Schedule

  • 7.00am: Parking opens and coffee available from the coffee van
  • 7.30am: Plate pickup open at the registration tent (to save yourself time, pick up your plate in Wembley Cycles)
  • 8.45am: Race brief at the registration tent (compulsory for all riders)
  • 8.50am: Riders make way to start line
  • 9.00am: Race starts  
  • 12.00pm: Loop A closes and Loop B opens
  • 3.00pm: Race finish
  • 3.15pm: Presentations begin

Getting There and Parking

Langford Park is located on Nettleton Road in Jarrahdale.  Depending on where you live in Perth there are several ways to get there.  

From the hills you are best to take the South West highway to Byford and turn left onto Nettleton Road and continue until you cross the unused rail line.  Shortly after this turn right into Langford Park.

From the rest of Perth take the Kwinana Freeway to Mundijong Road and follow that all the way to the Southwest Highway.  Turn right and immediately left onto Jarrahdale road and continue up the hill until you get to Nettleton Road.  Turn left and drive for about 1 kilometre until you see the entrance for Langford Park.

The Course

This year we will be racing a two loop event.  Loop A will be used for the first three hours and Loop B will be used for the second three hours.  This means some variety for the riders and something a bit different to the standard races. 

So how does this work?  At exactly the 3 hour mark of the race we will close Loop A and open Loop B.  If the lead rider (or any rider) comes through at 2:59 they will be directed out on to Loop A a rider coming through at 3:00 will be directed out on to Loop B.  With the design of the course the lead rider who was directed on to Loop A should still come out ahead.

A map of the course will be up in the coming weeks.

 

Entry catEgories

The following categories are available for the event

  • Open Male Solo
  • Open Female Solo
  • Masters Male and Female Solo (40-49)
  • Single Speed Mixed category
  • Male Pairs
  • Female Pairs
  • Mixed Pairs
  • Male Trio
  • Female Trio
  • Mixed Trio
  • Junior Trio (only $10 per rider)

Prizes

The open male and open female solo categories for the 6 Hour event will be awarded with cash prizes from 1st to 5th place.

  • 1st – $300
  • 2nd – $200
  • 3rd – $150
  • 4th – $100
  • 5th – $50

All other categories will receive product prizes from our event supporters Specialized and Wembley Cycles.

Emergency Procedure

For your safety please save these numbers into your phone and carry it with you during the event:

  1. John Carney (race director) 0407 932 513
  2. Felicity Palumbo 0424 950 614

If you come across an injured rider, you are required to stop and help them. If they require assistance, stay with them and send the next rider to arrive on the scene to seek assistance from the event hub. In an emergency situation, call the event director immediately. The event director will either send out St Johns first aid officers or call an ambulance depending on the situation.

Food and Drink

We will have a coffee van on site and the Perth Mountain Bike Club will have a BBQ to raise money for junior development.  

All riders should bring enough water and food to complete the entire 6 hours without assistance.  This should equate to 4 litres of water per rider (don't underestimate how much you will drink).

Event Hub

The event hub will be located in the lower car park and will consist of the registration and race HQ tents, along with a number of event supporters.

Toilets are located adjacent to the race village at the edge of the carpark. Please make use of these facilities rather than disappearing into the bush when nature calls!  We will have portable toilets. Please only use these toilets.  DO NOT use the permanent toilet block.

SPECTATORS

With the layout of the track you will be able to see the riders come through quite regularly and will have to remember to watch the clock to make sure you are on the right loop to see the riders.  Once the course map is released you will be able to see the best locations to watch.  Some of the best vantage points will be very close to the transition area.

Please be aware of your surroundings, and avoid walking on the track or interfering with riders. If you do need to walk on the track, please walk it in reverse direction so that you can see oncoming riders. We encourage you to vocally support the riders with “pedal pedal pedal”!

Start Line Procedure

At the completion of the race briefing the race director will instruct all riders to make their way to the start line for the race start.

The start line layout relies on self seeding. This requires all riders to be honest about their abilities! We will be basing starting positions on the Perth MTB Club Cross Country gradings.

If you race A Grade XC, position yourself in Group A on the start line. This is for elite level racers who are battling for the podium. If you do not belong here, we will politely move you!

If you race B grade XC, or consider yourself a fast mountain biker and have intentions of finishing high in the rankings, position yourself in Group B on the start line.

If you race C grade XC, or consider yourself an average to experienced mountain biker who has raced before, position yourself in Group C on the start line.

If you race D/E/F grade XC, if you are racing for enjoyment and are not concerned with winning, or if it is your first race, please position yourself in Group D on the start line.

Please remember that it is a long race. If you start at the front and burn yourself out and hold up a bunch of riders, they will not be impressed!

Finishing Procedure

There will be a finish arch with electronic timing mats.  This will be the finish of both the A and B Loop.  Once you have crossed the line please move away from the timing mats so as not to interfere with the timing of other competitors or confuse your time on the system.

To be awarded a place in your category there must be more than 3 competitors or teams and you must have completed at least 4 hours of riding.

Please make sure that if you pull out of the event you alert the registration tent so we have a head count of who has finished.

Rules

The most important rule we would like to draw attention to is passing etiquette. Many people believe that the rider getting passed should control passing. We believe that the control should be given to the experienced rider, who is generally the faster rider making the pass.

When you approach a slower rider and want to make a pass, make a clear, loud call of ‘RIDER’. When you identify a safe opportunity to make the pass, call ‘ON YOUR RIGHT/LEFT’ and proceed to pass. If you are leading other riders who are also passing, indicate the number e.g. ‘ON YOUR RIGHT/LEFT 3 RIDERS’.

Please consider that you will most likely be passed and pass the same people throughout the event. Some of you will be incredibly strong on the opening uphill section but may lack the single track skills.  Please be aware of those around you.  If you are walking at any point please get right out of the way of those behind you.

Most of all have fun out there and enjoy the experience with those around you who are there for the same reason.  Keep smiling and encourage each other.

Please report any passing incidents to the race director at the Event Hub.

Please remember that headphones are not allowed when racing.  This is an instant disqualification.

Photography

More details to come but we will have photographers on course on the day.

Dieback

It is important to consider dieback every time you ride your mountain bike. Dieback is a plant disease that threatens our native vegetation. You need to ensure your bike is clean before and after every ride so that you don't transport Dieback from an infected area of bush to another uninfected area (including your backyard).  For more information on dieback, please visit dieback.org.au.

Refunds

No refunds will be given within two weeks of the event.  If the event is postponed because of weather or because of warnings from either the Shire, DPaW or emergency services no refund will be given.

If you are injured you can provide a Doctors certificate to obtain a refund before two weeks.  Within two weeks of the event a credit towards another Single Track Minds event will be offered.