07/05 NPS #1 2023

Date: Sunday 7 May 2023
Event: NPS XC Round 1
Venue: Leadmines, Dublin
Host club: EPIC MTB

Course location
Address – Carrickgollogan Forest, Murphy’s Lane, Barnaslingan, Co. Dublin
Co-ordinates – 53.220534, -6.168973
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Google Maps – here

Course Description: (required)

Start will be on a gravel track heading uphill with the leadmines chimney on the horizon. At the top of the hill you head into the trees for some rooty single track. Twisty, berms, jumps, rocks on the descent. Out onto wide fire road before heading into a technical climb which is wide enough for passing. Lung buster. Back into the trees for some more single track. Lots ot it with tight turns and narrow gaps between the trees. More climbing and then a technical downhill. Cross the lane and into the trees again. Lots and lots of single track. A challenge to maintain speed and few places to take a drink. Out onto the gravel path for a sprint finish to the line.
Course video – here.

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 8:30 am on Sunday 7 May 2023.
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 7 May 2023.
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 for Round 1 will be based on UCI points (for those who have them), top 10 from last year and time of registration.

Pre-registration: – Open 
Closes Friday 5 May 2023 (8 pm)
Link to registration is given 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: (required)
Gazebos: Are welcome close to the course

Race organiser: David Meredith (email)
Contact number: (required)