No more Forrest 6 Hour

The Forrest 6 Hour for 2017 was the last time WeRideBikes will run this event.

Thank you to everyone for your support over the years, we hope you've had fun.

Rider Information pack - 2017

 

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Congratulations and thanks for entering the 2017 Forrest 6 hour. 

Our little event has now been running for some years & as always we really appreciate your support.

We would encourage you to plan your trip for the whole weekend, so you can see what else the Otways has to offer. For further information on Forrest and surrounds visit www.rideforrest.com.au  Following is some important information you will need to know. Should you feel we have not provided you with all the answers then please contact us at: management@weridebikes.com.au

Event Details

Date: Saturday 6th May 2017

Race starts:

10hr - 6am - 4pm
6hr -   9:30am - 3:30pm
3hr -   12:30pm - 3:30pm

Venue: Yaugher MTB park Forrest (Click this link for location of event).

Getting to Forrest

From Melbourne head towards Geelong along the Princes Fwy. Take the Ring Road around Geelong, follow the signs towards Colac. Take the CAPE OTWAY Rd & head towards Moriac & follow the signs to APOLLO BAY.

Pass through Barwon Downs, then approximately 2.5k past Barwon Downs you will see the event centre on your right. The village of Forrest is a further 4.5k south.

From Apollo Bay: Head West away from Apollo Bay, and take the Colac sign at Skenes Creek. This road can be very challenging so please take care and drive slowly. Continue approximately 20k towards Forrest. Continue through Forrest heading North along the Birregurra-Forrest Road for approximately 4.5k, and look out for the Event Centre on your left. There is no fuel in or around the Forrest area. You will need to fuel up prior in Geelong, Winchelsea or Colac.

Parking

PARKING IS NOT PERMITTED ON THE BIRREGURRA - FORREST ROAD. IF YOU PARK ALONG THIS ROAD YOU WILL BE FINED. POLICE AND COUNCIL WILL PATROL THIS AREA.

There is plenty of car parking available, adjacent to the event centre. The area below pit lane.

The Entry is a few hundred metres after Seven Bridges Road - you will see the signs on the west side of the road.  This will be controlled by our volunteers, and you will be requested to offer a GOLD COIN donation per car. Your time and enjoyment in this area is greatly appreciated and the donation goes to good use for the Forrest MTB & Cycling Club Trail Fund.

The earlier you get to the event, the closer you will get to park to the transition area (Pit Lane).

In anticipation to any rain we might experience, the parking area has been graded and gravel placed.

There will be a walk from your car to the event centre. Therefore you are encouraged to bring a trolley.

Competitors starting in the 10hr will be given access to the pit straight from 4am but must have any vehicles vacated by 5:30am to allow for a clear 6am start for all riders.

Due to the introduction of the 10hr event, it is recommended that you arrive Friday night and set up your marquee etc...before checking into your accommodation and registering at the Brewery.
The Pit straight will be shut off to vehicle access on Saturday morning due to the 10hr race being underway at 6am.
There will be a drop off zone at the top of the pit straight on Centre Road, where you can unpack items before proceeding to park your car.

Parking during the event will be just a short walk from the event centre. All competitors are required to enter the parking area no later than 30 minutes prior to the event. Any vehicle after this time, will be directed to the overflow parking area, and will have to walk a further distance to the event centre.
Parking allocation will be on a first come first served basis.

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Schedule

Friday 5th May

  • From 3pm - Pit Lane open for Drop offs / Marquee Set ups
  • 6pm - 8pm - Rider Registration for both the 10hr, 3hr & 6 hour categories- Forrest Brewing Company, Grant St, Forrest.
  • ** Please assist us by registering Friday night if you are in town.
  • ** MTBA licence required to register or a day licence will need to be purchased

Saturday 6th May

  • 5am - 5:30am - 10hr late registrations only.
  • 5:45am - Rider briefing on start line
  • 6:00am - 10hr SOLO and Team riders start race.
  • 7.30am - 8.30am - Rider Registration for both the 3 and 6 Hour categories -Bottom of Pit Lane: At the timing tent.
  • Up until 8am - Cars parked and top of pit lane drop offs / Marquee set ups.
  • 9.00 am - 6 hour Rider Briefing - Pit Lane
  • 9.30 am - 6 Hour race start - Le Mans Start for both Teams and on bike start for Solo riders. Solos start first.
  • 10.30 am - Kids Race - Centre Road - At the Top of Pit Lane.(Register as soon as possible, races start at 11am)
  • 11:00 am - Late arrivals and on the day entry for 3 Hour Rider Registration - Bottom of Pit Lane - At the back of the timing tent.
  • 12.15 pm - 3 Hour Rider Briefing - Meet at the top of pit lane at Centre Rd.
  • 12.30 pm - 3 Hour Race Start - At the top of Pit Lane on Centre Road
  • 3.30 pm - 6 Hour and 3 Hour race finish.
  • 3:30 pm  - Course closed - No laps may be started after this time for all events
  • 4:00 pm - Finish of 10HR - Any laps recorded after this time will not be counted.
  • 4.20 pm - Presentations for 10hr 6hr & 3hr races.

