The Weekender is Coming

by Ben Haworth 25


Singletrack Classic Weekender, Lee Quarry, Lancashire, July 2nd-4th 2010

  • 3 different races
  • 1 bike
  • The ultimate “all rounder” event

A weekend of Trials, Dounhill and XC racing. One entry fee – all three events.

What makes this event different from any other on the calendar?

The idea of the event is a light hearted competition to find the best all round mountain biker and for riders to work out where they stand in a test of skills, speed and endurance. The aim of the Singletrack Classic Weekender is to have a fun weekend of bike riding, good natured racing and a lot of socialising…

The disciplines:

There will be three events in the Classic Weekender that will lead riders to an overall position. It’s roughly based on old skool races, where one entry fee got you entry to three disciplines. The only difference being that in this event, all your performances count towards a final, overall position.

Classic Trials

Modern trials riders are fantastically skilled, riding impossible obstacles. However, this event is aimed at mere-mortals. There will be five simple, taped off, sections to ride, resembling ‘normal’ mountain bike obstacles (with a couple of ‘modern’ additions – things like ‘a log to ride along’ and ‘some jumbly rocks’). Once ‘on course’ you have 15 seconds to ride each section. A foot down, crash or leaving the course is an instant ‘kill’. A clean ride between the tapes is a ‘clear’. For every ‘kill’, you will earn a time penalty for the following day’s cross country race, added up after the five sections.

Classic Downhill

Downhillers, again, are fierce riders, capable of clearing huge gaps and big drops. The downhill race at the Classic Weekender will be for more mortal riders, and doable on any bike from a hardtail to a monster DH bike. Just remember that you’ll have to race whichever bike you choose in the following day’s XC. Smooth all-round riding will get you a better time than just being fearless. Once again, the penalties won’t be too severe, and the penalty for not doing a discipline at all will be far stiffer. Even crashing or puncturing will get you a better score than not turning up.

Classic XC

The Sunday will host the cross country race. The start will be handicapped so that riders with perfect scores from the Saturday will start on time, followed a minute later by riders with a minute’s penalty, and so on until the riders with the maximum penalty score bring up the rear. The race then goes on for four laps or so, with the winners of those races being crowned as the overall champion of the event, and the best overall mountain bikers in the land.

Weekender Ticket: £35.00.
Your one entry fee gets you entry to all of these events. They MUST be competed on the SAME BIKE.


Comments (25)

  1. Got my entry straight after the last one! Planning on not going into the XC race with a hangover this year.

  2. And remember that there will be lots of new trails for us to use at Lee Quarry for this year’s Weekender- climbs and descents. There will also be the chance to ride the new pump track and we might just have some saturday night racing on some of the new “Lancashire Whistler” skills tracks.

  3. Worth mentioning the event is a nonprofit making venture any money that is made after we have paid for all the toilets etc will go to support mountain rescue.

    Camping in the quarry for all the hardy types over the weekend or we can supply a list of accomadation providers in the area if anyone wants it! Even if you don’t want to enter the race come along and lend your support to those that do.

    Also if any one wants to marshal let me know.

    Hoping for a round of the national trials championships in the quarry over that weekend as well but thats still to be confirmed.

    The new trails are looking stunning but they are not yet ready to ride! It will be another 3 weeks or so before they are in a fit state. So if you do visit the quarry over the next couple of weeks please stay off the new stuff and ask others to do the same it’s important it gets some time to bed in. It will be worth the wait!

  4. will there be any trees this year?, looks sadly lacking from the picture above, where is the mud/roots etc or is it a MTB with slick tyres race?

  5. Tree’s ? in Rossendale ? are you mad?

    I’ll marshall I think again.

  6. YES! Love this event. I shall be there with bells on.

  7. Bugger it, that’s when I’m away on holiday with the missus 🙁

    I wonder if she’d notice me slip away for a day…

    You should do more than one a year 😉

  8. can we have a marshall race this year!

  9. The UK 24 solo clashes with a CRC/marathon,Brighton Big dog clashes with the start of the Trans-UK (again) and now this clashes with another CRC/marathon.

    im gutted,

  10. Yeah it’s cunning planning so the serious lads are elsewhere and the STW guys look fitter!

  11. Damn.. I’ll be at the mega : (

  12. This looks fun! Is there camping on site or nearby? Beer tent?!

  13. It’s a week before the Mega. Next excuse? 😉

    And I’ll reluctantly admit, Rocketdog, that you don’t need trees to have ace singletrack. You’re welcome to turn up with slick tyres if you really want, but I wouldn’t recommend it 🙂

  14. Well I’ll be in t’Alps anyway. This should be amazing with all the new trails/sections! Best of luck with it all *Weeps*

  15. this will be great prep for Hit the North 2..

  16. I want to join the fun again this year, but will probably be working saturday morning. What are my chances of getting there early saturday afternoon, signing on and competing? Do you forsee any problems (esp’ re signing on)?

  17. I need to keep one of them in the bag for your good lady’s birthday weekend.

  18. the mrs is due to give birth this weekend, is a pass out for this acceptable? It’s not like it’s far down to fairfield hospital

  19. Another Marshal here…

  20. Any showers on site or nearby?

    Gonna be a bit stinky otherwise….

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