Week 3 is a SINGLETRACKS Core XC lap race using the Core XC Loop from week 2, with the addition of Elegator & Spurious (or Off the Cuff), Upload & Download, and The Poplars & The Creek. Sport Grade will continue to race the Core XC Loop.

Start times for grades will be different to the previous week.

REGISTRATION: From 2.45pm at the race base in the upper dog exercise area.

GRADES: Based on Time Trials, Week 2 and the riders choice of Competitive (all tracks) or Sport (Core XC loop). It is in everyone’s best interest to be in the right grade to minimise passing or lapping. If you need to change your grade please contact murray@singletrack.org.nz, or change the grade at registration. Grades are not permanent so adjustments will be made after each race.

SINGLETRACKS Week 3 Grade List will be here soon after Week 2.

RACE BRIEFINGS AND START: Riders must be ready for race briefing 10 minutes before the start of a race. The race briefing will be in the start area. This area will be marked by two cones 10m below the start line which is marked by two cones and a start line on the ground. Riders will be briefed and then called to the start line from here based on the current ranking. Do not move out of this order as it is set up to minimise the need for passing. There will be a break of 30 secs between wave one and wave two within a race. The race starter will separate this and the timing will be adjusted to allow for the difference. After the start you will go straight up into the track that takes you on to C2. There is no loop on the grass at the start. On each loop the race will exit the trees over the cattle stop and do the start/finish loop before heading back into the trees and C2.

RACES and RACE TIMES: 

3.30pm – C Grade: 2 laps SINGLETRACKS Core XC Course including Elegator & Spurious (or Off the Cuff), and Upload & Download on lap 2. The first lap will miss Elegator and Upload and continue on C2. Both laps will include The Poplars loop and through the Creek at the top end of the course.

3.55pm – B Grade: 2-3* laps SINGLETRACKS Core XC Course including Elegator & Spurious (or Off the Cuff), and Upload & Download on lap 2. The first lap will miss Elegator and Upload and continue on C2. Both laps will include The Poplars loop and through the Creek at the top end of the course. (cut off to start 3rd lap – 25 minutes)

* B grade has the option of 2 or 3 laps. Those that race only two laps will be automatically placed below those that do 3 and will have times compared with C grade for future grading. Those that do 3 laps will have times compared to A Grade for future grading.

4.30pm – A Grade: 3 laps SINGLETRACKS Core XC Course including Elegator & Spurious (or Off the Cuff), and Upload & Download on laps 2 and 3. The first lap will miss Elegator and Upload and continue on C2. All laps will include The Poplars loop and through the Creek at the top end of the course.

5.00pm – Sport Grade: 2 laps SINGLETRACKS Core XC Course. (cut off to start 2nd lap – 15 minutes)

5.25pm – D Grade: 2 laps SINGLETRACKS Core XC Course including Elegator & Spurious (or Off the Cuff), and Upload & Download on lap 2. The first lap will miss Elegator and Upload and continue on C2. Both laps will include The Poplars loop and through the Creek at the top end of the course.

You are responsible for counting your laps and knowing when to finish!

COURSE: View the Week 3 XC Course Map here.

WARMING UP: The SINGLETRACKS XC loop may be used for warming up before 3.15pm. The Crocodile / Crocpot loop shown in blue on the course map is available for warming up. This can be accessed via the track above the normal entrance to the trees (see map). The Upper Dog Exercise area where below the race base can be used for warming up. There is to be no riding in any other areas of Halswell Quarry Park.

UNIFORM: Remember you are representing your school so you need to wear your school cycling tops and school (or plain) cycle shorts, or your school sports uniform. Sort it out now to be ready to race! 

AFTER YOUR RACE: There is no prize giving after the races so you are free to head off, or support your team mates. RETURN YOUR RACE NUMBER to the registration table.

ACCESS AND PARKING: Off Kennedys Bush Road, in the main carpark of Halswell Quarry Reserve. Race base information is here

TOILETS: There is a public toilet block in Findlay’s Picnic Area and down in the main quarry car park. Please access these via the track to the car park if you are on a bike. Keep them tidy and clean … we want to be allowed to come back for other races!

RUBBISH: This is a public reserve and it is expected that you take any rubbish away with you. Please leave it tidy so that it can be used for future events.

RESULTS: Results will be posted on Facebook and the Singletracks Website later in the evening or the following day.