Registration

All riders will be required to sign a waiver form prior to receiving their race number. Race numbers WILL NOT be given without your signature. You will also need to present a valid MTBA licence, otherwise, you will be required to purchase a $20 MTBA Day licence. Riders that have purchased an MTBA Day licence via our online system, will just need to sign the acceptance of the conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: Any rider changes or category changes will ONLY be accepted PRIOR to Friday 5th May 2017

The following times and locations will be where and when you can register.

  1. Friday 5th May 6pm - 8pm FORREST BREWERY - Grant Street Forrest

  2. Saturday 6th May
    5am - 5:30am 10hr late registrations only at race central.
    7.30am - 8.30am - Race Central, Centre Road Yaugher trails (Click here for map) (Bottom of Pit Lane at the timing tent)

  3. Saturday 6th May 11am - 12 noon - For 3 Hour event competitors -  Race Central, Centre Road Yaugher trails (Click here for map) (Bottom of Pit Lane at the timing tent)

Race Start Details

10 Hour Event - 6am start time.
Mass start for teams and solo riders on bike - no le mans start.
The first rider in each team, as well as solo riders, will be required to be on the start area no later than 5.45am.
Rider Briefing will be at the start line.  
Race start is 6am.
10 hr RIDERS doing laps from 6am until Sunrise (approx 7:30am) will require lights. Minimum 1 front light and a rear flasher.

6 Hour event  -9:30am start time.
The first rider in each team, as well as solo riders will be required to be on the start area no later than 9.00am. Rider Briefing will be at 9.00am at the start line.  
The first rider of each team will be required to run a short distance to start the race (Le Mans Start). 
Solo riders will start en masse on their bikes closer to the top of Pit Lane.

3 Hour Event - 12:30pm start time.
Rider Briefing will be held at approximately 12.15pm, the start will be at the top of Pit Lane on Centre Road at 12.30pm.

Race Finish Details

The course will be closed to start a new lap at 3:30pm. Meaning that you or your team will not be able to start a NEW lap after 3:30pm, this is for all Events (3hr, 6hr & 10hr)

10Hr riders please note. Any laps completed AFTER the 10 hours will NOT count towards your total. Meaning that you must be able to finish your last lap WITHIN the 10 hour limit. For example, if you are doing 45 minute laps and you finish your last lap at 3:25pm then you probably will not be able to complete it within 10 hours and hence you should not start.

Split Course Design

Our event uses a "split course" design. Solo riders (3hr, 6hr or 10hr) will follow signs that indicate the SOLO course, where Team riders (3hr, 6hr or 10hr) will follow the signs that indicate the TEAMS course.

Both courses share parts together, then at other times they split. Essentially you just need to follow the signs that indicate the event you have entered, regardless of length of event.

Accommodation

Forrest has a number of accommodation options. Most of these can be found at www.rideforrest.com.au

Free camping can be found at Lake Elizabeth, which is a 10 min drive from the race venue.  The Wonky Donkey Stables offers tent and caravan powered and unpowered sites as well as onsite cabins and safari tents. www.wonkystables.com.au  The event site is on a State Forest location.

Course Practice

The course will be open for practice on Friday from 3pm - 5pm, however, the course may not be fully marked.

Race Central - Pit Lane - Marquees

Riders will be allowed to erect their own Marquees/Tents in and around the Event Centre.

Event sponsors will be given priority for choice of locations.  We would request you please check with event staff prior to setting up your marquee.
Please observe sites that have been reserved / marked along Pit Lane

What to Bring.

The following items may make your day a little more enjoyable:

  • Marquee or Tent.

  • Chairs.

  • Water / Drinks… there is no running water at the event, limited water available.

  • Money for food (no eftpos)

  • Spares (tubes pump etc)

  • Eye protection (Grass trees are everywhere at Forrest and they can sometimes bite!)

