The opening round of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup is this weekend in Castlewellan Forest Park in the Mournes. A long time MTB venue Castlewellan has something for everyone. Registration closes this Thursday so make sure you’re signed up in advance. Full details of the opening round and series details below.
Round 1 – Castlewellan – 28/29th March 2015
Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails are set in a beautiful Forest Park with the Mourne mountains as a back drop. 6 x 3-5min stages, 25km loop on trail centre and natural singletrack, fitness rating 6/10, skill rating 7/10.
The Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup is a Mountainbikers dream!! It will test your skill, fitness and metal on some of the finest trails in Northern Ireland. Creating a friendly atmosphere is our goal so you can relax, ride with your friends and get down to the serious business of ‘bragging rights!’
There are 4 rounds and each is uniquely designed to get progressively more challenging throughout the season. Riders will visit some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic mountainbiking destinations along the way. It is aimed at intermediate – advanced riders that will race individually against the clock on the best terrain available at each venue.
Each round consists of 5/6 timed stages on a fun filled loop of 25-40km. Stage times will be added together for an aggregate time that will decide positions in each category. Transitions are mainly on fire road or single track and are NOT timed. Riders can chill with friends and make their way to the next stage at their own pace. Keep in mind there will be a time limit and cut offs in place for rider safety although this is set at a relaxed pace. The important bits are the descents! We are using the most reliable, non contact timing system available so riders can focus on the fun part. Specific information for each event will become available to competitors on our social media, emails and briefing before each event.
Riders must hold a current Cycling Ireland race licence (or equivalent) or purchase a one day licence that will be available at the event at a price of approx. £18
Junior Men – 14-18
Senior men – 19-29
Masters A men – 30-34
Masters B men – 35-39
Veteran men – 40-49
Super Veteran men – 50+
Women – 14+
Hardtail men – 19+
Pro Men – 19+
To calculate your age category. Take the year you were born away from the year you are racing in, eg if I was born on the 8th July 1984 and was racing in the 2015 season I would race in the Masters A men.
The rounds in the series are:
Round 1 – Castlewellan, N. Ireland – 28/29 March 2015
Round 2 – Bigwood, N. Ireland – 9/10 May 2015
Round 3 – Rostrevor, N. Ireland – 4/5 July 2015
Round 4 – venue TBC – 19/20 September 2015