SINGLETRACKS XC 2023 is a series of 5 races with the Canterbury Championships in the 5th week on March 29th.

SINGLETRACKS XC 2023 is open to Secondary School Students. Limited spaces will be available for Intermediate age students that are keen and competitive XC racers.

Week 1 – Wed 1st March 2023

Singletracks XC using the Core Loop.

Week 2 – Wed 8th March 2023

SINGLETRACKS XC using the Core Loop with the addition of Elegator / Off the Cuff (or Spurious), and Upload / Download.

Week 3 – Wed 15th March 2023

SINGLETRACKS XC using the Core Loop with the addition of Uppercrust / Murphs, The Garden Path, and Upload / Download.

Week 4 – Wed 22nd March 2023 – To be confirmed. If Schools South Island or National MTB champs is mid week during tournament week (Wed 29th) then this week will be the Canterbury Champs. If it is a weekend then a course will be confirmed for this weeks racing.

Week 5 – Wed 29th March 2023 – Canterbury Secondary Schools XC MTB Championship

SINGLETRACKS XC using the Core Loop with the addition of Elegator / Rickrolled (or Off the Cuff), Uppercrust / Murphs, The Garden Path, and Crocodile / Crocpot.

NB. Earlier start. First race starts at 2pm. This enables slightly longer races and time for a prize giving. School Sport Canterbury have given approval for an earlier start to run the championships before tourney week.



GRADING GUIDELINES

Races on week 1-4 will be graded on speed so that riders are racing against those of similar ability.

The Canterbury Championships which is in week 5 will be competed in age group categories.

For the Canterbury Championships on the 29th of March (week 5) the age of competition will be as of December 31st 2023 to keep in line with the Cycling NZ Schools age categories. The categories will be U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and Open (17+). There will be one sport grade category with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

As this series uses lap races there will be 5 races (5 grades) on each race day to ensure there is less chance for a fast rider to catch a slower rider within the race distance. This minimises frustrations with passing, and being passed! It benefits you and other riders to be in the appropriate grade.

Every week we will have two categories of race. The top 3 or 4 grades will be ‘competitive’, which simply means they will race on more challenging courses. The ‘sport’ grade will race on the Core XC loop each week. This is less technical and lets them improve their times on a more comfortable track.

Grades for week 1 will come from self registration through your school and any other information available. After each week the grades will be altered where appropriate and the starting rank for each race will be determined by the previous results. If you have any questions about the grades, or you are able to provide relevant information for a grade placement, please make contact here. Contact

Competitive – A Grade – 4 laps for SINGLETRACKS XC Core Loop + added loops using Uppercrust and Murphs, Upload and Download, Crocodile and Crocpot, Elegator and Off the Cuff / Spurious, the Creek, and The Poplars. When other tracks are added the laps will decrease.

Competitive – B Grade – 3 laps for SINGLETRACKS XC Core Loop + added loops using Uppercrust and Murphs, Upload and Download, Crocodile and Crocpot, Elegator and Off the Cuff / Spurious, the Creek, and The Poplars. When other tracks are added the laps will decrease.

Competitive – C Grade – 3 laps for SINGLETRACKS XC Core Loop + added loops using Uppercrust and Murphs, Upload and Download, Crocodile and Crocpot, Elegator and Off the Cuff / Spurious, and The Poplars. When other tracks are added the laps will decrease.

Competitive – D Grade – 2 laps for SINGLETRACKS XC Core Loop + added loops using 1/2 Uppercrust and 1/2 Murphs, Crocodile and Crocpot, Elegator and Off the Cuff / Spurious, and The Poplars.

Sport Grade – 2 laps for SINGLETRACKS XC Core Loop.

Racers must be in school colours, if not cycling uniform, then PE type school uniform. No clothing with commercial sponsors or large logos can be worn for schools racing.