NPS #5 (2018) – Davagh Forest

Date: Sunday 8 July 2018
Event: NPS XC Round 5 (Ulster XC Series Round 5)
Venue: Davagh Forest
Host club: Carn Wheelers

This is the fifth and final round of the 2018 National Point Series (NPS) and also doubles up as the fifth and final round of the Ulster XC series.

Course Description:
The start/finish area will be as per last year, in the lower car park. The main course will be pretty much as before but in reverse. Starting with the first trail centre climb (nicknamed Alp d’huez) from there to Boundary Rock which will be ridden in the opposite direction with a few technical features to master on the way. From there it’s all change with a left turn onto the fire road. From there a new section of technically demanding trail that links up with the Eagle rock trail centre trail. Fast and flowy section towards the long natural old school xc loop with a new A and B line section on entry. Then it’s the run back along the walker’s path over the bridge towards the start/finish with two natural sections before crossing the line. The kid courses will be similar to last year with improvements based on feedback from racers and parents.

Car parking, bike wash and toilets all at the trail head as well as the play park for the younger ones.

Race Timing: Laptop timing for Under 8s up to Seniors

Race report from 2017: here
Results from 2016: here

Race report from 2012: here
Race report from 2011: here
Race report from 2010: here

Directions: Davagh Forest
Located 10 miles north-west of Cookstown.  The car park is located off the Davagh Road at the northern end of the forest. From Draperstown follow the Sixtowns Road through Straw Village. From Straw it is 3.8 miles to Davagh Road (sign posted East Sperrins Way), turn left and continue for 3.1 miles to the forest entrance on the left.
Click here to view in Google Map
Co-ordinates: N 54.719316, W 6.920485

Race Timetable:
09:00 – Sign on opens
10:00 – Under 6s fun race
10:15 – Under 8s
10:30 – Under 10s
10:50 – Under 12s
11:15 – Prize giving for U8s, U10s and U12s
12:00 – Under 16s, Senior 4 men, Senior 2 women, Senior 3 women, Under 14s
13:30 – Prize giving for U14s, U16s, S2 women, S3 women and S4 men
14:00 – Senior 1 men, Juniors, Senior 1 women, Senior 2 men, Senior 3 men
15:45 – Prize giving for S1, S2 and S3 men, Juniors and S1 women


Senior beginners (S3 women – S4 men)
The sport will only grow when we attract new people to give cross-country racing a ‘go’.
For 2018 both the Senior 4 men and Senior 3 women have a reduced entry fee as per a proposal passed at the 2017 Cycling Ulster Off-road Commission AGM.
Also for 2018 the Senior 3 women’s race will share the Under 14s course as per a proposal passed at the 2017 Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission AGM.
Both the Senior 4 men and Senior 3 women’s races should last less than 60 minutes.

Under 6 race
The Under 6s race is just for fun. It is an introduction to off-road racing. It is all about the achievement of starting and finishing. If your child can complete the course with ease and is ready for the next challenge please have them try the Under 8s race instead. There is no lower age limit on the Under 8s race.

Practice times
For the main course
09:00 – 11:45
13:15 – 13:45
Practice time may also be available on the Saturday afternoon.  3 pm to 5 pm.

A and B lines
Where the course presents “A” and “B” line options, riders should take the line according to their ability. Participants who opt for the “A” line must not deliberately dismount, run or walk through the feature. Those who do so may be subject to time penalty or disqualification.

Race Fees:

Juniors: £10 (€10)
Under 14s & Under 16s: £5 (€5)
Under 8s, 10s & 12s: £2 (€2)
Under 6s fun race: £1 (€1)

Pre-registration: – OPEN
Until 6 July 2018 (8 pm)


To see who has entered click on the link here.  (Password to open – “DavaghForest”)

Gridding: Will be based on the results from the current NPS league  – but only for riders who pre-register AND pre-pay.

Catering: Food will be available after the races.

Notes: Ensure bicycles are in good working order and that bar-ends have been fitted.
No electric bikes or motorised bicycles permitted.
No cyclo-cross bicycles permitted.
UCI rules a

Facilities: Davagh Forest
Car parking: Ample
Toilets: Portable toilets & on site
Showers: No
Bike wash: Yes
Café: No
Gazebos: Please contact host club should you want a gazebo at the start finish area.

Camping: Available at Shepherd´s Rest (website)

Host club website: Carn Wheelers
Race organiser: Barry Russell (email)
Contact number: 07595 319578