Thank you to every one of you for entering round 3 of the 2018 Haibike Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up series to be held at Afan Bryn Bettws on the 20th May 2018
We have 5 stages for round 3: 3 for the normal Mtb’s and 2 extra uphill flow stages for the E-Mtbs The Emtb stage will consist of 2 Uphill flow sections with a neutral section in the middle.
You still have time to enter the race, online entry will close at 22:00 Friday the 18th May
Helmets must be worn and fastened while riding.
This includes transitions and carparks!
Here is the preliminary race info for round 3 on the 20th May 2018
Date: Sunday 20th May 2018
Afan Bryn Bettws,
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. Failure to comply will result in suspension of the racing until it is deemed safe to continue.
Parking on race day is around the lodge area and up in the main camping field.
Please DO NOT on the entrance road or around the forest entrance gate. There are timber haulage trucks using it and they don’t say sorry.
You can camp at Bryn Bettws or stay in the lodge, cabin or pod:
Camping can be paid for on site direct to Bryn Bettws Lodge £6 per person per night, no need to book. Food will be available in the lodge until 20:00 for those staying over
Stages and stage map:
- Stage 1: Afan Bike Park
- Stage 2: Graveyard into “6 Feet Under” (temporary event trail)*
- Stage 3: Upper 373 into 4x
- Ebike 1: Piccadilly
- Ebike 2: 373 up to Upper 373
* “Six Feet Under” section of stage 2 is a temporary event trail, please do not ride before the event.
PDF MAP: Afan BB 18 FINAL
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 19th May
Stages 1,2,3 & 4 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 20th May
All 4 stages live timed from 10:30-15:30, 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 10:15 – 15:45
Sign on will take place in the main lodge
Saturday: 15:00 -16:30 approx
Sunday: 08:15 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 each run being timed! you’re best times will count towards to the overall results.
All stages will be timed from 10:30-15:30 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.
YOU MUST ONLY DO COMPLETE RUNS OF ANY STAGE, NO SECTIONING DURING LIVE TIMING!! YOU WILL BE INSTANTLY DISQUALIFIED IF CAUGHT.
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!
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 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 16:15
*Attendance of the prize giveaway on the day of the event is compulsory! or you will forfeit your prize. For the Mountain Bike Chalet : If the chosen rider is 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!
Medics: Remote Medical Services will be on site Sunday from 09:30-15:30, they will have medics out on the hill on call.
Heol Maes Eglwys