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2019 MTBNZ National DH Series Round 2: Gravity Canterbury

2019 MTBNZ National DH Series Round 2: Gravity Canterbury

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When:

  • Sun 24 Feb ’19, 8:30am – 4:00pm

Where:

Christchurch Adventure Park, 225 Worsleys Road, Christchurch

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Club Member, non licence holder: $80.00
  • Non Club Member, non licence holder: $90.00
  • Club Member, licence holder: $70.00

Website:

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MTBNZ National Downhill Cup round 2 - hosted in Adventure Park. The best downhill riders of NZ will be tackling freshly rebuild GC track on Sunday the 24th of February.

8:30 - 9:45 Registration inthe Rce Village - next to the pump track.
9:30 - 12:30 Practice Runs
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch break
12:45 - compulsory race briefing
13:00 - first riders up the lift
13:30 - 14:30 seeding runs
15:00 - 16:00 race runs
4:30 - prize-giving

All times may vary due to the weather, lift operation and number of the riders on the day.

Important spectator info.

The Park is a danger:
Our team have worked extremely hard to make the forest safe for both riders and spectators. We have had to fell over 200 trees to make a safe corridor for the race track. Please do not venture away from the race course as the forest is still an active hazard and tree and limb fall occurs often.

The lower part of the race track weaves through long grass and shrub, of which is very dry and is at extreme fire risk. We cannot stress enough that there is to be no open flame on the hill and that all rubbish must be removed and taken down. We do not want to see the park disappear for the second time!

Access:
Top Down
The new GC track starts off Skid 5 which you can access off Summit Connection. This is only accessible via bike. There is to be no foot traffic down Summit Connection. From Skid 5, public members can drop their bikes and walk down the track being sure to stay on the outside of the taped race track and not venturing away from the track area.

Middle Up or Down
If you are out on your bike, for the day only, you are able to pedal out from Hotspot (location where LOP/Swinger Party etc come out) along Mid Road to where The GC crosses the road. From here, please get off your bike and you are able to walk up or down the track from the road crossing. Again, please be very careful as you walk alongside the track. This section is nicknamed ‘The Motorway’ as it is a very fast section of track.

Village Up
If you are just interested in the finish jump and a good viewing point where you can see a lot of the race track, for the day bikers and walkers are able to head up Valley Road to where the race track finishes. There is to be a walkway on the left of the road as you head up. Please stay within this walkway as we need the road for vehicle access. All bikers are asked to ride down Handle the Jandal from the finish line.

Safety:
At certain points along the race track there will be areas that are completely taped / roped off. These areas are ‘Exclusion Zones’. We have implemented these as in 2014, tragically, a British woman was struck by a bike after the rider crashed and she later died from her injuries.

We want to set ourselves a high safety standard and Gravity Canterbury have given us their full support on this front. We intend to make these areas obvious, so please, spectate and support all racers but do not enter these ‘Exclusion Zones’ for your own safety.

Finally, there is always a level of risk when spectating a downhill mountain bike race as its difficult to predict where a rider may crash, and bikes can land. There are a couple of areas on the track that has been flagged as higher risk. These areas are the ‘Exclusion Zones’.

A helpful tip is, always try and stand on the uphill side of the track so if a rider is to crash, they will generally fall down the hill.

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