Cross Country Races

Cross Country Races are a lot of fun.  Riders begin each race with e Le Mans start (riders have to run to an

unstarted bike, start it and take off).

They then race their way through a 10 to 12km mix of winding, tight bush areas and long open straights to

the chequered flag finish.

Riders will typically complete 3 to 4 races in a day.

​Riders who don't want to compete are also welcome and the course makes for an interesting trail ride.

(Please note that Trail Class is not available at every event. Please check the relevant event pages 

for further details).

​Format for the Day
 

Registration

You will have pre-entered online so all you need to bring with you to registration is a copy of your entry

receipt, your ORCWA Club Membership card and your Motorcycling Australia Licence (if you have one). If you need a One Event Licence then bring Mum or Dad because they will need to sign it for you.

The Registration crew will make sure you have entered the correct class and issue you with a stick-on number for your bike.

Machine Examination

Once you have stuck your number on your bike, head to machine examination. You will need to bring your helmet with you.

Obviously you have already prepared your bike during the week so it is ready to race.

As soon as your bike is examined, get dressed so you are ready to ride!

Riders' Meeting

The Riders' Meeting will explain how the race will be run. It is compulsory for all riders to attend the Riders' Meeting and it is very important that parents attend as well.

Distance

Each race is one lap.  Distances are approximately

14-18km for:

  • 125/250cc

  • 85/150cc

  • Girls 12 years and over

8-12km for:

  • 80/160cc

  • 65cc

  • Trail

2-4km for:

  • Div 1 50cc
     

Non-Competitive Trail Riders will ride the same track. The distance will vary depending on bike capacity and riding ability.
 

Practice/Sighting Lap

The 'sighting' lap gives you the opportunity to ride on the track before you race it.  The idea is to look carefully at the track as you ride it so you will be familiar with it once the race starts.

All riders will be led around the course by an Adult Lead Rider. No riders are to overtake the lead rider on the sighting lap. This lap is not part of the race so take it easy and get a good feel for the corners and the terrain.

Start

Le Mans style start – run to your bike, start it, and go!

You will need a parent or helper to hold your bike for you at the start. Riders are made to run a short distance of around 20 meters (being in full riding gear makes this harder than it appears). Having the “knack” of starting your bike helps as well.

As the race is over such a long distance, it is not that important to be the first rider into the first corner.

Racing

You'll get to do at least three races on the day. If there's enough time we can sometimes run a 4th race. You will be advised of this during the day.

Riders will start in their bike class capacity. Larger capacity bikes will start first, with following classes leaving at approximately 5 minute intervals.

It is important that riders are ready for the start of their race. If they miss the start, they cannot join the race.

Adult Sweep Riders will follow each class of bikes.

Finish

Will be a chequered flag finish.

Points will be awarded to the first 20 riders across the line.

Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in each class. The rider with the highest number of points on the day wins.

Presentations and Spot Prizes

It is important that riders stay for the Presentations. It is your opportunity to thank all the people who have volunteered their time so that you could have a great day of riding.

There's another good reason to stay for the Presentations, and that's the Spot Prizes.  Every rider's name goes into the draw so you can win a prize even if you haven't won any races.  But you must be at the presentations to win a prize! Some of the prizes can include a top of the range helmet and boots, so it's well worth being there.

* Please note that Lunch is not provided, so please bring your own food and drinks.

​Minimum Riding Gear
Helmets are inspected at the Machine Examination and all other safety gear is inspected at the start of practice.

You will not be allowed to ride and will miss the race if you do not have the correct riding gear.

​For the safety of all participants the following protective gear is absolutely compulsory:

  • Australian Standards approved Helmet  

  • Goggles

  • MX style Nylon Pants

  • Jersey

  • Gloves

  • MX style Boots

  • Body Armour

We also strongly encourage riders to wear Knee and Elbow Guards.

​Licence Requirements

All events are run under a permit from Motorcycling Australia. All riders must hold either a yearly license or purchase a One Event Licence.  These will be available on the day at a cost of:

  • Competition:  $75.00.

  • Non Competition: $30.00 (Trail Class and 50cc machines only)

 

​Parents Involvement
We welcome parents to attend and be involved on the day. Whether it be on the trail helping the kids through the tough sections as a Sweep Rider or helping out with scoring, there is always something you could do to help.

If you would like to become more involved with the event please feel free to contact our Volunteer Co-Ordinator to discuss it further.