19/06 NPS #4 2022

Date: Sunday 19 June 2022
Event: NPS XC Round 4
Venue: Bree Hill, Co. Wexford
Host club: Bree MTB

Course location
Address – 2A Irish St, Craane, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Co-ordinates – 52.444624, -6.634885
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Google Maps – here

Course Description:  First ever XC at Bree and we’re delighted to welcome the NPS Series. The race will start on the fire road climb, staying left at the well-known quarry drop before turning right into the “badger” area of Bree forest. A looping off-camber climb here will bring riders across an enduro trail back onto the fire road for a short section before climbing to the open area at the top of the hill. From here, the first bit of descending begins, down the start ramp followed by a sharp left onto the Kilmore trail. This is mainly flow until it crosses an old fire road onto a more undulating short section. After this, the riders will ride up the Beeches trail. This is a challenging climb with some tech features and real punchy sections. The riders will, climb almost to the top of the hill once more before making a left to join a fast, classic Bree descent, with a few rock gardens, swooping corners and steep sections – all rollable. The loop re-joins the fire road above the car park and off we go for another lap!

Total distance is just over 4kms with 180 metres of ascent.

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

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’.
As per 2019 both the Senior 4 men and Senior 3 women have a reduced entry fee as per a proposal passed at the 2017 Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission AGM.
As per 2019 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
Riders must have their race numbers on their bikes before they go out to practice.
The venue will be open from 9:00 am on Sunday 19 June 2022.
Note: There is no practice allowed on any other day before the race.

Location of registration desk and opening times:
Sign on will take place at the race village. Signage will be in place to direct riders to the race village and sign on area.
NOTE: There are no registrations on the day – only race number collection.
The registration desk opens at 9:00 am on Sunday 19 June 2022.
Riders must collect their race number at least 15 minutes before the start of their race.

Race numbers:
Race numbers will be supplied by the organiser which should be placed secured onto the handlebars in a way which makes it clear for timekeepers to read.
Riders must not cut, fold or mutilate race numbers.
Race numbers must be handed back at the completion of your race.

Gridding will be based on the results from the series to date.

Pre-registration: – Opens at 8 pm on TBC
Closes Friday 17 June 2022 (8 pm)
Link to registration is given here
Link for non-Cycling Ireland licence holders – here

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.

First aid location: An ambulance will be parked at the car park

Prizes: Medals for top 3 boys and girls in Under 8s to Seniors.  Under 6s to Under 12s to also get a goodie bag.

Car parking: Follow instructions from marshals.
Toilets: Portable toilets will be on site.
Bike wash: No
Catering: Bad Ass Catering (http://www.badass.ie/) and a coffee truck in the race village
Gazebos: Are welcome close to the course

Race organiser: Philip Nugent (email)
Contact number: 00353 – 879940668