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Victorian Mountain Bike Championship Series Round 3 2018

Where- Beechworth Mountain Bike Park (cnr Greenwattle and Alma road)

When- Saturday October 27th

Enter online here or on the day

A BBQ will be run by the Beechworth Chain Gang and Coffee will be supplied be Blynzz and Bridge Road Brewers

Parking space is limited at the race site so if possible please ride out from your accommodation to avoid congestion.


Registration will be available at Bridge Road Brewers on Friday night and at the MTB Park on Saturday morning

The XCO Race format

XCO or Cross country Olympic Format is one of the most common disciplines of mountain biking. Cross country MTB became an Olympic sport in 1996 and is the only form of mountain biking practiced at the Olympics.The rules for cross country mountain biking for the Olympics are actually pretty simple. The race has a mass start, with all of the riders starting at the same time, and the riders then have to finish a set amount of laps around a course between 4km and 6km in length. The number of laps to be completed is dependant on the category entered.

The Series & How it Works
There are 8 rounds in this series and your best 5 results will be counted towards your series result.  Meaning if you miss a race or have a mechanical etc you still have a chance.


Elite Men & Women
Open Men & Women
Masters 1/2 Men & Women (30-39)
Masters 3/4 Men & Women (40-49)
Master 5/6 Men & Women (50-59)
Masters 7 Men & Women (60+)
U19 Men & Women
U17 Men & Women
U15 Men & Women
U13 Men & Women

The current standard XCO format uses a course between 4km and 6km in length. Depending on the category entered there will be a certain number of laps to be completed to create a race time within a given range.

Category Target race times (h:mm)

Elite Men & Women (1.30 – 1.45)
Open Men & Women (1.40 – 1.55)
Masters 1/2 Men & Women (1.15 – 1.30)
Masters 3/4 Men & Women (1.00 – 1.15)
Master 5/6 Men & Women (0.45 – 1.00)
Masters 7 Men & Women (0.45 – 1.00)
U19 Men & Women (1.00 – 1.15)
U17 Men & Women (0.45 – 1.00)
U15 Men & Women (0.30 – 0.45)
U13 Men & Women (0.30 – 0.45)

These are indicative times and the number of laps will be subject to change based on weather and course conditions.


Individual Race Entries are $50 per rider and $35 for Juniors (Under 17 and Below)

The Points
1st – 80, 2nd 65, 3rd 55, 4th 48, 5th 43, 6th 38, 7th 33, 8th 29, 9th 25, 10th 22, 11th 20, 12th 19, 13th 18, 14th 17, 15th 16 and 16th to last all get 15 points each.
Did not finish (DNF) will get 15 points
Did not start (DNS) will get 0

The Championship round will be for double points.

At each round: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in every category will be awarded a trophy.  Any on the day prizes is up to the individual event host.

For Series prizes there is a $6000 Falls Creek Resort prize pool which will be distributed across all categories with even amounts paid to each category (30% less for junior categories).  To be eligible for the series prize money you must compete in a minimum of 3 rounds.

Age Calculation for categories
Based on the MTBA rules for their National Series: The date on which the age of a rider is calculated is December 31 of the year the State Championships occurs during or concluding the series in which an event takes place. For the 2017 – 2018  Victorian MTB championship Series  this is December 31, 2018.

Race Start Times
At each round there will be 2 race start times.  The groups for these start times have been created to group riders who through MTBA recommendations are to compete for similar time lengths.  This also means that as a general rule faster riders are not sharing the course with more beginner slower riders which makes it more enjoyable for everybody.

Start Group 1 – 9:00am start time
1A – Under 17 Men, Masters 7+ Men
1B – Open Women, Masters 1/2 Women, Masters 3/4 Women, Masters 5/6 Women, Masters 7+ Women, Under 19 Women, Under 17 Women
1C – Under 15s Men / Women, Under 13 Men / Women
No new laps are allowed to be started by any categories in these groups after 1:30 of race time.  Any riders not allowed to go out will record a finish as +1 Lap or similar as their position in the race when they crossed the line the last time.

Start Group 2 – 10:45 Start Time
2A – Elite Men, Masters 1/2 Men, Under 19 Men
2B – Open Men, Elite Women
2C – Masters 3/4 Men, Masters 5/6 Men

No new laps are allowed to be started after the first elite rider has crossed the line to complete their race. Any riders not allowed to go out will record a finish as +1 Lap or similar as their position in the race when they crossed the line the last time.

