Event Details

 

The Flow-n-Five Fest showcases the singletrack of Coondoo with two events over the weekend of Saturday 22 Sep and Sunday 23 Sep 2018.

 

The Flow (Saturday) is part of the club's popular Flow X series, a relaxed staged cross country event with several timed stages of various length.  Each stage allows you to blast along the best flowing singletrack at Coondoo, then meander back to the start of the next stage whilst chatting to your mates so that you can do it all again.

 

This style of event is great for everyone - from the novice rider to the elite - there is no mass start; little need to overtake (or be overtaken) and it's loads of fun.  A huge smile on your dial is your guarantee.

 

The Five (Sunday) is a Cross Country Marathon style event with five hours of singletrack, over an approximate 10km course.  This event is also open to riders of all abilities.  It will allow solo riders to test themselves over the whole 5 hours, or teams of two or three to ride for glory and test their skills and stamina.  The event will be a self seeded mass start, so if you're an absolute gun and need to hit the singletrack first, be at the front of the grid on race day (there will be some extended slightly uphill firetrail before the singletrack starts to help sort out the first lap traffic gitters).

 

Location:

Coondoo, Nowra State Forest, Shoalhaven NSW (directions here)

 

Registration: 

There are two separate events, enter either or both (NB: To enter both you will need to complete two transactions via the links below.  Each link takes you to an external website).

 

REGISTRATION CLOSES 8pm FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER

Online registration only - no registrations available on the day.

 

Entry Fees: 

 

The Flow: [Saturday 22 Sep] $10.00 Junior (under 19), $20.00 Senior (plus any applicable MTBA day licence fee).  NB: For any junior riders wishing to participate in a senior category [Elite etc] please contact SCUM to gain a discount code, otherwise full senior rates will be charged.

 

https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=5863

 

 

The Five: [Sunday 23 Sep] $50.00 per rider (plus any applicable MTBA day licence fee)

 

EARLY BIRD discount (10%) for all registrations to 'The Five' before 8.00pm Monday 03/09/2018.

 

https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=5864

 

Any event updates will be posted here & on the club Facebook Page

 

 

Categories:

 

Event

Category Name

Age

The Flow

Junior* Under 13 (female or male)

Up to 12

The Flow

Junior* Under 15 (female or male)

13 – 14

The Flow

Junior* Under 17 (female or male)

15 – 16

The Flow

Junior* Under 19 (female or male)

17 – 18

The Flow

Sport (female or male)

19 and over

The Flow

Open (female or male)

19 and over

The Flow

Veteran (female or male)

30 – 39

The Flow

Masters (female or male)

40 – 49

The Flow

Super Masters (female or male)

50 – 59

The Flow

Grand Masters (female or male)

60 and over

* Junior rider age is determined by the age the rider turns in the Calendar year (2018); therefore if a rider is 19 or will turn 19 in 2018 they must compete as a Senior.

 

Event

Category Name

Age

The Five

Solo Open Female

Open

The Five

Junior* Female Solo

18 and under

The Five

Over 40 Solo Female

40 and over

The Five

Open Female Pairs

Open

The Five

Junior* Female Pairs

18 and under

The Five

Over 40 Female Pairs

40 and over

The Five

Solo Open Male

Open

The Five

Junior* Male Solo

18 and under

The Five

Over 40 Solo Male

40 and over

The Five

Open Male Pairs

Open

The Five

Junior* Male Pairs

18 and under

The Five

Over 40 Male Pairs

40 and over

The Five

Open Mixed Pairs

Open

The Five

Open Mixed Threes

Open

* Junior rider age is determined by the age the rider turns in the Calendar year (2018); therefore if a rider is 19 or will turn 19 in 2018 they must compete as a Senior.

