HSBC UK National Downhill Series Presented by GT Bicycles.
Round 2 at Fort William on the 13th and 14th of May 2017.
Ranking of the event: UCi Classe 1.
Number of UCi Points Available: 1st – 60 points, 2nd – 40 points, 3rd – 30 points, 4th – 25 points, 5th – 20 points, 6th – 18 points, 7th – 16 points, 8th – 14 points, 9th – 12 points, 10th – 10 points, 11th – 8 points, 12th – 6 points, 13th – 4 points, 14th – 2 points, 15th – 1 point.
Contact Nevis Range: Nevis Range, Torlundy, Fort Willliam, Inverness-shire. PH33 6SQ. Scotland. Telephone: 01397 705 825 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Located on the A82 between Fort William and Spean Bridge, the venue will be well sign posted.
Nearest Postcode: PH33 6SQ.
Aberdeen Distance: 154.1 miles / Time: 3 hours and 31 minutes.
Birmingham: Distance: 399.8 miles / Time: 7 hours and 24 minutes.
Bristol Distance: 481.5 miles / Time: 8 hours and 41 minutes.
Edinburgh Distance: 138.7 miles / Time: 3 hours and 8 minutes.
Glasgow Distance: 113.2 miles / Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Liverpool Distance: 328.7 miles / Time: 6 hours and 11 minutes.
London Distance: 514.1 miles / Time: 9 hours and 32 minutes.
Sheffield Distance: 366.6 miles / Time: 7 hours and 2 minutes
Nearest Train Station: Tom-na-Faire. Station Square, Fort William. Highland PH33 6TQ.
Nearest Ferry Port: Stranraer. Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG9 7RA.
Nearest Airport: Inverness Airport. (INV / EGPE) Dalcross, Inverness IV2 7JB.
Another major airport is Glasgow International Airport (GLA / EGPF), which is in Glasgow, Scotland and is 70 miles from Fort William. Edinburgh Airport (EDI / EGPH) is in Edinburgh, Scotland and is 89 miles from Fort William.
Map of the whole Event:
Map of Race Pits:
Map of the Track with Marshal Points:
The Course: The course is probably the toughest on the World Cup circuit and will be physically and technically challenging. The finish arena 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: NN 17178 77356.
Finish Line Grid Reference: NN 18645 75559.
Length – 2.82 Kilometers.
Start altitude – 658 meters.
Finish altitude – 104 meters.
Vertical descent – 554 meters.
Fastest time 4 minutes, 50 seconds.
Course rating (1-5 with 5 being very technical): Rating 4.
Spectating: To ensure the safety of spectators we can only allow spectators to access the top part of the track from the start to marshal point 4. Spectators will not be allowed past this point. Spectators can access the bottom part of the track from the finish and walk up to the entrance of the woods. No further access will be granted.
For further information please click HERE. Please note there is a fee for spectators to use the Gondola service, tickets are available at Nevis Range directly to purchase on the day. No advance booking is required. Please click the following link for more information HERE.
Parking: £5.00 per vehicle, motorbikes will be free. Racers will not have to pay this charge. For further information please click HERE.
Camping: Apologies to say that there is no camping or overnight stays permitted at Nevis Range, Fort William for round 2. The car park at Nevis Range was never intended as a camp site and we must thank them for their flexibility in the past to allow us the use of their facilities overnight at past National Series events. We still have to share the car park with a high number of Nevis Range customers such as the tourists using the gondola, hikers, climbers, MTB trail riders and the high-wire thrill seekers. We are a victim of our own success with ever increasing pit space required and a full allocation of race entrants means we are over capacity in the car park. Now add in the correct camping procedures of having 4-meter gaps between each pitch and an 8-meter driveway allowing for emergency access and you can easily see why this decision has been forced upon us. Various campsites are around the area, most favourable is the Glen Nevis Campsite. Please note the venue will close at 23:00 for vehicle access on the Friday and Saturday night. For more information on camping, please click HERE.
Instant Shelters and Team pits may be left erected overnight as long as they are firmly secured. Just note the ground surface is very hard, heavy duty straight steel pegs/pins are advised to secure your pitch.
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: Rescue Medics will provide full medical cover:
The medical base at the finish with 1 x Doctor/Paramedic and 1 x Nurse. On the course we will have medics covering each of the following areas: Start to Tower 13, Tower 13 to Slabs, Slabs to Deer Fence, Deer Fence to Intake Road, Intake Road to Puggy Line, Puggy Line to Off-Beat Wall and One Floating with a 4×4 ambulance. There will also be a 4×4 ambulance positioned at the Intake Road.
