HSBC UK National Downhill Series Presented by GT Bicycles.
Round 4 at Llangollen on the 19th and 20th of August 2017.
Please note you do not need a Race Licence if you are entering either the ‘Open’ category or either of the two ‘Trail Bike’ Categories: 19-29 years or the 30 plus category.
If you want to accumulate British Cycling points and climb up the National Rankings then there are three simple steps to enter the British Cycling’s National Downhill Mountain Bike Series.
You must first purchase a membership card directly from British Cycling in either Silver or Gold, this allows you to purchase a ‘Full Race Licence’.
Your membership is valid from the day you purchase it and is valid for 12 months. You can therefore purchase it on whatever day of the year you so wish. Ideally, you should purchase your membership at the same time of purchasing your race licence. Purchase your membership HERE.
When asked if you are a member of a club please insert ‘British Downhill Series’ to help ensure we have a bigger voice within British Cycling.
The second step is to purchase a ‘Full Race’ licence directly from British Cycling. You can renew this either by phone by calling 0161 274 2010 or online HERE. You can purchase your licence now even though it will have a start date of the 1st of January 2017. Your licence lasts for 12 months and will expire on the 31st of December 2017.
Please note the membership and race licence comes as one double-sided card that has the licence on one side and your membership on the other. Ensure this is signed and a recent passport style photograph is attached prior to attending the National Series events you have entered.
The third step is to ENTER HERE.
Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport with the distinct possibility of severe injuries, or even worse. No matter where you ride or how well you know the course you should never ride beyond your skill level and always ride in control and in a sensible manner. Riding in control does not just mean being able to stop, it also means having the requisite skills to recognise and avoid potentially dangerous situations on the course. You must also be able to recognise where it is safe to stop on the course. Avoiding accidents with other riders is an essential mountain biking skill.
Riders must use the course in a sensible manner compatible with their level of experience. Riders should walk the course, observing current ground conditions, making yourself aware of any obstacles prior to riding the course. We ask riders to accept that they will ride the course at their own risk and accept that no liability can be accepted by the event organisers.
We have limited rider numbers to 250 per event, yet still booked the same amount of infrastructure, including that of the uplift that we would use for an event with 320 plus riders.
With 70 riders no longer in front of you in the uplift queue, we have seen National Series racers easily reach practice runs in double figures. Thus giving you ample time for lunch and short breaks in between each practice run. The added benefit of 70 fewer riders on track means better quality practice runs as you are less likely to hit ‘traffic’ on the course, as well as reduce the amount of erosion like breaking bumps.
Ranking of the event: British Cycling National Series Single Points.
The Venue: One Giant Leap Llangollen. Tan Y Graig Farm, Llangollen, Denbighshire, North Wales. LL20 8AR.
Nearest Postcode: LL20 8AR.
From Aberdeen Distance: 398.3 miles / Time: 7 hours 32 minutes.
From Birmingham Distance: 78.1 miles / Time: 1 hours 45 minutes.
From Bristol Distance: 142.0 miles / Time: 2 hours 58 minutes.
From Edinburgh Distance: 267.8 miles / Time: 5 hours 3 minutes.
From Fort William Distance: 369.5 miles / Time: 6 hours 58 minutes.
From Glasgow Distance: 265.4 miles / Time: 4 hours 40 minutes.
From Liverpool Distance: 53.6 miles / Time: 1 hour 10 minutes.
From London Distance: 194.8 miles / Time: 3 hours 55 minutes.
From Sheffield Distance: 105.9 miles / Time: 2 hours 20 minutes.
PLEASE NOTE HOW WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO BOTH ENTER AND EXIT THE LLANGOLLEN VENUE:
The lanes around the venue are small country lanes which can be tight pleased drive with due care and attention and always respect the local community. This will be signposted from Friday morning.
We are kindly asking you to drive in from the Golf Course entrance and not the Llangollen town entrance. This will keep the locals happy and allow all event traffic such as marshals, medics, Commissaires and the riders on the uplift easy access to the track.
Nearest Train Station: Chirk Station, Station Ave, Chirk. LL14 5LU.
Nearest Ferry Port: The Port of Holyhead, Salt Island, Gwynedd, North Wales. LL65 1DR.
Nearest Airport: Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Speke Hall Ave, Speke, Liverpool. L24 1YD.
Map of Race Pits:
Map of the Track with Marshal Points:
The Course: The Ride Portugal track steep and technical with a number of large man made jumps. The finish arena which is large in size and will be surrounded by crowd barriers. Riders are advised to wear suitable protection that they think suitable, walk the course prior to riding and ride within their own ability level.
