2020 Winter Series

We are back and racing!!


The second Winter Series race is on Sunday, 16 August, starting at 11.30am.

Winter Series Race postponed!!!
After the rain last night, the Winter Series Race which was to be held tomorrow,
will be moved to next Sunday, 23 August at the new time of 1.30pm.
It is very wet in some sections of the Piney and unlikely to dry out before tomorrow.
Those who have registered will remain on the start list.
Let us know if you can't make it next Sunday.
Enjoy your weekend!!

Please be aware that this event is subject to current NSW Covid-19 restrictions and may be cancelled/postponed at short notice.

Due to Covid-19 there will be some changes in how this race will be run. 

Entries will be ONLINE ONLY, absolutely NO registrations on the day and we will be following our Covid-19 Safety Plan which will include practicing good hygiene, social distancing and recording all attendees including support personnel. Downloading the COVIDSafe App is strongly recommended.

We will be promoting a “Turn up, Participate, Leave” approach.  Hand sanitiser, disinfectant spray and wipes will be available. By entering online your registration will capture your relevant details required for the Covid Register, support personnel/parents/caregivers will be required to supply their details on the day.

If you raced in the first Winter Series race in July you will have been issued with a race number plate which you will NEED to bring for this race. It is your responsibility to bring your number plate if you would like your race to be timed.  If you have lost your plate you can purchase a new plate for $5.00 under the merchandise section of this registration. There will be no extra plates available at the race.  If this is your first winter series race this year, you will be issued with a plate free of charge (no need to buy one).

The start will be in a grid formation with a 1.5m distance between racers.  There will be no race briefing at race start.  You MUST read the race briefing here.

If you are unwell or have cold/flu/fever like symptoms, PLEASE STAY AT HOME.
DO NOT attend if you have visited Victoria in the previous 14 days or have been to any of the reported case locations listed on the NSW Health website. This includes supporters and spectators. Spectators are not encouraged to attend.

Due to our “Turn up, Participate, Leave” approach we will not be holding a sausage sizzle BBQ.

About the races……

The Winter Series races are held on the fantastic trails at the Armidale State Forest, better known as “The Piney”. The races will start at 11:30 am. NEW TIME FOR RACE ON 23 AUGUST IS 1.30PM

To get to the start/registration area drive out Rockvale Road to the Pine Forest.  You need to continue past the whole Pine Forest and turn right into Pine Forest Road.  (Approx. 6.5km from the traffic lights at Erskine St & Rockvale Rd intersection). Follow Pine Forest Road for 1.5km - note do not veer left, but follow the road straight ahead along the Pine Forest fence.  Turn right into the gate at 1.5km and follow the power lines down to The Strip at the bottom of the hill - two wheel drive accessible.

Racing will be on two tracks:
The main track will be the Black track (black loop marked with Black arrows and approx 11km) which is very interesting with a variety of trail types. Rock gardens, wooden structures, skinnys, rocky rollovers, tight single track, switchbacks, uphill, downhill and fast flowy sections.
The easier track will be the shortened Green Track, perfect for beginner riders (green loop marked with Green arrows and approx 5km), which avoids the more technical sections. This will also be used for the kids race.

The race categories and lap numbers for each track are as follows:

Elite male/female - 3 laps
19-39 male/female - 3 laps
40+ male/female - 2 laps
50+ male/female - 2laps
U19 male/female - 3 laps
U17 male/female - 2 laps
U15 male/female - 1 lap
E-Bikes male/female – 3 laps
U13 male/female - green lop with parent or short lap in Big Dogs Den

Plate pick up starts at 12.45pm and needs to be completed by 1.15pm. Riders need a MTBA licence to compete, otherwise a day licence can be bought for $36.00 adults ($22.00 juniors) during the online registration process. The race entry fee is $5 per adult and $2 per junior.

Riders of all abilities are invited to race, especially those new to the sport.

RACE BRIEF - All competitors must read the race brief before the event as there will be no race brief before the race >>> RACE BRIEF
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The trails to be used are shown below in Black Loop and the Green joining track.