SUNSHINE STATE SERIES 2019
5.May: Race 1 NERANG
2.June: Race 2 JUBILEE
23.June: Race 3 SAMFORD
11.Aug: Race 4 KENMORE
22.Sept: Race 5 KOORALBYN
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INTRODUCTION XCO – CROSS COUNTRY
The 2018 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 five rounds between May and August, 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 after the five rounds 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
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 10mins before your allocated start time.
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 close at 4pm on the Saturday prior to racing . You will be able to enter single events and also multiple rounds 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 $15 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.
SERIES ENTRY DISCOUNTS!
There is a series entry discount in 2019. Enter all 5 races, pay for 4 races only!
2019 Sunshine Series Entry Fees Entry Fee Series
Elite Men/Women $40 $160
Open Women $30 $120
Master Men (30-49) $30 $120
Super Master Men (50+) $30 $120
Sports Men $30 $120
Junior U19 Men/Women $30 $120
Junior U17 $20 $ 80
Junior U15 $20 $80
Junior U13 $10 $40
Kids U11 $10 $40
Online entry available via qldmtb.com.au
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 $15 admin fee applies, payable on day.
In 2019, 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 Target 1:15 to 1:30hrs 3-4laps
Super Master Men Target 1:00 to 1:15hrs 3-4laps
Master Women Target 1:15 to 1:30hrs 2-3laps
Sport Men Target 1:00 3-4 laps
Open Women Target 1:00 2-3 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
Elite Men / Women
This is the highest level of XC racing in Queensland.
(40+). 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 1/2
(30+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 3/4
(40+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 5/6/7/8
(50+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.
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 16.
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.
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 31/12/19 to race this category), born 2003 or later
Junior – U15 Men / Women
For juniors aged 14 or under (Rider must be aged 11-14 as at 31/12/19 to race this category), born 2005 or later
Junior – U13 Boys / Girls
For juniors aged 12 or under (Rider must be aged 9-12 as at 31/12/19 to race this category), born 2007 or later
Kids (U11) Boys / Girls
U11s only – Ages from 0-10 are welcome! (Rider must be aged 10 or less as at 31/12/19 to race this category), born 2009 and younger
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.
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.
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/PRIZE MONEY – PER ROUND
Prize money is paid to the following categories as follows:
Elite Men and Women: $50 - $30 - $20 minimum
All categories are eligible for Queensland Mountain Bike medals, and 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
The tallied points and results will be available during the week following racing. The points are tallied according to the final position and are as follows: 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 take place as soon as possible after racing, in four time slots
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.
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.
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.
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.
To put your tent in prime position in the feed zone, it costs $200 for the season or $50 per race. Please contact QLDMTB to organise.
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.
TENT SETUP / VIP PARKING
Get the best available trackside positioning for your team or brand’s tent at all 5 Sunshine Series XC events for just $200 for the year! You will also get VIP parking, and a warm fuzzy feeling of supporting a great series.
The course will be marked using the international standard signs as appropriate. (These may differ slightly)
Prepared (and updated17/04/2018 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 2011 Club Level Technical Regulations.