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RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

RACE FORMAT

Qualification - Time frame
Race - One Run

 

QUALIFICTAION:

 

A time period of (75) minutes will be allowed for the official qualifications. In this time frame every rider can choose to do as many timed runs s/he wishes. Riders will be allowed to start their runs with a minimum interval of 15 seconds apart. Rider following another rider from starting gate is not permitted.  The best run from each rider during this time frame will be automatically chosen and awarded qualification points. The qualification time will also determine the starting grid for the race.

 

Riders going back up to the starting gate must not obstruct, in any way, other riders coming down, failing to observe this can lead to rider disqualification from the race. If the location would not permit another way up other than the course itself, all sessions will be done as one group. If this is the case the stipulated time frame for qualifications may change (at race director decision). During any timed runs the rider must follow the marked course from starting gate to the finish line, if for any reason the rider goes off course s/he must re-Enter from the same spot s/he exited.

 

RACE:

 

After qualification, riders will be given their starting position with the fastest rider taking the last spot on the starting gate. During race run the rider must follow the marked course from starting gate to the finish line, if for any reason the rider goes off course s/he must renter from the same spot s/he exited. Restarting the race run is not permitted for any reason unless the race had been red-flagged. In this case race director will inform the rider/s involved.

 

Race winner will be determined with the fastest single timed run (Race run). Race Points will be awarded and added with qualification points to form the overall championship classification.

 

 

Downhill Points (Qualification round in brackets)2018
         
Position Points   Position Points
1 200 (50)   26 25
2 160 (40)   27 24
3 140 (30)   28 23
4 125 (25)   29 22
5 110 (22)   30 21
6 95 (20)   31 20
7 85 (18)   32 19
8 75 (17)   33 18
9 70 (16)   34 17
10 65 (15)   35 16
11 60 (14)   36 15
12 56 (13)   37 14
13 52 (12)   38 13
14 48 (11)   39 12
15 45 (10)   40 11
16 42 (9)   41 10
17 39 (8)   42 9
18 36 (7)   43 8
19 34 (6)   44 7
20 32 (5)   45 6
21 30   46 5
22 29   47 4
23 28   48 3
24 27   49 2
25 26   50 1

 

 

CLOTHING & PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

 

Any Lycra / Elastin based tight-fitting clothing is not permitted.

 

A full-face helmet and knee guards must be worn and properly secured both when racing and when training on the course. The helmet must be fitted with a visor. Open-face helmets may not be worn.

 

It is strongly recommended that riders wear the following protection:

Back, elbow, knee and shoulder protectors made of rigid materials,
Protection for the nape of the neck and the cervical vertebrae,
Padding on shins and thighs,
Broad full-length trousers made from rip-resistant material incorporating protection for the knees and calves, or broad-cut shorts made from rip-resistant material plus knee and calf protectors with a rigid surface,
Long sleeved shirt in winter – short sleeve shirt in summer,
Full finger gloves

 

Riders must pay attention to the quality and characteristics of the gear, seek advice of experienced riders, coaches or technicians, procure the gear from professional and reliable suppliers and rely on their own judgment. If in doubt, always seek advice.

 

The rider shall be responsible for the choice of the gear and for its use, and also for any installation of POV cameras in order to avoid any danger

 

May we remind you that DH racing is fun, but can also be dangerous, and that riders are racing at their own risk.

 

The MMBA reserves the right to stop a rider from participating in its event should it transpire that such rider is not wearing adequate gear.

 

RACE REGULATIONS

 

1.0: INSURANCE AND MEDICAL CLEARANCE

 

1.1: All riders must sign a race disclaimer form that will be provided with the yearly membership form.

1.2: Third Part liability insurance is not compulsory but recommended. This shall need to be provided by the rider himself from any Insurance agency.

1.3: If a rider does not have a valid insurance policy, he/she will be held liable for any accidents he/she might be involved in. All costs including legal fees shall be borne by him/her.

 

2.0: RACE NUMBERS

 

2.1 A number plate will be issued to each rider and is to be attached to the riders' equipment. The number plate must me attached in a manner which makes it clearly visible at all times. The same number shall be used throughout the entire race series events.

 

3.0 EQUIPMENT

 

3.1 All race equipment must be kept in good working order with both front and rear brakes functioning.

3.2 Riders are to use a CE approved full face helmet with a visor at all times.

3.3 Riders will be automatically disqualified if found to be using any electronic means of propulsion.

3.4 The MMBA may stop a rider from participating should it deem that such rider does not have adequate equipment/gear and will therefore be disqualified from the race.

