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British Cycling’s National Downhill Mountain Bike Series Presented by Shimano. Round 4 at Moelfre Hall on the 25th and 26th of June 2016.

Enter the 2016 BDS by clicking HERE.

Ranking of event: BC National Single Points.

Farmer Jaq’s
Moelfre Hall
SY10 7QJ
Just 15 minutes West of Oswestry near Llansilin.

Admission/Spectating Charge is £5 per person (Pre-Entered Riders do not have to pay this fee) and this includes free parking. You must leave site by 19:00 on the Sunday evening of the event.

Camping at Moelfre: £5.00 per pitch. You must leave site by 19:00 on the Sunday evening of the event.

The money raised from both camping and spectators will go towards the running of the event: Hire of fields, toilets, security, skip, litter pickers, additional marshals and the re-building of the 4x track and modifications to the downhill track.

Careful to choose the correct Moelfre, there are a few in Wales, the one you want is located near Oswestry. We advise you to input Llansilin in your TomTom.

The Moelfre venue will be well sign posted.
Aberdeen Distance: 407.6 miles / Time: 7 hours, 53 mins.
Birmingham: Distance: 73.1 miles / Time: 1 hour 52 mins.
Bristol Distance: 137.9 miles / Time: 3 hours 4 mins.
Edinburgh Distance: 276.2 miles / Time: 5 hours 22 mins.
Glasgow Distance: 274.2 miles / Time: 5 hours 1 min.
Liverpool Distance: 58.8 miles / Time: 1 hour 32 mins.
London Distance: 190.2 miles / Time: 3 hours 52 mins.
Sheffield Distance: 113.3 miles / Time: 2 hours 39 mins.

“Moelfre from the A5 Oswestry Junction take the B4579/Shrewsbury Road towards Oswestry. Come off the B4579 by taking the left fork onto Victoria Road, across the cross roads/traffic lights onto Upper Brook Street. Carry straight on the B4580/Trefonen Road by the Old Race Course. Go through LLawnt, through Rhydycroesau and then into Llansilin. The road curves left (there is a phone box on the right hand side). After 50 yards turn the first right by the 4×4 garage and then first right again, signposted Moelfre. Head up and follow the road to the left, after a mile and almost at the bottom of the dip turn right. Follow the road up for one mile taking caution through the narrow lanes and twisty corners and the race venue will greet you on the right hand side.”

Nearest Train Station to Moelfre: Gobowen Railway Station in Oswestry Shropshire. SY11 3JS. Telephone 0845 606 1660.

Nearest Ferry Port to Moelfre: The Port of Holyhead, Salt Island,Gwynedd, North Wales. LL65 1DR.

Nearest Airport to Moelfre: Birmingham International BHX. Birmingham Airport is just off Junction 6 of the M42 and is linked into central Birmingham by the A45. If you are using a sat-nav system, the postcode of the airport is B26 3QJ.

Second option for Moelfre; John Lennon Liverpool Airport.
Oglet Lane, Merseyside, Liverpool L24 1YD.

Security at Moelfre: Will be onsite both Friday and Saturday night of the event. You are advised to lock away all of your possessions.


The Course: Moelfre is a natural and fast rolling course that is open to the elements with only one tree at the bottom to avoid! The switchbacks will be in the course along with the fast rolling middle section that runs parallel to the road. The end of the 4x track will again be utilised.

Start Line Grid Reference: SJ 18367 29407

Finish Line Grid Reference: SJ 18991 28397

Length – 2.32km
Start altitude – 499 m
Finish altitude – 221 m
Vertical descent – 278 m
Fastest time – 2:25 minutes
Course rating (1-5 with 5 being very technical): Rating 3.

Course Map

Event Village Map

Mobile phone signal is generally good at Moelfre.

Medical: Remote Medical Services will provide full medical cover both on course (In a 4×4 vehicle) and from an identifiable Base Station with an ambulance in the event arena. Five medical personnel will be in attendance (One Paramedic and four EMT’s), located at the fire roads and the finish arena.

Security at Moelfre: Will be onsite both Friday and Saturday night of the event. You are advised to lock away all of your possessions.

