British Cycling has announced that bicycle tire specialist Schwalbe will become an Official Partner of the National Cross Country Series, National Cross Country Championships and National Marathon Championships for the 2022 season, extending the brand’s support to the UK mountain biking community.
The 2022 calendar begins this weekend with the first round of the National Cross Country Series at Tong’s Parkwood Outdoor Center, with this year’s National Cross Country Championships taking place at Glentress on the weekend of July 23-24. . The National Marathon Championships will once again take place in Kielder Forest, following last year’s Championships at the same location.
Working with Schwalbe will enable British Cycling to further drive investment in events and support the future growth and sustainability of the discipline, following the release of the organisation’s first long-term plan for the discipline in June 2021.
Darren Henry, Commercial Director of British Cycling, said: “We are delighted to welcome Schwalbe on board as an official partner of our flagship cross country and marathon events, underlining their commitment to the UK mountain bike scene. and our ambition to continue to build the stature and profile of upcoming events.
“Our National Series and Championships continue to provide a vital launch pad for the country’s most successful professional riders, like Tom Pidcock and Evie Richards, and we look forward to starting another busy season this weekend at Tong.”
Tim Ward, Marketing Manager at Schwalbe, said: “Following our long-standing relationship with the national cross-country series, we are very pleased not only to be present at these great races, but to support and put our name to the series and give back to the cross-country racing community, which supports these races year after year.
“Cross-country mountain bike racing provides an accessible platform for riders of a wide range of ages and abilities to really test their technical skills and fitness against the best in the country. As an Olympic sport, it’s important to support emerging talent and potential medalists by helping to provide the right kind of racing and environment so they can perform at their best.