Update: The event was a success - read the write up on the British Cycling website
The Eastern Cyclo-Cross Association organise the Tour of the Cornfields sportive every year. They can't do it this year, so instead in association with TIMBER (thanks to a little G magic) they are organising an alternative in Thetford Forest - details below.
The Eastern Cyclo-Cross Association and Timber are promoting a new event this autumn that should appeal to a wide range of riders. The Cyclo-Cross Enduro is a new concept based on the MTB Enduro/Marathon format.
The 4 - 6 mile course will be based in Thetford forest utilising fire roads and wide tracks so whilst all 'off-road' not technical at all. The senior races will be held over 45 - 50 miles so a longer test than normal for cyclo-cross. This should see bunching of riders which might interest those with road racing skills. If the conditions are dry the circuit should be doable on a road bike with sturdy tyres although probably best to leave the carbon wheels at home. Of course the event should interest Mountain Bikers who fancy a new challenge.
The event will be run under Cyclo-cross regulations so there will be equipment pits. There will be a prize list for the usual Cyclo-Cross categories.
The Eastern Cyclo-Cross Association are organising the event to raise money for their successful youth development programme.
Timber are a trail building and advocacy group looking after the trails in Thetford Forest and working closely with the Forestry commission to improve the cycling experience for all in this the largest lowland forest in the UK. All monies raised will go directly to supporting their work.