Canberra Off-Road Cyclists
2023 CORC XC#4 Sparrow Hill

Sun, 13 Aug 2023
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This is the fourth round of the 2023 CORC XC club season, we are back after a long winter break. There are 5 rounds planned for 2023, in addition to the ACT Championships later in the year. These are fun races open to riders of a wide range of abilities. For XC racing some courses will be harder than others, and to make this clearer to everybody we have a grading system. Easy, for the flatter, less technical trails (think Sparrow hill), medium for courses that have more climbing and technical features (think some of heartbreaker and little seymour) and hard for courses that are, how do we say this, just hard…

This year we have decided to simplify things by going back to Grades rather than age categories. We believe this will provide better racing by grouping riders of similar abilities together, irrespective of age. The concept is simple, and largely based on self selection, with a few rules:

  • To avoid juniors racing excessive lengths we have implemented minimum age limits to some categories.
  • Pick your category based on your speed and endurance. We will try to aim for the target race times below, but may adjust lap numbers based on the course.
  • Don't race up a grade to try to get a longer race. The intent of these races are to be shorter cross country races, not marathon races. Once the leader in each category crosses the finish line all riders can complete the lap they are on, but not start a new lap.
  • Sometimes it's not easy to know which category to choose. Don't stress it if you get it wrong, you can always change category for the next race. If you race up or down on purpose we may kindly bump you up or down:)
Category Target Race Duration (First Rider) Typical Lap Numbers Limitations
A Grade Men 1:15-1:30 5 U17 & older only
A Grade Women 1:10-1:20 4 U17 & older only
B Grade Men 1:10-1:20 4 U15 & older only
B Grade Women 1:00-1:10 3 U15 & older only
C Grade Men 1:00-1:10 3 U15 & older only
C Grade Women 0:40-0:50 2 U13 & older only
D Grade Men 0:40-0:50 2 U13 & older only
D Grade Women 0:20-0:30 1
E Grade Men 0:20-0:30 1


Sparrow Hill.

The course rating for this event is easy. Course map is below, strava link is here CORC XC 2020


Time Activity
9am Registration starts
Course opens for practice
9.50am (approximately) Race Briefing
10am Racing starts
11.45am approx finish time

Event Updates

The event may be cancelled in the event of smoke, heavy rain or inclement weather. Please check CORC's website or facebook page for updates. If the event is cancelled all online entries will be refunded.

Race Fees XC

Race number deposit: $10 cash on the day. If you area CORC member and a regular racer you can keep the plate for the season, but let us know in the remarks section when entering.

Entry Type Online Entry On the day entry (cash)
Senior CORC members: $20 per race. NA.
Senior Non CORC members: $25 per race. NA.
Junior (under 17) CORC members : $15 per race. NA.
Junior (under 17) Non CORC members: $19 per race. NA.

All participants must have a valid Auscycling Race license. This includes all juniors. The Auscyclinc license ensures all riders are covered for personal accident and public liability insurance . Auscycling does have a 4 week free trial for those that have not had a license in the last 3 years. Details of the Auscycling free four week trial can be found here

COVID-19 Notice

We are taking COVID-19 restrictions seriously.
By entering this event, you agree to the following:

  • you will not attend if you have flu-like symptoms within 14 days of the event
  • you will social distance and observe COVID hygiene practices
  • you will follow all safety guidelines and directions of the event promoter

Race Results

All races are timed using the clubs electronic timing system and the results can be found by using this link

Race rules

  • Have FUN!
  • Self seed and be honest.
  • Be courteous at all times – there are other riders on track doing their best, it is only a club race so please be patient when behind slower riders. For example call out “track when convenient”or “rider” when approaching. Wait until they respond with “on my left” or “on my right” before overtaking, once you have overtaken say “Thank you!”
  • Reports of bad etiquette, abuse, pushing riders out of the way will be dealt with by the parties involved and the Race Commissaire – we will not tolerate bad behavior at club races. Guilty offenders will be disqualified from the race and serve a 2 race ban.
  • Please follow the course, we do our best to mark the course with bunting and arrows. Please take great care with arrows as some of the race tracks have trail arrows and not CORC arrows. Do not take short cuts or stray from the single track or fire trail. If you see a rider cutting the course, please let the Race Director know and the rider will be disqualified from the race.

Other Race Day information

  • If for any reason you withdraw from a race, please tell the Race Director
  • Don’t leave rubbish out on the track. Pick up your rubbish such as gel wrappers and drink bottles
  • If you see an injured rider please stop to help them, we can adjust your lap times to make up for any lost time
  • Riders need a current license (or proof of renewal) to race. MTBA race licenses only. Licences may be checked at any time so to make sure you can race, BRING your licence (physical or digital version) with you to every race.


CORC is run by volunteers and many hands make light work. If you can help with any of the below please contact the XC team via e-mail

Some of the duties you can assist with are:

  • Course setting/pack down
  • Rego/Timing area setup and pack down
  • Competitor registration
  • Starting races and timekeeping
  • Course Marshal

Thank you to all volunteers who have helped with the running of events over the last few seasons, your support is greatly appreciated.

Entry prices

Online pricing:

Regular entry
Member entry
Junior entry
Junior member
Volunteer entry

All online prices include credit card fees.

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