There are 3 different XCO loops for the different age groups. Each race start will have sufficient fire road to allow riders to sort positions before the first singlet track. This start distance will vary according to the number of entrants.
There is a variety of trail chosen with a combination of fire road and both green and blue level trails depending on the age of the riders.
Under 7 + 9’s course
The Under 7+9’s will have around 100m to get sorted into position before the first single track called Double Barrel. At the end of this track, u7 + 9’s will turn left onto the Gun Club and head down to Six Shooter for an extra single track loop. Once back on Gun Club Rd the course heads straight up the road back to the finish line. Riders will complete 3 laps of this course.
It is anticipated the U7’s and U9’s winning time will be close to 20 minutes.
Under 11’s and Under 13’s course
U11 and U13 will complete the U13 track. The notable technical feature of this course is the final dip of Twisties which sometimes has a 30-40cm drop on the approach. This is worth investigating before the event.
From Twisties, U11’s and U13’s will head straight across the fire road after Twisties to Pump Action.
Under 11 will complete 2 laps with the aim of a winners time close to 25 minutes
Under 13 will complete 3 laps with the aim of a winners time close to 30 minutes
Under 15’s, U17, U19
Only the high school students in U15, U17 and U19 get the steepest climb in the course which is just found after Twisties. It takes riders back up to the Gun Club Rd where they will turn left through 6 Shooter. This is a great place to overtake before the track narrows on the way downhill to Pump Action where the course rejoins the U13 track. The downhill to Pump Action is usually dry, dusty and loose, however speed can easily be controlled. Heading across through Pump Action there are a couple of pinchy sections that require careful line selection.
Once Pump Action is finished riders will head through the x-over and head down towards the start of Seismic. The U11 and U13’s riders will turn at the first approach to Seismic while the high school riders taking the far approach will requires them to negotiate a loose off-camber corner and punchy climb with water bars before approaching Seismic.
Once riders climb up the last part of Seismic it is all fire road back to the finish.
U15 boys will complete 4 laps with winners time expected to be around 45 minutes
U15 girls will complete 3 laps with the winners time expected to be around 40 minutes
U17 boys will complete 5 laps with a winners time expected to be around 50 minutes
U17 girls will complete 4 laps with a winners time expected to be around 50 minutes
U19 boys will complete 6 laps with a winners time expected to be around 60 minutes
U19 girls will complete 4 laps with a winners time expected to be around 50 minutes
The first stage is found in all races except the u7 and u9. This is the shortest stage taking the fastest riders close to 50 seconds to complete. Please note the start is from the turn straight off the fire road.