Singletrack Mind Series

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Round One

Kiwarrak State Forest, Taree, hosted by Manning Great Lakes Tip Riders - Sunday 28 April 2013



The Venue

The venue for this round of the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series is Kiwarrak State Forest on the outskirts of Taree on the lower mid north coast of NSW. Taree is only 3 hours from the edge of Sydney and is a stress free and easy drive on the freeway. Kiwarrak boasts over 40km of singletrack so if you want to ride in the days before or after the event, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

Check out this story on the Kiwarrak trails in Mountain Biking Australia Magazine, May 2013

The Course

The Kiwarrak race loop is 10.25km of signature trails; that is, fast and flowing. The biggest issue riders will have in this race is holding themselves back from pinning their ears back and wearing themselves out, going as hard and as fast as they can! There is only 170m of gentle climbing each lap which will be enough to reward those riders that have been training hard. It’s an iron clad guarantee that riders will be grinning at the end of each lap and itching for another one!

The GPS trace of the proposed race loop can be found here, and check out the preview vid of the awesome trails below!

Bonus Series Points

Don't forget that there are 40 Bonus Series Points on offer at Taree! More info here.


Entries for Round 1 of the Singletrack Mind Series are available here and will close at midnight on Wednesday 24 April. We are not accepting any entries on the day, however substitute riders are allowed. All substitute riders must download, fill out and bring the Replacement Rider Form to Registration. If your new rider is not a MTBA member they will need to pay $20 (cash only) for a MTBA day licence even if the rider they are replacing has already paid for a day licence online – the insurance policy always stays with the individual. Day licences are not transferable BUT the unused day licence will be refunded to the rider who originally paid for it in online entry – minus a buck ($1) for administration.


The draft schedule for the weekend is shown below.

Saturday 27 April
1.00-5.00pm Registration & Clydesdale weigh-in
1.00-4.00pm Course open for practice - First Aid on location until 4.30pm
1.00-9.00pm Camping on site open
1.00-4.00pm Hammer Nutrition product advice, samples & sales available
6.00-8.00pm Dinner available from Snax on Trax
Sunday 28 April
5.30am Event parking available
6.00-7.30am Registration & Clydesdale weigh-in
6.00am-4.00pm Food & coffee available from Snax on Trax
7.00am SRAM & Giant Technical Support available
7.45am Rider Briefing
8.00am Race Start
8.00am-3.00pm Giant demo bikes available
8.00am-3.00pm Finish Line lube bay open
8.00am-4.00pm Sponsor and product displays from Hammer Nutrition, Mountain Biking Australia, James Estate Wines, and Flow Mountain Bike
8.15-9.30am Late Registration
11.30am Cutoff for corrections or changes to category
3.00pm Race cutoff time - all laps started before cutoff to be completed and no more laps to be commenced
Approx. 3.45pm Presentation - hang around to the end to be in the running for the prize draw of a RockShox SID RCT3 fork worth $920!

Camping & Parking

Camping and parking are available from 1.00-9.00pm on Saturday 27 April and parking from 5.30am on Sunday 28 April. There is a charge of $5 per person payable for camping at Registration (via honesty system), and there are toilets and water available to campers.

Facilities & Services

For those arriving on Saturday 27 April, toilets, water and event camping are available from 1pm, when you can also Register and practice the course. Hammer Nutrition will be offering product advice, samples & sales. St John Ambulance will on location until 4.30pm. On Saturday evening our caterers Snax on Trax will be offering dinner in the form of sausage sandwiches, steak sandwich, bowls of pasta, cakes and drinks, from 6.00-8.00pm.

On Sunday 28 April, the following services will be provided:

  • Toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Snax on Trax catering and coffee from 6.00am. They'll have on offer sangas in the form of bacon & egg, sausage, steak, and some vegetarian pasta. And of course soft drinks.
  • SRAM & Giant Technical Support from 7.00am
  • Finish Line lube bay
  • Hammer Nutrition will be offering samples of their sports nutrition products
  • Flow Mountain Bike will be displaying and handing out copies of their magazines
  • Giant will have demo bikes available for you to test
  • James Estate Wines will be displaying their fine wines and offering tastings
  • Mountain Biking Australia magazine will be displaying and handing out free copies of their magazines


Series T-Shirt by Cycology

2013-tee-men-350Series sponsor Cycology has come up with a fantastic design for this year's t-shirt - we're pretty confident this will be a must-have for every wardrobe! If you already own one of Cycology's tees, you'll know that along with featuring the most awesome designs the shirt quality is top-notch.

