4X National Championships 2016 – Molfre

Moelfre National Champs 2016

Farmer Jaq’s
Moelfre Hall
SY10 7QJ
Just 15 minutes West of Oswestry near Llansilin.


Si Paton live streaming the podiums during The Schwalbe British 4X National Championship at Moelfre Hall, Moelfre, United Kingdom. 11July,2015 Photo: Charles Robertson

4x National Championships Podiums. Photo: Charles Robertson

4x National Championships Course.

The Moelfre 4x National Championships track will be extended and re-designed by Scott Beaumont and built by Mark Sleigh.

Start Line Grid Reference: SJ 19078 28779

Finish Line Grid Reference: SJ 18991 28397

Length – 0.8km
Fastest time – 60 seconds.
Course rating (1-5 with 5 being very technical): Rating 5.

Course Map tbc

Event Village Map


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  • 16:00 to 22:00         Registration.
  • 18:00 to 21:00         Practice full track. Gate practice


  •  08:00 to 12:00            Registration.
  •  14:00 to 16:00             Open Practice.
  • 16:00 to 16:30              Gate Practice (numbers 250+).
  • 16:30 to 17:00              Gate Practice (numbers 1 to 249).
  • 17:30 to 17.45              Qualifications Senior Men & Women.
  • 18:00 to 19:30          3 Motos Rippers, Juvenile, Youth, Junior, Master, Vets &                                            Women.
  • 19:45                            Semi finals and finals for all categories.
  • 20:15                            Finals All.
  • 20:30                           Podiums.


Event Entry: The race is pre-entry only via the British Cycling Website for the 4x National Championships.
Race entry is £30.00. The closing date is Monday the 6th of June at 18:00.

Riders will be given one front number board for the event. It is your responsibility to look after the number board. A lost front number board will mean an immediate £5.00 cash charge for a replacement. The same £5.00 fee applies if you modify your front number board and it needs replacing.
The front number board must be displayed on the front of your bike at all times whilst on track. The number boards remain the property of BDS Events until the end of the event. Please note no deposit is required.

Race Categories:

Juvenile – Riders must be in the year of their 13th or 14th birthday.

Youth – Riders in the year of their 15th or 16th birthdays.
Junior – Riders in the year of their 17th or 18th birthdays.
Senior – Riders aged 19-29.
Master – For riders aged 30 to 39.
Veteran – For riders aged 40 to 49.
Grand Veteran – For riders aged over 50

4x National Championships Podium

POV Cam Footage:  This will be made available for all to view by being posted on line through all the various media channels.

Podium: The award ceremony will take place five minutes after the last rider has completed their race run. The podium will be located in the finish arena.

Instant Pop Up Shelters are kindly supplied by Surf & Turf who are supporting the BDS with Instant Pop Up Shelters at every round.

Uplift Procedure: Tractors and Trailers will be used to transport riders and bikes up the hill. Riders will be separated from their bikes. We will provide an uplift marshal at the pickup point. We aim to lift at least 200 riders per hour. The uplift route at no time crosses the race track.

Additionally each championship rider (Senior Women and Men) once their category has finished racing will automatically have their seeding and race results text directly to their mobile phone.

Mobile phone signal is generally good.

Medical: Remote Medical Services will provide full medical cover both on course (In a 4×4 vehicle) and from an identifiable Base Station with an ambulance in the event arena. Five medical personnel will be in attendance (One Paramedic and four EMT’s) and located by the top of the switch backs and in the finish arena.

Camping: £5.00 per pitch is payable by everyone who is staying overnight. Camping will be available onsite in the large grassed field. You must leave site by 19:00 on the Sunday evening of the event.

Security: Will be onsite both Friday and Saturday night of the event. You are advised to lock away all of your possessions at the 4x National Championships.

Public Announcements: A PA system will be on site with announcements throughout the day. Toby Parodi, the voice of the BDS will be on hand all weekend. A Notice Board will also be on display in the Race Office/Rider Registration area for displaying information regarding the event.

Catering: Onsite Catering providing fresh hot and cold food and refreshments from:
Friday 18:00 to 21:00
Saturday 07:070 to 21:00
Sunday 07:00 to 18:00

Toilets: 12x Mobile Toilets will be provided along with a covered Urinal as well as women-only facilities. All will be serviced on Saturday evening and re-stocked throughout the weekend.

Skips: One 20 yard skip will be onsite. This is for rubbish items used at the event. Anyone arriving onsite and dumping in the skip will be withdrawn from the event and invoiced accordingly. Please ensure all BBQ’s are cold before disposing of in the specific BBQ bin. A fire will result in you being invoiced in full for any damage.

Nearest Hospital: Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury. SY3 8XQ.

Nearest Police Station: Shrewsbury Police Station, Clive Road, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, SY2 5RW.
Public Service Counter opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10am to 4pm

Nearest Showers: Oswestry Leisure Centre. Shrewsbury Road, Oswestry, Shropshire. SY11 4QB
Friday 06:30 to 20:00
Saturday and Sunday 09:00 to 18:00

Drinking Water: Water is available onsite, we advise you to sterilise the water before consuming.

Bike Wash: A bike wash is available onsite courtesy of Kingud.

