Monday, 8 April 2013

SXC (Thomsons Cycles) Round 2, Abriachan - Press Release

SXC – Round 2, Abriachan – Press Release Thomsons Cycles

Following on from a successful Round 1 at Forfar, the SXC in conjunction with series sponsors Thomsons Cycles, are delighted to heading to Abriachan, near Inverness, for Round 2 of the series. Pre-entry closes on Wednesday so make sure you get your entry in now to avoid the on-the-day fee and save yourself time on race morning.

Abriachan is a new and exciting course for 2013, which we can’t wait to get our bikes on. The course is located 15minutes South West out of Inverness, along the Loch Ness road. The course provides fantastic views across stunning countryside, so remember to take a break from ‘race-face’ and soak up the scenery!

Gordon from Ben Wyvis CC provided this course description;
The course starts on fireroad and climbs up the "Elevator" - a nice steady climb up through mature trees then a fast, swoopy descent before turning right to ride the "Bull run" in reverse which makes a great techy, rooty climb through tight trees. Then cross a banked "North Shore" bridge before a rocky climb and cut through to join the "Dragonfly" red descent / singletrack. This is now mostly in the open across heather clad moorland & felled forest. Many new sections have been made along here to make it a great, techy challenge that really flows ...if you nail it!! There are some rocky, rooty & muddy bits along here as well as a few tricky skinny plank crossings. The trail then climbs through Larch lined switchbacks and another bridge before rejoining the wider blue trail at the "Rivoulich Bends" ruins. It then descends down to the Red Quarry down the usual initial blue climb, turns up a fireroad climb before cutting back into the bottom of the jump park to climb up through this to the "Half way halt" before a final descent down "Drop Mhor" onto a short fireroad sprint finish.”

Check out the map of the trails here to make sense of the course description;

As usual, there will be all the categories to provide races for all ages and abilities, supported by Thomsons Cycles, including the Under 12’s race series so make sure you bring the kiddies with you for a fun day racing for all!

The fantastic Grange Kitchen, who always impress with their selection of soup, hot rolls, burgers, cakes and teas and coffees, will again provide catering. Make sure you get in the queue nice and early for some of their fab homemade soup!

Big thank you to the local landowners and the guys at BWCC for putting this race on for us, everyone is looking forward to checking out a new course.

Biggest thank you to the series sponsors Thomsons Cycles for all their support this year. Thomsons Cycles are providing all the fantastic prizes for the race series this year and are on hand at every race for assistance. The Elite winner at Round 1 also got a bike from Thomsons. We appreciate all the help we get from Thomsons who provide a professional feel at every race, and are there to support the SXC Series and racers alike.

Online entry can be found here;

New information for riders can be found here in the downloads section of the SXC website;

And remember to keep up to date by ‘liking’ us on facebook (SXC Scottish Cross Country Association), ‘following’ us on twitter ( @SXC_Series ) and registering with the forum on the SXC website ( ) and checking out our new blog ( )

Find our series sponsors on twitter @ThomsonsCycles and check them out in store in Paisley and online at

See you in the bonnie Highlands!

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