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Chicks In The Sticks 2024

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Karingal Scout Camp
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Chicks In The Sticks 2024

Sunday 18th August | Karingal Scout Camp, Mt Cotton, Redland City


RATS Cycling Club presents Chicks in the Sticks – a three-hour cross country mountain bike event.

Chicks in the Sticks is a women’s only race suitable for both beginner and experienced riders - junior and senior. With a range of categories to choose from, to suit your riding experience and ability, there is something for everyone. 2024 will feature two loops - green and blue - rejoining to ride together through event village and over the timing mats.

Licence: AusCycling RACING membership WILL BE required, and must be shown on the day or purchased on the day if you enter here without it. A four-week free trial can be accessed at: https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership/other/free-trial ; alternatively, to cover you for more races, access a 12-month 'race off-road' or 'race all discipline' membership at https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership ; or choose an event day licence at: https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership/other/event-licences.

We will not be stocking t-shirts for this year's event. Prior years have encountered issues with the product used, so we're setting them aside to come back next year with a brand new product.

Camping is available at Karingal Scout Camp for two nights (Friday and Saturday) for $20 a night per site. Spots will be available at race base, with two portaloos, or dotted around the camp grounds nearer to other amenity blocks with toilets and showers. Spots will not be allocated, but on a first come, first set up basis.



Chicken Run: Regular on the racing scene, with a solid level of fitness and skill (A grade - blue-level loop).

Free Range: Confident riders who have done a few races, with an intermediate level of fitness and skill (B grade - blue-level loop).

Have a Crack: Newly-hatched MTB riders, looking for a no-pressure and supportive race experience. You want to challenge yourself to enter, participate and do your best (C grade - green-level loop).

Queens of the Coop: A race experience for riders aged 50 years and over. (Blue-level loop. If you prefer to ride the green-level loop, please enter the Have a Crack category)

Battery Hens: A category for more experienced e-bike riders. (Blue-level loop)

Electric A-Peel: Our new category, in celebration of CITS Founding Member Cathy Peel, for less experienced e-bike riders. (Green-level loop)

Clipped Wings: The race for the single-speeders. (Blue-level loop)


(Enter separately and please ensure both parties use exactly the same team name)

Hard-Boiled Double Yolkers: Teams of two, with racing experience and good fitness. Tag-team on the blue-level loop.

Soft-Boiled Double Yolkers: Teams of two. Too shy to do it alone or concerned about your fitness? Bring a friend and do a tag-team around the green-level loop. (Age 15+)


Junior Double Yolkers: Teams of two between the ages of 11 and 14 years. Race the FULL green-level loop with the ladies for the shorter time of two hours. Ride tag team laps as for the Double Yolkers.

Chick-A-Dees: 30-minute race on a shorter course for riders between the ages of 12 and 15 years. (Adjusted course incorporating part of the green-level single trails)

Chicken Nuggets: 20-minute race on the shorter Little Chicks course, for riders between the ages of 5 and 11 years. (Adjusted course incorporating part of the green-level single trails and looping the event village)

NOTES on Little Chicks

Please don't enter Chick-a-Dees if you can ride for an hour - leave it for the new riders. Please consider having those riders join a friend and enter the Junior Double Yolkers, or Soft-Boiled Double Yolkers, depending on age.

Post on the CITS Facebook page - and RATS Cycling Club - if you need to find a new friend to ride with in a team. Once you've made contact and decided to join together, choose a team name and enter separately using that name.

Pricing Summary

  • Solo categories: $80 early bird ($90 regular)
  • Hard-Boiled and Soft-Boiled Double Yolkers: $50 each for early bird ($60 regular)
  • Junior Double Yolkers: $40 each for early bird ($50 regular)
  • Chick-A-Dees & Chicken Nuggets: $30 for early bird ($40 regular)


7AM Registration opens
8AM Chicken Nuggets Race (5-11 years solo): 20 min race
8.30AM Chick-A-Dees Race (12-16 years solo): 30 min race
9.30AM Junior presentations
9.50AM SENIOR RACE BRIEFING – All riders must attend
* 1st wave – Chicken Run, Hard Boiled Double Yolkers
* 2nd wave – Free Range, Queens of the Coop, Battery Hens, Clipped Wings
* 3rd wave – Have a Crack, Electric A-Peel, Soft Boiled Double Yolkers and Junior Double Yolkers
MIDDAY Course closed to new laps for Junior Double Yolkers
1PM Course closed to new laps

Event Rules & COVID Safe Plan

Document Link
Event Technical Guide TBA
COVID-Safe Plan click here
AusCycling Technical Regulations Click here


Online entries are required. There will be NO ON THE DAY ENTRY.

Event Cancellations

Riders will receive 100% refund if the event is cancelled.

We will do our best to communicate our intentions early if the event is at risk of not proceeding.

Need to talk to someone?

email: cits@ratscc.com.au
website: http://www.ratscc.com.au/chicks-in-the-sticks/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RATSCyclingClub/
phone: Race Director (Pat Janes) 0438 826 420

Entry prices

Online pricing:

Solo Categories
Regular Teams (per rider)
Junior Teams (per rider)
Junior Short Course (5-16)

A payment card fee may apply (calculated at checkout).

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