Even if you have read our rules before, we hope you will remind yourself by taking another look. Beastway is run as simply as possible, but rules are needed to help create a good environment for all to enjoy the racing.
1. No license or affiliation to a governing body required- just turn up, pay your money and race. Seniors/Juniors from 7.30pm. Youths at 7.55pm approx.
2. Please arrive as early as possible and give yourself time to pre-ride the course.
Entry on the line only, sign on starts around 6pm. Entry closes at approx. 7.20pm.
3. Anyone who helps build the circuit from 3pm gets a free race.
4. Riders will not be allowed to ride outside their own age category.
5. All races finish at about 8.30pm, everyone finishes on the same lap as the winner (stop at flag). The lead Expert riders usually do 7 or 8 laps, the lead youth usually 3 or 4. The lap length is roughly 2.5 miles but there’s a different circuit every week.
6. The venue is the new purpose built Redbridge Cycle Centre, known also as Hog Hill, and has full facilities including showers and lockers - www.hoghill.co.uk
7. There are 11 events in all:
a. The first 10 form The Beastway Series, and your best 7 results from these count towards the championships.
b. The 11th race will be a team race and prize giving. All categories.
c. Riders must compete in at least 5 races to be eligible for a series prize.
8. The organisers try to get provisional results out on the night when we can. Full results are posted on the website usually the following morning.
9. The prize list is spread as far down the results as possible, and cash prizes are given out the following week. If you can’t get there every week, don’t worry – we’ll keep them for you when you can get there.
10. We have qualified first-aiders on site, though we hope you won’t need them.
11. There is also an excellent canteen.
12. Marshals – If you marshal an event, we will credit your score with an average of your other scores. Please make sure that you register with us to take advantage of this.
1. 7.30- Expert and Junior Men
2. 7.31 – Veteran and Grand Vet Men
3. 7.33 – Sport, Master and Singlespeed Men
4. 7.34 – All Women's categories (except U16s).
5. 7.35ish - Novice Men and Women.
6. 7.55ish - Youth A&B, Men & Women.
Youth B Born 1998-2000
Youth A Born 1996-97.
Juniors Born 1994-95
Sport Born 1983-93
Masters Born 1972-82
Veterans Born 1962-72
Grand Vets Born 1961 or earlier
Experts Born 1993 or earlier
Novice Born 1995 or earlier
Singlespeeds Born 1995 or earlier (and riding a singlespeed)
Please note: Riders may only ride within their own age category
Entry on the line
We don’t accept entries before race day. Sign on starts when we have finished building the course and once we get the computer hooked up. Anyone who helps us build the circuit gets a free race. We are usually very busy, so arrive as early as you can. If you arrive very early there is a good canteen. Entry closes at approx. 7.20pm.
We ring the bell to announce the last lap when the leader goes past the start/finish line as close to 8.15 as possible. All racers finish when the leader has completed the race – Stop when you see us waving the chequered flag.
We start with a whistle, a second blast of the whistle means that a restart is to be held – you must stop and reassemble on the line. Anyone who triggered the restart by starting before the whistle may be put to the back of the grid or given any other punishment we can think of.
Do not cut down numbers- we can't read them and you won't be scored etc.
When you first register we will give you a number, transponder and board which you keep for the series – remember to bring it each time you come – we will replace lost boards for a fee.
No license or affiliation to a governing body required – just turn up, pay your money, wear a crash helmet (hard shell) and ride a bike fitted with bar end plugs and two working brakes. We advise that you also wear gloves.
The course is designed for mountain bikes, though you can use other types provided they are safe.
Obey us and act cool
All riders must obey the instructions of the marshals.
We will not tolerate aggressive behaviour, acts of violence, racist or sexist remarks etc. We will disqualify.
Please try to keep your emotions in check – we know it can be very busy out there and it is frustrating when you are held up. Racing isn't just about speed, it's also about track craft – knowing when to overtake etc. Race rage can work against you. A polite but clear call to another rider works better than '**** out of the way' (I have not co-operated with riders who have been a pain).
We ask slower riders to keep a watch out for faster riders and to give way if practicable or safe. When overtaking say 'track – left' or right (I want to pass on your left/right) etc.
Any protest must be made to the organisers as early as practicable.
- We will not be held responsible for loss or damage to equipment.
- Keep your bike locked or bring a friend.
- We do not seed riders - slower or fun riders are asked to start in the rear.
- We reserve the right to change the rules at our whim.
- ..and you must enjoy it.