Races at first-time venues in Skipton and Lutterworth, plus a return to Ally Pally

The Rapha Super Cross Series, which made its debut last year, returns in October for another set of three races, with Skipton in North Yorkshire and Lutterworth, Leicestershire hosting the event for the first time, while once again the season finale will be at North London’s Alexandra Palace.

Ahead of its debut last year, Rapha promised that the series would bring a Belgian-style atmosphere to cyclocross racing to the UK, with DJs and live music plus of course, beer, frites and waffles, being as essential a part of the day as the action itself.

Once again there are a number of races across the age groups, starting at under-10s and going all the way up to elite level, plus separate races for women and for adults new to cyclocross.

Full details, including how to enter, can be found on the Rapha website - the Elite race is invitation only - and entrance to all three venues is free for spectators.

Rapha Super Cross Series 2012

Saturday October 20
Broughton Hall, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Saturday October 27
Misterton Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire

Sunday October 28
Alexandra Palace, London

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.