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Thursday 12th September 2024

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Friday 17th May 2024 at 12:00
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£18 per pupil (incl vat)

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Morrison’s Academy , Comrie Croft MTB Centre and Scottish Cycling will be hosting the second edition of the Scottish Schools' Mountain Bike Championships. This will be a fully affiliated Scottish Cycling Event.

Date: Thursday 12 September 2024

Venue: Comrie Croft, Comrie, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ

Cost: £18 per pupil (incl vat). Schools will be invoiced for entries as at closing date of event. 

Race Format: The race will be a XC event and competitors will compete in 3 age categories. There will be both individual girls and boys events and a team events. 

PARTICIPATION

The organising team are hoping to increase participation from last years' event.  

Race Competitors: All competitors must be enrolled as a pupil in school at the time of racing and should be entered at the appropriate age group. Pupils should only be entered for one individual race category on the day. Schools may enter a maximum of 4 pupils per race category.

Entering an under-18 rider
The school representative needs to register and be logged in as themselves.

RACE CATEGORIES 

  • S1/2 Race: Pupils MUST either be in S1 or S2 and U14 on the day of the race.
  • S3/4 Race: Pupils MUST either be in S3 or S4 and U16 on the day of the race.
  • S5/6 Race: Pupils MUST either be in S5 or S6 and U18 on the day of the race.

Please Note:

Pupils who are in S3 but still U14 will race in S3/4 races.

Pupils who are in S5 but still U16 will race in S5/S6 races.

Team Events: All schools with sufficient riders will automatically be entered in the team competition.

  • Girls Team: The cumulative placings of the best placed 3 riders from the races across the age groups.
  • Boys Team: The cumulative placings of the best placed 3 riders from the races across the age groups.
  • Mixed Teams: The cumulative placings of the best placed 3 riders from across the age groups, teams must include at least 1 girl and 1 boy. 

In the event of a draw we will go to the fourth and fifth riders and then subsequent riders until we have a team winner.

Course Details: 

  • S1/2 - Riders will race for a maximum of 45 mins around a 3.4km course. 
  • S3/4 - Riders will race for a maximum of 45 mins around a 3.4km course.
  • S5/6 - Riders will race for a maximum of 60 mins around a 4.9km course.

S1/2 & S3/4 Course

S5/6 Course

Race Map

All category races will finish when the fastest rider crosses the line, slower riders will end their race at the end of the lap they are completing. 

How technical is the course: S1/2 and S3/4 races are on blue (moderate) trails. These can be ridden by any fit rider with intermediate skills on a mountain bike with front suspension. S5/6 will race on some additional red graded terrain, there are some rock and root features, but everything is rollable.

Feed Station: There is designated feed station on the race route and this will be clearly marked for all racers should they wish to use it during their race. 

Gridding: At the start of each race we will ask schools to put their most able riders to the front of the race, this will be explained at the briefings to staff. So knowing the ability of your riders is very helpful. Grid places will be pre-drawn by the race Director and called at the start of each race.

ON SITE FACILITIES

Comrie Croft Bikes For those new to Comrie Croft there is a bike shop on site and people will be available to help with minor repairs on the day or purchase any last minute items that have been left behind.

Bike Hire: Comrie Croft Bikes have mountain bikes available for hire onsite. Please book as early as possible here as bikes are unlikely to be bookable on the day. We don’t want economic circumstances to exclude anyone so please do contact andrew@comriecroft.com regarding anyone who may require free bike hire. 

Tea Garden Café: serving hot drinks and food. It will be busy so expect to queue. 

Water: Water refill stations will be signposted.

Registration: Registration will be clearly signposted. Please can all schools register on arrival. 

Rider Equipment:

  • A mountain bike in good working order. This is the responsibility of the entrant or supervising adult.
  • Comfortable short or long sleeve top
  • Close fitting shorts or trousers
  • Trainers with descent sole or MTB specific shoes.
  • Full finger gloves
  • Helmet - Pupils will not be permitted to race without a helmet.
  • Eye protection.
  • Additional warm layer
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers.

MTB is strenuous, it is important racers are hydrated and bring a full water bottle and a snack. Make sure racers have a good breakfast on the day and bring a packed lunch. Some food is available for purchase at Comrie Croft.

RACE DAY TIMINGS

TIME WHAT REMARKS 
09:00 Gates open  
09:00 Registration opens Pole barn
09:00 Marshal sign on & briefing Pole barn
09:30 Main briefing to all school representatives Pole barn
09:45 Marshals & medics in place  
10:00 Registration closes  
09:45 - 11:00 Course open for practice  
11:00 Gridding 1st round of races  
11:15

1st races start

  • S1/2 Boys
  • S1/2 Girls

1 min interval between races starting

12:30 all riders expected to have finished

12:30 - 13:00

Course open for practice

 

13:00 Gridding 2nd round of races  
13:15

2nd races start

  • S3/4 Boys
  • S3/4 Girls

 

1 min interval between races starting

14:30 all riders expected to have finished

14:30 Gridding 3rd round of races  
14:45

3rd races start

  • S5/6 Boys
  • S5/6 Girls

 

1 min interval between races starting

16:15 all riders expected to have finished

16:15 Prize giving  

 

SCHOOL STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • It is the responsibility of school staff to supervise their pupils
  • Get their riders to the start points on time
  • Attend the briefings to make sure you have all the information. 
  • All Schools are responsible to ensure that consent has been received from parents/carers for pupils to attend the event.

Parking: There is available parking free of charge for cars and minibuses. Coaches would be able to drop off and pick up with limited coach parking in Comrie (1 mile) or Crieff (4 miles). Please contact andrew@comriecroft.com  or cnicoll@morrisonsacademy.org if you intend to come by coach.

First Aid Cover: There will be on course first aid available to all competitors. Individual pupil medication and dietary requirements are the responsibility of the supervising staff on the day of the event. There will be a small holding area for any walking wounded at the bottom station. More serious injuries will be passed to the emergency services as per Comrie Croft's normal operating procedures.

Insurance: The event is a British Cycling registered event and will be run in partnership with Scottish Cycling. The event is insured through British Cycling and part of the entry fee is paid to British Cycling to cover this.

Risk assessment: Please read this and familiarise yourself with it.  We are happy for this to be shared with school leadership teams so that staff can coordinate getting pupils out of school.  SSMBC 2024 Risk Assessment 

Race Director and Commissaire (referee): Emily Greaves, from Comrie Croft is the race Director and Scottish Cycling will be providing the Commissaire. 

Accommodation: Comrie Croft currently has eco-lodge rooms and camping available for both the night before and after the event. Please contact andrew@comriecroft.com to enquire about a group booking or to book a single room or camping pitch book online here

Social Media and Press: There will be a number of regional and national press, media outlets including photographers and videographers at the event. If you have any pupils who are not allowed to be photographed or filmed then please indicate that to the registration team on the day and we will issue those pupils with a band for their wrists.  However, it is important to stress that some incidental photography or videography might take place and is unavoidable.

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Trash Free Trails: The event will be a Trash Free Trails Approved - Gold or Silver Standard Event, which means we are aiming for the highest sustainability standard. Please take home and recycle any litter you create on the day.  More information on that will be available at the event. 

We look forward to welcoming you all to Comrie Croft on Thursday the 12 September 2024.

 

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Comrie Croft, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