Race Day info

2020 Gravity Series

Round1 Danny Harts Descend Bikepark,  Hamsterley

 Descend Mini DH, Hamsterley 

Round 2  Berwyn , Ceriog Valley, Powys

Round 3 Black Mountain CC, Abergaveny

Round 4 Caersws DH Bikepark, Caersws Powys.

Organisers for HSBC National DH Series Rnd3 at Llangollen

3 out of 4 rounds to count we will be using the same points system as UCI DH racing. the last round is not compulsory to race but you must be present to receive any prize or trophy. This allows for injured riders to still be eligible.

You must attend the podium to be able to collect you medal/prize,we are unable to save or post these out .

All events are classed as Regional A races, Some events will be Championship rounds and may have Double BC points.  We use national level tracks that are uplifted via  dedicated uplift trailers and uplift is included in your entry fee. Our events are governed by British Cycling regulations, these are available in the link below or you may look through our website at our guide to racing downhill.

For the full BC regulations please follow the link:https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/bc_files/rulebook/2017/C8_-_Mountain_Bike_Specific_Regulations.pdf

For age categories please follow this link:https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/search/article/mtbst_Mountain-Bike-Category-System-Explained

The track will be closed from Thursday morning to enable the track team to tape out and organise the paddock area. It will be available for a riders track walk after Friday at 4.00PM,

Sign on will be at the finish arena in our  gazebo, {except Hamsterley which will be in the hut next to the Cafe.

Saturday: Sign on opens at 8.45am till 12.30pm approx . The track should go live for practise at 9.45am approx. Practise will be all day with the last 1.5 hours being full runs only. Track closes approx. 4.30PM and the last uplift will leave the bottom car park approx 25 mins before the track closes. 

Sunday: Sunday sees practise start at 9.30am Practise finishes at 11.30, approx. 30mins for lunch with racing starting at Midday. 

First race runs from 12 midday  Second race runs from approx 2.15pm Podiums 30 min after final race run at the finish arena.All times given are a guideline and may be subject to change due to , medical incidents, weather conditions, other incidents beyond our control. we will always do our best to provide a full days racing with 2 timed runs but this may be subject to change without notice.

Race fee’s ; these remain the same as last year for Juvenile and youth riders at £70 plus BC booking fee, Other Categories are £75 this is the online booking fee and shuts on Tuesday at 10 PM of the week before racing. You may pay on the day for your racing providing there is entries left, a supplement to the online fee of £10 is payable in cash

Timing, We are using Tag Heuer Official timing beam system , and will have a mid sector split and a speed trap included at all rounds, this will all be displayed at the finish line on our Big Screen TV and overhead gantry clock. 

Camping/ parking, There is limited space at the top carpark, please be considerate and allow others to park alongside. We have a limited number of PRO-Pit spaces for £35, please get in touch to reserve your space.  Please note , no overnight camping is permitted in the lower carpark at Hamsterley . This is Forestry Commisions rules and we need to stick to this if we are to be able to hold future races at Hamsterley. Please note there are no water taps available. 

Please be careful if your using BBq’s , there is to be no fire directly on the ground although a firepit is acceptable, please have a means to be able to extinguish any fire and make sure it is extinguished at the end of the evening.

Toilets. There is  toilets provide at the top carpark.

Skip. We will provide a miniskip in the top carpark. Please keep your camping area clean and dispose of rubbish in the skip. If you’re in the lower campsite please bring your bags up to the top carpark and place in the skip. The mess left last year did not best please Paul and Sue and threatens us being able to use Hamsterley in the future.

Noise and etiquette   Strictly No generators or music after 10pm . We do have families with young children so please be considerate. We have a zero tolerance for abusive language or behaviour towards our Staff, Marshal’s, commissaries or towards your fellow competitors. 

Catering, this is in the top carpark , please bring any water with you as there are no taps.

Medics, We will again use Events Team Saltney for our medical provisions  their main  base will be situated in the Finish arena at most Venues with the 4×4 RV being on track. Should you require attention please make your way to them or if unable , contact a member of the team or a Marshall who will radio for assistance.

Security, Please be vigilant when leaving your belongings or your race bike around , the Events is held in a pubic Forest or private land.Both ourselves or the landowners will not be held responsible for items of theft or damage.

Further event info will be available on the Technical document page on this website  or you can check our Event page on our Facebook page as this will have regular updates.

Please like/share the Facebook page with other riders .

Force Majeure, Whilst every effort is made to bring you a quality event if directly or indirectly we are unable to fulfil our obligations in any way by either an act of God, strike , breakdown, trade dispute, strike, any Governmental or Political act, act of war or terrorism, acts of omissions a third party or for any other reason whatsoever beyond Gravity Events Up control then we shall not be held responsible or liable in anyway for any compensation, refund, re-imbursement or costs, transport or hotel in any matter .Refunds are available upto 14 days before online entries close and will incur a nominal £10 refund fee to cover admin/BC costs. No refund is available after this time. We are unable to transfer entries to another rider or event without a transfer fee of £10 being paid although this isn’t possible within the 14 days prior to an event being held. Refunds for National series is 28 days before entries close online. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that the Event is still proceeding before travelling, we will make every effort to make sure this is widely known as soon as any decision is made .

Should an event be cancelled we are unable to refund or part refund or provide a transfer of place to another event.

We will however provide any updates on our Facebook page as soon as possible .