Ulster Cycling News

Ulster MTB XC series starts this Sunday at Rostrevor

The 2015 Ulster Cross-country Mountain Bike Series starts this Sunday, 8 March, at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. Host club Dromara CC has been running an XC race at this location since the new trail centre opened in 2013. The event headquarters will be based in the caravan park located beyond the café. Riders are asked to park in the MTB car park and to follow the instruction from the event stewarts. Sign on opens on Sunday at 9:30. The course will be open for practice on Saturday afternoon.

As per last year there will be the full range of races for the youth (Under 6s up to Under 16s) as well as senior riders. There are four male senior categories (Senior 1, Senior 2, Senior 3 and Senior 4) as well as three female senior categories (Senior 1, Senior 2 and Senior 3). Senior 4 males and Senior 3 females will have 2 laps to complete, Senior 3 males and Senior 2 females will have 3 laps to complete, Senior 2 males and Senior 1 females will have 4 laps to complete and the Senior 1 males will have 5 laps to complete. Junior males can ride in Senior 4, Senior 3 or enter their own category of Senior 2 Junior. A schedule for race day is shown below.

10:30 Under 6s fun race
10:45 Under 8s
11:00 Under 10s
11:15 Under 12s
11:40 Prize giving
12:00 Under 14s, Under 16s, Senior Men 4, Senior women 3
13:40 Prize giving
14:00 Senior Men 1, S2 Junior males, Senior Men 2, Senior Women 1, Senior Men 3, Senior Women 2
15:50 Prize giving

Off-road Skills Competition
At 14:00 the Under 14s and Under 16s can take part in the first of the Ulster Off-road Skills Competitions which will take place on site and will challenge these riders to show off their bike handling skills. Some examples of the skills can be found on this video link from last year's Interregional MTB Championships (video)

Registration for the event is well underway with Friday 6 March (8 pm) the cut off time for pre-registrations. For senior riders there is a cost saving to pre-registering. Riders can still sign up on the day.

On site there is an amenity block with toilets and showers, food will be provided after the races. The park itself has a great café, play areas for children and lots of walking routes. The trail centre is still open for those fit enough to race and then go ride the trails!!

More details about the race can be found on www.ulsterxc.com

Posted by Martin Grimley

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