League History

During 2002 Roy Wyle Smith and Graham Edwards put some ideas together and the inaugural Devon and Cornwall Cyclo-cross league was staged. Three events were promoted two at Exeter Racecourse and one at The College of St.Mark and St.John. Following a promising reception the league grew to six events in 2003 and ventured across the border into Cornwall. At the conclusion of the league interested individuals met for the first time and the South West Cyclo-cross committee was established.
The league now renamed as the South West Cyclo-cross League, grew steadily and was contested over seven rounds in 2004, but more significantly the league promoted its first regional championship at Exeter Racecourse. The South West were well and truly on the cyclo-cross map.

During the 2004 league the committee worked hard and submitted an Awards 4 All grant for funding. The league was successfully awarded £5000, this was used to purchase the event trailer, Trek XO1 cross bikes, cycle helmets, essential event equipment and funded volunteer training.

The South West has always supported the annual Inter Area Team Championships and were very proud to be awarded the 2006 edition of the Championships. These were hosted at Bicton Arena and saw the best competitors in the country turn out. The venue proved a challenging test and was very well received by competitors.
In 2007 the South of England Championships returned to the area and were hosted at Bicton Arena. 2007 also marked the leagues biggest season so far with an average of 65 competitors per round and a total of 517 entries.

2008 saw another milestone for the league, as they promoted the second round of the National Trophy Cyclo-cross series at Bicton Arena. The event had an international flavor with competitors from France and Belgium making the trip to Devon. The organising team pulled out all the stops and were rewarded with an outstanding event.

Moving into 2009 the league promoted the opening round of the National Trophy series and the event was even better than the previous years. More riders made the trip and warm sunshine made for dusty, fast conditions. This time UK rider Paul Oldham got the better of the foreign challenge.

2009 also saw the league successfully apply for funding from Sport England, funds will be invested in further event equipment as the league continue to push the level of promotion higher.