Ulster XC – Round 4 – Lady Dixon Park

Date: Sunday 22 May 2016
Event: Ulster XC Series Round 4 / NPS Round 3
Venue: Lady Dixon Park, Belfast
Host club: Xmtb McConvey Cycles

This event is doubling up as Round 4 of the Ulster XC series and Round 3 of the National Point Series (NPS).

Course Description:

This year’s course at Lady Dixon is a sharper, snappier version of an old favourite in line with the Ulster league’s popular switch to a new format of shorter laps but more of them.   Using the same start field as before the course heads into the trees on wide, sweeping trails and follows alongside the golf course before a short gravel climb leads to the Dunmurry end of the park where we use the fast sweeping bends before dropping into a new section alongside the river Lagan.
From here we start the fast charge toward the rose gardens, popping in for a fun singletrack loop before climbing back to the start arena via one last section of trail.
The host club have worked hard to come up with a course that retains the popular sections but omits the areas that become unrideable when it rains.
XMTB would like to thank Belfast City Council for their continued support in running events in their parks and we hope to see you all on race day.
Full course is approx 15mins
Race Timing: Laptop timing for Under 8s up to Under 12s
Chip timing for U14s up to Seniors
Race report from 2015: here
Race report from 2014: here
Race report from 2013:
Race report from 2012:
Race report from 2011:
Race report from 2010: here

Directions: Lady Dixon Park
Located in south Belfast, off the Upper Malone Road
Click here to view in Google Map
Co-ordinates: N 54.543269, W 5.97888

Race Timetable:
Sign on opens at 09:30

Under 6s – 10:30
Under 8s – 10:45
Under 10s – 11:00
Under 12s – 11:15
Under 16s, Senior 4 men, Senior 3 women, Under 14s – 12:00
Senior 1 men, Senior 2 juniors, Senior 2 men, Senior 1 women, Senior 3 men, Senior 2 women – 14:00

Prize giving:
11:30-11:40 – Under 8s, 10s and 12s
12:30-12:40 – Under 14s, 16s, Senior 4 men, Senior 3 women
16:00-16:10 – S1m, S1w, Juniors, S2m, S2w, S3m


Practice times:
For the main course
09:30 – 11:45
13:15 – 13:45

NOTE: There is NO official practice on the Saturday before the race.  Anyone unofficially practicing in the lead up to the race must be respectful of other park users.  Inapprorpiate behaviour may see the cancelling of this race and perhaps not getting the venue in the future.

Race Fees:
Seniors: £20 / €25 –  if you pre-register,
£24 / €30 – if you don’t pre-register
(note: this is the NPS fee structure)

Juniors: £10 (€10)
Under 14s & Under 16s: £5 (€5)
Under 8s, 10s & 12s: £2 (€2)
Under 6s fun race: £1 (€1)

Pre-registration: – OPEN
Until 20 May 2016 (8 pm)


To see who has entered click on the link here.

Catering: Food will be available after the races

Additional information:
There are additional toilets and a play park a short walk from the main start/finish field.

Gridding: Riders will be gridded based firstly on the current NPS series and then on the Ulster league series and only for those who pre-register for this race.

Notes: Ensure bicycles are in good working order and that bar-ends have been fitted.
No electric bikes or motorised bicycles permitted.
No cyclo-cross bicycles permitted.
UCI rules a

Facilities: Lady Dixon Park
Car parking: Ample in the main start/finish field. Please follow the advice of the car park marshals when arriving at the venue
Toilets: Portable toilets as well as the park’s toilet block a short walk from the start/finish area.
Showers: No
Bike wash: No
Café: Yes, nearby
Gazebos: An area will be set aside for gazebos near the start finish area. Please contact host club should you want space reserved.

Host club website: XMTB McConvey Cycles
Race organiser: Mark Harvey (email)
Contact number: 07913 331373