Public Announcements at Moelfre: A PA system will be on site with announcements throughout the day. Andew Cooper, the voice of the BDS will be on hand all weekend. A Notice Board will also be on display in the Race Office/Rider Registration area for displaying information regarding the event.

Catering at Moelfre: Onsite Catering providing fresh hot and cold food and refreshments from:
Friday 18:00 to 21:00
Saturday 07:070 to 21:00
Sunday 07:00 to 18:00

Toilets: 10x Mobile Toilets will be provided along with a covered Urinal as well as women-only facilities. All will be serviced on Saturday evening and re-stocked throughout the weekend.

Skips: One 20 yard skip will be onsite. This is for rubbish items used at the event. Anyone arriving onsite and dumping in the skip will be withdrawn from the event and invoiced accordingly. Please ensure all BBQ’s are cold before disposing of in the specific BBQ bin. A fire will result in you being invoiced in full for any damage.

Nearest Hospital: Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury. SY3 8XQ.

Nearest Police Station: Shrewsbury Police Station, Clive Road, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, SY2 5RW.
Public Service Counter opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 17:00.
Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00.
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10am to 4pm

Nearest Showers to Moelfre: Oswestry Leisure Centre. Shrewsbury Road, Oswestry, Shropshire. SY11 4QB
Friday 06:30 to 20:00.
Saturday and Sunday 09:00 to 18:00.

Drinking Water: Water is available onsite, we advise you to sterilise the water before consuming.

Bike Wash: A bike wash is available onsite courtesy of Kingud.

Organisation: BDS Events. British Cycling Club Registration Number 11280.
Event Director: Simon Paton
British Cycling Licence Number 405398.
Email: si@pinkbike.com
Mobile: 07968 229 359.

Commercial Manager: Krien Dawson.

Course Manager: Edd Wright.

Logistics Manager: Tony Standish.
Head Marshal: Paul Tunnell.
Race Registration/Start Line: Anne Brewin.
Photographer: Yasmeen Green.
Videographers: TJ Smith.

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Event Schedule:

13:00 Venue open for team pits, parking and camping.
16:00 Commissaire course walk. We reserve the right to change the course at any time through the event.

18:00 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.
15:00 to 21:00 Race registration, please bring your valid BC/UCI Race Licence.

07:00 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.
07:00 to 11:00 Race registration, please bring your valid BC/UCI Race Licence.
09.00 Uplift opens and all riders must have their transponders fitted to use the uplift.
09:30 Open practice for all Juvenile Men, Youth Men, Senior Men, Master Men, Veteran Men, Grand Veteran Men, Junior Men and Women.

10:30 Open practice for all.

16:59 Course closed for all Juvenile Men, Youth Men, Senior Men, Master Men, Veteran Men, Grand Veteran Men, Junior Women and Women.

17:00 Course open for Expert Men and Elite Men and Elite Women Only.
17:30 Last uplift.
18:00 Course Closed.
18:05 Riders meeting.
18:30 Course open for on foot inspection only. No transport to the top is provided or permitted.

08:00 Uplift opens and all riders must have their transponders fitted to use the uplift.
08:30 Open Practice for all.
10:30 Last Uplift Leaves.
10:31 First Uplift for Racing.

10:45 to 11:00 Elite Men’s Practice only.
11:00 Course Closed.
11:15 Seeding Run followed by one timed Race Run.
17:30 Podium for top five in each category.



  • 6.00pm to 8:00pm         Registration
  • 7.00pm to 9:00pm         Practice
  •  1.00pm to 3:00pm     Registration
  •  2.00pm to 5.00pm     Open Practice
  • 4.00pm to 4.30pm      Gate Practice (numbers 250+)
  • 4.30pm to 5.00pm      Gate Practice (numbers 1 to 249)
  • 5.00pm to 5.30pm      Practice Full Track
  • 5.35pm to 5.45pm       Qualifications Senior Men & Women
  • 6.00pm to 7.30pm      3 Motos Rippers, Juvenile, Youth, Junior, Master, Vets & Women
  • 7.45pm                           Semi finals and finals for all categories
  • 8.15pm                           Finals All
  • 9.15pm                           Podiums
  • 9.30pm                          Party!


Event Entry: The race is pre-entry only via the British Cycling Website.
Race entry is £95.00 and you will need 150 British Cycling points from your 2015 season to enter on January 2nd 2016. Then is spaces are available those with 50 British Cycling points or more can enter on February 2nd 2016 at 18:00.

