The Kellevie 6 Hour explained
MTB endurance racing at its funnest and finest! Get your mates together and get entered!
To help you get your 6 hour plan squared away we have put together the following information for competitors. Please take the time to read the following info so you can have a great race.
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The simple version :
The Kellevie MTB Park 6 hour is a fun and social event based on people requesting some more endurance racing over summer. The Kellevie MTB Park.
You can race solo, in pairs or in a team. Transition, race village, parking, camping, coffee and food vendor are all in the one convenient area.
The race format is simple: you ride as many laps as you can within a 6 hour time period. Pairs and teams ride in a relay changing at the race village transition area.
Hosted at the beautiful Kellevie race village, with a mix of old school and new school trail, the event focus is on a fun and social atmosphere with fun machine and hand built trails for you to have a blast with your mates.
In response to peoples request for budget racing we will be running basic event services (no showers). There will be a food vendor, coffee, toilets and live chip timing on race day. If you are camping you will need to bring all your camping needs and be fully self sufficient on the Saturday. You can donate to the trail fund if you are camping or you can book a glamping tent for the weekend by contacting the Mtn Trails team
If you don't want to camp and you are staying in the area there are lots of cool accommodation options including budget and boutique.
The 6 Hour fully dissected.
Solo categories are:
Team categories are:
Schools teams of 4 (under 17)
3/4 person M/F/Mix
Schools teams of 4 (under 17) $200.00
Team of 3 $225.00
Team of 4 $300.00
Getting to the event
Race information and rules
The important stuff.
Yep I know the rules and info can be really boring, but we ask that you please read as the information is here to make your life easier.
2020 Full race briefing can be found here
There are changes from previous events and information around the start, transition, registration and other mysterious things - see below.
Race Directors tips
1. Read this information.
2. If you are new to solo racing, or longer events, pace yourself, either someone is fitter than you or they aren’t. If they are you won’t catch them anyway, if they aren’t you will get ‘em when they are walking. Ride your own race.
3. Remember it is a fun and social event.
4. The following spares are worth having, joining link and chain breaker, tubes, derailleur hanger, chain lube if it’s dry, chain lube if it’s wet.
5. Check your bike during the week before, not the morning before.
6. Get there and get your reg pack early -The reg team are also the timing team and will be doing other things at 9:00 am so if you aren’t signed in by 9:00 am you will be a DNS.
Will be regularly updated and displayed in the race village area.
You will be sent a link to live online results prior to the race. Results Link here
Friday 7th March 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Registration at
Sunday 8th March 7:00 am - 9:00 am - Registration at the race village
Sunday 8th March 9:30 am - Race Briefing
Sunday 8th March 10:00 am - Race Start
Sunday 8th March 4:00 pm - 6 Hour race finish
Sunday 8th March 5:30 pm - Presentations Kellevie MTB Park 6 hour
Due to space limitations car parking will be limited in the race village area. There will be one car per team allowed in the race village camping area. All other vehicles will need to be parked in the day parking areas. If you have a camper-van or caravan you may also park in the camping area, please be considerate of others. There will be marshals stationed at key points to guide you. Parking attendants will be in place from 8 am-10:am on Sunday to ensure that parking is orderly and cars are not parked in access lanes. Please obey directions from these attendants. Do not leave valuables in sight and ensure that your vehicle is locked and secured. The race organisers are not held liable for any damage or stolen property. Remember if you are driving on the property at night do not use high-beam and adhere to the speed limit signage. If you have an urgent need to leave and your vehicle and you are in the camping area you can only do so with the direction of event staff.
If you think you will need to leave before the conclusion of the event you need to park in the day parking area. The day parking area is set up so people can leave without interfering with the main transition and improve safety for campers, and for contractors that come and go throughout the event. Usually everyone uses common sense and the day parking works well. To leave there will be one course crossing, riders have right of way and you will need to obey all direction of signage and staff.
Fire-bins may be placed around the village depending on the conditions. NO other fires are to be lit by competitors. Sealed gas heaters (the big "mushroom" style) are allowed in all campsite areas, as well as cooking stoves etc. However if there is high fire danger any direction from Tas Fire Service or race management must be adhered to.
We ask that you guys keep the village and camping zones clean and take rubbish with you. Please take the time to remove your rubbish. Dumping of carb/gel packs on the trackside as opposed to tucking them in your attire somewhere will be frowned upon.
