THE RACE

There are going to be a lot of changes to the normal MSG format, partly to enable us to race in these difficult times and partly to trial a new format intended to give us quicker, slicker and more competitive races.

Please take time to read and understand these changes so we avoid problems on the day.

CANCELLATION

In the new COVID world we all now inhabit we are having to get used to a new reality, which besides all the day to day issues, is that we may be faced with local or national lockdown at any time and with very little warning. As organiser we have already been financially wiped out by the cancellation of the 2020 season. We now have no resources to start up racing again. To give us the ability to put on events we have to control our exposure to risk. For that reason, the first £7.50 of adult entry fees and £3.00 of Under 12 will be an administration charge and non-refundable. In the event of the cancellation of an event entry fees will be refunded less the administration charge.

ENTRY

Online entry only. There will be no entry on the day and online entry will close on the Tuesday prior to the event at 11:55pm.

SIGN ON

Sign on will be strictly controlled and we would ask that you follow the instructions at the time. The procedure will be to join a socially distanced queue, when you arrive at the front give your post code. The staff will sign you in, and advise you of your race number. This will be placed on a table for you to collect. There will be hand sanitiser before and after plus sanitising spray should you wish to sanitise your number board.

To keep crowding to a minimum, the following sign on times will be in operation: –

  • 8:00 am to 9:15 am Male Category 3 & 4 Only
  • 9:15am to 10:30am Female and Under 12’s only
  • 10:30am to 1:45pm All other categories

If there is a family group racing, the first eligible rider may sign in for the entire family.

PRACTICE

This will be limited to avoid crowding. Times as follows: –

Practice 1: 8:00am to 9:15am Male Categories 3 & 4 Plus All Female Categories

Practice 2: Approx 12:45pm to 1:45pm Category 1 & 2

Under 12’s will be given a sighting lap prior to their race commencing.

THE START

To start each race the officials will call your category to the call up area. You will be expected to take a safe position in the call up area which will be laid out in a socially distanced manner. You will then be called forward to the grid. This will be done in an order determined by the organiser to facilitate a safe start.

The grid will be laid out as normal with riders’ wheel to wheel except there will be a 1 metre taped gap in-between the lines and for some distance after the start. This to allow social distancing.

NB: visiting riders who do not have a previous result for gridding purposes can apply to the organisers in advance and are welcome to do so. Do not however expect it on the day we are unable to check previous results and are way too busy to deal with it.

DURATION

Your race will be over a fixed time as follows:-

Male

Category 1: 1 ¾ Hours Race Start 2:00pm

Category 2: 1 ½ Hours Race Start: 2:15pm

Category 3: 1 ¼ Hours Race Start 9:30am

Category 4: 1 Hour Race Start 9:45pm

Female

Category 1: 1 ½ Hours Race Start 10:45am

Category 2: 1 ¼ Hours Race Start 11:00am

Category 3: 1 Hour Race Start 11:15am

All Under 12’s: 20 minutes Race Start 12:15pm

The time will be indicated by a countdown clock on the finish line. You may complete a lap begun before the time limit is reached.

Riders who are taking more than 80% of the leader’s time at the time the leaders last lap is started will be stopped from commencing a final lap. This is to clear the course swiftly for the next race which will start immediately the lead rider is in. (EG: Leader laps in 10 minutes… if you come to the line 8 minutes later your race will be deemed to be complete at that point. This is to avoid congestion and close passing on course when the next race commences).

WHAT CATEGORY AM I?

The object of the new system is to match riders of similar ability against each other. To assist you in making that call, we have analysed the last 12 months results carefully and have put them into a spreadsheet here. We have placed an advisory category against each race for every entrant. At this trial stage this is a guide only, and we won’t prevent you from entering whichever category you choose. We will however, publish the results with a “Promotion & Relegation” list once the two events are done.

FEED & TECHNICAL ZONES

In line with the safety guidance from British Cycling there will be no feed or technical zone available, again, to avoid close contact. This will be old school “carry what you need with you” cross country racing, so come prepared…… we do however suggest a very careful review of the contents of the Camelback, as a kitchen sink, complete set of workshop tools and your Sunday Lunch may be overkill..

THE COURSE

The course will be designed with two key criteria in mind: –

  1. To provide ample overtaking opportunity without the need for closeness between riders.
  2. To avoid creating unnecessary demand on NHS Emergency services.

For these reasons you will find the course wide and somewhat lacking in technicality. It is unlikely features will be graded higher than a single down arrow. We will of course endeavour to create flow etc, but please be aware these are the terms under which we must operate for both your and everyone else’s safety.

RESULTS AND PODIUMS

There will be no results posted or podiums on the day. Again this is to avoid crowding. Results will be posted online after the event, and medals will be posted out to the recipients.

BRITISH CYCLING RANKING POINTS

These will be non-ranking events with no ranking points awarded.

FOOD VENDORS

In line with the safety guidance from British Cycling there will be no feed or technical zone available, again, to avoid close contact. This will be old school “carry what you need with you” cross country racing, so come prepared…… we do however suggest a very careful review of the contents of the Camelback, as a kitchen sink, complete set of workshop tools and your Sunday Lunch may be overkill..

TOILETS

The usual toilet provision will be available. There will be a queuing system in operation with a hand wash station before and after use. We will also provide 80% alcohol sanitiser in spray containers so you can sanitise the cubicle prior to use. Please comply with these safety measures both for your own protection and everyone else’s.

SPECTATORS

We will not be encouraging spectators, but recognise that very often families race together. We would ask all non-competitors who do attend to complete a track and trace form and leave it in the receptacle provided outside registration. Please maintain social distancing at all times. We would also ask riders to arrive and leave the venue without undue excess time on site, so that we can minimise exposure to all.