Harthill’s Hales Bike Park
Harthill has hosted European 4X and many national championship events and is a venue renowned for enabling great racing while also throwing up some shock results such as in 2011 when Luke Limbrick despite having never won a race before beat the countries best to a national championship title.
The track is sand based and races really well in all weather conditions its full of overtaking opportunities, big wide corners with multiple berms, multiple line choices and adjacent pro and novice jump sections give racers lots of attack and defensive choices, no race is certain with riders having to keep their guard up until the finish line. Bike choice varied across the board, many riders are now packing short travel trail bikes and there is a strong case to their speed in all areas.
Saturday – The bike park is open as normal and you must follow the local rules & fees.
The course will be marked out on Saturday normal day riding fee to pay to Harthill Adventure Park.
Sunday – Race Day
Registration 8.30am to 10.30am – on arrival throught your car window and then you will be directed to park.
09.30 Open practice on whole track.
10:30 Gate Practice Session 1 for Fun, Big Fun, Rippers, Juvenile, Youth, Master, Vets and Ladies only (Number Boards 251+)
11.00 Gate Practice Session 2 for Junior, Senior, Pro Elite only (Number boards 250 and below
During Gate practice sessions the lower half of the track is open to everyone as normal.
11.25 Rider List posted – you must check this list before the motos are drawn. Any mistakes cannot be rectified after the motos have been printed.
11.30 Course Closed.
11.00 Motos Posted
12.00 Riders meeting.
12.05 3 Motos
4.30pm Podiums Top 5 in each category
Entry procedure, distribution of identification numbers: The race is pre-entry only, Enter via the British Cycling website.
You do not need a race licence.
Race entry is £30.00 plus British Cycling booking fee.
Racer numbers will be available at Registration
Riders will be given one number board.
Rider Registration is open: Sunday 08:30 to 10:30
- Fun 13 to 16 Riders must be in the year of their 13th or 16th birthdays.
- Big Fun – Riders must be in there 17th year or older.
- Rippers Riders must be in the year of their 10th, 11th or 12th birthdays.
- 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 in the year of their 19th birthday then the Senior category is the appropriate aged based category.
- Master – For riders aged 30 to 39.
- Veteran – For riders aged 40+
Race Regulations: The event will run under BC and UCI Regulations and Penalties. Please make sure you aware of the rules. A course inspection will performed before the start of practice with the Chief BC Commissaire and any recommendations will be implemented.
The course will be covered by marshals. They will have red and yellow flags, radio communications and be briefed each morning.
British 4X rules incorporate those laid out in the current BC handbook.
We recommend that all riders and especially Juvenile and Youth age riders must wear the following body armour: Full Spine Elbow pads Knee pads.
Behavior – Anti-social behaviour, vandalsim, riding mini-bikes, motorbikes, driving recklessly at the event (Disqualified). Acts of violence, intimidation or vandalism will receive a lifetime ban. Under suspicion of theft, the police will be called and you will be detained until their arrival
Race Timing: Race Timing will be carried out by the British 4X Team, Results will be posted in the main arena on completion of each event and online by Monday 12:00 after the event. The riders will start from the 4 man start gate. The finish line officals will identify riders by there number board to capture the riders crossing the line.
Medical: Paramedic Medical Cover will be provided, both on course and from an identifiable Base Station in the event arena.
Illegal Drugs Policy:
We run a zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs. If we suspect you are in possession of or using illegal drugs we will ask you to leave the venue and the Police may well be called.
A rider seen/herd to be talking about taking out another rider will be disqualified from the race and will receive no refund.
Camping: Camping will be available onsite in a separate Camping area.
Pay onsite to Harthill Adventure Staff
PA System: A full Public Announcement Facility will be on site with announcements throughout the day. A Notice Board will also be on display in the Race Office/Rider Registration area for displaying information regarding the event.
Catering: There will be onsite Catering providing fresh hot and cold food and refreshments.
Toilets: This will also include men & women-only facilities. All will be serviced on Saturday evening and re-stocked throughout the weekend.