All climbing or all Downhill? Why not both? XC mountain biking will have you covered.
This series is XCO style which means competitors complete a certain number of laps around a defined loop course.
Open / Elite riders will complete the most laps with less laps required for other grades. For more technical courses, the junior and sports riders will have a shortened / easier lap.
XCO Style race – complete a given number of laps.
Compete in at least 3 races to be eligible for series prizes. Your best five race results count toward series points.
Series points will be allocated as follows (1-90, 2-70, 3-60, 4-50, 5-40, 6-35, 7-30, 8-25, 9-21, 10-17, 11-14, 12-11, 11-9, 12-6, 13th and onwards including failing to finish scores 5 points).
According to MTBA, for XCO style races we aim for the following total race times. Number of laps for this course are given in brackets:
- Elite / open riders to race for around 70-90 minutes (7 laps)
- Masters 1/2, U19, and Expert 55-75mins (5 laps)
- Masters 3/4, U17, and Single Speed 40-60mins (4 laps)
- Masters 5+, Sport and U15 30-50mins (3 laps)
- U13 15-25mins (1 lap)
Please note that these may changed depending on course conditions closer to the date.
Series categories consist of:
Open Men/Women (18+)
Masters 1/2 Men/Women (age 30-39)
Masters 3/4 Men/Women (40-49)
Masters 5+ Men/Women (50+)
Single Speed Men/Women
U13, U15, U17, U19 Men/Women
A note on sport: This group is for riders who are pretty new to the sport and want to give racing a go, but don’t feel fit enough to be on the trail for over an hour.
A note on expert: This is a group for riders who are 19-29 years old, but don’t feel fit or fast enough to race in Open / Elite. It will generally be around the same duration as Masters 1/2.
IMPORTANT: since the series continues until 2021, age is calculated based on your age at the end of 2021 as per MTBA guidelines.
Prior to the main race there is a junior ride for children who are not wanting to race but enjoy riding off road in a group. This is non-competitive with an emphasis on fun and group participation. It runs for approximately 15-20 minutes.
MTBA Event Entries – AusCyling transitional issues
Club events still use the MTBA event booking system (MOS) whilst transitioning under the new AusCyling structure.
AusCycling have advised that at present there is an issue with the current MTBA event system being unable to verify the new AusCycling TidyHQ memberships. When you renew or take out a new membership with AusCyling then enter for an MTBA event the system will advise you that a day licence will be charged.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE REGISTERING FOR AN EVENT
Members who are experiencing this issue, which also applies to current BMX & CA members, need to email their membership details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Auscyling will then set up accounts in MOS which you can use to register for events.
- Currently all event entries are online only.
- Due to this issue it is recommended that you renew or take out your membership in advance of entering an event to avoid missing the event entry closure period.
Any questions about this event, please contact:
$5 for under 19
Racing licence required (AusCycling or Valid MTBA)
Day Race Licence $30
Annual Licences available here: https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership
The park is located inside the gates at the far end of Tolosa St. Drive through these gates and along a straight dirt road until you come to the car park on your right.
Lower numbers today – perhaps due to it being on a Saturday, or was it the forecast rain (which still hasn’t arrived), or is everyone saving their energy for the Nationals next month (or kunanyi next weekend)?
Still some good racing and some close battles (Reuben and Oliver in U17 Males, and the Masters 5+ field for example). I felt bad for Edwina and Sam being out in the heat for so long, but let’s call it good prep for the Nationals!
Thanks to Alexander, Darryl, Tom, Peter, the Johnstons and others who helped out before, during and after.
For those that don’t know we run a kids ride prior to the main event and this requires a couple (or more) of volunteers to ride with them. Please consider offering to help with this in future as we only had Alexander helping out today and we learnt this just doesn’t work. Also, if your little one is interested in riding for the day, they do need to have already signed up online as we can’t do on the day entries at the moment. You can’t just jump into the kids ride as this is unfair to those who have paid and also creates insurance problems for the club.
Just to reiterate regarding track etiquette – please call out when you intend to pass someone. Even though you may think there’s plenty of room and the track is wide you may still spook the rider being passed. Remember this is just a club race and you will get people who have never raced before in these events. Take your time, let them know you’re coming and maybe give them an encouraging word as you pass. The club wants everyone to have a good time out there!
Series results so far:
cya in a month at St Virgils (or at Longley next weekend)!