As always, the Series tee is available in both mens and ladies sizes. Click on the image to view the women's style. You can order your shirt with event entry for $25, and you’ll pick it up at Rego. Order by the end of March to guarantee your tee at Round 1! We may also have some available to purchase at the event (cash only).

T-shirt Sizing Guide (note women's tee is semi-fitted cotton)


Series Jersey by OnTheGo

2013-jersey-350Check out the awesome 2013 Series jersey featuring our famous "Singletrack on the Brain" graphic but in a fabulous new design by OnTheGo! Show the world your passion for singletrack! It will be available to purchase with your entry for only $65, it comes in mens and womens styles, features highest quality YKK zippers and OnTheGo's elite fabric. 

Note that we'll be doing a first order in the week beginning 18 March so if you want to guarantee yours to pick up at Round 1, you'll have to order it ASAP! Otherwise, we'll get it to you at a future round or via good old snail mail.

We're sure that this will be a stylish but high performance addition to your riding kit. Click on the image for a larger view!

Jersey Sizing Guide

Accommodation & Dining

Manning Great Lakes Tip Riders (the local mountain bike club) is associated with Great Lakes Tourism and would highly recommend you contact them for details in staying in the Forster Great Lakes area - head to their website or free phone 1800 802 692. Motel and caravan park accommodation is also available in the Taree and Old Bar area.

Clarendon Forest Retreat is offering 10% off their accommodation rates for competitors - this is just a 15 minute drive from the event centre and has self contained cottages, each featuring a huge private hot spa pool! They have lots of great facilities on offer - a masseuse, swimming pool, tennis, volleyball, horse riding and the resort is pet friendly. Contact Sharyn on 02 6554 3162 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.

There is plenty of fine dining available in Forster, Taree and Old Bar. The Club has an association with Hogs Breath Café in Forster and can highly recommend them.


If arriving from the south on the Pacific Highway, take the first (Southern) Taree exit and continue straight through two roundabouts heading west on the Bucketts Way. Entry to Lantana Crossing Road is off the Bucketts Way approximately 0.75km on the left after the Taree Tip entrance (Bucketts Way Landfill halfway between Tinonee & Taree South).

The race event centre is approximately 1km after you turn into Lantana Crossing Road. There will be event signage to follow from the Bucketts Way.

You will exit in the same way, and will only be able to TURN LEFT. Please be aware that the exit from Lantana Crossing back onto the Bucketts Way needs extreme caution due to poor traffic visibility.

Check out this Google Map for exact location and to find directions from other approaches.

Rules & Conditions

Please read the event Rules & Conditions and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need any clarification of these!

What To Bring

Except for the obvious (bike, helmet, race food, toolkit & spares), you might want to bring a pop-up tent for shelter beside the track, and a chair to relax in between laps.

MTBA members must present their membership card at Registration, and riders under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign the event waiver on their behalf.

Results & Live Updates

Results will be available HERE during the event and PDF files posted in Results & Reports after each round.

Also, you can view Twitter updates as they are posted via the Flow Live website, using hashtag #SRAMstm.


We're looking for willing people to join our event crew - if you'd like to volunteer to help us out on race day we'd really appreciate it! The type of roles for volunteers might be marshalling, Registration, event centre set up, assisting with timing, etc. Volunteers will be well looked after during the event, and hopefully you'll find it gratifying to know you've helped the participants have a fun day on their bikes!

If you'd like to be involved, please fill out this form to register. Note that you can select your availability for each round on the form.


If you have any questions about this event, please don't hesitate to contact us by email up until 11am Friday 26 April or by phone - 0457 084 552. No SMS please, it's too time-consuming and we can't guarantee to respond.