02/07 NPS #5 2023

Date: Sunday 2 July 2023
Event: NPS XC Round 5
Venue: Bree Hill, 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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Course Description:  This is the second year that a cross-country mountain bike race has been held at Bree. As per last year, the main loop begins again on the fire road climb but the start / finish line has been moved a little further up. We start with the same climb, fire road into the “badger” section of Bree Hill, looping back and forth with some elevation loss but mainly pointing up. The climb has been extended this year with the inclusion of a short flowy section from one of our most popular trails. Back out onto the fire road for more climbing to the top of the hill then it’s onto Outback – a nice fast piece of single track descent, before exiting onto the fire road again and then into a new section that has a couple of punchy, short climbs. Up we go again to complete the second part of Outback, then round the back of the Hill to climb up a trail that was included in last year’s NPS. Down we go now! This year’s descent is a nice mix of flow and tech with the tech bit first. First bit is fine, couple of smooth berms before we go over an old gulley jump, then snake round a steep but rollable series of turns and then join one of our older trails for a short section. The trail then veers right down a couple of drops (one rollable, the other ramped), sharp right hander and after that the finish is similar to last year. Apart from the main climb and final run-in, everything else to this point is new for 2023. We hope you enjoy it.

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 2 July 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 2 July 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 will be based on the results from the series to date.

Pre-registration: – Opens at 8 pm on Monday 19 June 2023
Closes Friday 30 June 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.

Camping: You can stay in the car park overnight Saturday if you wish for a small fee.
The field is adjacent to the course and will be marked. Just follow the signs.

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