Course Preview: Sponsored by Monster Energy.
Start Line Grid Reference: SJ 22776 39971.
Finish Line Grid Reference: SJ 22931 40562.
Length – 1.9 kilometers.
Start altitude – 371 meters.
Finish altitude – 116 meters.
Vertical descent – 255 meters.
Fastest time 2 minutes and 5 seconds.
Course rating (1-5 with 5 being very technical): Rating 4.
Spectating: £5.00 per day for each adult aged 16 or over. For further information please click HERE.
Parking: Is FREE to everyone. For further information please click HERE.
Camping: Racers camping charge is free. Spectators camping charge is £10.00 per pitch. You can enter the site from 13:00 on the Friday, before the event and you must then leave the site by 19:00 on the Sunday evening of the event. Please note the venue will close at 23:00 for vehicle access on the Friday and Saturday night. For further information please click HERE.
Security: Will be on site both Friday and Saturday night of the event. You are advised to lock away all of your possessions. Abus is the official Bicycle Lock partner of the National Series.
Medical: Remote Medical Services will provide full medical cover both on the course (In a 4×4 vehicle) and from an identifiable Base Station with an ambulance in the event arena. Five medical personnel will be in attendance. 1x Paramedic, 1x Advanced Nurse Practitioner and 3x EMT.
Public Announcements: A PA system will be on site with announcements throughout the day. Andrew Cooper, the voice of the National Series will be on hand all weekend. A Notice Board will also be on display in the Race Office/Rider Registration area for displaying information regarding the event.
Catering: Onsite Catering providing fresh hot and cold local produce and refreshments on Friday 18:00 to 22:00, on Saturday 07:30 to 22:00 and Sunday 07:00 to 17:30.
Toilets: The venue has a number of toilets based on site. Additional Mobile Toilets will be provided, including women-only facilities. All will be serviced on Saturday evening and re-stocked throughout the weekend. We will also have toilets located near to the start line.
Drinking Water: Drinking water is available on site and is located near the entrance gate beside the hedge. We always advise you to sterilise the water before consuming.
WIFI: There is no wi-fi on site.
Phone Signal: Is generally good depending on your network.
Skips: One 16 yard skip will be onsite. Please do not dispose of warm/hot BBQ’s into the skip.
Nearest Hospital: Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Croesnewydd Road, Wrexham. LL13 7TD.
Nearest Police Station: Llangollen Police Station, Parade Street, Llangollen, LL20 8PW.
Nearest Showers: There are no showers on site.
Bike Wash: The WD40 bike wash, Air Hose Dryers and Lube Station is available on site and is free to use.
Organisation: BDS Events. British Cycling Club Registration Number 11280.
Event Director: Simon Paton
British Cycling Licence Number 405398.
Mobile: 07968 229 359.
Operations Director: Tony Standish.
Course Manager: Edd Wright.
Business Director: Adrian Bland.
Commentator: Andrew Cooper.
Head Marshal: Paul Tunnell.
Race Registration/Start Line: Anne Brewin.
Photographer: Yasmeen Green.
Videographer: TJ Smith.
British Cycling Chief Commissaire: Adrian Walls.
British Cycling Assistant Commissaires: Phil Pollard and Ian Fennell.
Course Marshals: 17x marshals will be in place on course both Saturday and Sunday. Each marshal will be easily identifiable by wearing a high visibility vest. Marshals will also be supplied with a working two-way radio, a whistle, a red and yellow flag and refreshments. We aim to ensure all our marshals are aged 21 or over and fit and able.
The marshal briefing will be carried out by the National Series Team and Chief Commissaire at 08:00 on Saturday morning by race registration and then on Sunday morning at 07:30 at the same location.
13:00 Venue open for team pits, parking and camping.
16:00 Commissaire course walk. We reserve the right to change the course at any time through the event.
18:00 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.
15:00 – 21:00 Race registration, please bring your valid National Federations race licence and membership.
07:00 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.
07:00 – 11:00 Race registration, please bring your valid National Federations race licence and membership.
09.00 Uplift opens and all riders must have their transponders fitted to use the uplift.
09:30 Open practice for all Juvenile Men, Youth Men, Junior Men, Senior Men, Master Men, Veteran Men, Grand Veteran Men, Junior Women and Women.
10:30 Open practice for all.
17:00 Course closed for all Juvenile Men, Youth Men, Junior Men, Senior Men, Master Men, Veteran Men, Grand Veteran Men, Junior Women and Women.