I have been really impressed by the way people at our events have managed themselves so I feel like people reading this will already be on the same page.
To be clear this one is pretty simple:
Bought it in with you - take it out with you. Littering intentionally leads to disqualification.
Drinking water will be available from tanks within the race village.
There will be a food van providing hot food and coffee during the event on race day.
Pets are not permitted within any part of the property. There is no exception. It is not that we don’t like them we don’t want them running under bike wheels.
The event is family friendly, however, we insist that kids be kept out of transition area and off the course for their own safety. Kids must be supervised at all times. It is not that we don’t like them, they are very good for making merchandise, cleaning chimneys and trail work, we just want to make sure every one is safe and sound.
On course mechanical and assistance
if you encounter a mechanical issue you must proceed along the course back to the race village with your bike and go through the timing station if completing your lap. Riders can assist each other on course, but outside assistance is not permitted. You must be able to either repair your bike on course without assistance or be able to make your way back to the race village via the course to complete your lap.
All podium places receive a trophy. The event is a family and social event and there may or may not be cash prizes for solos depending on sponsorship for the event.
Only one person per team needs to register- that person can pick up the entry pack for their team. Teams and solos can register on any of the following times:·Saturday 9th of March Jettech Event Village 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Sunday 10th at the Jettech Event Village 7:00 am - 9.00 am. At registration competitors will receive an entry pack containing race numbers.
Specific junior waivers can be downloaded here and will also be sent out in competitor info email and need to be completed and returned at registration.
Your safety driving home
After the race you will be tired, perhaps like you have walked on a lake with shoes made of bread (perhaps not), you are welcome to camp the Sunday night and rest before any long journey home.
The race start will be a rolling fire road loop to spread everyone out before the single track. At 9:50 am on Sunday one rider from each team and solos will proceed to the start area and can be accompanied by a teammate or helper. The start is designed to open up the field before the single track. SOLO RIDERS will line up with the rest of the field. The start field will go on a 500-meter (approx.) fire ride loop and then start the course. Any one missing the start will have to wait until the field has completed the fire road start loop, then await permission to start from race officials. The start line order will be self-seeded.
Lap Times and Transition
The riders and teams with the most laps win. For riders and teams on the same number of laps, the fastest time wins (least amount of time to complete the same number of laps). You or someone from your team must be riding on the course at the 6 hour mark to qualify for a placing. For example If you finish a lap with a race time of 5:59:00 your team will need to complete another lap. To avoid this you will need to hang around before the timing station and cross after the 6 hours is completed if you don't want have to complete another lap. Riders and teams can take a break at any time throughout the event and your lap time is measured from when your previous team rider finishes a lap until you complete the next lap. The transition area will be after the timing station. You will be given a number plate with a timing chip and live preliminary results will be available for people watching the race online if WIFI allows. We will have a manual backup so if a timer asks for a number the rider must stop and respond appropriately.
The transition is a rolling transition after the timing station where you MUST tag your riding partner.
SOLOS do not have to dismount but must proceed through on the right hand side of the transition area.
Attaching Your Bike Number Plate
Attach your bike number to the front of your bike using at least 3 ties, securely fastening it to the handle bar and ensuring that it can be easily seen from the front. Remember - if we can't see your number, your lap times may not be captured if the electronic timing system goes poo poo.
Minimum Equipment on the Track
Each rider must have the following equipment whilst on the course:· Serviceable mountain bike and Australian Standards certified cycling helmet,· A full water bottle or hydration pack,· Tool kit with spare tube and basic tools . YOUR BIKE MUST TURN UP AT THE EVENT CLEAN AND HAVE BAR END CAPS FITTED. You may be taken of the start line by scrutineers if you turn up with a crusty rig with no bar end caps.
Course Etiquette and Passing Rules
Following are a few tips on the course:· A rider walking their bike must give way to a rider who is riding. The rider being overtaken has right-of-way until the overtaking rider is past and clear by a bike length.· If you want to pass the rider in front on single track, call out "TRACK".· When the rider in front feels it is safe to pass, they will pull over to one side and call "PASS". They may also call out "ON MY LEFT / ON MY RIGHT".· Let the rider in front know what you are doing by calling "ON YOUR LEFT / ON YOUR RIGHT". If there is more than one rider passing, let the rider in front know by calling "TWO COMING THROUGH".· If you do not make this call, the rider in front will assume you have decided not to pass and will return to the centre of the track.· There are several small sleeper bridges and ramps on the course, some of them over water. Overtaking is not allowed on any of these. There are also areas marked with skull and cross bones to indicate danger, extra care must be applied to consider the safety and comfort of other riders during these sections. The same care must be taken with track sections marked with two down arrows to indicate an approaching technical section. ·Solo riders will be wearing a number plate identifying them as solo nutters please give these mad persons respect on the track and a bit of encouragement.
