2019 sees the introduction of a new cross country mountain bike series. For years High Fell Events has been putting on sportives and races which are primarily based around one thing: people riding their bikes and enjoying it. Now there is an extra dimension to add on to this core ethos. The Frontier XC Series strings together 4 events across the year:
- Kielder Chiller 24 – winter 24 hour madness
- Lewis Burn 8 – still cold with flat out racing
- Osprey 12 – half a day so a bit more pacing involved
- Kielder MTB Marathon – 100 mile race
To do well in this series you need to have a bit of everything.
Keep in mind that this is a first for us and we’ll be trialing the format and making any obvious adjustments next year.
There are two distinct overall categories:
- Points gained by any type (solo, pairs, quads). These ONLY count towards Any Type 1/2/3 Male or Any Type 1/2/3 Female and NOT the additional sub categories (V40, V60, SS etc)
- Solo only. Results count towards all categories.
I’ll start by explaining that all the prizes for the series are for individuals. However the individuals can choose to be in a team for some races and solo for others. There are no team categories in terms of the overall series but your results from any team races do count towards something.
The different series categories on offer are:
- Any Type Male 1/2/3 (points gained from either solo or team finishes)
- Any Type Female 1/2/3 (points gained from either solo or team finishes)
- Male 1/2/3, MV40 1/2/3, MV50 1/2/3, MV60 1/2/3, Fat 1/2/3, SS 1/2/3 (points gained from solo rides ONLY)
- Female 1/2/3, FV40 1/2/3, FV50 1/2/3, FV60 1/2/3, Fat 1/2/3, SS 1/2/3 (points gained from solo rides ONLY)
Within each of those categories there will be a differentiation between points gained by team (any type) and those gained solo. Hard to get your head round at the moment but it will make sense once we start.
You will get points as an individual regardless of whether you are solo or a team. The points available are:
These are applied to each category separately. Here are some examples to explain:
- The male pairs winners can get 100 points each towards the Any Type Male 1/2/3 category
- The solo FV40 may have finished 13th woman overall (48 points towards female category) but finished first FV40 and gets 100 points in that category.
- The mixed quad second place all get 90 points each towards the Any Type Male 1/2/3 or Any type Female 1/2/3 categories
Bonus points can be gained for:
- Fastest lap. + 25 points towards Any Type 1/2/3 series category
- Compete in all events. + 50 points. Added to your solo score but will count towards solo and Any Type category.
There are of course a host of prizes for each individual race. You can battle away for these. The series sits on top of all of these.
The presentation will take place several weeks after the final Kielder MTB Marathon event. Probably at partner cafe Pedaling Squares Cycling Cafe in Newcastle upon Tyne.