Riding bikes is fun. Pedal Heads Inc want to share their passion for Mountain bikes with our local community, that's why we are hosting a Winter Race Series for all levels. Non Members are welcome.
We're hosting a series of four events, each held on one of our gravity trails, each testing your skills in a different way. You can practise as much as you like (in fact we encourage it!) and on race day you will have a two hour window to ride as often as you like in pursuit of your own personal best. We will celebrate the fastest person in each category of each race. The series winner will be the person with the best three results (which keeps you in contention if you miss one race) and we'll have some great prices in store.
The classic. Everyone's favourite. Same as last year we will start after the Icarus turn-off and finish before the Old Salty junction, just to make sure we don't get any traffic issues. Those familiar with our local trails know this section of the trail includes all the good bits, and best of all, it is all grippy black dirt. Push hard and pedal even harder to clear all the doubles and carry top speed through to the finish line.
Are you up to the challenge? Icarus is fast, loose, off-camber and wants to trow you off at every turn. It is also one of the most fun trails you could ask for. Get the lift up to Loila Tier, ride down the first part of Send Helen's and the climb a few meters to warm up your legs before you drop in. Make sure you have a look at the rock slab after berm 2 and check the entry to the S-curve around the tree a little further in. The final meters to the trail head will test your jumping skills, just next to the fire road, which should give spectators a chance to get a good look at some racing action.
If you are a fan of Enduro racing you'll love this one: Old Salty Dog is long, rough, gnarly and offers pretty much everything a great trail should have. It will also test your strength with a long climb out of the gully before you reach the comfort of the Trail Head and the shuttle. This trail will reward those who know how to be fast & smooth and have the fitness to push all the way to the finish line. If you haven't ridden the trail before we strongly suggest you do; it is rated 'Blue' but only until you pin it. Spectators can make their way up to Loila Tier and watch the riders make their way down the hill.
Mack10 is the newest of the St Helens gravity trail and a must-ride for those who like to save rubber by keeping the wheels off the ground. The trail is fast, flowy and there are more jumps that one could possibly hit in a single run. The main question will be: is it faster to fly or to stay on the ground? No doubt our Elite riders (and probably our super fast youth riders) will show us the right answer.
The trail also includes the iconic roll between two massive rocks (but not over!) and a huge rock-armoured berm. The start will be at the top from where Race 2 started, and the finish line will be where Mack10 joins Rock Lobster. This means the race will involve some climbing up from the Send Helen's Icarus turn off and a bit more on Rock Lobster down.
Please note that you need to have an MTBA or AusCycling RACE or DAY license - please check before you sign up. We're sure your bike is in great nick, with working brakes, no play in the bearings and plugged bar ends. Since we'll be racing on gravity trails we'll require you to bring your full face helmet (we accept models with removable chin bars). Juniors will be required to wear knee & long sleeves or elbow guards & full finger gloves but we hope everyone will be wearing those. Neck, back protection & body armour is recommended.
Keeping your entry simple
In the interest of fairness we will split the categories for the timing.
Pedal Head Club Members receive a member discount.
|Type||Pedal Heads members||Members of other clubs|
The above pricing is excluding shuttles.
Shuttles can be purchased on-the-day at a discounted rate through one of our sponsors Gravity Isle.
Want the convenience of a season pass? (please enter here for all 4 races to save)
|Race 1||12-Jun||Send Helens||09:00 -10:00||11:00-14:00||14:30|
|Race 3||7-Aug||Old Salty Dog||09:00-10:00||11:00-14:00||14:30|
Please make sure you attend the Rider's Briefing at 10:00 at the Rego Tent.
That's not a reason to stay at home! We need marshals to help keep our riders safe, and spectators who cheer them on. In any case bring something to make a lot of noise with!
A very special thanks to our supporters