Firstly: Thank you to every one of you for entering the final round of the Haibike Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up series to be held at Cwmcarn Forest Drive on the 28th October.
Stage 4 “Powderhouse” Is within the live harvesting site, You can only access this stage following the official transition. If you do not obey this you will be in for a very short day!
The race is sold out! there are no entres on the day.
Secondly: If you are racing the series then it’s your best 4 results from the 5 rounds that count and the series final is compulsory. There will be no series overall for Elite Women, Grand Veteran Women or Junior Women, this due to none of the above entering any of the previous rounds.
Lastly: Helmets. The Rule: Helmets must be worn and fastened while riding. If you are seen without your helmet on you will be asked there and then to put it on, number noted and if seen again asked to leave the event.
This includes transitions and car parks!
PS Cycles are the onsite shop at Cwmcarn and will be on hand to fix most problems you have. Please support them.
Here is the preliminary race info for Round 5 at Cwmcarn on the 28th October.
Date: Sunday 28th October 2018 (the clocks go back 1 hour at 02:00!!)
Race starts at 10:00-15:00
Cwmcarn Forest Drive
NP11 7FA then follow the signs below 🙂
THERE WILL BE WORKERS ON THE STAGES/TRAILS THE WEEK LEADING UP TO THE RACE PREPARING THEM FOR THE EVENT.
IF YOU ARE PRACTISING OR RIDING PLEASE BE AWARE YOU MAY COME ACROSS WORKERS WITH EAR DEFENDERS ON, THEY WILL NOT HEAR YOU.
NO WALKING/PUSHING UP TRAILS TO SECTION, THE TRAILS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW COMPLAINTS ALREADY.
IF YOU HAVE TO STOP, PLEASE GET OFF THE TRAIL INTO A SAFE PLACE.
HELMETS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE BIKE
NO GO-PROS DURING LIVE TIMING
Please listen to all the marshal’s instructions and keep all pets on a lead and under control. Remain outside of the course tape. Please be aware of where you are standing at all times. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
Parking on race day is in the main council car park, once full you will be directed up the forest drive past the forest gate, please drive until you see the marshal!! do not turn off before. DO NOT PARK IN THE VISITOR CENTRE CAR PARK!
£1 All day on race day only (28th October) payable at the parking machines. Normal prices apply outside of this date.
We will also have an overflow car park through the forest gate. (£1 all day ) Please park as directed by the marshals, space is tight so NO EASY UPS!! car share if you can but park as close as you can or dare.
Camping is not allowed in the main car park! there is a campsite 150 meters away. BUT they can only take tents and small vans, no camper vans or caravans sorry!
Alternative campsite is Pen Y Fan 15 minutes away http://www.penyfancaravanpark.co.uk/http://www.penyfancaravanpark.co.uk/
Camping for tents and small vans is available at the official forest drive campsite.
Please book camping direct with Cwmcarn Forest Drive HERE or ring 01495 272001
No camping in the main car park/finish arena
Costs for tents as follows:
Pitch per night: £3.00
Adult per night: £5.25
Children per night: £2.25
Electrical hook up: £3.50
Cwmcarn Forest VC
Crosskeys. NP11 7FA
Tel: 01495 272001
Stages and stage map:
Ebikes must be bought to sign-on on the day of the race for inspection before commencing racing. All ebikes must adhere to the pedalec rules and be limited to 25km/h random checks will also be undertaken. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.
Saturday 27th October
Stages will be marked for Saturday. You are free to ride them but be aware that they are all open to the public. Ride within your limits and respect the Forest code.
Sunday 28th October
All stages live timed from 10:00-15:00, you are welcome to ride the stages before this time but you must have your number board on and your transponder fixed to your bike when Live timing has begun. Marshals will be on stage from 09:45 – 15:15
Sign on will take place in the main car park outside PS Cycles
Saturday 15:30 – 16:30
Sunday 08:00 onwards…
Please bring a deposit of £100 for the timing transponder, either credit/debit card. We do not charge your card it’s just a deposit to make sure all the transponders are handed back in and also so we know you’ve all come back safely.
The Timing Chip has to be fitted to the right fork leg as low as possible and facing back wards.
You will get a number board for each round this year so you will all get a little memento. Cable ties are provided.
You can ride the stages in any order you like and as many times as you like with whoever you like with each run being timed! you’re best times will count towards to the overall results.
All stages will be timed from 10:00-15:00 look for the Start boards to signify the start of a timed section and the finish boards to mark the end,please listen to marshals. Stage starts close at 15:00 sharp then you have until 15:05 to complete the stage. No times will count after 15:05.
YOU MUST ONLY DO COMPLETE RUNS OF ANY STAGE, NO SECTIONING!!
The Mash Up format relies on you to self seed yourself at the start of each stage, so ask the guys around you what speed rating they are? eg: If you put down 1 and the rider in front is a 4 then swap places. We recommend leaving a 10-20 second gap before setting off after the rider in front has started.
If you do catch someone on stage then shout “Rider” to forewarn them, then as you come closer shout “Rider Left” or “Rider Right” left or right being the side that YOU will pass them on, please be patient and don’t forget you’ll get another go as long as the stage is open.
There will be marshals stationed at various points on stages and at the start and finish of all stages with radios, please follow their instructions. If you are asked to stop do so!
If you come across an incident on stage or witness an incident please stop and make sure the rider is safe and that any following riders STOP. Once the situation is safe inform the nearest marshal who will then radio the start marshal and Medics if required.
Caution signs in stages:
3 Arrows “Up” Caution sign, Jump or obstacle ahead that you will get “Air ” on at speed
3 arrows “down” caution more technical section ahead with technical trail features
“Drop and 3 arrows down” a more significant drop or step
If you see a RED FLAG being waved on stage you must stop safely and pull off the trail and wait for instructions from the marshals.
You have a duty of care to your fellow competitors so please keep an eye out for each other. Any problems please do not hesitate to inform the nearest marshal. I (Charlie) will be in radio contact with everyone all day so if you have any questions or you see something’s wrong, then please ask a marshal to contact me and I’ll do my best to sort anything out asap.
Motocross bikes can be an issue in this area so please be aware that they may be present, if you come across them tell a marshal asap.
If you start a stage you must finish that stage no pushing back up! instant DQ if you do!!
If you have a puncture or mechanical then please leave the track asap and find a safe place to fix it before carrying on and finishing your run.
Stages will finish at the Finish board
Timings: Once you have completed a stage you can look up your time (depending on signal) on your phone through:
Action Sports timing http://www.actionsportstiming.co.uk/category/live/
There are numerous points all over the hill where there is 3G/4G reception
If you are not bothered with live times then wait till after the race and all your times will be posted up at sign on and on the live timing screen.
Podiums for the top 3 in each category will take place as soon as possible after the stages are closed, we’ll aim for 16:00
Series podiums will be done as soon as possible once the points have been tallied up, only people who have attended the final round will be eligible for the series podiums. In the event of a tie the best position and fastest time at the final round will be taken into account.
In the event of only one person entering a category, they will be moved to the next available category with 2 or more people. Due to lack of entries in the Elite Women, Junior Women and Grand Veteran women’s categories over the series there will be no podiums for these or series overall.
*Attendance of the prize giveaway on the day of the event is compulsory! or you will forfeit your prize. For the Mountain Bike Chalet, prize will be given to the next person in the overall rankings who is in attendance at the prize ceremony. No exceptions!