KwaZulu Natal Mountain Biking MONGOOSE SCHOOLS MOUNTAIN BIKE SERIES 2008 Introduction The KZN Schools MTB Series will be run in 2008 for the seventh consecutive year. The aim of the series is to introduce school children to the pleasure of Mountain Bike Racing while trying to get more schools to recognize Mountain Biking as a school sport. The age categories have been set to coincide with regular school sport classes and riders score points for themselves with equal points going to their schools. Points will accumulate so at the end of the series a champion will be declared in each age group. The Junior and Senior school with the most points receive a floating trophy and are declared the Champion Junior or Senior School. Courses will be roughly two kilometers, in a “clover leaf” design to ensure maximum spectator interest, and will be suitable for both entry level and more advanced mountain bikes. Riders ride a number of laps, dependant on their age categories. In 2008, the Series will be made up of six events, spread over the year. Events are run on a Saturday afternoon with practice and registration commencing at 13h00 and racing starting at 14h00. The Calender Round One 7/6/2008 Thomas More School Kloof Round Two 19/7/2008 Mountain View MTB Park, PMB Round Three 2/8/2008 Giba Gorge MTB Park, DBN Round Four 23/8/2008 Grace College, Hilton Round Five 13/9/2008 Lynford School, Ixopo Round Six (Final) 11/10/2008 Highbury School, Hillcrest Contact Sam Knox 0825767825 email@example.com Please note our standard way of communicating is by Email. Send your Email address to Sam to ensure that you are on the mailing list to receive directions to the venues and other important information. Licences Riders do not have to hold valid SACF licences, because of the nature of the event. RULES 1. THE COURSE 1.1. The courses used will be roughly two kilometres long, with plenty of emphasis on spectator interest. Organizers are encouraged to design courses in a “clover” leaf pattern so that riders pass the start finish area as often as possible on each lap. The course will not be particularly technical in nature and will be ridable on the most basic entry-level bicycles. 1.2. Courses will be clearly marked with hazard tape and lime. 2. CATEGORIES 2.1. Categories will be determined by the rider’s age as at the 1st January 2008. This differs from the normal Mountain Biking practice of using the rider’s age as at 31st December 2008. This change has been made so that the series age categories will be in line with other school sports. 2.2. Four categories will be offered for Junior Schools riders; Under7, Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13. High School Classes will be Under 15, Under 17 and Open. Girls will be catered for in a separate class if there are three or more girl entrants in any age group. 3. DISTANCES 3.1. The riders age category will dictate the number of laps which each rider has to complete. 3.2. Laps will be as follows: Under 7 and Under 9 – one lap; Under 11 – two laps; Under 13 – three laps; Under 15 – four laps; while Under 17 and Open will ride five laps. 4. GEAR 4.1. Riders may wear whatever they wish, however, all participants must wear recognized cycling helmets while on the course. 4.2. Riders will be issued with number boards and cable ties when they register for the series. The rider has this number for the year and must keep his/her number board and display it clearly on the front of his/her bike at every event in the series. 5. SCORING 5.1. Points will be awarded to riders depending on their finishing position within their category, while an equal number of points will be awarded to their school. 5.2. At the end of the series, the rider with the most points in each category will be declared the champion, while the Junior and Senior Schools with the most points will also receive recognition in the form of a Floating Trophy. 5.3. Points will be awarded to the top ten finishers in each category: 1 st – 10; 2nd – 8; 3rd – 6; 4th – 5; 5th – 4; 6th – 3; 7th – 2; 8th – 1. As stated earlier, the riders’ school will receive equal points. 6. BEHAVIOUR & DISCIPLINE 6.1. Riders will be expected to participate for the love of the sport, comradeship and above all, fun. A high degree of sportsmanship and courtesy and consideration for other riders and officials will be demanded at all times. 6.2. In matters of discipline or arbitration, the Race Director’s ruling will be final and no discussions will be entered into. 7. GENERAL INFORMATION 7.1. Riders will register for the whole series the first time they enter an event. They will be issued with a number which they will use for the rest of the season. Parents or Guardians will be required to sign a blanket indemnity for the entire series. This registration will help to streamline the registration and scoring procedures at the events. This initial registration is free. 7.2. Riders may receive assistance in repairing bicycles and receiving food and drink. However, riders must finish the event with the same frame and wheels and any assistance may only be given in the demarcated assistance zone at the start finish area. Riders may not be followed during the event by a parent or helper. Younger riders will however be accompanied by older riders who will render assistance where necessary. 7.3. Schools are encouraged to enter as many riders as possible so as to engender the inter schools concept of the meeting. 7.4. The series is made up of six events, held on a Saturday afternoon, with practice and registration at 13h00 and racing from 14h00. 7.5. Entry fees will be R25 per event with all proceeds going toward prizes and trophies. The final prize giving takes place at the final venue. 7.6. Further information and results can be accessed on www.drakensbergmtb.co.za The contact person is Sam Knox on 0825767825 and a very big thank you to MONGOOSE for their involvement and support of this series. Please support those who support us.