British Downhill Series 2017 – Round #1 Preview

Ranking of the event: British Cycling National Series Single Points.

Contact Nant Gwrtheyrn: Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales. LL53 6NL. Telephone: 01758 750 334 / Email post@nantgwrtheyrn.org

Nearest Postcode: LL53 6NL.

From Aberdeen Distance: 451.8 miles / Time: 7 hours and 30 minutes.
From Birmingham Distance: 138.4 miles / Time: 3 hours and 8 minutes.
From Bristol Distance: 188.4 miles / Time: 4 hours and 23 minutes.
From Edinburgh Distance: 320.8 miles / Time: 5 hours and 42 minutes.
From Fort William Distance: 422.7 miles / Time: 7 hours and 32 minutes.
From Glasgow Distance: 318.4 miles / Time: 5 hours and 12 minutes.
From Liverpool Distance: 94 miles / Time: 2 hours and 2 minutes.
From London Distance: 248 miles / Time: 5 hours and 6 minutes.
From Sheffield Distance: 155.8 miles / Time: 3 hours and 18 minutes.

From Caernarfon: Follow the A499 towards Pwllheli, looking out for the brown Nant Gwrtheyrn directional signs as you approach Llanaelhaearn. Turn off the A499 at Llanaelhaearn towards Nefyn (B4417). Having reached the village of Llithfaen, turn right at the crossroads opposite the shop and Post Office. Follow this road for about 2 miles (3.3km) past houses on the right and a car park on the left before the road becomes narrow and descends into the valley. Please take care on this road – there aren’t many passing bays. There is a small car park on your right just before entering the village.

From Porthmadog: Follow the A497 towards Cricieth. Drive through Cricieth and past the village of Llanystumdwy. Turn right off the A497 past Llanystumdwy towards Chwilog (B4354). Follow this road until you come to the village of Y Ffôr, turn right at the crossroads towards Llanaelhaearn (A499). At Llanaelhaearn, look out for the brown Nant Gwrtheyrn directional signs and turn left towards Nefyn (B4417). Having reached the village of Llithfaen turn right at the crossroads opposite the shop and Post Office. Follow this road for about 2 miles (3.3km) past houses on the right and a car park on the left before the road becomes narrow and descends into the valley. Please take care on this road – there aren’t many passing bays. There is a small car park on your right just before entering the village.

Nearest Train Station: Pwllheli Station. Station Square, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales. LL53 5HG.

Nearest Ferry Port: Holyhead. Salt Island, Gwynedd, North Wales. LL65 1DR.

Nearest Airport: Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Speke Hall Ave, Speke, Liverpool. L24 1YD.

The Course: Is steep and very technical and a national level with a number of drops and jumps. Riders are advised to wear suitable protection that they think suitable, walk the course prior to riding and ride within their own ability level.

Course Preview: Sponsored by Monster Energy.

Start Line Grid Reference: SH 35447 44273.

Finish Line Grid Reference: SH 35096 44808.

Length – 1.6 Kilometers.
Start altitude – 254 meters.
Finish altitude – 82 meters.
Vertical descent – 172 meters.
Fastest time 2mins, 21 secs.
Course rating (1-5 with 5 being very technical): Rating 4.

NOTE: We will be providing a free mini bus throughout the event weekend that will run from the uplift pick up and drop off areas.

Friday 15:00 to 23:00

Saturday 07:30 to 23:00

Sunday 07:30 to 18:00

Spectating: £5.00 per day for each adult aged 16 or over. For further information please click HERE.

Parking: £5.00 per vehicle, motorbikes will be free. Racers will not have to pay this charge. For further information please click HERE.

Camping: Racers camping charge is £5.00 per pitch. Spectators camping charge is £10.00 per pitch. You can enter the site from 13:00 on the Friday, before the event and you must then leave the site by 19:00 on the Sunday evening of the event. Please note the venue will close at 23:00 for vehicle access on the Friday and Saturday night. For further information please click HERE.

