Landlord withdraws permission, but Calderdale Councilprovides old rubbish tip as alternative venue

Cycle clothing brand Morvelo has had to change the location of its inaugural City Cross event after the landowner of the disused mill in Halifax where it was due to take place withdrew permission. The event, on Sunday 3 March, will now take place in a former rubbish tip in the West Yorkshire town.

Morvelo said that after carrying out due diligence including risk assessments, analysis of potential legal liability and arranging insurance, it had received “clear permission” to stage the event through the managing agents acting on behalf of the landowner of the Old Lane Mill where the event was due to be staged. However, that permission was withdrawn last Wednesday.

Thanks to Calderdale Council, an alternative venue has already been secured in Halifax, in the shape of the Old Shroggs Tip. “So it won't have a decaying mill in the background but everything else will be the same,” says Morvelo.

“From the moto format to multiple lines. From the course going through the Dark Star Brew Co. beer tent to speeding down the Kinesis Kowbell Alley. From skidding around Vulpine corner to jumping over Red Bull obstacles. Still the great range of food and award winning coffee and still some nail biting roller racing courtesy of South Coast Sprints. They've even found some cobbles!”

You can find out more information about the event, including how to enter, on its website. Meanwhile, here’s Morvelo’s teaser film, shot at the original venue.


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.