Bike Park Wales – Saturday 17th March inc WGES Rd1 2018
Haibike Mini Enduro / WGES Rd1 – Bike Park Wales.
Race Day Saturday 17th March 2018.
The Mini Enduro’s take place over one day and will be of a shorter distance to allow riders to practice the stages before the start of the race later in the day.
We will be starting racing later in the afernoon for this race to give you more time to get round the stages, racing will now start at 1.00pm
The format is practice in the morning and race in the afternoon over the 3 stages, there will be nice easy transitions times between stages with no penalties for arriving late using a mash up format so you can ride with your mates for this one.
The stages will be all gravity with no uphills, just blasting down some of the best trails in Bike Park Wales.
Distance will vary but expect around 10 miles to complete the 3 stages and the route.
With a morning practice lap and the race you will cover around 20 miles.
The transitions will follow the marked route to keep everyone going in the right direction.
Your are not timed between the stages but you are given a stage start time to try to keep everyone in their categories.
All 3 stage times will be added together to produce the overall results for each category.
E-Bikes get a challenge stage which will be a techinal uphill climb
Quote from Sean Bacon from the last race “Great fun races the mini’s. Can’t recommend them enough.”
Bike Park Wales.
The map for the stages will be released on the Friday before the race but will use Three Reds and One Black trail.
Note: The Black trail will start after the qualifier jump and Two red trails will joined to make one long stage
Who can race? if your 14 or over have a mountain bike and a helmet then you can race.
These races are for new riders to the sport of enduro and also more established racers who want to have fun without the pressure of racing the National Uk Gravity Enduro Series
The Trailhead Senior Category Series
There are minimum 3 stages in each event, with transfers in between these transfers are not timed and do not count for the overall standing. Special stages close at a specified time, to ensure the event finishes on time. Riders will be notified at registration on the morning of the event
Time Controls are used check riders in ready for the stage start time.
An all mountain bike is ideal for these races but any mountain bike is allowed
- short travel,
- long travel,
- a downhill bike but not recommended with the riding in-between transfer stages.
- Only one Bicycle can be used during an event, including any transition stages.
- Competitors must start and finish the competition on the same frame, fork and wheels.
Some say there is not much disadvantage to racing on a hardtail to a full suspension bike so why do a category for them?
We see this has ride what you have a type of racing if you have an all mountain bike that’s great if you have hardtail XC bike or a do it all hardtail then this is way for you start racing on it and chance to stand on the podium in your category.
All bikes used to compete within the E-bike class at the mini enduro races should comply with the current eu directive and abide by the rules in force, they are as follows (but not limited too)
1, A motor rating of no greater than 250watts motor rated output.
2, An assisted maximum speed limited to 15.5mph.
- A helmet (open or full face) must be worn during all race and transition stages.
- Knee and elbow protectors are advisable.
- All Competitors must be self-sufficient and prepared for a varying climate as well as any basic mechanical repairs. Consideration should be given to the nature of the course and the length of time the event may take to complete.
This course is marked with signs and with some sections that are taped if a specific line should be taken on the stage.
If a competitor leaves the trail/course, they must re-enter at the same point and must restore the tape as they found it.
Course Cutting = Disqualification
If a rider is spotted cutting a special stage course by a marshal they will be disqualified.
A deposit of £100 will be required at registration from a Debit or Credit card and will only be taken if you don’t return your transponder after the race.
On site there is the cafe at Bike Park Wales with a bike wash.
Camping and Parking.
Car Parking is free
Sorry but no overnight parking or camping on site.
Registration – Inside Cafe
You need to bring
- Credit or Debit Card for £100 deposit for transponder (no money is taken unless non return of transponder)
- Completed Bike Park Wales Registration and Acceptance of Risk form
To save time on Saturday come and register on Friday afternoon
Registration Opens 4.00pm
Registration Closes at 5.00pm
Registration Opens 11.00am
Registration Closes at 1.00pm
You must have sign on and collected your number board by 10.00am to race.
Friday – Bike Park Wales open open to ride as normal (normal riding day fee) the stages are marked out but with no marshals or medics on the stages.
Saturday – Times are subject to change depending on rider numbers and weather conditions
- 1.00pm All stages are open for racing
- 5.00pm All stages are closed for racing
**The organisers reserve the right to change this schedule if they feel necessary. If this happens riders will be kept fully informed by PA announcements or at the start/finish of a stage.**
will be posted in Registration on Saturday Morning.
The race order is fastest first:
- Senior 18-29 The Trailhead Series
- Master 30-39
- Veteran 40-49
- Super Veteran 50+
- Under 18 – 14 to 18
- Hardtail 13+
Over Taking Slower Riders
We all have our own speed of racing some are fitter & faster than others which can lead to faster riders catching up slower riders on a stage.
If a faster rider is behind you on a special stage, be polite and allow them to pass. If you are the faster rider, be patient and give lots of warning and clear directions as to what side you will pass. For example; shout left, if you intend to pass on the left hand side of the rider in front.
If you over take a slower rider on the stage then you can continue in front of the slower rider for the start of the next stage. This will stop the faster rider always catching the same rider again in the next stage.
Time Controls (TC)
At the start of each stage there will be a time control. You must reach the TC no later than your start time which you will you be advised of with your stage start times. In the interest of safety each stage has a cut off time when the stage is closed. Riders arriving after the stage has closed will not be allowed to start and must return to the finish area.
How to find Bike Park Wales
Be aware that in many cases SatNav and Google maps takes you to the wrong place if you use postcode only, the location marked on the map above is correct. Postcode CF48 4TT gets you to the ;correct roundabout (but after leaving the roundabout turn right not left)
Grid Ref: SO050035
GPS Coordinates: 51.718074, -3.361611
From the M4
Take Junction 32 on the M4 (Cardiff/Merthyr Tydfil), at the roundabout take the A470 North towards Merthyr Tydfil/Pontypridd). Merge onto the A470
Go PAST Pontypridd (DO NOT take ANY exits)
Go STRAIGHT OVER the first roundabout Continue for 5 miles
Turn LEFT at the NEXT roundabout 1st Exit, and turn right into the venue
The Venue is signposted GETHIN WOODLAND PARK on a big brown FE road sign
From the West on the A465 / Heads of the Valleys Road
Follow signs for Merthyr Tydfil/Cardiff/M4
At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A470 towards Cardiff/Merthyr Tydfil
Go STRAIGHT OVER the next TWO roundabouts
Turn RIGHT at the NEXT roundabout 3rd Exit, and turn right into the venue
From the East on the A465 / Heads of the Valleys Road
Follow signs for Cardiff/Town Centre on the A4060, turn LEFT at the roundabout 1st Exit onto the A4060
Go STRAIGHT OVER the next TWO roundabouts
Turn LEFT at the NEXT roundabout 1st Exit, over a flyover
Go STRAIGHT OVER the NEXT roundabout 2nd Exit, and turn right into the venue
Nearest Station: Pentre-Bach (1.0 miles), CF48 4BD, 10-15minute cycle.
ntinue to develop and maintain the trails.
We look forward to seeing you all in Bike Park Wales
Chris Roberts – 07540 723254
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