by Ben Haworth
June 16, 2011
The exact location of the XC course is something we like to keep under wraps up until the day itself. This year’s course is going to be significantly different to the previous two years’ courses so no one will have any real advantage even if they’ve competed in past Weekenders.
For 2011 we are trying to level the playing field a bit so that the XC jeyboys don’t have too much of an advantage over the ‘regular’ riders. A fit, fast rider will still do well – it’s an XC race after all – but they’ll also have to be a decent bike handler. ‘Off-roadies’ may come unstuck in places.
And we’re going to try and make the XC course more fun to ride anyway, just because.
We test rode this year’s course earlier this week and while it ticked a lot of boxes, at 4km lap length it wasn’t quite long enough. We’ve had a re-jig and a brief trial ride of a revised lap and things are looking good to extend the lap to nearer 5km without sacrificing the desired fun/pain ratio. A fast lap will take 15-20 minutes by our reckoning.
So how does the XC event work then?
It’s a staggered start basically. Competitors with no penalties incurred from the previous day’s Downhill and Trials events will be set off first. Then competitors with 1 penalty point will be set off 1 minute after that. Then competitors with 2 penalty points will be set off 1 minute after that. And so on. Until the competitors with the most penalty points set off last (15 penalty points is the most you can possibly accrue, so these unlucky racers will be setting off 15 minutes after the first bunch).
The XC race finishes as soon as the first racer completes 4 laps* of the course. Then all the other racers just finish the lap that they’re on.
The first person to complete 4 laps is the overall Weekender Winner! There’s no waiting around to tot up scores or anything as all of that jiggery-pokery is taken care with the staggered start. Cunning eh?
*The Junior Category do 3 laps to decide their winner.
To read more about the Shimano Singletrack Classic Weekender and how to enter go to…
Shimano Singletrack Classic Weekender
Lee Quarry, Lancashire, July 9-10, 2011
3 different races.
The ultimate “all rounder” event.
A weekend of Trials, Downhill and XC racing. One entry fee – all three events.