Welsh Gravity Enduro will be hosting the Bird Welsh Open on the 20-21st May in the Dyfi Forest.

If you to wish, support, sponsor or be present with a trade stand at the event then contact me directly on the email above or call me (Charlie) on 07791 465005

This is the 2017 Welsh Champs race!

Welsh open: Featuring 5 stages over 45km with approx 1800m of climb/descent for the Champs race

Sport category:  3 stages over 32km and 1000m of descent approx . You will start at 09:30 from the arena and head straight out to stage 4 then back for stage 1 and 5 with

The race will be based out of Machynlleth, post code SY20 8AU

This is the Welsh Champs 2017  which will be seeded off the results of the WGES series and this years national champs rankings

You do not need any membership or license to race the Dyfi Open

This is also an EWS qualifier for those who are EMBA members before the race.

What to expect at the Dyfi Open?:

Venue Map:

PDF:    Mach camping

Stage maps:

*Sport category will do stages 4,1 and 5 in that order.

PDF MAP: BGEWO with logo_edited-1

Free camping in the event field with toilets and catering on site from Friday 19th.

There are showers in the Leisure Centre 482 meters away for £2 per person

https://www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/centres/bro-ddyfi-leisure-centre/

Address: Aberystwyth Road, Machynlleth SY20 8ER

Hours:

Friday 8am–9pm
Saturday 9am–4pm
Sunday 9am–4pm
Monday 8am–10pm
Tuesday 8:30am–10pm
Wednesday 8am–10pm
Thursday 8:30am–10pm

Saturday 20th May: Practice day:

 All 5 stages for the Welsh open and 3 stages for the Sport Category open for official practice from 10:00-15:00 with marshals and medics on site for your safety, all rules (EMBA RULES) apply as per race day eg: Number boards must be fixed to bike for practice, Helmets must be worn and properly fastened whilst your bike. FULL FACE Helmets are recommended but not mandatory.

NB: You may use cameras for practice only fixed as per manufacturers guidelines. Ebikes can be used for practice ONLY if you are racing in the Ebike Category! you could enter 2 categories and use the ebike for practice if you wished, as many batteries as you need are allowed.

Sign-on: Open from  09:00-17:00 in the event field in

Machynlleth, SY20 8AU

You need to be signed on and have a number board on you bike to Practice.

You will need a £100 deposit in the form of a credit/debit card for the timing transponder, No money is taken unless you lose or do not return the transponder. It’s purely an incentive to get you to return the transponder.

Sunday 21st May:

Sign-on: Open from  08:00-10:00

You need to be signed on and have a number board on you bike to race.

Race day: Welsh Open: 5 stages of the best trails in “The Dyfi” will be used for Welsh Open/EWSQ (Approx lap distance 45km 1800m climbing)

Sport categories:  3 of the stages over a shorter loop.(Approx lap distance 32km 1000m climbing) starting with stage 4 then 1 then 5.

The sport category will be the first to leave the arena at 09:00 and head straight out to stage 4

Running order of categories: 09:30 start time from the arena…

  • Sport categories men & women  (14+)
  • Elite women (19+)
  • Junior women (u19)
  • Senior women (19-29)
  • Master women (30-39)
  • Veteran women (40+)
  • EBike (14+)
  • Hardtail (14+)
  • Grand veteran men (50+)
  • Veteran men (40-49)
  • Master men (30-39)
  • Senior men (19-29)
  • Junior men (u19)
  • Elite men (19+)

Shimano will be onsite with tech support

Bird Cycleworks will be onsite with their demo fleet for you to try

Cost?: 

Welsh Open/EWSQ 5 stages £65 (+£1.50 admin fee)

Welsh Open Sport Category Male and Female £40 (+£1.50 admin fee)

Enter Online HERE

Entries will close on May 17th at 20:00!!

EWS QUALIFIER:

“Top ranked EMBA members competing in the 2017 Series (80 Men, 30 Women, 15 Master Men 40+, 15 U21 Men and 15 U21 Women) will be added to the EWS Reserved List and will be eligible for priority registration for all the 2018 EWS Rounds. The winner in each official EWS category at every Qualifier Series will also be automatically added to the Reserved List.

There is no minimum number of races which must be completed in order to be included in the overall rankings.  But only a rider’s best 3 results will be counted in the final overall ranking.

Riders must be EMBA members (pro memberships) in order to be eligible to collect EWS Qualifier Series ranking points / be added to the EWS Reserved List.  Riders MUST have the membership before the race – points will not be assigned retroactively.  The 2017 memberships will be available at the end of January once we open entries for the 2017 season.”

EMBA Membership: http://www.enduroworldseries.com/emba-membership/

Rules and race info:

IMPORTANT!

  • 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.

  • 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

Spectators:

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.

The Timing Chip has to be fitted to the right fork leg as low as possible and facing back wards. £100 Deposit is required for the timing transponder, No money is taken.

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Safety:

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.

Directions and Course Markings

A course map must be produced by the organiser and displayed at registration and in Race Headquarters. This map may also be published on the event website. Riders are encouraged to study the map and understand the race route before leaving the start.

 

Tape
Where two pieces of course tape, on opposite sides of the course, are installed, the riders must pass between them. In these areas, missing, crossing or passing the course tape on the wrong side will be deemed as course cutting. See Figure 1 for an example of course taping.

 

Gates
Gates can be used to clearly mark sections of the course that a rider must pass though. Missing a gate will be deemed as course cutting (Article 5.6). See Figure 1 for an example of course taping.

 

Direction Markers
In areas of open mountainside, an organiser can use a single pole to mark the direction of the route. Riders can pass either side of a single pole. On long road or singletrack sections, an organiser may place small single piece of course tape. These single pieces of tape act purely as directional markers.

example of taping

example of taping

Caution signs in stages:

3 Arrows “Up” Caution sign, Jump or obstacle ahead that you will get “Air ” on at speed

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3 arrows “down” caution more technical section ahead with technical trail features

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“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!

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:

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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 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 *:

Podiums for the top 3 in each category will take place as soon as possible after the stages are closed, we’ll aim for 16:00-17:00. Welsh Champs will be the fastest in each category and all will be required for a podium picture.

  • *Attendance of the prize giveaway on the day of the event is compulsory! or you will forfeit your prize. For the Mountain Bike Chalet and Fox 36th Prize: If the 36th and 72nd place riders are not in attendance, the prize will be given to the next person in the overall rankings who is in attendance at the prize ceremony. No exceptions!

Any questions  email Charlie at gravityenduroworld@gmail.com