The Course

Find a course map below or via the link. Be aware that some of the course (in brown) will be temporary linking trail or will be running in a backwards direction. Practice will not be available until the course is marked. The rest of the course (in red) can be ridden at anytime. Track runs in a clockwise direction. Course map here

Herald Sun Tour in Beechworth Feb 3




On Friday 3rd February the Jayco Herald-Sun Tour will finish in Beechworth. This is an amazing chance to come along and see the best cyclists in the world do their thing. The race will include Chris Froome (multiple winner of the Tour de France), Esteban Chaves (2nd Giro Italia) and Simon Gerrans (multiple stage winner in all grand tours) amongst others. The organisers have kindly offered to maintain the street closure and to cover the insurance for a series of community cycling races in Beechworth as part of the festivities. The Beechworth Chain gang will be hosting three races on the afternoon of the 3rd February and we would love to see everyone there. The race format will be a street criterium from the bakery to the Myrtleford Rd turnoff and back. Each race will run for a different number of laps of the course. It is designed to be a bit of fun so come along and get involved.

Following is the run sheet for the afternoon,

Friday 3rd February 2016

2:30pm Jayco Herald-Sun Tour Race Finish
3:00pm Local trader’s street market
3:15pm Junior Races
U8 (1 lap)
U10 (2 laps)
U15 (3 laps)
4:00pm Female (8 laps)
4:45pm Male (8 laps)

Depending on numbers we may run two categories in the adult races. A decision will be made on the day.

To register for this FREE event please enter via the attached link. A registration area will be set up on the day and everyone that is racing will need to sign in, and for the kids, a parent or guardian will be required to sign them in.

Register here

More information here-

Cycling Australia – She Rides Stage 2 – Mount Beauty to Beechworth February 3


Contact Clayton Neil at or 0417 116 571.





Trail conditions update – Beechworth MTB Park and Flametrees

Trail conditions update 2 October 2016

Beechworth MTB Park – open but USE CAUTION!

The park suffered some damage in the Six Hours in the Saddle event on 1 October 2016.  The park remains open for use, with most of the trails in reasonable condition, but there are some sections that are rutted, loose or eroded – so please USE CAUTION.  Please avoid Creekside and Secret Track (temporarily closed – return via Green loop).  Take caution on all other parts of the park as there are short sections that are damaged.  We’ll be organising repairs in the near future.

Flametrees – best avoided in the short term

Flametrees doesn’t drain as well as the park and is VERY WET.  There are also likely to be numbers of trees down.  Flametrees is best avoided in the short term.  Once the rain stops, and conditions improve we will assess condition and organise repairs.

RAMBO Beechworth 2016

Where- Beechworth Mountain Bike Park

When- Sunday August 7th

Rego- Online- or on the day from 8:30am

Course- Completely different course to what was used by WCC for round 3. Juniors course will be separate to the main course.

3hr kicks off at 10am

1.5hr and Juniors start at 11:30am


Category Race time Series cost Single race
Open Male, Open Female 3 hr enduro format $70 $25
Masters Male (40+) 3 hr enduro format $70 $25
Teams (all combinations) 3 hr enduro format $70 pp $25 pp
Sport Male 1.5 hr enduro format $70 $25
Sport Female 1.5 hr enduro format $70 $25
Juniors (under 15 for the series)(girls and boys) 1 hour race time $35 $10



Results- RAMBO Beechworth 2016,

Lap Times- RAMBO Beechwort 2016 Laps  *lap times for the first half of the 3hr race are inaccurate but number of laps and total time figures are correct.


RAMBO 2016 – Beechworth 3 July and 7 August

RAMBO – the Riverina and Alpine Mountain Bike Open – is an inter club race series, based on a 3 hour or 1.5 hour endurance format, held over the autumn and winter months.

Once again there will be 2 rounds of the series at Beechworth – the Wangaratta Cycling Club will run round 3 on 3 July, and the Beechworth Chain Gang will run round 5 on 7 August.  Dates for the entire series are shown on the flyer below.  We will post further details regarding the Beechworth rounds on this website closer to the dates.

RAMBO 2016 v2

New committee

We had our AGM on 14 September 2015.  Our President, Luc Plowman, and Treasurer, Shane Flint, stepped down from their positions after 4 years on the job.  Luc and Shane have been the backbone of the committee for the last few years and done a great job supporting the club and all that it does.

Clayton Neil was elected as our new President, and Jerun Terlaak was elected Treasurer.  Jo Hunt was also elected as a General Committee member.  Big thanks to Clayton, Jerun and Jo for putting up their hands to join the committee!  Ian Burns and Alastair Riddoch were re-elected as Secretary and Memberships office respectively.

RAMBO Round 4 – 2 August 2015 – Beechworth, Flame Trees

Where: Flame Trees, Diffey Road, Beechworth

When: Sunday 2 August 2015

Registration: Open from 8:30am

Start Times: 3hr starts at 10:00am, 1.5hr starts at 11:15am
Parking will be along Diffey Road as shown on the attached map. A designated drop off zone will be marked near the pit area so riders don’t need to carry gear from their car.
RAMBO website here:
Flame trees location map and site map showing carpark and event hub below:Location map
Site map