Night time cyclocross in fancy dress with the course going straight through the beer tent - that's the recipe for a good night out for racers and spectators alike. Knog Muddy Hell returns to Herne Hill for a fourth year this October, with the racing taking place on 27 October from 5pm to 11pm. Big crowds and a strong field are expected.
For 2012 main sponsors Knog have upped the prize fund with a £1,000 prize pot for the men's senior race. UK clothmeisters Vulpine and London bike shop and juice bar Cyclelab providing are also stumping up prizes. On top of that, organisers Rollapaluza have introduced a number of new features for spectators, including more trade stands, a charity lottery and a bike polo skills competition and tryout using the vintage polo bikes recently restored by their community outreach programme.
As well as that there'll be the aforementioned bar tent, roller racing, music, face painting, hot food, good coffee and a 'Belgian atmosphere' - we're assuming that's more Tour of Flanders than In Bruges.
The field looks like it'll be a strong one, with last year's second place finisher Chris Metcalfe and Junior Champion Hugo Robinson already entered into the senior event. Previous Muddy Hell winner and recently crowned National points race champion Corinne Hall is favourite in the Women's field, with more star riders expected to enter. Entry to the senior events is £12, with junior entries £8 and U16s and younger just £3.
Full details and online entry plus reports, photos and videos from the previous editions are on the event site: www.muddyhell.cx
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