The Central Bicycle Studio Winter Series is back for 2024, with the first race of the series at Whanganui’s Araheke Trails on Sunday 16 June. We have four rounds planned for the all-weather trails at Scott’s Ferry, Whanganui’s Araheke Trails and the new Target Reserve MTB trails in Foxton. Winter Series events have something for everyone, from little nippers on balance bikes through to seasoned campaigners. While we time all riders and there’s competition for the top spots, the emphasis is on having fun and challenging yourself.  We welcome E-bikes to all events.

To help us allocate numbers and get the race database organised before the first race, we encourage club members (or members of other MTBNZ-affiliated clubs) to enter for the series online before the first or second rounds. As another incentive to enter online, you will get entry for the four-race series for the price of 2.5 individual rounds.  You can also enter on the day (Cash Only)

 

Online entries will open 16th May 2024.

 

You can join MMBC here: mmbc.co.nz/join

Non club members are welcome to enter at each round at a slightly higher entry fee (cash only on the day).

There will be great spot prizes at each event sponsored by Central Bicycle Studio.

To keep the events running smoothly, we ask every rider in the series to help out with at least one race. Race set-up, marshaling, course marking, Tail End Charlie and helping to pack up at the end of the race are all tasks that we need help with, so it won’t prevent you racing on the day. You can even have a rep do the task for you. 

Race Dates

 DateCourse
Round 116th JuneAraheke MTB Trails Whanganui
Round 214th JulyScott’s Ferry
Round 318 AugustAraheke MTB Trails Whanganui
Round 4/Club Champs22nd SeptemberTarget Reserve Foxton (TBC)

Locations

Scott’s Ferry – Turn left onto High St in Bulls.  Continue straight ahead onto Parawenui Rd to, and then through, Scott’s Ferry.  The trails and event village are 1 km past Scott’s Ferry. – https://goo.gl/maps/puH3UwK5J5Ehp5wHA

Araheke MTB Trails Whanganui – To get there turn left from SH3 towards Whanganui onto Pauri Road. Follow Pauri Road into Pauri Doamin Road and follow for approximately 0.5 km.. – https://goo.gl/maps/Wcwry7CVebAgdh4W9

Target Reserve – On SH1 heading south into Foxton.

Entry Fee                                                           

 

Members of Manawatū and MTBNZ-affiliated Clubs

$10 per race

$15 per family

Online entry $25 for the series or $50 per family for the series.

 

Non-Members (on-the-day entries only) (Cash Only)

$20 per race

$30 per family

(Note: Online entry is available only to members of the Manawatū, Whanganui or any MTBNZ-affiliated MTB club. Not a MMBC member? It’s simple to join with membership only $35 per year for single person members or $60 per year for families. Just visit: www.mmbc.co.nz/join)

 

Grades

GradeYear of Birth
MitesBeginners
Under 112014 and after
Under 132012 – 2013
Under 152010 – 2011
Under 172008 – 2009
Under 192006 – 2007
Senior1995 – 2005
Vet 11985 – 1994
Vet 21975 – 1984
Vet 31965 – 1974
Vet 4Before 1965
Single SpeedAny Age
RecreationAny Age
E-BikeAny Age

 

Note:   Grades to be as per CyclingNZ.  i.e. Age at the end of 2024. Riders can change grades during the series, particularly young riders going from Junior Recreation to the U13 courses, but points will not be carried from 1 grade to another.

 

Race 1 Details – Araheke MTB Trails

Grades and Laps

GradeWomenMen
CourseRace LengthCourseRace length
Junior RecMites20 minutesMites20 minutes
Under 11Junior30 MinutesJunior30 Minutes
Under 13Junior30 MinutesJunior30 Minutes
Under 15Short3 LapsLong3 laps
Under 17Short4 LapsLong4 laps
Under 19Long4 LapsLong6 Laps
SeniorLong5 LapsLong6 Laps
Vet 1 (30 – 39)Long5 LapsLong6 Laps
Vet 2 (40 – 49)Long5 LapsLong6 Laps
Vet 3 (50 – 59)Long4 LapsLong6 Laps
Vet 4 (60+)Long4 LapsLong5 Laps
Open RecShort3 LapsShort3 Laps
E BikeLong6 Laps
Single SpeedLong6 Laps

Start Waves

Wave 1    Go

Wave 2    2 min

Wave 3    3 min

Wave 4    4 min

Senior Men, Senior Women , Vet 1 Men, Vet 2 Men, U19 Men and Single Speed

E-bikes

U19 Women, Vet 1 Women, Vet 2 Women, Vet 3 Men, U17 Boys, U15 Boys

Vet 3 Women, Vet 4 Women, Vet 4 Men, Rec Men, U15 girls, U17 girls, Rec Women

Race 5 Details – Araheke MTB Trails

Grades and Laps

GradeMen
CourseRace length
Junior RecMites20 minutes
Under 11Junior30 Minutes
Under 13Junior30 Minutes
Under 15Long3 laps
Under 17Long4 laps
Under 19Long6 Laps
SeniorLong6 Laps
Vet 1 (30 – 39)Long6 Laps
Vet 2 (40 – 49)Long6 Laps
Vet 3 (50 – 59)Long6 Laps
Vet 4 (60+)Long5 Laps
Open RecShort3 Laps
E BikeLong6 Laps
Single SpeedLong6 Laps

 

GradeWomen
CourseRace Length
Junior RecMites20 minutes
Under 11Junior30 Minutes
Under 13Junior30 Minutes
Under 15Short3 Laps
Under 17Short4 Laps
Under 19Long4 Laps
SeniorLong5 Laps
Vet 1 (30 – 39)Long5 Laps
Vet 2 (40 – 49)Long5 Laps
Vet 3 (50 – 59)Long4 Laps
Vet 4 (60+)Long4 Laps
Open RecShort3 Laps
E BikeLong6 Laps
Single SpeedLong6 Laps

Start Waves

Wave 1    Go

Wave 2    2 min

Wave 3    3 min

Wave 4    4 min

Senior Men, Senior Women , Vet 1 Men, Vet 2 Men, U19 Men and Single Speed

E-bikes

U19 Women, Vet 1 Women, Vet 2 Women, Vet 3 Men, U17 Boys, U15 Boys

Vet 3 Women, Vet 4 Women, Vet 4 Men, Rec Men, U15 girls, U17 girls, Rec Women

Timings

Junior, U11, U13Time
Registration11.00 -12.15 pm
Race Briefing12:15 pm
Race Start12:30 pm

 

U15 & OlderTime
Registration11.30 -1.15 pm
Race Briefing1:15 pm
Race Start1:30 pm

Series Rules

 

The series will generally be run under the rules of the UCI and MTBNZ.

Specific rules that apply include;

  • All riders must wear a correctly fitting helmet.
  • Repairs and wheel changes can be made at the start/finish area as long as competitors re-enter the course where they left it.
  • Bike changes are not permitted.
  • Passing Etiquette:
    • Please use common sense and courtesy when passing and being passed. We are all sharing the same track with a wide range of speed and skills.
    • Front rider has right of way but must not impede a faster rider.
    • Passing rider should call clearly when a passing opportunity arises.
  • No headphones to be worn while racing.
Points
Place
Points
1st
20 points
2nd

 

15 points
3rd
12 points
4th

 

10 points
5th
8 points
6th

 

7 points
7th
6 points
8th
5 points
9th +
4 points
DNF
2 points
Points from 3 out of the 4 rounds will count for the series.

We are grateful to our sponsor, Central Bicycle Studio.