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By titam - Posted on 22 September 2010
Hi, can anyone tell me some details in regards to the mtb criterium series I've heard mentioned?
I am, ofcourse, in no contention to place, but thought it sounded fun, and a good training tool.
We will make some announcements regarding the series then.
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registrations on line?
will we need a day license if we are members?
At least for the first race, it will be pay on the day. Try to bring the right money.
If you are a member, bring your license. Its all run under MTBA conditions.
If you forget your license you will need a day license.
had a click on the link and saw the dates etc.....but what the hell is it? is it gonna be a mini xc event, road race, downhill? all (sensible!) answers gratefully received LOL!
Dude..info on front page
I too am new to dirt crits & have no idea what they're like...
Obviously not too many people own Cyclocross bikes, will MTB's be allowed, and will there be a different category for different bikes.
In the mean time i will try and convince the financial director (The Missus) that i need ANOTHER bike.
Cant wait for this.
You can ride any kind of bike you like. It isn't a CX race, and its not a traditional MTB race that you'd be used to. There is a little bit of singletrack, but it will be good hard racing.
There will not be different categories for different Bikes. There will be 4 categories: A, B, C and D grade, as outlined in the 'Events' Page.
It will be fun, see you there.
Let us know if you're able to come down for some trail clearing on Sunday.
A huge thanks to John, Jack, Malcolm and Hannes for coming down yesterday and building some trail. We built some tight and technical singletrack that should be great fun to ride, coupled with last nights rain that came at a perfect time, it should all be hard and fast.
The 4 lightsets from Nitelights are accounted for this week, but if you're curious, come down and watch and see what its all about. There are some great spectator points.
So remember to come down this tuesday for some dirt crit action!
Congratulations to every one involved,it was a great night of racing. The course was a little hard to follow, but really a minor lesson to learnt from. I cant wait till next week.
I thought there might have been more spectators. Being such a short course it really make for great watching. If you know people who would be interested, let them know about it.
Again great work
I enjoyed it & although i went the wrong way four times..(i'm not known for my navigational skills...)i'll be back next week . Also will have two lights next time..
Thanks again for organizing the series.
Thanks for the feedback guys, its been a lot of work, but very rewarding for Craig and I to see 44 people out there last night having a great time.
We hear you on the course marking. We've had this track in our heads for the last 6 months, so it made sense to us. Then we marked it out in daylight, which was almost ok, but I admit it was pretty difficult to follow at night.
We're going to use a lot more arrows next week, and hopefully some reflectors and lights and things to make the course easier to find. We'll also be making some changes to the start so that everyone gets to do their allocated laps.
Any further feedback is appreciated.
I will bring along some reflective markers, I have managed to pull in a favour from a customer. This will save me waving a red light for 45 mins
Also I will print some arrows off, I will probably bring about fifty, black on white card.
Hope this helps
It was awesome fun. I felt that hunting for the course was part of the fun - added to the festive, casual nature of the event. "Where are we?" "I dunno, I'm just following you!"
Just wanted to say that the race last night was great fun and thanks to the organisers I especially enjoyed the course (once I remembered it) as it had plenty of places to pass and enough singletrack to keep it interesting. Will definitely be back next week.
I can help set the course next week. I could probably get there at about 5.
Let me know if this is needed.
Great night, had a blast! Are you planning on posting the results?
A couple of constructive comments;
I think your on top of the trail marking issue already.
If we're looking to encourage beginners and new people to MTB through these events the course over the mounds will put them off. There we're a couple of people I noticed last night riding around them, and commenting that they were not impressed. I know it's easier said than done but perhaps a "B Line"?
Thanks again and look forward to next week.
totally disagree with the no mound comment. that and the boggy corners were hilights! the whole thing with mnt biking is it has the element of fear. If you cant get your head around riding it do what the dude on the carbon road bike did and throw the bike on the shoulder and hike up it.
full 'cross style.
loved it, thanks guys. Organising things like this in perth makes me smile. We arent all that behind the times.
Would love to see this continue regularly with possible other courses around the city area.
Would love even more to see some cross bikes on teh course.
would love a cross bike...
bear in mind I did the mounds EVERY lap unlike others.
But a longer b line would be good for beginners.
Having said that I am a firm believer in the idea "if you whine about it, be prepared to do something about it"
I am available on sunday for a few hours greg. I will e-mail you my number.
Thanx for a fun event! Well done for organising it!
In regards to some of the other comments-
Why do we need B lines? What is wrong with the mounds? It was all very similar to what riders can expect to find in the hills, and out there if you do not wish to ride a section a rider dismounts and walks/runs the section...
I personally did not like riding the mounds, did it once, was not impressed and for every lap there after I dismounted and ran over the mounds, in my case this was the faster option!
perhaps a marshal should be posted at the mounds to ensure all participants go over the mounds, either on wheels or foot, but not around...this marshal could also assist in the case of an accident at the mounds?
I am also available to help mark the course next week, will be at the park from 5pm!- Greg you have my number...
No to a b line..the course is easy enough. Although i wasn't fond of the mound, if i had time to ride over it a few times in the daylight, i think i'd be a bit more confident. Then again, it might just be easier to run over...
Even if you do fall into the grassy bits on the two mounds, there aren't any horrible nettles to fall into..it's just grass..(*sigh..I got lost, eaten by mozzies, fell into the mound and a wee bit close to the river...fun times hee hee_)
I now have the issue w mozzies eating my poor legs to shreds. It's only the beginning of summer and my poor legs have been munched all to hell..even with the mozzie repellent..
I'm the one responsible for the line through the mounds. I did it for a challenge. Mountain biking would be boring if you could do every obstacle first time every time. If you don't try new and tricky things on your bike you'll never progress into a better rider. I wanted to give the mountain bike's a bit of an advantage by putting in some more technical bits so someone on a cycle-cross bike wouldn't just clean up.
B line wise i think everyone would agree that the course marking wasn't up to standard, imagine if you had 2 options to choose from, People would be going everwhere! Might be an option when we get the marking sorted out.
Good to see some discussion.
Still looking for some results, are they up anywhere?
Congratulations and well done on having the kanuhas to put this together and get it up and running.
I really enjoyed it as a spectator on the first night and have subsequently ridden the course in my own time.
It was a very good use of the available area, arrows will help the 'direction challenged' and as the track gets ridden in more it will be easier to spot the bits entering and exiting the mounds / trees etc.
IMHO absolutely NO to even contemplating a "B" line anywhere. It's not hard - if I can ride it anyone can ride it or dismount and walk it.
No doubt the timing / lap starts may change slightly as the system evolves.
Remember the KISS principle.
It was just great to see the great spirit it was held in - by both organisers and competitors.
I hope to be riding with you on a Tuesday night in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it.
Good luck with the series!
Just a note to say that we still have 2 of the awesome lightsets from Nitelights to lend out this week.
If you've never been night riding and want to give it a try, this is a perfect opportunity. email me at email@example.com to get them set aside for you.
Also, anyone that can be there early tomorrow to help Craig mark the track out from 5pm will be most welcome.
Hey guys, me again.
We still have 3 of the Nitelights to lend out this week.
If you've never been night riding and want to give it a try, this is a perfect opportunity. Bring a friend who hasn't got lights, try out some new lights before the 12 hour, whatever, but its a shame to let them sit there doing nothing.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get them set aside for you.