... for anyone obsessed with singletrack
At each round the following categories will be offered:
* Note that due to all races being 7hr in 2013, we've lowered the Open Solo age limit from 17 to 16, in accordance with MTBA guidelines.
Our new Fab Fours category is aimed towards those just getting into racing who may want to try the challenge of teams racing in a fun and social format.The emphasis for this category is on participation. Thus, in the Fab Fours there is no requirement for every registered team member to complete a lap for the team to have a result in the category (see below). And we're super keen to help people form teams in this category - so if you'd like to race but don't know anyone to team up with, plus you want to make sure your team mates aren't going to be too gung ho about the 'racing' side of things, then send us your details via the Team Mate Finder form and we'll see what we can do!
Each round will also feature two Special Categories for solo entrants - Clydesdale and Singlespeed. If you wish to compete in a Special Category for any of the rounds, you will nominate this on your entry form (at no extra cost).
Clydesdale - rider + bike must weigh in at >110kg for male riders and >80kg for female riders
How does this work? Well, at each round there will be one winner of each Special Category, male and female. Entrants will also be eligible for the Clydesdale or Singlespeed Series Championship if they compete in these categories at two rounds or more of the series. To our more robust singlespeeders - sorry, you can't compete in both categories at the same time, you'll have to choose one or the other! We'll also be running the Clydesdale "The Biggest Winner" competition alongside this category, read on for more info!
Here's another new competition for 2013! "The Biggest Winner" will be awarded at the Series finale to the rider who loses the most weight throughout the Series but still qualifies for the Clydesdale category. How will this work? Well, Clydes who are attending a minimum of 3 rounds of the Series will qualify. Clydes will weigh in as normal for each individual round, i.e. rider + bike. However, at the first round they attend, they weigh in twice - once with bike + gear and once without bike + gear. Then at the Series finale, they'll be weighed in twice - once with bike + gear and once without bike + gear - prior to the start of the race. Whoever has lost the most weight but still qualifies for the Clydesdale category will be crowned "The Biggest Winner"!
In 2013 we're adding a Special Category Championship to the Junior category, in the form of the "School Shredders"! School teams (of either 3 or 4 riders) will compete in the junior category, and accrue Series points within that category as usual. At each round, there will be one winner of the School Shredders Special Category. Teams will be eligible for the Series Championship by competing at two rounds or more of the Series. And at the Series finale on 24 November, the School Shredders State Champions will be crowned!
At each round, a prize or category will only be formed with a minimum number of five solo riders or teams. In the event of there not being enough teams to form a category, entries will be merged into suitable categories. Likewise, a Special Category will only be formed with a minimum number of five solo riders.
A category that has formed at all five rounds will stand as a series category and be eligible for overall series standings.
Prize money will be awarded as follows, where the category has formed with the minimum number of riders or teams:
All team members must complete a minimum of one lap in order for the team to have a result in its registered category. This applies to all categories except Fab Fours.
Solo riders or teams do not need to be on course at race cutoff time to qualify for a result. Once all members have completed one lap, your team qualifies for a result, with the exception of Mixed Pairs which have their own rule.
Mixed Pairs - Lap Requirements
The following minimum ages and age ranges apply to every round of the Singletrack Mind Series. All ages are calculated using the rider's age on 27 April 2013.
*Please note: according to the MTBA policy on junior participation, the age ranges are based on a concept of maximum race time. That is, the maximum a junior rider is permitted to race in a single 24hr period. The following table gives these maximum times:
We ask all teams to ensure these guidelines are adhered to with respect to the time junior riders spend out there on the track.
Exceptions may be made, on application, for riders younger than the age limit for a category to race in that category provided the maximum race times above are adhered to. Please contact us on 0457 084 552 to discuss this.