Super Quaich series 2016
On January 24th, Ayr Burners play host to the second round of the new Super Quaich Cyclocross Series. The Doonbank Trofee will see 180 riders race in the surroundings of Rozelle estate, including some key features from an old Pitch and Put course. Read all about the series below:
Hot off the Super Quaich Press – Words by John McComisky & Dave Hammil
The Super Quaich is a brand new four-round format for the cyclocross racing scene in Scotland. It will run in January and February 2016. The series will run at the following dates and venues:
17th Jan – Rouken Glen Park, Giffnock
24th Jan – Rozelle Park, Ayr
7th Feb – Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy
21st Feb – Dig in at the Dock, Bo’ness
With cyclocross in Scotland already running an incredibly well attended regional league as well as a Scottish Championship, the Super Quaich organisers collectively wanted to come up with another format to complement the existing events. At the same time experiment with new ways to innovate, encourage and offer riders an extended calendar of races through January and February 2016.
The Super Quaich will provide close racing throughout it’s A race and B race format, which will allow riders regardless of age or gender to be actually racing one another for position and overall series placing.
Individual race organisers Jim Cameron, John Paul Baxter & Chris Johnson, John McComisky and David Hamill, all have experience and pedigree in promoting cyclocross races which not only the riders savour but the local community can get involved with too.
You can be assured of challenging, demanding and technical courses, along with slick race organisation and a carnival atmosphere. These attributes alone will ensure that these events will continue to raise the bar even higher on the race scene in Scotland.
“The Super Quaich, simply put, is four events run by racers, for racers”
There will be 100 riders in each A race and the number of riders in the B race will be left for the individual race organiser to decide based on what the course can safely tolerate on the day.
The Super Quaich organisers will harvest the season-long data from Mark Young at myeventtiming at to seed and grid all entrants in the four round series, thus offering the most accurate and fair way of selecting the appropriate A or B race category. Riders therefore don’t get to choose which level of race they enter.
Series points will be allocated to 150 riders at each event. This means that everyone in the A race and the top 50 or so riders in the B race will be allocated series points.
The 1st rider in the B race will be allocated the points position behind the last finisher in the A race.
Each rider’s worst race placing across the 4 races will be discounted from their overall points tally.
There will be no age or gender categories in the race; the senior men, females, junior men and veteran riders will all ride against other riders of the same ability and receive series points based on how they placed.
Promotion – Relegation
The possibility of promotion-relegation will follow each race. The top 5 riders in the B race will be promoted in front of the last 5 riders in the A race.
Prize Fund and Sponsorship
There will be no title sponsorship of the Super Quaich. This allows individual organisers to put together their own packages to suit individual requirements, such as raffle, spot prize or product placement.
Each Super Quaich organiser will assign £1 per entry toward an end-of-series prize fund, this allows trophies to be given to the series winners in the male and female classes. A perpetual trophy for the champion to hold for the duration of their reign and a commemorative one for them to keep as a permanent symbol of their victory.
Equal cash prizes will also be given to the top male and emales in the series standings.
Full rules and information are available at www.superquaich.cx
The Doonbank Trofee races are almost sold out. Best be quick if you want in!
Meanwhile we will be promoting some youth racing on the morning of the Doonbank Trofee as part of the Scottish Cycling South West Dirt series. To enter go to www.britishcyling.org.uk