Security: Will be on site both Friday and Saturday night of the event. You are advised to lock away all of your possessions. Abus is the official Bicycle Lock partner of the series.

Medical: Remote Medical Services will provide full medical cover both on the course (In a 4×4 vehicle) and from an identifiable Base Station with an ambulance in the event arena. Five medical personnel will be in attendance. 1x Paramedic, 1x Advanced Nurse Practitioner and 3x EMT.

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Public Announcements: A PA system will be on site with announcements throughout the day. Andrew Cooper, the voice of the National Series will be on hand all weekend. A Notice Board will also be on display in the Race Office/Rider Registration area for displaying information regarding the event.

Catering: Onsite Catering providing fresh hot and cold local produce and refreshments on Friday 18:00 to 21:00, on Saturday 07:30 to 21:00 and Sunday 07:00 to 17:30.

Toilets: The venue has a number of toilets based on site. Additional Mobile Toilets will be provided, including women-only facilities. All will be serviced on Saturday evening and re-stocked throughout the weekend. We will also have toilets located near to the start line.

Drinking Water: Drinking water is available on site and is located beside the cottages on the right-hand side as you look down the hill. We always advise you to sterilise the water before consuming.

WIFI: On site in the café, the main hall and the Sgubor.

Phone Signal: Not guaranteed at the bottom of the hill. The signal at the top of the hill is generally good.

Skips: One 20 yard skip will be onsite. Please do not dispose of warm/hot BBQ’s into the skip.

Nearest Hospitals:

–Ysbyty Gwynedd – 24 Hours A&E. 20.9 miles away. Telephone 01248 384 384. Postcode LL57 2PW.

–Bryn Beryl Hospital for Minor Injuries, Nr Pwllheli – Not 24 hours. 4.3 miles away. Telephone 01758 701 122. Postcode LL53 6TT.

–Ysbyty Allt Wen Hospital for Minor injuries, Porthmadog – Not 24 hours. 12.6 miles away. Telephone 01766 510 010. Postcode LL49 9AQ.

Nearest Police Station: Pwllheli Police Station. Ala Road, Pwllheli, Gwynedd. LL53 5BU.

Nearest Showers: There are no communal showers on site. The onsite accommodation (cottages) all have showers.

Bike Wash: The WD40 bike wash, Air Hose Dryers and Lube Station is available on site and is free to use.

Organisation: BDS Events. British Cycling Club Registration Number 11280.
Event Director: Simon Paton
British Cycling Licence Number 405398.
Email: si@pinkbike.com
Mobile: 07968 229 359.

Operations Director: Tony Standish.

Course Manager: Edd Wright.

Business Director: Adrian Bland.

Commentator: Andrew Cooper.

Head Marshal: Paul Tunnell.

Race Registration/Start Line: Kath Banks.

Photographer: Yasmeen Green.

Videographer: TJ Smith.

British Cycling Chief Commissaire: Kelvin Hoy.

British Cycling Assistant Commissaires: Andrea Lockhart, Richard Robertshaw and Ian Fennell.

Course Marshals: 20x marshals will be in place on course both Saturday and Sunday. Each marshal will be easily identifiable by wearing a high visibility vest. Marshals will also be supplied with a working two-way radio, a whistle, a red and yellow flag and refreshments. We aim to ensure all our marshals are aged 21 or over and fit and able.

The marshal briefing will be carried out by the Events Team and Chief Commissaire at 08:00 on Saturday morning by race registration and then on Sunday morning at 07:30 at the same location.

Event Schedule:

Friday.
13:00 Venue open for team pits, parking and camping.
16:00 Commissaire course walk. We reserve the right to change the course at any time through the event.

18:00 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.

15:00 – 21:00 Race registration, please bring your valid National Federations race licence and membership.

Saturday.
07:00 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.
07:00 – 11:00 Race registration, please bring your valid National Federations race licence and membership.
09.00 Uplift opens and all riders must have their transponders fitted to use the uplift.
09:30 Open practice for all Juvenile Men, Youth Men, Junior Men, Senior Men, Master Men, Veteran Men, Grand Veteran Men, Junior Women and Women.