Racer numbers for riders that have not already competed in the series will be available at the race office where all riders must sign on and present their valid National Federations race licence and membership. Failure to do so will result in a £10.00 fine payable to British Cycling. Once paid, the rider can then complete registration and compete in the event.

Riders will be given one front number board for the series. It is your responsibility to look after the number board. A lost front number board will mean an immediate £5.00 cash charge for a replacement. The same £5.00 fee applies if you modify your front number board and it needs replacing.
The front number board must be displayed on the front of your bike at all times whilst on track. The number boards remain the property of BDS Events until the end of your race season. Please note no deposit is required.

Note: For series overall positions, five out of six rounds count, including seeding points.

Rider Registration opens: Friday from 18:00 to 20:00 and Saturday 08:00 to 11:00.

Note: For series overall positions, five out of six rounds count, including seeding points.

Race Categories and running order for both seeding and race run. Race numbers shown in brackets:

Juvenile Men – DMR 13-14 years (900-925)
Youth Men – Super Alloy Springs 15-16 years (800-899)
Grand Veteran Men – Kore 50 and over (780-799)
Veteran Men – Dainese 40-49 years (700-774)
Master Men – NS Bikes 30-39 years (600-699)

Junior Women – Rachel Atherton 13-18 years (130-149)

Women – Uberbike 13 and over (160-199)
Junior Men – Spank 17-18 years (500-599)
Senior Men – PRO Tharsis 19-29 years (300-399)
Expert Men – X-Fusion 19 and over (200-299)

Elite Women – Schwalbe Tires 19 and over (100-125)
Elite Men – Schwalbe Tires 19 and over (1-99)

Juvenile – Riders must be in the year of their 13th or 14th birthday.
Youth – Riders in the year of their 15th or 16th birthdays.
Junior – Riders in the year of their 17th or 18th birthdays.
Senior – Riders in the year of their 19th birthday then the Senior category is the appropriate aged based category. See below for how riders can attain Expert or Elite status.
Master – For riders aged 30 to 39.
Veteran – For riders aged 40 to 49.
Grand Veteran – For riders aged over 50



Prize Money: All prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser to the riders by bank transfer. You will be contacted within 48 hours of the event with a request for your bank details and will then be paid within 48 hours. Please note there is no series overall prize money.

Elite Men and Women: 1st £300.00, 2nd £200.00 and 3rd £100.00.

For each remaining race category the top five will be invited onto the podium and will win a voucher to cash in at the end of the series after the last round. The race organiser will e-mail each winner directly within a week of the final event stating exactly how much you have won and put you in touch directly with your category sponsor to claim your prize. If you have won for example £100.00 worth of vouchers you can purchase a £120.00 item and pay the difference yourself. If you purchase an item worth £90.00, you can not be refunded the difference.
You must claim your prizes by 18:00 GMT on 31st October 2016 or you will loose your prize.

Prize breakdown for each category*.
£100.00 for 1st place.
£80.00 for 2nd place.
£60.00 for 3rd place.
£40.00 for 4th place.
£20.00 for 5th place.

*This excludes the Elite Male and Female categories. The Grand Veterans will receive vouchers for the top three at each round (£75, £50, £25) and for the top three overall (£100, £75, £50). The Junior Women will receive vouchers for the top three at each round (£100, £60, £40) and for the top three overall (A prize money can’t buy).

Magura Fastest Time of the Day £100.00. The rider who records the fastest time of the day in their race run. In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest race time in seeding will be declared the winner. Prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser.

The Mud Hugger Biggest Winning Margin £100.00. The rider who beats the rest of the field in their category during their race run by the biggest winning margin (There must be 10 or more in the category). In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest race time will be declared the winner. Prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser. #Mudhugger @Themudhugger

PRO Tharsis Fastest Speed Through the Speed Trap £100.00. The rider who records the fastest speed of the day in their race run. In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest overall race time will be declared the winner. Prize money will be paid directly by the race organiser.  #PROtharsistrail @PRObikegear

Ride Portugal the official riding holiday partner of the BDS. A fully inclusive holiday providing flights, accommodation and two square meals a day to one lucky category winner at each round of the BDS; Round 1 Women, Round 2 Senior, Round 3 Master, Round 4 Veteran, Round 5 Grand Veteran, Round 6 Expert.

