XC NPS Round 3

Tracton Woods, Minane Bridge, 13th May 2012

Race Information

We will have signon available on Saturday from 12noon to 3pm

Course Info

The Adults course is approximately 4.5km long on some of the sweetest single track the south has to offer. The first 700m is a wide hardpack trail that climbs steadily and allows racers to find their place off the start line. After this the track turn to single track and descends 'the tunnel' for the 1st bridge crossing then winds its way up through 'Medusa' (No snakes, just roots!!) and onto 'fast flow' which climbs gently up to the 2nd bridge. From there you are into the open section and some switch back climbs to test the legs. There is plenty of space here for overtaking. You follow the perimiter as it carries you up to the last bridge crossing and into the start of the descent to the 'bomb hole'. Some more meandering single track takes you into the 'wibbly wobbly wall' and then a short sharp climb gets you to the top of 'TNT' and 'Dynamite'. This is 1km of sublime single track descending before you begin the next loop. In dry conditions we expect the S1s to be doing a 16min lap...most mere mortals (S3s) will probably take 20min.

Not everybody liked last years MBCC NPS track and Tracton is a longer drive (2hrs 20min approx. from red cow) so is it worth the trip?! Here is what Richie Byrne had to say after his visit to Tracton in March on a very very wet day. (we have 30% of the trail hard packed since then!)

Richie Byrne...
"...the track was awesome. maybe I'm jaded, too used to all the multitude of trails I have ridden over the years. Tracton was frickin awesome.. I can't wait to ride it in the dry.. I am so jealous of the MBCC lads having it , its absolutely amazing, even in that weather it was absolutely brilliant to ride. So many brilliant sections but the TNT stretch..I'm sorry but the best bit of trail ever..anywhere..built by hand by prophets. .... I can't describe it..I have never seen such a well made bandit trail in my life.. ah I'm not going to go on, see for yourself at the NPS, suffice to say it was the best of the Leadmines, Djouce and the old Lumpers trail with all the singletrack."
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Check out the map and track profile below.

There is also a track for the U8, U10 and U12s that is right next to registration and will provide a safe but challenging loop for the kids (and adults too!!)


Parking on the day will be in a flat field immediately across the road from the forest barrier. Signs and marshals will be in place on the day to direct you to the car park.
We have plenty of parking but in the interest of being green we would encourage you to save a few euro and the environment and please car-pool for the journey.
Please be patient and courteous to the marshals, Thank you.

Saturday Practice

If you are around on Sat you are welcome to ride the course. The course will be marked and taped early Sat so you should have no issues navigating it. The race parking facility will be open from noon approx.

Start times

UNDER 8,10 & 12 11:00 tbd
UNDER 16 12:00 2
SENIOR 4 12:01 2
SENIOR WOMEN 3 12:01 2
UNDER 14 12:02 1
SENIOR 1 14:00 5
JUNIOR 14:00 4
SENIOR 2 14:01 4
SENIOR WOMEN 1 14:01 4
SENIOR 3 14:02 3
SENIOR WOMEN 2 14:02 3


Prize giving will be held immediately after the U8,U10 & U12 race (approx 11:30am). Prize giving is at 1:30pm for U14,U16, S4 men & S3 women and at 4:00pm (or earlier if all racers are finished) for the S1,S2 & S3 categories.
There will be Cash prizes for the top 3 Senior 1 riders and custom made trophies for all Senior Categories. There are medals for all underage categories.

Course Map and profile

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