Ulster XC – Round 5 – Davagh Forest

Date: Sunday 14 August 2016
Event: Ulster XC Series Round 5 / NPS Round 5
Venue: Davagh Forest, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Host club: Carn Wheelers

This event is doubling up as Round 5 of the Ulster XC series and Round 5 of the National Point Series (NPS).

Course Description:

The start/finish area will be in the same car park as previous years.  The race course will utilise the natural single track above the car park heading out along the Davagh River across a small wooden bridge (sorry no water splash this year) and out towards Sika Corner and Eagles Rock.  This will be the opposite direction to the trail centre so you get to ride a completely new trail in effect. We bypass Eagles Rock using the B-line up to Golan which will be challenging for some – again this is being run in the opposite direction to the trail centre format.

From there it is into the new Deer Trail almost entirely cleared of trees before a quick fire road blast down to the Red Trail over boundary rock (with B-line available). Another quick fire road section and into the short blue trail, nicknamed Alpe D’Heuz, down to the start finish area, again running the opposite way to the normal trail centre direction. A fast course but bring your climbing legs and there are plenty of technical sections to test your skills.

Under 12s will get their own course using the natural section above the start/finish area before riding through the finish area and into the small wood, which will also contain the Under 6, 8 and 10 courses,  before using a fast tarmac descent and into the natural trail section again above the start finish area.

Course preview video (by Maciej ‘Max Power’ Staroniewicz)

Race report from 2012: here
Race report from 2011:
Race report from 2010: here
Race Timing: Laptop timing for Under 8s up to Under 12s
Chip timing for U14s up to Seniors

Directions: Davagh Forest
Located 10 miles north-west of Cookstown.  The car park is located off the Davagh Road at the northern end of the forest. From Draperstown follow the Sixtowns Road through Straw Village. From Straw it is 3.8 miles to Davagh Road (sign posted East Sperrins Way), turn left and continue for 3.1 miles to the forest entrance on the left.
Click here to view in Google Map
Co-ordinates: N 54.719316, W 6.920485

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 – on Sunday 14 August
09:30 – 11:45
13:15 – 13:45

NOTE: As the race trail will be going in the opposite direction to the normal trail centre circuit we ask that riders do not practice these sections before official race practice.

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 12 August 2016 (8 pm)


To see who has entered click on the link here.

Catering: Food will be available after the races TBC

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: Davagh Forest
Car parking: Ample
Toilets: Portable toilets
Showers: No
Bike wash: No
Café: No
Gazebos: Please contact host club should you want a gazebo at the start finish area.

Camping: Available at Shepherd´s Rest (website)

Host club website: Carn Wheelers
Race organiser: Barry Russell (email)
Contact number: 07595 319578