  • Long Sleeves (see above)

  • Long Socks (see above and they look cool)

  • Long Fingered Gloves

  • Trolley for carrying your equipment from your car.

  • Good attitude, and a smile.

We would encourage you to stay in the local area overnight on Friday and Saturday and experience other things the Otways has to offer - see www.forrestvictoria.com for more details.

Team Transition

Teams will be required to "tag" their next rider within the PIT LANE Transition area. This area can be anywhere after the timing tent. Riders will be requested to NOT transition before the timing tent.
SOLO RIDERS, will be allowed to feed from their marquee or tent located within Pit Lane.

What you will find at the event.

Catering.

Coffee van

Lions Club - The Forrest Lions club will yet again be out in force with the huge catering tent.

Otway Golden Baked Potatoes

The Forrest Brewing Company (post event)

Please support these business' as they support our event.

Drinking Water.

There is NO running water at the event centre, we will have LIMITED drinking water available at the Race Centre. Please fill your bottles at home if possible.

First Aid.

First Aid will be provided by St John’s Ambulance. There will also be other marshal checkpoints out on course and communication will be on hand in case of emergency.

Mobile Phone Coverage

As many would know mobile phone coverage in The Otways, is patchy. However, due to the wonderful Telstra Next G network, NextG phones should work for most people all throughout Forrest. If you are on one of the other networks, you may discover there is limited coverage.  

Event Communication

We will be using our website and Facebook page as our primary point of communication.

Please check back regularly for any changes. You don’t need a Facebook account to be able to view the page.

Any more questions?

Should you have any further questions please direct all enquiries to management@weridebikes.com.au

Race Rules - PLEASE READ THIS

Your assistance in following any directions from either the Race Directors, course marshalls or Race officials is very much appreciated. Please read the following rules.

All riders must register in person with their MTBA licence and or a completed MTBA Day licence.

Riders must affix race numbers to the front of their bike as directed, race numbers may not be altered.

The wearing of Standards approved helmet is mandatory, by Victorian law, and it is a requirement that all riders wear a helmet at all times during the event, including warming up, and around transition pre and post the event.

Riders must obey the directions (written or verbal) of event organisers & marshals at all times.

Riders to obey Australian Road Rules during all stages on public roads as all roads are open to traffic at all times.

Attendance at race briefings is mandatory for all riders.

Riders must obey all course directions, and are responsible for following the designated course. It is expected that riders will follow the formed line of the trail even if the course is not bunted (eg. the lack of the presence of bunting will not imply a lack of necessity to follow the formed trail)

Failing to complete the whole course, taking shortcuts shall result in the rider being recorded as a DSQ. It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that the correct course is followed.

All riders must behave in a sporting manner. This includes not using abusive language or behaviour toward other riders and officials, and allowing faster riders to promptly overtake when safe to do so. All riders will be encouraged to report “poor form” and any such incident may result in a DSQ result for the offending rider.

Appeals must be lodged with the event Director within 15 minutes of the final times being posted for the event.

All riders must carry out what they carry in. Littering will result in expulsion from the event.

All bicycles are to be powered by human power alone.

If a rider withdraws for any reason, they must notify an official as soon as practical.

Riders pushing their bikes should give way at all times to those riding. They should attempt to walk on the least rideable portion of the trail.

Riders are only eligible for a place in the category they entered.

The event director has the right to call off the race either before or during for any reason relating to rider safety.

If the race is called off after it has begun, as soon as you have been notified by a race official you are responsible for getting yourself back to the Event start/finish, with the assistance of race officials.

This race information may change at any time.

Riders should render all possible assistance to any participant who is in distress or danger.

In the event of injury or accident, riders must stop to assist an injured rider, prevent others from entering the accident zone, and ask passing riders to inform a race official at the nearest check point notifying them of the incident.

If you stop to give assistance for a health or safety reason, a time adjustment will be made to your final time. Note that this does not apply if you stop to offer mechanical assistance.

There must be contact between riders when transitioning at the conclusion of laps, this will be via a touch of the hands.

These rules should be read in conjunction with standard MTBA rules.

3 Hour Competitors

We will have a 3 hour race midway during the normal 6 hour event.

Those participating in the 3 hour will follow the same courses as the 6 hour. So the 3 hour solo will follow the solo course and the teams will follow the teams course.

Riders in the 3 hour will be required to register along with all other competitors.
As a last option, registrations for 3 hour riders will be taken at 11am at the timing tent, to be ready for a rider briefing at 12pm for a 12:30pm start.

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Course Maps

Solo Course

Team Course