On behalf of Harrogate Nova Cycling Club, we would like to welcome competitors and spectators to ‘NovaCross’ – a day of superb cyclocross racing held on New Year’s Day.

On January 1st 2017, Conyngham Hall and it’s grounds hosted the first running of NovaCross, organised by Harrogate Nova Cycling Club and it’s friends.

Over the course of the day, we held seven races catering for over four hundred competitors ranging between first timers from the local community to seasoned international elite athletes. We estimated that the event attracted over fifteen hundred spectators, many of whom travelled significant distances to arrive the day before.  Our children’s races were well supported and we took particular pleasure in seeing nearly sixty Youth category riders take the start.

The torrential overnight rain of New Year’s Eve provided exceptionally soft ground conditions that provided the toughest possible first experience of the course. Whilst all competitors must feel a real sense of achievement, our podiums were hard earned.

Our new course, received universal praise with parallels being drawn to ‘Old School Belgian Cross’. We respectfully ask that local competitors support the organising team and Nidd Gorge Conservation Society by not riding the course post event as the course recovers.

On behalf of the Organising Team from Harrogate Nova CC, the competitors and spectators, who enjoyed a great day of racing, we would like to thank all the individuals, organisations and sponsors that supported and engaged with us on this project. On a personal note, I would particularly like to recognise the huge commitment in time over the holiday period that the volunteer set-up crew, marshals, officials and take-down crews make. Dirty, heavy, cold, wet and laborious work.

We are presently debriefing the event and engaging with our stakeholders. We very much hope to see you on New Year’s Day 2018.

Steve Smales

Race Director