Ulster Cycling News

XMTB McConvey Cycles Spring Series Starts This Weekend

XMTB McConvey Cycles are hosting a series of 3 mountain bike races aimed primarily at the youth riders from the Under 8s up to the Under 16s starting on Sunday 15 February 2015 in Belfast's Ormeau Park.  The club wish to thank Belfast City Council for their support and ongoing permission to use the venue.
Please Note: These events are also selection events for the Cycling Ulster MTB Junior and U23 Team which will be competing in the NPS Series in Britain in 2015.Because of the popularity of this league in addition to the normal program, we will be hosting two separate Senior races taking the following format:

Senior A:

The Senior A race is for riders who are experienced in cross country racing and would normally compete in race categories Senior 1, Senior 2 and Senior 3.
The Under 16's and adult females will also race along with the Senior A riders – with a staggered start-time.

Senior B:
The Senior B race is for beginners – new to racing and who would otherwise race at Senior 4 level, or never raced at all. The club reserves the right to “bump” riders to the Senior A category if we believe you riding under your ability, or “sand-baging” your fellow competitors.
The Under 14's will also ride along with the Senior B race, with a staggered start time.

Event dates
Round 1 - Sunday 15 February 2015
Round 2 - Sunday 22 February 2015
Round 3 - Sunday 1 March 2015 (Series Prize Giving in Ozone Centre)

Pre-registration for Round 1 is now open.  Pre-registration closes at 8pm on Friday 13 Feb 2015.

Laptop timing will be provided for the senior race.  All riders are encouraged to pre-register to greatly help with the administration on the day.

NOTE: Gridding will only apply to those riders who have pre-registered.

Sign on (on the day)
Sign on will open on the day at 09:30.  Sign on closes 15 minutes before the start of each race.

Race times
Under 6s - 10:30
Under 8s - 10:45
Under 10s - 11:00
Under 12s - 11:15
Under 14s – 12:15
Senior B Race – 12:15
Espoirs - 13:30
Juniors - 13:30
Under 16s – 13:30
Senior A Race – 13:30
Senior Adult Females – 13:30

Race fees
Under 6s - £1
Under 8s, Under 10s, Under 12s - £2
Under 14s, Under 16s - £5
Juniors - £5
Seniors - £15 on the day, £12 if pre-registered

Race insurance
In order to take part in off-road racing riders need to have membership and insurance through our governing body, Cycling Ireland.  Riders can take out an annual licence (either a Full Competition or Limited competition) which will cover him/her for all off-road events.

Day licences will be available to purchase on race day, the cost of a day licence will be £17 (€20) for those aged 16+.
Day licences for those aged 15 or 16 will be £9 (€10).
Youth riders (Under 14s) are encouraged to take out an annual licence as it costs the same as a day licence (£5).

McConvey cycles have very generously put up a new mountain bike as the big prize for the series. It is a 2015 Specialized mountain bike.

The winner will be drawn by raffle ticket after the last round on Sunday 1 March 2015. Riders will receive 1, 2 or 3 raffle tickets depending on how many events they have entered. Ballots will be drawn after refreshments are served.

NOTE: Prizes will only be given out to those present at the prize giving ceremony.


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