Hi Club Members,
We are getting ever closer to the start of our 2019 – 2020 race season, I hope all your winter training has been paying off and you’re in peak condition, ready to race. Or you’re like me, and wondering where you put your helmet at the end of last years racing!
This year we will again be having a 14 race season, with our club champs held the week after race 14. This year the track team are going to mix up the normal ‘one route the whole year’ and are going to have a few different race routes to keep things interesting.
We are also going to add a few categories to the mix, the first is to re-introduce the Social men’s and women’s 2 lap class and the second is an E-Bike class. E-bike are still a contentious issue in many MTB circles but there is no getting away from the fact that they are here to stay and frankly, If it gets people out riding bikes then it can’t be a bad thing. This new category will be on trial this year and so it will be a single category, no age group or male or female grades, just E-Bike. We are planning to the let E-Bikes self-seed themselves where they think they fit in. As we said, this is a trial and will take some tweaks to get it right.
We are also going to wipe the $5 cost for kids racing, Mountain Bike riding isn’t a cheap sport, so to help our youngest riders out we have made the kids race a free event. However if you want a timed result then you will need to buy a timing chip, these are a one off cost of $25, and it can be used year after year.
To keep the MTB track rideable throughout the entire year is not an easy task. Almost every weekend Carl ( Track Manager) and his amazing team of volunteers have been putting in lots of hours, giving up their weekends to dig and plant and cut, it’s thanks to these people that we have a track to ride on, BUT they need your help. In the coming weeks we will be running some working bees on Tuesday evenings. So, it’s time to give a little back, please come down and give us a hand – even if it’s just for an hour, it all helps. The working Bee dates will be posted to our Facebook page, and we’ll try and get it up on here as well.
See you out there,
Hamilton MTB Club