South East QLD SERIES 2020

Race 1- 8th August Wondai Short Course XC race

Race 2- 9th August Wondai XCO

Race 3 - 29th August Nerang Enduro

Race 4 - 30th August Nerang XCO

Race 5 - 13th September Castle Hill XCO

Race 6 - 17th October Kooralbyn XCC

Race 7 - 18th October Kooralbyn XCO

Race 8 - 31st October Karingal XCC

Race 9 -  1st November Karingal XCO

State Champs Samford 21st/22nd November

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INTRODUCTION XCO – CROSS COUNTRY

The 2020 Sunshine Series is a combination of races held by different clubs based in southeast Queensland. Depending on the category you selected, you will be racing in either the Olympic Cross Country (XCO) format or in a timed race on the same course.

In the Sunshine Series, there will be 8 races between August and November.These will be held in various locations throughout southeast Queensland. Based on finish positions in each race, riders will accumulate points, and the rider with the most points at the end of the series, is awarded the ‘Series Champion’.

Prizes are awarded to the winners of each category, and every podium place-getter will also receive Queensland Mountainbike medals for their fine efforts. Riders will also receive points based on the finishing position in their category.

There is a category for everyone to participate, to match both skill and fitness. The race is a categorised mass start around a 4-6km course. The riders will compete on a predetermined number of laps. The first rider across the finish line after completing the set number of laps is declared the winner.

 

TIMETABLE –SUNSHINE SERIES 2019-use as a guide- may be varied depending on Covid -19 restrictions

6:30            Registration (opens)

6:30-7:45    Course practice (not compulsory)

8:00            Junior U13 Boys/Girls, Kids U11 Boys/Girls

8:45             U17 Men, U15 Boys, Sport Men, U15 Girls, U17 Women , ALL WOMEN except Elite/U19

10:15          Elite Men/Women, Junior U19 M/F, Master Men,  Ebike

Always check with event volunteers if there are any changes to the above on race day. Remain close to the start area at least 10 mins before your allocated start time.

ENTRY

  • Each participant must hold a valid MTBA license and bring this to each event. 

  • Entry is available via pre-registration and registration on the day. Online registration will be via Qldmtb.com.au and will generally close at 6pm on the day prior to racing . You will be able to enter single events  in one entry transaction.  

  • You can still enter on the day of the race, however entry closes one hour prior to your race start and an additional $10 administration fee is payable at the time of registration. You must bring your MTBA race license or a day membership

  • Registration fees to an event that is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. extreme weather) will be transferred to the registration of the revised event date. A refund may be granted upon request only.

  • If you have registered and cannot attend, unfortunately, a refund cannot be granted.

Entry Costs

2020 SouthEast QLD Series               

                      

Costs $40  adult XCO and $10 XCC. Tiered races may be a little more

Online entry  will be available closer to race dates. 

MTBA license must be current at date of final event entered, or rider will need to pay applicable licence fees.

‘On-the-day’ entry accepted, however no discounts are granted. An extra $10 admin fee applies, payable on day.

PARTICIPATION

In 2020, the Sunshine Series has a number of different categories to suit most age, fitness and skill levels.

The race and lap times/number below are approximate only and TBA

Category                             Race Time (approx)                                    Lap number (approx)

Elite Men                            Target 1:30hrs                                             6-7 Laps

Elite Women                       Target 1:15 to 1:30hrs                                 4-5 Laps

Junior U19 M/F                   Target 1:00 to 1:15hrs                                 4 Laps

Masters Men  (1-4)              Target 1:15 to 1:30hrs                                  3-4laps

Super Master  Men (5+)     Target 1:00 to 1:15hrs                                  3-4laps

Masters Women                 Target  1:15 to 1:30hrs                                  2-3laps

Sport Men                          Target 1:00                                                   3-4 laps

Expert Men and women   Target 1:15-1:30 hrs                                        3-4 laps

Junior U17 M/F                  Target  1:00 to 1:15hrs                                  3-4 laps

Junior U15 M/F                  Target 0:45 to 1:00hrs                                    2-3 laps

Junior U13 B/G                   Timed Race 20min   (Shortened Course)

Kids U11 B/G                      Timed Race 15min

 

CATEGORIES EXPLAINED

Elite Men / Women

This is the highest level of XC racing in Queensland. 

Masters Men/Women 1/2

(30-39 yrs). This category is for the regulars on the race scene, racers from other disciplines, and/or anyone who carries a medium or high level of fitness. Age restrictions.

Masters Men/Women 3/4

(40-49 yrs). This category is for the regulars on the race scene, racers from other disciplines, and/or anyone who carries a medium or high level of fitness. Age restrictions.

Masters Men/Women 5/6

(50-59 yrs). This category is for the regulars on the race scene, racers from other disciplines, and/or anyone who carries a medium or high level of fitness. Age restrictions.