17:00 Course open for Expert Men and Elite Men and Elite Women Only.
17:30 Last uplift.
18:00 Course Closed.
18:05 Riders meeting.
18:10 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.
08:00 Uplift opens and all riders must have their transponders fitted to use the uplift.
08:30 Open Practice for all.
10:45 Course Closed.
10:45 – 11:15 Strider Practice.
11:15 Seeding Runs.
14:00 – 14:30 Strider Racing.
17:30 Podium for top five in each category.
Event Entry: The race is pre-entry only via the British Cycling Website.
Race entry is £95.00 plus a £1.00 Booking Fee. If there are spaces on the day, entries will be offered on a first come, first served basis at £100.00 payable in cash.
Racer numbers for riders that have not already competed in the series will be available at the race office where all riders must sign on and present their valid National Federations race licence and membership. Failure to do so will result in a £10.00 fine payable to British Cycling. Once paid, the rider can then complete registration and compete in the event.
Riders will be given one front number board for the series. It is your responsibility to look after the number board. A lost front number board will mean a £5.00 cash charge for a replacement. The same £5.00 fee applies if you modify your front number board and it needs replacing. The front number board must be displayed on the front of your bike at all times whilst on track. The number boards remain the property of National Series Events until the end of your race season. Please note no deposit is required.
Series Overall Positions: Four out of five rounds count, including seeding points.
Race Categories Running Order: Running order for both seeding and race run. Race numbers shown in brackets:
Juvenile Men – DMR Riders must be in the year of their 13th or 14th birthday. (900-925).
Youth Men – FUNN MTB Riders must be in the year of their 15th or 16th birthdays. (800-899).
Grand Veteran Men – Riders must be in the year of their 50th birthday or older. (780-799).
Veteran Men – Dainese Riders must be in the year of their 40th to 49th birthday. (700-774).
Master Men – NS Bikes Riders must be in the year of their 30th to 39th birthday. (600-699).
Junior Women – Rachel Atherton Riders must be in the year of their 13th to 18th birthday.(130-149).
Women – DexShell Riders must be in the year of their 19th birthday or older. (160-199).
Junior Men – Spank Riders must be in the year of their 17th or 18th birthday. (500-599).
Senior Men – Shimano Riders must be in the year of their 19th to 29th birthday. (300-399).
Expert Men – Fabric Riders must be in the year of their 19th birthday or older and hold an Expert Licence as issued by British Cycling. (200-299).
Elite Women – Schwalbe Tires Riders must be in the year of their 19th birthday or older and hold an Elite Licence as issued by their National Federation. (100-125).
Elite Men – Schwalbe Tires Riders must be in the year of their 19th birthday or older and hold an Elite Licence as issued by their National Federation. (1-99).
Elite Prize Money: All Elite prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser to the riders by bank transfer. You will be contacted within 48 hours of the event with a request for your bank details and will then be paid within 48 hours.
Elite Men and Women at this Round: 1st £300.00, 2nd £200.00 and 3rd £100.00.
Please note the Elite Men and Women Prize Money for the Series Overall: 1st £500.00, 2nd £300.00 and 3rd £200.00.0.
For each remaining race category, the top five will be invited onto the podium and will win a voucher to cash in at the end of the series after the last round. The race organiser will e-mail each winner directly within a week of the final event stating exactly how much you have won and put you in touch directly with your category sponsor to claim your prize. If you have won for example £100.00 worth of vouchers you can purchase a £120.00 item and pay the difference yourself. If you purchase an item worth £90.00, you can not be refunded the difference.
You must claim your prizes by 18:00 GMT on Tuesday 31st October 2017 or you will loose your prize.
Prize breakdown for each category*.
£100 for 1st place.
£80.00 for 2nd place.
£60.00 for 3rd place.
£40.00 for 4th place.
£20.00 for 5th place.
*This excludes the Elite Male and Female categories as they receive prize money. The Women’s category will receive vouchers for the top three at each round (£100, £50, £25) and for the top three overall (£300, £200 and £100). The Junior Women will receive vouchers for the top three at each round (£100, £60, £40) and for the top three overall (A prize money can’t buy).
Fastest Time of the Day: £100.00 courtesy of Kore Components.
The rider who records the fastest time of the day in their race run. In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest race time in seeding will be declared the winner. Prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser. #KoreComponets @KOREUSA
Biggest Winning Margin: £100.00 courtesy of The Mud Hugger .
