by Ben Haworth
July 7, 2011
Shimano Singletrack Classic Weekender Info For Attendees
Some information for y’all about this coming weekend’s fun and festivities. If you have a question that isn’t answered below then please feel free to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort you out.
1:00pm – site open for camping
9:00 am Registration opens. Race numbers assigned when you sign-on at registration. People can still enter on the day so if you have a friend who’s dithering, drag ’em along and get ’em signed-up! Anyone under-18 will need to a parent or guardian with them to sign-in.
10:00 – 12:00pm DH course available for practice.
12:00 pm Rider Briefing at registration in the main arena.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Trials Session.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm DH timed runs.
7:00 pm onwards – “entertainment” and half time prizes.
7:00pm onwards – ‘Just-For-Fun’ extra mini-events.
9:30 am – Marshal briefing.
10:00 am – Open practice on XC course.
12:00 pm – XC race start.
2:30 pm – Prize giving
Where to go:
Lee Quarry is situated near Bacup in Lancashire.
Postcode for sat navs OL13 0BB
You can park in the car park at the bottom of the hill but you can’t take your vehicle into the quarry. The lower car park will be patrolled by security guards for the duration of the weekend. There will be a landrover on hand to help with ferrying of camping kit up the hill from 1pm on Friday.
Shimano and Ride-On will be providing Free First Aid For Bikes!
Free fitting of parts and repairs to non-fatal problems.
Food and Drink:
There will be toilets and catering in the main arena. Drinking water will be freely available.
There is also the delightful Poppies Deli at the bottom of the hill, who are staying open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights for us. Yes, they’re licensed.
The nearest supermarket for ‘supplies’ is the Cooperative in Waterfoot: 695-699 Bacup Road , Rossendale BB4 7HB .
Camping is in the main arena. As it stands there’s likely to be more than one camping area – one very close to the arena and another one a bit further away (this latter one will probably be the ‘quiet’ campsite). There will be marshals on hand to guide you away from the areas you can’t pitch your tent. Please be aware that this is a quarry. You will be able to drive pegs in a bit but make sure you bring a hammer or mallet. Also bring a decent carry mat or airbed. It’s rocky! Cos it’s a quarry!
You don’t have to camp in the event site. Many people prefer to stay in somewhere with a proper bed and hot and cold running water. Yes these people are clearly lightweights but we’ll not hold that against them.
Many locals will opt to pop back to their homes on Saturday night, which is fine and dandy. Be warned though, at previous events a great many locals have really not wanted to leave the Saturday evening’s festivities and socialising, and they’d wished that they’d brought their camping stuff with them. So if you’re local, think about bringing your camping stuff just in case you want to experience the whole Weekender thang.
Some Rules For The Racing:
DH seeding strongly recommended if you want an unhindered time run. Bring a watch/stopwatch so you can time yourself as the official timing may not be (accurately) setup during practice/inspection.
Pedal swapping is allowed.
Tyre swapping is not allowed.
You can change bikes and bits during practice but not once the racing proper has begun.
A helmet is compulsory for all three races. Body armour is advisable for the DH but not compulsory.
See you there!