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8 HOUR MTB RACE

17th SEPT 2022

OLD SCHOOL XC RACE

8 HOURS ON A TESTING LOOP

SOLO OR PAIRS

8 hour of old school cross country magic on the steep sides of the Wear valley.  Steep climbs, natural obstacles and technical sections all combine to make this a short but incredibly engaging lap.  It uses part of the Eastgate Enduro route so don’t be fooled into thinking this is all about being a slog fest over fields.  This event took place once before in truly biblical rain and the course stood up to prove itself weatherproof in all conditions.  There was nowhere to hide and you needed to be mentally strong to get through each lap.  Take it on solo or as a pair.

Eastgate 8
Eastgate 8
Eastgate 8
Next Race: 17th Sept 2022

Event Info

When

 

Saturday 17th Sept 2022. Race 8am til 4pm. You can arrive from 4pm Fri night if you would like to arrive in advance. For on the day arrivals we will open the gates form 5am.

 

Where

 

The event is based on the grounds of a private farm near Eastgate in County Durham.  It’s pretty easy to get to and ample parking will be available.

 

W3W for the entrance location: TBC

 

Google pinpoint for the entrance location: TBC

 

We will have markers out to guide you to the event HQ.

 

What are the distances?

 

There is a single 5 mile lap. You need to do as many as you can in 8 hours.

 

A link to the route will be added prior to the race but rest assured it will be sell sign posted and marked so there will be little need for gpx.

 

It’s a combination of steep climbs, grassy traverses and a sprinkling of technical riding. Marshals will be positioned all along the race route for the safety of the riders. Apart from the mandatory kit it’s entirely up to you what you take round with you.

 

Is the course marked?

 

The course will be fully marked and there is a gpx available should any signs go missing.

 

Closed Trails

 

This entire race is on private land so have no worries about bumping into other users like you would in a forest.  There is a pathway running across the route as a public right of way but it is rarely used.  Just be courteous and avoid any walkers.

 

How much?

 

The joy of having this on private ground s that it’s not subject to the massive forestry fees in operation at present.  We are able to push the price down to it’s lowest point whilst keeping the event to a standard for which we are known.

 

Solo £50

 

Pairs £40pp

 

Entry includes an event memento, safety team, marshals, sign posted route, comms cover, lots of prize categories for the race, buckets full of climbing.

 

Just to be clear and up front, we offer no refunds or deferrals after 14 days. If you can sell your place and update your entry details then feel free.

 

Refunds, Deferrals and Substitutes

 

We are very clear when you sign up – no refunds or deferrals. You are welcome to sell your place on if you can’t make it. You can also switch riders within a team. You can edit your own team by logging into sientries and making the changes yourself. If you get stuck with changes then get in touch.

 

Event Schedule

 

Fri:

Those people who wish to stay the night before can turn up from 4pm.

Sat:

05:00 – Barrier opens for competitors

06:00 – Registration opens in Event HQ

07:30 – Registration closes

7:45 – Safety briefing

08:00 – Start of Eastgate 8

Finish 8 hours later. Any laps completed after this point do not count.

 

One Vehicle Per Team

 

Space is not at such a premium at this location so if you wish to bring two vehicles then feel free.  Ideally you just bring one but the reality is that people will be travelling from different locations and need to meet in site – completely fine.

 

Parking

 

There is ample parking and is completely free.  Depending on how we set up the course you may be stuck on site for the duration of the event.  We WILL have the course running past or near to every vehicle on site so changeovers can be as seamless as possible.

 

Registration

 

Registration will take place at the event HQ which will be an event shelter. You’ll get your number, cable ties and timing chip.

 

Camping

 

Camping is available for those who wish to stay the night before.  A handy option for those travelling from distance and a n easy way to have a relaxed setup and gain an extra lie in before the race.  Completely free and at your own leisure, please just turn up after 4pm on the Friday.

 

Toilets

 

We will have toilets on site for you to use. Bringing your won supply of refrigerated toilet roll is always a wise move for when the bog roll runs out.

 

Catering

 

Please come self supplied with food as we will try our best to book some catering but our experience has been patchy on whether they actually turn up.

 

Water

 

There are no water supplies on site so please be prepared.  Bring enough to get you through the race.

 

Rubbish

 

Take your rubbish home with you. The last thing we want to do is take a van full of other peoples rubbish away with us.

 

Timing

 

Electronic timing will be used to gauge your position and all details will be available once they are posted online after the event. Due to it’s location we normally get good 4G signal and will be able to update results in real time. If you drop out of the event at any time after you have registered and collected your number, then you must go to the nearest checkpoint/marshal or Registration and let them know you are dropping out. Everyone needs to sign out whether you finished or not. Please hand in your timing chip or be charged for a replacement.

 

We have timing beacons placed at the outer reaches of the course to stop any shortcuts. If you do not pass through these beacons then your lap will not count. Please stick to the spirit of the race and follow the course as set out.

 

Transition

 

Teams need to ensure that two riders are not out on the course at the same time. Transition from one rider to another can be done within your own pit area when two riders are side by side. We have timing maps in and out of the lap so any anomalies will be checked. Any teams caught starting a new rider before the last rider is at the side will be disqualified.

 

Stopping at your Pit

 

You are welcome to stop at your own vehicle any time you wish to eat, drink, change clothes, fix your bike or whatever. The only rule is that you rejoin the course at the same place your left it. People may be tempted to jump a fence and skip part of the route but this will result in not passing a timing beacon and a lap not being registered. Stick to the course!!

 

Mandatory Kit

 

If you’ve entered an 8 hour race then you probably know what you’re doing.

 

Here is a list of kit you MUST have:

 

  • Helmet
  • Fully functioning bike

 

Here are some other suggested items:

 

  • Basic first aid kit.
  • Emergency whistle
  • Waterproof/Windproof jacket/gillet (can be one jacket)
  • Mobile phone. It will only work when high up but it can be a vital lifeline in an emergency.

 

Dropping Out

 

You can drop out any time you wish. You do not need to hand anything in but you are stuck on site until the race has finished. Our advice if you are struggling is to just take an extended break and see how you feel afterwards.

 

Medical

 

We will gave a medical team on site. If this team treat you then they need to fill out some paperwork so please allow them to do so. We strongly recommend that you follow their advice if it is given. If a rider is prone on the course then diversions may be put into place, the race may be paused or the race may be abandoned. The medical team may ask you to wear a face mask while close for treatment.

 

COVID

 

This is an outdoor event but please help with the reduction in transmission rates by keeping socially distanced where possible. There is no requirement to wear a facemask at this event.