7/07 NPS #5 2024

Date: Sunday 7 July 2024
Event: NPS XC Round 5
Venue: Bellurgan Park, Co. Louth
Host club: Bellurgan Wheelers

Course location
Address – Bellurgan Park, Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 FP86, Ireland
Co-ordinates – N54.027103, W6.346266
What3words – https://w3w.co/affiliation.teach.blackbirds
Google Maps – here

Course Description: 

The course will be based mostly on that one used for the National Championships in 2023.  The venue has a large field for parking, registration, toilets and first aid.  The start line and finish line are also within the field.  The Under 6s will have a short course along the field and in among the trees.  The Under 8s, 10s and 12s will have progressively longer courses.  Once riders leave the main field there is a wide climb up through the trees.  There are sections of single track among the garlic plants.  There is a drop off with a B’ line which feeds into sections of berms and a gap jump.

Camping will be allowed Saturday night at Bellurgan Park.

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 open, Senior 1 women, Senior 2 women, Senior 3 women, Under 14s
13:30 – Prize giving for U14s, U16s, S1 women, S2 women, S3 women and S4 open
14:00 – Senior 1 open, Juniors, Senior 2 open, Senior 3 open
15:45 – Prize giving for S1, S2 and S3 open and Juniors


Under 6 race
The Under 6s race is just for fun. It is an introduction to off-road racing. Parents can run alongside. 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
Saturday 6 July 2024 between 14:00 and 16:00
Sunday 7 July 2024
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 July 2024.
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 July 2024.
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.

Feed / Technical Assistance Zones (F/TA):
Located in the main field, beyond the finish line.

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

Pre-registration: – Opens at 1 pm on Monday 17 June 2024
Closes Friday 5 July 2024 (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 start/finish area.

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.  See link above.
Toilets: Portable toilets will be on site.
Bike wash: No
Catering: tbc
Gazebos: Are welcome close to the course

Race organiser: Bryan McCrystal (email)
Contact number: 0