Summer Dirt Crits

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

Dirt Crits returns for 2021/22.

Junior Dirt Crits
Junior Dirt Crits podiums

Dates - Thursday evenings

2021

2022

ROUND 1 - 4/11/21(ITT)

ROUND 6 - 27/01/2022(ITT)

ROUND 2 - 11/11/21

ROUND 7 - 03/02/2022

ROUND 3 - 18/11/21

ROUND 8 - 10/02/2022

ROUND 4 - 25/11/21

ROUND 9 - 17/02/2022

ROUND 5 - 02/12/2021
(bonus points Xmas costumes)

ROUND 10 - 24/02/2022

Action on the track
Action on the track

Start time

Thursday evenings

Juniors/Parents/Beginners

MTBA DirtCubs ages 3-7; DirtMasters category ages 8-14.

Rego from 5:30pm with racing at 5:45pm. Race time is around 30 minutes. (For Round One please allow time for AusCycling registration if required).

DirtCubs and DirtMasters will race at the same time but on different courses with a common start/finish line.

Seniors

Seniors category will not be conducted in 2021/22.

Covid Safety

Dirt Crits will be run under a Covid Safe plan. Hand sanitiser will be available at registration. Families and spectators will be expected to use a QR code in check-in and to practice social distancing. If required, face masks must be worn by adults in attendance.

Location

For the 2021/22 series we will be racing at the White Hills circuit in Campbells Creek. This circuit provides suitably challenging loops for both the DirtCubs and DirtMasters categories. The common start/finish straight will provide passing zones to make sure younger and older riders can compete together.

For this series parking will be available just off Rowley Park Road. The trails are adjacent to the carpark..

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

White Hills circuit
Riders line up for the start
Riders line up for the start

The course

The course is approx 500m for DirtCubs and 1.4km for juniors 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.

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

  • Juniors - gold coin per round donation is appreciated

A valid AusCycling license is required. For Dirt Crits the Race Off Road category is recommended as this provides insurance cover for off road racing events. It's cheaper to become a Rocky Riders member than to buy event licenses. If you are brand new to mountain biking you can always sign up for an four week trial membership at no cost. Note that the trial membership is only available once.

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