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 food and refreshments from 09:00 to 18:00 on Friday, 08:00 to 23:00 on Saturday, 07:00 to 17:00 on Sunday. Nevis Range has two cafes, one at the base station (which has free wireless) and one at the top of the hill by the start line. The mobile cafe will be open and located by the finish line.
Toilets: Both indoor men’s and women’s toilets are available both at the base station and the top of the hill near the start. 8x Mobile Toilets will also be provided.
Drinking Water: Drinking water is available on site and is located behind the main building by the entrance to the gondola hall for the uplift. We always advise you to sterilise the water before consuming.
WIFI: On site in the café.
Phone Signal: Phone Signal at the Fort William National Series: The signal for making phone calls across all networks may be intermittent. 3G and 4G signals are not available in the pit area. A signal may be obtained a short distance up the hill by the motorway section with the large jumps.
Skips: One 14 yard skip will be onsite. This is for rubbish items used at the event. Anyone arriving onsite and dumping in the skip will be withdrawn from the event and invoiced accordingly. Please ensure all barbecues are cold before disposing of in the skip. A fire will result in you being invoiced in full for any damage.
Nearest Hospital: Belford Hospital, Belford Road, Fort William. PH33 6BS.
Nearest Police Station: Blar Mhor. Fort William PH33 7GA. In an emergency call 999. To contact this police station call 101
Nearest Showers: There are showers on site at Nevis Range at £1.00 for 3minutes and will be open when the cafe is open.
Bike Wash: The WD40 bike wash, Air Hose Dryers and Lube Station is available on site and is free to use.
Midges: Midges can be a nightmare! The Fort William National Series Team uses Avon Skin So Soft. If it’s raining, windy/breezy or hot and sunny you will not see any. If it’s a damp day with no wind and little rain they may appear, be warned.
British Cycling Club Registration Number: 11280.
Event Director: Simon Paton / Email: email@example.com / 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: Kath Banks.
Photographer: Yasmeen Green.
Videographer: TJ Smith.
UCi President of the Commissaires Panel: Heikki Dahle.
British Cycling Chief Commissaire: Kelvin Hoy.
British Cycling Assistant Commissaires: Andrea Lockhart, Digby Sym, Ian Jones and Alastair Mackinlay.
Course Marshals: 30x 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.
Event Schedule: The Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday directly before the National Series, the track is open for anyone to ride, please pay Nevis Range directly. Please note there are no National Series National Series medics or marshals present on these days. Contact Nevis Range directly regards any incidents. The gondola will be open to ride from 10:15 for the first uplift until 15:45 for the last uplift. The cost of a multi trip on the gondola with a bike is £32.00.
Please note that on Friday the 12th of May the last uplift for the gondola will be at 14:45. The track must be cleared by 15:30.
09:00 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.
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, Master Men, Veteran Men, Grand Veteran Men, Juvenile Women, Youth Women, Master Women and Grand Veteran Women.
10:30 Open practice for all.
17:00 Course closed for all Juvenile Men, Youth Men, Master Men, Veteran Men, Grand Veteran Men, Juvenile Women, Youth Women, Master Women and Grand Veteran Women.
17:00 Course open for Junior Men, Senior Men, Expert Men, Elite Men, Junior Women, Senior Women 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.
11:00 Course Closed.
11:15 Seeding Run followed by one-timed Race Run.
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.
Rear Number Boards: Junior Men, Senior Men, Expert Men, Elite Men, Junior Women, Senior Women and Elite Women Only will be issued a rear number board at race registration along with 4 safety pins. The number boards must be worn during seeding and race runs. A lost number board will mean a £5.00 charge for a replacement. Replacement safety pins will be charged at £1.00 for four. The same £5.00 fee applies if you modify your number board and it needs replacing. The number board must be displayed on the back of your race shirt or body armour and be clearly visible. The number boards remain the property of National Series Events until the end of your race. Please note no deposit is required.
Series Overall Positions: Five out of six 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 – Kenny Racing 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: There is no Elite prize money available at this event. Prize money will be paid to the fastest riders overall. The UCi class this as riders racing in Junior, Senior, Expert or Elite, they class all of those as one category. The prize money awarded is as follows; 1st 600 euros, 2nd 500 euros, 3rd 400 euros, 4th 300 euros, 5th 250 euros, 6th 200 euros, 7th 150 euros and 8th 125 euros. All 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.
Please note the Elite Men and Women Prize Money for the Series Overall: 1st £500.00, 2nd £300.00 and 3rd £200.00.
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.
*There is no Elite prize money available at this event. Prize money will be paid to the fastest riders overall. The Elite 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: Nevis Range Gondolas. Riders will be separated from their bikes with the bikes attached to the outside of the gondola by the seat of the bike. Please ensure your seat and seat post are mechanically sound and fitted correctly to your bike prior to each uplift. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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