a reserve list.
They must do this in person.
One hour before the race, if the race is not full, riders will be invited to sign on in reserve list order.
The rider needs to be in the HQ to claim their place
- if they are not there, it will be offered to the next rider on the list.
League riders who arrive less than an hour before the race must join the reserve list, if there is one. They do not get priority at this point.
Note that this still does not guarantee that league riders will be able to race, because there are more than 80 registered riders eligible for each of the adult races. If a league rider is not able to enter the women/veterans race, they may join the reserve list for the senior race.
This is an experimental procedure. The committee will review the outcome to decide whether to retain it or modify it for subsequent events.
18 Sep 13: Note to new league members: please take a look at the list of registered riders before your first race. You'll find your league number there, which will save time at sign-on. If you're not on the list, it means that you didn't get your entry in prior to the 7 day cut-off. Please do not complain to the sign-on crew about this.
18 Sep 13: More lost property from Springfield: another kid's hoody (black), a kid's anorak, a kid's waterproof coat, an anorak hood and a pair of adult gloves. These items are with Springfield organiser Ed Beighton.
18 Sep 13: Nick White has posted photos from Springfield.
10 Sep 13: Lost property from Springfield: a cycle top, a child's hoodie, sunglasses, a pump, water bottles. We still have gloves and a set of keys from Basildon. Please contact next week's organiser Mark Wyer or reclaim at round 3 at Baldock next week.
15 Sep 13: Results are posted for today's league round 2 at Springfield.
13 Sep 13: League tables are now published. There's no Team competition table yet; that will follow in due course.
10 Sep 13: Lost property from Basildon: a glove, a pair of sunglasses and a set of house keys. Please contact organiser Graham Hart or reclaim at round 2 at Springfield on Sunday.
7 Sep 13: Well, we have a result from league round 1 at Basildon tonight after all. There's no league table yet, partly because the league table isn't hugely interesting after only one round. League tables will be published starting from round 2.
7 Sep 13: We're working on the results from today's league round 1 at Basildon but there are a number of technical issues delaying us. We'll get them published as soon as we can, but it may not be before tomorrow afternoon.
31 Aug 13: Attention all Coaches. British Cycling will be running a Level 2 Cyclo Cross Coach course on Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd November at Bury St Edmunds. Anyone interested should follow this link to the article on the British Cycling website.
31 Aug 13: Your league needs you!
The league urgently needs more PDA operators. If you can send a text then you can operate the PDA.
A couple of the longstanding operators are no longer able to help this year, leaving a massive gap in the team. If you or a member of your family (14 or over) is willing to help out at some of the races for an hour or so, it will keep the PDA service running. If you want to stay in the warm HQ, that's fine - we need someone to load up the PDAs with riders' names and rankings. If you want to see the racing action you can help score 1 or more of the races. There is always a paper backup - the race result does NOT depend entirely on you. However, the speed with which the results are produced most definitely does!
We would really like volunteers from all over the region to help. Please don't wait for someone else to volunteer: if you can help, email Susannah.
31 Aug 13: Remember that even with on-line entries, you still need to join the league at least 7 days before your first race. Basically, that means today is the last day to join if you want your ride at the Essex Roads Cross at Basildon to count.
15 Aug 13: Apologies for the delay, but we're now taking League entries via the British Cycling web site. As previously announced, you need to be a member of British Cycling to join the League.
14 Jul 13: The parking and sign-on arrangements for the Essex Roads Cross at Basildon are different to last year. Full information is on the race detail page.
12 Jul 13: 31st August 2013 - Cyclo Cross commissaires course. British Cycling will be running a commissaires training course on Saturday 31st August, just ahead of the start of the new season. Anyone interested in becoming a commissaire is encouraged to attend, as are any existing commissaires who would like to refresh their knowledge. The course is free and is open to anyone, aged 18 or over, providing they hold BC membership. On the day training will last around 4 hours and there is a short on-line module to complete prior to the course. The venue will be confirmed as soon as possible. To register your interest or to request further information please contact Sara Flatt, Regional Events Officer, on 07940 872228 or email@example.com.
9 Jun 13: The fixture list for the coming season is now announced. Subscribe to the on-line calendar on Apple devices, Android devices, Google Calendar, Outlook 2010 (and possibly other systems) to have your personal calendar automatically updated.
9 Jun 13: I've had a lot of requests to join the Facebook group in the past few days from people whom I don't recognise. That's fine, but the group is supposed to be restricted to members and friends of the League. The thing is, I'm not psychic. If I don't know who you are, I can't accept you into the group. Basically, what I do is to search for your Facebook name within the easterncross.org.uk site. If I get a match on your name, I accept you; if I don't, I don't. So, if you've tried to join the group but you haven't been accepted, please email me to explain who you are.
9 Jun 13: League entries for 2013-14 aren't open yet but when they are, it's likely that we'll be moving to an on-line registration system. As a consequence, we will require that all League members must be members of British Cycling. For most League riders, who are already members of British Cycling, this will make no difference. Bronze membership will be sufficient.
7 Feb 12: Lost property from Mistley: Nike training bottoms, other training bottoms, ear muffs, a helmet, mitts, shower proof top, 2no arm warmers (not a pair), child's fleece top, child's coat. Contact Tim Butler on 01473 414546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 Feb 13: Simon Parker has posted photos from Mistley.
6 Feb 13: Congratulations to Iceni Velo, whose Snetterton event was voted the best league event of the season.
3 Feb 13: Results are posted for today's end of season Team Championships at Mistley.
23 Jan 13: ECXA Team Champs and Prize Presentation - Sunday 3rd February 2013. Don't forget to get your entries in to Ken Baker Colchester Rovers. Closing Date this Sunday, 27th January 2013. If entering on-line please email Ken to let him know which team you are in. Also if he has your team details don't forget to let him have your entry. We want this to be a relaxed and fun event so if you cannot get a Club Team together for a particular category then why not join with others to make up a team - just try to wear the same colour jerseys if possible.
23 Jan 13: The 2013 AGM minutes are now posted. In brief:
22 Jan 13: Each year, there is an award for the best league event of the season, chosen by you, the riders. Please click to vote for your favourite event. The closing date is 31st January, 2013 and the award will be presented at the end of season team event on 3rd February.
21 Jan 13: Fergus Muir has posted photos and a report from Bury.
19 Jan 13: Lost property from Bury: two backpacks and a hankie that looks as though it might have been clean before it was used to wipe the mud off its owner's face. Also a banana, but that might no longer be available by the time it's claimed.
19 Jan 13: Results are posted for today's league round 14 at Bury.
19 Jan 13: If you are currently holding an Eastern 'Cross trophy, please return it today. Thank you.
19 Jan 13 08:30: I'm sitting here at King Edward VI school, and today's race is definitely ON. If you're using a satnav, you might want to make a point of taking Springfield Road, rather than following your satnav's directions.
8 Jan 13: Entries are now open for the end-of-season Team Championships at Mistley on 3rd February 2013. See the race details page for instructions and links on how to enter. Note that you need to let the organiser know which team you are riding for.