Masters Men/Women 7+

(Over 60 yrs) Regulars , tough as nails and still having fun

Expert Men/Women

This category is for racers who are not yet ready to race in Elite but not "old" enough for masters categories. Ideal for riders with a medium to high level of fitness. Minimum age is 19, maximum is 29 years.

Sport Men

This category is for beginners who have only just started racing. Ideal for riders with a low to medium level of fitness. Minimum age is 16. 

Ebike

This category needs no explanation. If you want to race on your Ebike, here is your category, any age and genders combined

Junior – U19 

For juniors aged 18 or under wishing to race at the highest junior level.  (Rider must be aged 15-18 as at 31/12/19 to race this category), born 2001 or later

Junior – U17 Men / Women

For juniors aged 16 or under. (Rider must be aged 13-16 as at 31/12/20 to race this category). 

Junior – U15 Men / Women

For juniors aged 14 or under  (Rider must be aged 11-14 as at 31/12/20 to race this category).

Junior – U13 Boys / Girls

For juniors aged 12 or under  (Rider must be aged 9-12 as at 31/12/20 to race this category).

Kids (U11) Boys / Girls

U11s only –  Ages from 0-10 are welcome!  (Rider must be aged 10 or less as at 31/12/20 to race this category).

 

NUMBER PLATES

Race Numbers will be allocated according to your race category. Number plates should be fixed to the front of your bike, and be able to be clearly seen by timing staff.

In order to reduce entry fees, number plates will be re-used each round in 2018 particularly as they will include an electronic timing chip. Please ensure that you return these to registration at the end of your race.

RACE/EVENT FORMAT

The race is a mass start group race. You will start with riders in your category from a common start line, and you should arrive to the start line with plenty of time before the allocated start. Start may be ‘self-seed’, or you may be ‘called up’ in ranked order depending on the numbers, and start location.

You will compete over a set number of laps of a course or time depending on your race category.

For all riders- Once the pre-determined number of laps has have been completed by the winner, any rider lapped is required to remove themselves from the course at the finish line. They will still be awarded a result.

PRACTICE TBC

Official practice will take place between 6:30 and 7:45 on the morning of racing. Certain venues and hosting clubs may allow practice on the day prior, but you should check with the hosting club if this is possible.

You may enter the course up until the 7:45 cut-off. After this time, any rider practicing should be aware that they will be frowned upon and may even face disqualification.

PRIZES​

All categories are eligible for Queensland Mountain Bike medals, and/or prizes from local, club and/or sponsors. (Top 3 for all categories)

SERIES OVERALL AWARDS

There will be trophies for overall place-getters (Top 3 for all categories)

Series Points – Top 40 place-getters each round. Your top 7 placings will be counted towards the series total. You must race in at least 5 races to be eligible for a series trophy.

The tallied points and results will be available during the weeks following racing. The points are tallied according to the final position If you are awarded points in more than one category (by racing in more than one category throughout the series), you will be given the greater value of points following the series conclusion, and the other points are voided.

PRESENTATIONS

Presentations will be socially distanced . Listen carefully to announcements after each race.

If you gain a podium place, please make sure you arrange to be at the presentations. It is seen to be very disrespectful to your fellow competitors if you do not make it. You can also thank your sponsors on the podium.

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

TBC

COMMISSAIRES

There will be an MTBA-accredited official in charge of racing. If you have any dispute about racing or problems on the day, please ask to speak with the commissaire or Race Director.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

Your bicycle needs to be suitably equipped for racing. This includes ensuring that you have:

  • Front and rear brakes

  • Bar plugs and/or lock-on collars – this will be inspected prior to each race.

  • You also are required to wear a helmet compliant with the Australian or equivalent international standard.

  • No singlets allowed

  • No headphones during racing

  • We also recommend the use of protective equipment, including but not limited to, full finger gloves and eyewear.

TIMING

Each event will be timed by Webscorer. Results will be posted online on the same day.

FEED & TECH ZONE AND OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE

For riders competing in multiple lap races, there will be a feed/tech zone, generally located just after the Start/Finish line on each lap. You may collect or exchange drinks, food and eyewear and get technical support. Items such as tools, tubes, tires, pumps etc. may not be exchanged anywhere else on the course except by other competitors. Accepting these items outside the food/tech zone by spectators/helpers is considered outside assistance and riders doing so face disqualification.

CAMPING

For riders / families wishing to camp at venues prior to the day, each venue will attempt to facilitate this with a small donation of $10-20 to the hosting club or venue if applicable – payable in cash on the day.

Note – Not all venues will have camping available, and you should contact the hosting club prior to the event for confirmation.

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FOOD

TBC

COURSE MARKINGS

The course will be marked using the international standard signs as appropriate. (These may differ slightly)

 

Prepared (and updated 04/08/2020 by Queensland Mountain Bike. For more detailed club regulations as provided by MTBA, please visit – http://www.mtba.asn.au/resources/category/11-technical-regulations-and-organisational-guides, and download the current Club Level Technical Regulations.

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