The rider who beats the rest of the field in their category during their race run by the biggest winning margin. In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest race time will be declared the winner. Prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser. #Mudhugger @Themudhugger
Fastest Speed Through the Speed Trap: £100.00 courtesy of PRO Tharsis. The rider who records the fastest speed of the day in their race run. In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest overall race time will be declared the winner. Prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser. #PROtharsistrail @PRObikegear
FREE Holiday: Ride Portugal For the 2017 prize winners they will receive a free holiday from Ride Portugal. This includes Transfer’s to and from Faro airport, spacious accommodation with full workshop and games room, pool, secure bike storage, spares to buy, digital TV and wifi, full cooked breakfast and lunch, comfortable uplifts using UK standard Burtech trailers. Guiding on our existing trail network and even more new tracks for the 2017 winter season. @rideportugal
SAXX Underwear Bonus Prize: The official and exclusive underwear partner of the National Series. One lucky category winner at each round of the National Series will win a £100 voucher to spend on SAXX Underwear. #SAXXUnderwear @saxxunderwear
Helmet Camera Footage: This will be made available for all to view by being posted online through all the various media channels.
Podium: The award ceremony will take place five minutes after the last rider has completed their race run. The podium will be located in the finish arena.
Uplift Procedure: Tractors with dedicated trailers will be used to transport riders and bikes up the hill. Riders will be separated from their bikes. We will provide an uplift marshal at the pickup point. We aim to lift at least 200 riders per hour.
Race Timing: Action Sports Timing.
Results will be posted in the main arena on completion of each event and online by Sunday 18:00. Wireless communications will be used. The riders will start from a covered area and will cross a laser beam to start the timing. The finish line will use laser beams again to capture the rider crossing the finish line. A large T.V screen will show the results live at the finish line. Live split timing will be provided. Provisional results from each category will be printed and displayed within five minutes of the category finishing. @ASTLiveResults
Race Regulations: The event will run under BC Regulations and Penalties. Please make sure you aware of the additional National Series Rules HERE:
Refunds, Transfers and Cancellation of the Event: You are eligible for a full refund (minus a £15.00 administration fee and the online booking fee) within the 14 days cooling off period from the day of booking. The cooling-off period does not apply where a booking is made within 14 days of the event date. Any withdrawals after the 14 days cooling off period will not be eligible for a refund.
If you wish to cancel a booking and are requesting a transfer of entry. Please note the following conditions:
Transfer requests with 28 days or more notice are applicable for any remaining events in the National Series series in both 2017 and 2018. Transfer requests with 28 days or less notice are not applicable. Please note you may not transfer your entry with another rider. The race weekend starts from 13:00 on Friday, therefore the time scales above mean all e-mails must be received by our deadline which is 4 weeks before the 13:00 on the Friday of the race weekend. The above policies are not dependant on circumstances and are final. Please email email@example.com and note we will not deal with any entry transfers over the phone, by text or through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Inform us of your full name, category racing and which rounds of the National Series we are dealing with.
Force Majeure: If the National Series is prevented (directly or indirectly) from performing any of its obligations under the entry agreement by reasons of act of God, strikes, trade disputes, breakdowns, government or political action, interruption of transport, acts of war or terrorism, acts of omissions by a third party for any other reasons whatsoever outside of the National Series control, then the National Series will be under no liability whatsoever to you and may as its option, cancel the event. If a National Series event is cancelled we will not be liable for costs of travel fares, hotels, or any other expenses that may be incurred.
It is your responsibility to ensure the race is going ahead before traveling. We will do our best to inform you if the race has to be cancelled but we do not accept liability if we are unable to contact you. We strongly advise that you check the National Series Social Media before making travel and accommodation arrangements.
If the event is cancelled or the course is shortened, we are unable to refund or part refund any entry fee, we are also unable to transfer your entry to another event.
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Event Insurance: £10 million Public Liability with British Cycling. The insurance document and this has been forwarded to all Commissaires and the Land Owner. The insurance document will be available to view at race registration.
By entering the National Series event you agree with the rules and conditions of the event and those laid down by British Cycling where applicable. By breaking any of the rules you will incur the applicable penalty.
By entering the National Series event you understand and agree that you participate in this race entirely at your own risk, that you must rely on your own ability in dealing with all hazards and that you must ride in a manner which is safe for yourself and all others. You agree that no liability whatsoever shall be attached to the promoter, promoting club, meeting sponsor(s), British Cycling, or any official or member of British Cycling or member of the promoting club in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by you in or by reason of the race, however caused.
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