 

Event Timetables:

 

Saturday 22nd September - The Flow

 

Time

Activity

1200

Registration open, collection of Timing Chips (NB: No new registrations taken)

1200

Course open for practice runs

1345

Compulsory rider briefing at event centre

1400

Timed runs start

1600

Timed runs finish. Timing Chips back to event centre timing area

1630

Course closed for day

Overnight

Camping in the Forest (next to the course) – dreaming sweet dreams of sweet singletrack

 

NB: There is no opportunity for practice of The Five Course during the running of The Flow

 

Sunday 23rd September - The Five

 

Time

Activity

0630

Course open for early practice and familiarisation

0700

Registration / sign up opens (NB: No new registrations taken)

0800

Course closes in preparation for race start

0830

Compulsory rider briefing at event centre

0900

Race starts (self-seed, mass start)

1400

Race finishes, course closed (last rider out prior to 1400)

1500

Results announced and Kudos galore

1530

Pack up and head home

 

Facilities / Services

  • Toilets will be provided at the event centre.
  • Coffee, food & drinks will also be available from various vendors – so bring some coin for associated purchases. Riders are encouraged to bring their own water and go fast gels.
  • First Aid facilities will also be available for anyone that needs assistance.
  • Overnight camping is available for free in the State Forest at Coondoo. Campers should be self reliant with food although toilets will be available for the duration of the event

The Course

 

The Coondoo trail is a one-way, clockwise loop course of approximately 10km; depending on which device you use to measure it.  It’s predominantly singletrack with a few bits of fire road to allow for easier overtaking opportunities. The course will be well marked with arrows and bunting indicating directions and which way at junctions. The course is a ‘fit for all abilities’ course, whilst there are some areas where faster / harder or more technical “A” lines are marked, there are corresponding easier / slower “B” line for the less confident.

 

The race will start along a lengthy bit of fire road to sort out the self-seeding before swinging into the sweet single track of Kashmir, then you might Hear a Pin Drop?, before heading up Beach Street, through Hot as Hell into the Blair Witch. Cypris Hill will get you rocking. Give Gimlet a good push to gap your competitors. Later on head down into the ‘bermalicious’ Rocky and Bullwinkle then get ready to Rock N Roll before the finish climb …

 

At the end of each lap all riders will pass through the timing area to get their race number recorded; this will be a slow point as riders will be channelled into single file to assist with the timing.  After the timing area team riders can transition.

 

Rider Etiquette and Overtaking

 

Mountain bikers are in general a great bunch of people who all love to ride and have fun. At SCUM we applaud and encourage good riding and fair play; that means if someone is injured or needs assistance, offer them help or seek help from the marshals or event crew. Helpers will have times altered as appropriate and be given extra Kudos.

 

With a large number of riders on the course, the need to overtake someone or be overtaken by someone else will happen a lot; often not at the most convenient time. The rider in front (being overtaken) should decide when and where this overtaking occurs, but both riders should communicate to facilitate a safe and timely overtaking procedure. Riders of varying ability will be participating in the event therefore ‘Patience’, ‘Communication’ and a ‘Thank you’ are all going to be key factors when overtaking; please ensure it is done safely.

 

Some Fine Print

  • No helmet, no ride.
  • Registered riders only – racing plates / rider numbers will be issued to each registered rider & must be displayed clearly on the front of the bike throughout the event.
  • Bike changes are permitted, but only at transition (race plates are rider specific (not bike specific) and must be changed over and displayed on the front of any bike ridden).
  • A serviceable, well maintained bike is required; with 26”, 27.5”, 29”, Fat Bike, Single Speed, and Cyclocross bikes are allowed.
  • Transitioning riders should physically ‘tag’ the outgoing rider; once transitioned the returned rider should move away from the course to avoid collision with other riders.
  • Finishing the race: Completing at least one full lap constitutes finishing the event; there is no set minimum time for completion apart from course closure time of approximately 1400hrs (will depend on race start time). Riders/teams wishing to cease before the full five hours can do so at any time however riders must notify the timing officials and race director of their ‘completion’ of the event.
  • Cancellation / Withdrawal / Refunds: Coondoo is a resilient track and can cope with various weather conditions, however there may be circumstances (rain, fire, flood etc.) where SCUM along with partners Forestry NSW will have to make a decision about the running of the event; this could involve postponement or in the worst case cancellation.

Full terms and conditions including refund policies etc. are outlined in the Registration Links (above) plus they are available here.

 

 

Get your Flow on and then tackle The Five ... we're pumped!  See you at the events.