Organisation: BDS Events. British Cycling Club Registration Number 11280.
Event Director: Simon Paton
British Cycling Licence Number 405398.
Email: si@pinkbike.com
Mobile: 07968 229 359.
Commercial Manager: Krien Dawson.
Event Village Manager: Tony Standish.
Head Marshal: Paul Tunnell.
Race Registration/Start Line: Anne Brewin.
Track Maintenance: Edd Wright.
Photographer: Yasmen Green, The Hills Are Alive.
Videographers: tbc

Careful to choose the correct Moelfre for the 4x National Championships, there are a few in Wales, the one you want is located near Oswestry. We advise you to input Llansilin in your TomTom.

The venue for the 4x National Championships will be well sign posted.
Aberdeen Distance: 407.6 miles / Time: 7 hours, 53 mins.
Birmingham: Distance: 73.1 miles / Time: 1 hour 52 mins.
Bristol Distance: 137.9 miles / Time: 3 hours 4 mins.
Edinburgh Distance: 276.2 miles / Time: 5 hours 22 mins.
Glasgow Distance: 274.2 miles / Time: 5 hours 1 min.
Liverpool Distance: 58.8 miles / Time: 1 hour 32 mins.
London Distance: 190.2 miles / Time: 3 hours 52 mins.
Sheffield Distance: 113.3 miles / Time: 2 hours 39 mins.

“From the A5 Oswestry Junction take the B4579/Shrewsbury Road towards Oswestry. Come off the B4579 by taking the left fork onto Victoria Road, across the cross roads/traffic lights onto Upper Brook Street. Carry straight on the B4580/Trefonen Road by the Old Race Course. Go through Llawnt, through Rhydycroesau and then into Llansilin. The road curves left (there is a phone box on the right hand side). After 50 yards turn the first right by the 4×4 garage and then first right again, signposted Moelfre. Head up and follow the road to the left, after a mile and almost at the bottom of the dip turn right. Follow the road up for one mile taking caution through the narrow lanes and twisty corners and the race venue will greet you on the right hand side.”

Nearest Train Station: Gobowen Railway Station in Oswestry Shropshire. SY11 3JS. Telephone 0845 606 1660.

Nearest Ferry Port: The Port of Holyhead, Salt Island,Gwynedd, North Wales. LL65 1DR.

Nearest Airport: Birmingham International BHX. Birmingham Airport is just off Junction 6 of the M42 and is linked into central Birmingham by the A45. If you are using a sat-nav system, the postcode of the airport is B26 3QJ.

Second option; John Lennon Liverpool Airport.
Oglet Lane, Merseyside, Liverpool L24 1YD.

Security: Will be onsite both Friday and Saturday night of the 4x National Championships event. You are advised to lock away all of your possessions.

Race Regulations: The event will run under British Cycling Regulations  and Penalties. Please make sure you aware of the additional BDS Rules for the 4x National Championships.

Refunds, Transfers and Cancellation of the Event:
If you wish to cancel a booking please note the following cancellation conditions:
29+ days notice: Entry fee minus a £15.00 administration charge.. Refunds will be credited to your bank account. Please contact the Event Director stating which round you want to be withdrawn from and what category you are in. Also your bank account sort code and account number to si@pinkbike.com.
28 days or less, no refund.
Transfer requests with 29 days notice are applicable for any remaining events in the BDS series that year.
Transfer requests 28 days or less notice are not applicable.
Please note you can not swap your entry with another rider.
The race weekend starts from 16:00 on Friday (Course open for inspection) therefore the time scales above mean all e-mails must be received by our deadline which is 4 weeks before the 16:00 on the Friday of the race weekend.
The above policies are not dependant on circumstances and are final. Please email si@pinkbike.com please note we will not deal with any cancellations over the phone, by text or Facebook. Inform us of your full name, category racing and which rounds of the BDS we are dealing with.

Force Majeure: If the BDS is prevented (directly or indirectly) from performing any of its obligations under the entry agreement by reasons of act of God, strikes, trade disputes, breakdowns, government or political action, interruption of transport, acts of war or terrorism, acts of omissions by a third party for any other reasons whatsoever outside of the BDS control, then the BDS will be under no liability whatsoever to you and may as its option, cancel the event.
If a BDS event is cancelled we will not be liable for costs of travel fares, hotels, or any other expenses that may be incurred.

It is your responsibility to ensure the race is going ahead before travelling. We will do our best to inform you if the race has to be cancelled but we do not accept liability if we are unable to contact you. We strongly advise that you check before making travel and accommodation arrangements.

If the event is cancelled we are unable to refund or part refund any entry fee, we are also unable to transfer your entry to another event.

Please follow the British Downhill Series on Facebook to ensure you are kept up to date.

Media Manager: Our Media Manager will manage the media and provide all our sponsors and media with photographs from the weekend.

Officials: British Cycling Commissaires:

Course Marshals: 4x marshals will be in place on course both Friday and Saturday. Each marshal will be easily identifiable by wearing a high visibility vest. Marshals will also be supplied with a working two way radio, a whistle, a red and yellow flag and refreshments. We aim to ensure all our marshals are aged 21 or over and fit and able.

The marshal briefing will be carried out by the or BDS Team and Chief Commissaire at 08:00 on the Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon at the registration tent.

Insurance Document: British Cycling have issued the insurance document for the 4x National Championships and this has been forwarded to all Commissaires and and will be on display at race registration.

Course Map: Will be presented to the Commissaires, Medics and Head Marshal on the Friday evening of the event. The map will also be displayed at race registration.

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