POV Cam Footage:  This will be made available for all to view by being posted on line through all the various media channels.

Podium: The award ceremony will take place five minutes after the last rider has completed their race run. The podium will be located in the finish arena.

Instant Pop Up Shelters are kindly supplied by Surf & Turf who are supporting the BDS with Instant Pop Up Shelters at every round.

Uplift Procedure: Tractors and Trailers will be used to transport riders and bikes up the hill. Riders will be separated from their bikes. We will provide an uplift marshal at the pickup point. We aim to lift at least 200 riders per hour. The uplift route at no time crosses the race track.

Race Timing: Sports Timing Systems the UK distributor for Tag Heuer. Results will be posted in the main arena on completion of each event and online by Sunday 21:00. Wireless or hard wired communications will be used. The riders will start from a covered area and will cross a laser beam to start the timing. The finish line will use laser beams again to capture the rider crossing the finish line. A large T.V screen will show the results live at the finish line. Live split timing will be provided. Provisional results from each category will be printed and displayed within five minutes of the category finishing.

Race Regulations: The event will run under BC Regulations and Penalties. Please make sure you aware of the additional BDS Rules:


Refunds, Transfers and Cancellation of the Event:
If you wish to cancel a booking please note the following cancellation conditions:
29+ days notice: Entry fee minus a £15.00 administration charge per round cancelled. Refunds will be credited to your bank account. Please contact the Event Director stating which round you want to be withdrawn from and what category you are in. Also your bank account sort code and account number to si@pinkbike.com.
28 days or less, no refund.
Transfer requests with 29 days notice are applicable for any remaining events in the BDS series that year.
Transfer requests 28 days or less notice are not applicable.
Please note you can not swap your entry with another rider.
The race weekend starts from 16:00 on Friday (Course open for inspection) therefore the time scales above mean all e-mails must be received by our deadline which is 4 weeks before the 16:00 on the Friday of the race weekend.
The above policies are not dependant on circumstances and are final. Please email si@pinkbike.com please note we will not deal with any cancellations over the phone, by text or Facebook. Inform us of your full name, category racing and which rounds of the BDS we are dealing with.

Force Majeure: If the BDS is prevented (directly or indirectly) from performing any of its obligations under the entry agreement by reasons of act of God, strikes, trade disputes, breakdowns, government or political action, interruption of transport, acts of war or terrorism, acts of omissions by a third party for any other reasons whatsoever outside of the BDS control, then the BDS will be under no liability whatsoever to you and may as its option, cancel the event.
If a BDS event is cancelled we will not be liable for costs of travel fares, hotels, or any other expenses that may be incurred.

It is your responsibility to ensure the race is going ahead before travelling. We will do our best to inform you if the race has to be cancelled but we do not accept liability if we are unable to contact you. We strongly advise that you check before making travel and accommodation arrangements.

If the event is cancelled we are unable to refund or part refund any entry fee, we are also unable to transfer your entry to another event.

Please follow the British Downhill Series on Facebook to ensure you are kept up to date.

Media Manager: Our Media Manager will manage the media and provide all our sponsors and media with photographs from the weekend.

Officials: British Cycling Commissaires:

Chief Commissaire – Adrian Walls.

Asistant Commissaires: Alastair Mackinlay, Phil Pollard and Ian Fennell .

4x – Tony Williams.

Course Marshals: 21x marshals will be in place on course both Saturday and Sunday. Each marshal will be easily identifiable by wearing a high visibility vest. Marshals will also be supplied with a working two way radio, a whistle, a red and yellow flag and refreshments. We aim to ensure all our marshals are aged 21 or over and fit and able.

The marshal briefing will be carried out by the or BDS Team and Chief Commissaire at 08:00 on the Saturday morning at the registration tent and then on Sunday morning at 07:30.

Insurance Document: British Cycling have issued the insurance document and this has been forwarded to all Commissaires and and will be on display at race registration.

Course Map: Will be presented to the Commissaires, Medics and Head Marshal on the Friday evening of the event. The map will also be displayed at race registration.


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