On Course Emergency Procedures
There will be a team of marshals riding during the event If they request you slow down or divert please follow their requests. There are sections on the track where assistance from first aid may take time to reach. If you find an injured rider stay with them and send the next person for help. Any person rendering assistance will be given corrected time based on their average lap times (excluding their assistance lap) .·
There will also be marshal points on the track where you can report issues to marshals who will be in communication with race management.
As a philosophical point it is worth remembering although we are racing on a sheep station, we are not racing for one! So be aware that passing involving contact or abuse may result in disqualification. The Kellevie 6 hour is a place to foster good karma. The event provides an atmosphere for a fun social event whilst at the same time finding our own personal hell! How good is that! We thank you for involvement, and to help us make the event a success we ask that you help us by being patient and supporting race officials.
The course is designed to suit the skill levels of anyone who rides regularly. 10.5kms in length it's fun and predominantly single track with new sections for the event. The riding terrain varies from closed in river forest trails, open paddock sections, a couple of fire road sections for passing and refuelling. The race village accommodates transition and the half way point in the course so camping and feed access points for solos are plenty. Everything is nestled together for racing and having great time at the village.
Registration cancellation policy:
What happens if you choose to withdraw from the event after you enter?Although the registration terms and conditions state:“9. My registration is not transferable to other people without the express permission of the race organisers. If I am unable to compete my fee is not refundable.” We think that is no that life gets tricky sometimes. We try and make it as fair as possible and want to support those who can’t make it due to health or other critical circumstances. Below is our policy.
1. Registration cancellation prior to entry closing date:
A: A 5% fee is charged to cover our transaction fees with online registration and payment merchants
B: Or you can onsell and transfer your entry to another participant and seek reimbursement from them.
C: A carry forward of paid entries as entry credit to our future events. Valid for 2 years
2. Registration cancellation post entry closing date:
A: 40% fee withheld to cover ordering, consumables and merchant fees
B: Or you can on-sell and transfer your entry to another participant and seek reimbursement from them.
C:A carry forward of paid entries as entry credit to our future events on provision of a doctors certificate less fee of 30% to cover ordering, consumables and merchant fees. Valid for 2 years
3. Registration cancellation 15 days or under prior to the event we offer no refund but we do offer:
A: A carry forward of paid entries as entry credit to our future events on provision of a doctors certificate less 40% to cover ordering, consumables and merchant fees . Valid for 2 years
B: Or you can onsell and transfer your entry to another participant and seek reimbursement from them. We require confirmation of your replacement’s intention to enter no later than 5 days prior to the event date.
Q. Will you accept entries on the day?
A. We need to cater for entrants, organise trophies, number plates, poo poo houses (I physically wretch when I type or say the word toilets), poo poo paper (same deal) etc based on the number of entrants so once entries close that is it.No on the day entries.
Q. Can I bring my dog/camel/eel/wolverine? The dog is really well behaved/ I know the landowner/ dog has supernatural powers/ it's a customs dog/ I am an Eel farmer/ my dog has a hippy name/ it's a misunderstood breed.....
A. No pets at all please. We are dog lovers, but don't love dogs in transition and on race courses. I have heard it all before that answer has always been the same. sorry but no. Your dog may have written novels on human kindness, won a Nobel Peace Prize, be able to drive a manual (even my dog can drive an automatic), been friends with Warhol in the 60's or any other such mystical status however we will be unwavering.
Q. Are entries capped
A. Due to COVID-19 entries are capped at 250
Q. "I'm new to riding how hard will it be?"
A. We have plenty of options for people based on their fitness and riding experience. The course is designed for endurance events and is not overly technical, or involve a lot of climbing. In saying that it is still a mtb course and it is still challenging.
If you you have little experience, enter a solo category with no training, your bike will end up on gumtree. It is all about correct preparatio