Organisers Rollapaluza hope to be back bigger and better next year

Event organisers Rollapaluza have announced the cancellation of the Muddy Hell 2013 cyclo-cross, scheduled for Saturday, October 26.

In a statement on the Muddy Hell website, they say:

As the founders of the UK’s most exciting and atmospheric Cyclo-cross event, Rollapaluza strives to put on a bigger and better competition year-on-year. Entering its fifth year, we have been unable to assemble the required funding to provide the scale and exhilarating experience that the event’s fans and competitors have come to expect from us every Halloween.

Every year Muddy Hell is a feat of earth-moving and imagination. As a group dedicated to innovation in cycling events, we are not prepared to compromise on the high standards we set ourselves.

Rollapaluza is very proud of its role kick-starting a new wave of Cyclo-cross competition in the UK – big on spectacle and, most important, open-to-all. Muddy Hell has influenced other great events at race venues across the country.

We warmly thank our kind hosts, the Herne Hill Velodrome, and all our past sponsors – not least Knog, who literally and metaphorically lit up the Muddy Hell experience. We express our deep gratitude to past participants and spectators for their contribution to the success of previous events. The decision that we have reluctantly taken today is in no way connected to the host venue, our previous sponsors, nor the competitive field and the crowds they drew.

We would like to apologise to anyone disappointed by this news. We will seek to develop a winning funding model that will enable Rollapaluza to re-launch Muddy Hell as a bigger and better spectacle in 2014.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.