The Bike Vault/ Merida Dirt Crits

Mountain bike racing for all ages and abilities - selected Thursday evenings November-February. 10 races.

The 2019/2020 Dirt Crits series is proudly sponsored by The Bike Vault, Castlemaine and Merida Bikes Australia.

Junior Dirt Crits
Junior Dirt Crits startline action

Dates - Thursday evenings



ROUND 1 - 7/11/19(ITT)

ROUND 6 - 30/01/2020(ITT)

ROUND 2 - 14/11/19

ROUND 7 - 06/02/2020

ROUND 3 - 28/11/19

ROUND 8 - 13/02/2020

ROUND 4 - 5/12/19

ROUND 9 - 20/02/2020

ROUND 5 - 12/12/19

(bonus points Xmas costumes)

ROUND 10 - 27/02/2020

Action on the track
Action on the track

Start time

Thursday evenings


MTBA Dirtmaster membership category ages 3-12.

Rego from 5:30pm with racing at 5:45pm.

Junior riders can also compete in the seniors event.


Rego from 6:30pm with racing at 6:45pm.

All races are between 30 and 60 minutes.


For the 2019/20 series we will be moving back to the Baco Trails in the Walmer State Forest, with some of the favourite sections of singletrack on the southern side of the network. The layout of these trails provides a great course for junior riders on the short loop, while also offering plenty of challenges for senior riders on the long loop.

The trails are located off the Castlemaine - Muckleford Road; the start/finish line will be on Boundary Track - see map below.

We'll have signs out on the day to help you find your way.

Course map for 2019 season
Riders line up for the start
Riders line up for the start

The course

The course is approx 1.2km for juniors and 4kms for seniors and is beginner friendly.

If you have a well-serviced mountain bike, basic bike skills and basic fitness you'll be just fine.

Dirt Crits action
Dirt Crits action

Race format

Races will be 20 to 30 mins for juniors/parents/beginners, and 30 to 60 minutes for seniors.

The season will include two ITTs (Individual Time Trials) to seed riders for the handicap races in the series. The remaining 8 races in the series will be handicapped events.

Series points

Each rider is awarded 1 point for entering and 1 point for every rider that they finish ahead of. Eg. First place in a race of 20 riders will get 1 point for entering + 19 points for the 19 riders they finished ahead of.

DNFs get 1 point.

Your best 7 results (including up to 1 ITT) count towards your points tally, so if you can't get to every round you still have a chance of winning. The rider with the highest points tally wins.

You'll be given a race plate at your first race, and you'll need to bring them to each race. Forgetting race plates incurs a $10 penalty to go towards headache treatment for the timing team.

Entry fees

  • Seniors - $10 per race or $60 for the season
  • Juniors - gold coin per round donation is appreciated

A valid MTBA license or $33 Day license is required. It's usually cheaper to become a Rocky Riders member than to buy day licenses. If you are brand new to mountain biking you can always sign up for an eight week trial membership at no cost.

Email us if you'd like any advice about buying your MTBA licence.

Race cancellation and bulletins

Races will be cancelled on days of extreme fire danger/weather. Cancellations will be posted on Facebook by 4pm on race day.

Race images

Photographs are captured at many of the rounds of the series by our Communications Officer, Frank Forster. These images are available for viewing and downloading at the Club's FlickR account.