10:30 Open practice for all.

17:00 Course closed for all Juvenile Men, Youth Men, Junior Men, Senior Men, Master Men, Veteran Men, Grand Veteran Men, Junior Women and Women.

17:00 Course open for Expert Men and Elite Men and Elite Women Only.
17:30 Last uplift.
18:00 Course Closed.
18:05 Riders meeting.
18:10 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.

Sunday.
08:00 Uplift opens and all riders must have their transponders fitted to use the uplift.
08:30 Open Practice for all.

10:45 – 11:00 Elite Men and Women Practice only.
11:00 Course Closed.
11:15 Seeding Run followed by one-timed Race Run.
17:30 Podium for top five in each category.

Event Entry: The race is pre-entry only via the British Cycling Website.
Race entry is £95.00 plus a £1.00 Booking Fee. If there are spaces on the day, entries will be offered on a first come, first served basis at £100.00 payable in cash.

Racer numbers for riders that have not already competed in the series will be available at the race office where all riders must sign on and present their valid National Federations race licence and membership. Failure to do so will result in a £10.00 fine payable to British Cycling. Once paid, the rider can then complete registration and compete in the event.

Riders will be given one front number board for the series. It is your responsibility to look after the number board. A lost front number board will mean a £5.00 cash charge for a replacement. The same £5.00 fee applies if you modify your front number board and it needs replacing. The front number board must be displayed on the front of your bike at all times whilst on track. The number boards remain the property of the National Series until the end of your race season. Please note no deposit is required.

Series Overall Positions: Five out of six rounds count, including seeding points.

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Race Categories Running Order: Running order for both seeding and race run. Race numbers shown in brackets:

Juvenile Men – DMR Riders must be in the year of their 13th or 14th birthday. (900-925).
Youth Men – FUNN MTB Riders must be in the year of their 15th or 16th birthdays. (800-899).
Grand Veteran Men – Kenny Racing Riders must be in the year of their 50th birthday or older. (780-799).
Veteran Men – Dainese Riders must be in the year of their 40th to 49th birthday. (700-774).
Master Men – NS Bikes Riders must be in the year of their 30th to 39th birthday. (600-699).

Junior Women – Rachel Atherton Riders must be in the year of their 13th to 18th birthday.(130-149).

Women – DexShell Riders must be in the year of their 19th birthday or older. (160-199).
Junior Men – Spank Riders must be in the year of their 17th or 18th birthday. (500-599).
Senior Men – Shimano Riders must be in the year of their 19th to 29th birthday. (300-399).
Expert Men – Fabric Riders must be in the year of their 19th birthday or older and hold an Expert Licence as issued by British Cycling. (200-299).

Elite Women – Schwalbe Tires Riders must be in the year of their 19th birthday or older and hold an Elite Licence as issued by their National Federation. (100-125).
Elite Men – Schwalbe Tires Riders must be in the year of their 19th birthday or older and hold an Elite Licence as issued by their National Federation. (1-99).

Elite Prize Money: All Elite prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser to the riders by bank transfer. You will be contacted within 48 hours of the event with a request for your bank details and will then be paid within 48 hours.

Elite Men and Women at this Round: 1st £300.00, 2nd £200.00 and 3rd £100.00.

Please note the Elite Men and Women Prize Money for the Series Overall: 1st £500.00, 2nd £300.00 and 3rd £200.00.0.

For each remaining race category, the top five will be invited onto the podium and will win a voucher to cash in at the end of the series after the last round. The race organiser will e-mail each winner directly within a week of the final event stating exactly how much you have won and put you in touch directly with your category sponsor to claim your prize. If you have won for example £100.00 worth of vouchers you can purchase a £120.00 item and pay the difference yourself. If you purchase an item worth £90.00, you can not be refunded the difference.
You must claim your prizes by 18:00 GMT on Tuesday 31st October 2017 or you will loose your prize.

