23-25 August 2019

bcu Woolgoolga MTB Festival

Rider Biefing

Refreshments & Marshalled Areas:

XC and Enduro

There will be 2 water points for the XC and Enduro

During the ride, there will be marshals at all cross roads and the beginning of each stage of the Enduro. Ensure you bring enough water with you to last your whole race. On course water is a back up only.

Checkpoint areas are part of the course. All riders will pass through checkpoints during the race. Keep the traffic flow areas clear. Checkpoints will be manned radio access back to the event center if needed.


Marshals will be spread across the trail with radio contact to the event center. Refreshments are available in the event center.


The age for age-based categories is the rider’s age on 26th August 2018.

As the Downhill is a round of the Queensland Downhill Series the age for aged-based categories is the riders age on 31st December 2018

A competitor can only enter one category in a race. A competitor cannot change category once the race has started.

The course:

The course will be marked by black and white arrows, signs and bunting. Riders must follow the course and it is the sole responsibility of the competitor to stay on the course. A competitor who leaves the course for any reason must return to that same point on the course to resume the race.

Double down arrows –only appear on the DH course and mean you must exercise caution.

Race & safety briefing:

The rides brief for the Beach Sprint, Hill Climb and Dirtmasters races will be held on Saturday half an hour before each event at the event start location.

The Enduro and XC race debrief will be held at Woolgoolga Beach Event Center at 9:30 Sunday. Both these events require open face helmet only.

The race & safety briefing for the Downhill will be held at the Mount Coramba Event Center at 9am Sunday morning. This event requires full face approved DH helmets only. Juniors must have long sleeves, elbow and knee pads.

It is mandatory that riders are present for race briefing whether you are competing solo or in a team. Important and up to date information and safety messages for each race will be covered at each rider briefing.

Race officials and marshals:

Riders, support crew and spectators must obey the directions of race officials and marshals at all times.


International standards approved bicycle helmets must be worn at all times while riding a bike during competition and practice.

Enduro riders are not required to wear full-face helmets. Body protection items will be at riders discretion.

DH riders must wear full face approved DH helmets.

Attaching your bike or bib number plate:

Riders will receive a numbered race plate at registration. Race plates should be securely fastened to the handle bars so that it can be easily seen from the front. Race plates should be in front of the brake cables and not wrapped around any part of the bike. Numbers cannot be altered, obscured, cut or de-faced. Riders will each have specific number ranges and colours to easily identified on course.

Withdrawing from the race:

Riders may withdraw from the race at any time. If they choose to withdraw, they must notify event staff at the timing tent and return their timing device. A rider who withdraws will not be permitted to rejoin or resume the race. They must remove their race numbers and cannot ride on the course for the remainder of the event.

Medical assistance:

General first aid care during the race is provided by our medical team. On course marshals and sweeps will have radio contact with medical assistance.

Mechanical assistance:

Mechanical assistance during the race (repair and material) can be provided from other riders entered in the race while on-course. However there is no obligation on a rider to help another rider. If you have a mechanical issue, walk your bike to the next marshal for assistance. If you shortcut the course your result will not be recorded. In this instance notify staff at the timing tent.


Times will be recorded via electronic timing transponder, referred to as a SIAC. This SIAC is to be worn on the riders left wrist.

To have race times recorded, competitors must wear their designated SIAC       from race start through to race finish. Number plates must be attached to the front of your bike and clearly visible for backup recording at race finish.

When you pick up your SIAC it will be tested and turned on. You will be asked to confirm that your SIAC is in good condition before you leave the timing/registration area. Riders are responsible for their SIAC and will need to pay for damaged or loss.

Lost or damaged SIAC= no race result and you will have to pay a replacement fee of $100

SIAC not turned on = no race result


Results will be published live throughout your race. The link to these live results will be published via a link at the White lightning Events website and Facebook event page.

Podium presentations:

On Saturday, the presentations will be held at the Seaview Tavern at the MTB Beer, Food and Wine Festival.

On Sunday the presentation for the Enduro and XC will be held at the Seaview Tavern at approx. 2:30pm.

The Downhill presentation will be held at the Mount Coramba Event Centre at 2:30pm.


A rider walking their bike must give way to a rider who is riding. If you are walking your bike, ensure you leave plenty of room for those riding to pass. Unless they are walking their bike, the rider being overtaken has the right of way until the overtaking rider has passed and clear by one bike length. If you intend to pass a rider on single track, ensure you make your intention clear by calling out “track”. When the rider in front feels it is safe for you to pass, they should pull over to one side and call “pass on my left / on my right”. Let the rider in front know what you are doing by calling “on your left / on your right”. If more than one rider is passing, let the rider in front know that as you pass by calling, for eg, “two more coming through”. If you do not call out, the rider in front will assume you have decided not to pass and will continue on the center of the track. The rider in front is under no obligation to let you pass, but slower riders and lapped riders should not delay faster riders unless it is unsafe to let them pass. Remember, if you are the overtaking rider, the conditions you feel are safe may not be considered safe by the rider you want to overtake. They may be less experienced than you, or they may have seen something on the track that you have not.

Prize money:

Elite Male 1st place XC race $1000 *

Elite Female 1st place XC race $1000*

Elite Male Downhill 1st place $1000*

Elite Female Downhill 1st place $1000*

Fastest to the top in the Hill Climb no matter what class Male and Female win $500 each.

4 Stage Enduro $250 to the fastest Male and Female overall categories

Beach Sprint Eliminator last man and woman standing win $200 each

*If an Elite class has less than 5 entries the $1000 major prize will go to the fastest time across all categories in that event of that gender