2019 Winter Series

The Winter Series are 6 races held on the fantastic trails at the Armidale State Forest, better known as “The Piney” except for 16 June which will be held at the SportUNE MTB Trails (see further down the page for details).  Races will be held on Sundays starting at 11:30 am.

The first race is on Sunday 28 April.  Then winter series races are on 19 May (also a NIXCS race), 16 June (also a NIXCS race and will be held at SportUNE), 14 July, 25 August and 15 September.  Please note that these dates are subject to change. 

The start/registration is through the 2nd gate on the right as you go down Pine Forest Rd.  Drive out Rockvale Rd until you get to Pine Forest Rd.  Turn right into the gate at 1.5km.  The start/registration line is under the powerlines (The Strip) at the bottom of the hill - two wheel drive accessible. See below for the map.

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 men and women - 3 laps

19-39 men and women - 3 laps

40+ men and women - 2 laps

50+ men and women - 2laps

U19 men and women - 3 laps

U17 men and women - 2 laps

U15 men and women - 1 lap

U13 men and women - green lop with parent or short lap in Big Dogs Den

Juniors can race up a category subject to commissaire approval.

Registration starts at 10.45am and needs to be completed by 11.15pm.  Riders need a MTBA licence to compete, otherwise a day licence can be bought on the day for $33 for adults or $20 for juniors.  The race entry fee is $5 per race, or $20 for all races in the series (6 races) for adults and  $2 per race or $8 for the series for Juniors (U19).  There will be a dirtmaster race at 11am.

Please note that the Piney NIXCS and the SportUNE NIXCS races are a part of the Winter Series and you will not have to enter those races again if you have registered for the whole Winter Series.  The Walcha NIXCS race is an additional race and you will have to enter for this separately.

Riders of all abilities are invited to race, especially those new to the sport.
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There will be a BBQ following each race.
Sausage Sandwich $3
Cool drink $2

The trails to be used are shown below in Black Loop and the Green joining track.