Prize breakdown for each category*.
£100 for 1st place.
£80.00 for 2nd place.
£60.00 for 3rd place.
£40.00 for 4th place.
£20.00 for 5th place.

Nant G – Back in the day

*This excludes the Elite Male and Female categories as they receive prize money. The Women’s category will receive vouchers for the top three at each round (£100, £50, £25) and for the top three overall (£300, £200 and £100). The Junior Women will receive vouchers for the top three at each round (£100, £60, £40) and for the top three overall (A prize money can’t buy).

Fastest Time of the Day: £100.00 courtesy of Kore Components.
The rider who records the fastest time of the day in their race run. In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest race time in seeding will be declared the winner. Prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser. #KoreComponets @KOREUSA

Biggest Winning Margin: £100.00 courtesy of The Mud Hugger .
The rider who beats the rest of the field in their category during their race run by the biggest winning margin. In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest race time will be declared the winner. Prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser. #Mudhugger @Themudhugger

Fastest Speed Through the Speed Trap : £100.00 courtesy of PRO Tharsis. The rider who records the fastest speed of the day in their race run. In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest overall race time will be declared the winner. Prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser. #PROtharsistrail @PRObikegear

FREE Holiday: Ride Portugal For the 2017 prize winners they will receive a free holiday from Ride Portugal. This includes Transfer’s to and from Faro airport, spacious accommodation with full workshop and games room, pool, secure bike storage, spares to buy, digital TV and wifi, full cooked breakfast and lunch, comfortable uplifts using UK standard Burtech trailers. Guiding on our existing trail network and even more new tracks for the 2017 winter season. @rideportugal

SAXX Underwear Bonus Prize: The official and exclusive underwear partner of the National Series. One lucky category winner at each round of the National Series will win a £100 voucher to spend on SAXX Underwear. #SAXXUnderwear @saxxunderwear

Helmet Camera Footage: This will be made available for all to view by being posted online through all the various media channels.

Podium: The award ceremony will take place five minutes after the last rider has completed their race run. The podium will be located in the finish arena.

Instant Pop Up Shelters: Surf & Turf are the official and exclusive Shelter partner of the National Series. @InstantShelters

Uplift Procedure: Antur Stiniog Mini Buses with dedicated trailers will be used to transport riders and bikes up the hill. Riders will be separated from their bikes. We will provide an uplift marshal at the pickup point. We aim to lift at least 200 riders per hour.

Race Timing: Action Sports Timing.
Results will be posted in the main arena on completion of each event and online by Sunday 18:00. Wireless communications will be used. The riders will start from a covered area and will cross a laser beam to start the timing. The finish line will use laser beams again to capture the rider crossing the finish line. A large T.V screen will show the results live at the finish line. Live split timing will be provided. Provisional results from each category will be printed and displayed within five minutes of the category finishing. @ASTLiveResults

Race Regulations: The event will run under BC Regulations and Penalties. Please make sure you aware of the additional National Series Rules HERE:

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Event Insurance: £10 million Public Liability with British Cycling. The insurance document and this has been forwarded to all Commissaires and the Land Owner. The insurance document will be available to view at race registration.

By entering the National Series event you agree with the rules and conditions of the event and those laid down by British Cycling where applicable. By breaking any of the rules you will incur the applicable penalty.

By entering the National Series event you understand and agree that you participate in this race entirely at your own risk, that you must rely on your own ability in dealing with all hazards and that you must ride in a manner which is safe for yourself and all others. You agree that no liability whatsoever shall be attached to the promoter, promoting club, meeting sponsor(s), British Cycling, or any official or member of British Cycling or member of the promoting club in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by you in or by reason of the race, however caused.
THE EVENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FAILURE OF THE TIMING, COURSE MARKING, INFRASTRUCTURE.
IN NO EVENT SHALL THE ORGANISERS LANDOWNERS OR ANYONE INVOLVED BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE EVENT.

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