 

4.0 POINTS CLASSIFICATION

 

4.1 Overall DH1 winners will be determined after 4 races.

4.2 Winners for DH2 and DH3 will be determined after 4 races (1 to discard) system. The discard system removes the competitor's worst result out of the 4 races.

In the case of points tie, the competitor will be favoured as follows:
1. Initially: Points from all 4 races (the discarded race will come in play) shall be considered and the winner is decided.
2. Alternatively: Should there still be a tie, the winner shall be decided on overall best finishes from all 4 races. (For example: the competitor who has the most 1sts and/or 2nds, etc.)
3. In any case where the overall winner is unable to avail himself of the overall prize, the prize will go to the next runner up and so forth.

 Category updates for the series

DH1

All riders (the Overall) - This will include all riders participating in the Wheel Wizard Downhill Series.  In this category the overall series championship will be determined and will be based on all 4 races (no option to discard race)

DH2

Seated riders  - This category will automatically eliminate a list of top riders determined from the 2017 series.  These top riders will only be able to compete in the DH1 category. (A list of riders will follow soon).  This category will have the one to discard system when determining the DH2 2018 championship.

DH3

This Category has been formed for new and beginner riders.  Riders with just one race under their belt from 2017 series may also ride under this category. This category will also have the one to discard system when determining the DH3 2018 championship.

CATEGORY CHANGES DURING THE SERIES

During any event any rider with a race run within 2% of the winning run from upper category will be moved up to the respective category.  (example: If a DH3 rider with a race run time within 2% of the DH2 category winner will be moved to DH2).  This rule will apply for the first 3 races of the series and will apply retrospectively for all races. Decisions for any changes will be carried out at the discretion of the DH committee and not an automated system.

TEAMS

This year riders will have the opportunity to team up and register them self as a team BEFORE series opening race.  Each team must be made up of two riders per team. Teammates can`t be changed or swapped during the series.  Riders points will be quoted from the Overall and added to their respective team to form the Downhill Teams classification (we urge all treams to take a DH3 rider under their wing for training)

BEST RUN CHALLENGE

For all riders , Best run TIME of the day (from qualifications and race run) of all riders will be quoted and added to the Best Run Challenge championship. Best total Time at the end of the series wins.  Best Run Challenge will be based on all 4 races and any missed race will have a 3 minute penalty added on to their overall time.

RACE PODIUMS:

Top 3 DH3
Top 3 DH2
Top 3 DH1 (Overall)

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:

Full face Helmet, Goggles & Knee Guards are mandatory during races. Any rider competing without the required safety gear will have 5 points deduction in any given run during timed qualifications and race run.  These points will be deducted from the rider's overall series classification points and in any respective category

AWESOME PRIZE

The overall downhill series champion will be travelling to ALPE D'HUEZ in July to race the Megavalanche, the world's most famous DH marathon, together with ProAction Malta

THE DETAILS

ProAction Malta have put together a great package for this year's downhill series overall prize - ALL INCLUSIVE TRIP to the 2017 Megavalanche.  The package includes flights, accommodation, transfers and the entry fee which includes lift pass.  All you need to provide is your bike.

THE RACE

Since 1995, each year, thousands of riders take the departure from the famous “Pic Blanc” with a mass Start at 3330 meters high on the glacier and a finish line in Allemont, 2600 meters down.  This makes this DH Marathon race the longest and craziest race in the world!

 

RACE RULES

Some have changed.

 

 

CATEGORIES

Where do you fit in?

 

 

CONTACT

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Events brought to you by the Malta Mountain Bike Association

 

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HOW TO ENTER

It's easy.  All you have to do is register for the 2017 Downhill race series and race.  Raffle tickets will be awarded based on the race points achieved throughout the series.  One ticket will be awarded for every 50 points.

Click here for race points structure

 

THE PRIZES

Our sponsors have been kind enough to provide us with 2 x Euro 250 vouchers.  Two lucky riders will take these home on presentation night.  The better your results the better your odds.

 

Terms & Conditions

Overall points will be rounded up to the nearest 50. The overall Elite winner will not be eligible to participate in the raffle. The first draw winner will have the right to choose from the 2 vouchers and will be eliminated from the raffle for the second draw. Riders must be present at the end of season presentation event in order to claim their ticket/s.

 

RACE RULES

Some have changed.

 

 

CATEGORIES

Where do you fit in?

 

 

CONTACT

Reach out for info.

 

Events brought to you by the Malta Mountain Bike Association

 

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Downhill National Championship 2016


WARDIJA DH 17.09.16

The Malta Mountain Bike Association for 2016 which brought 19 riders to the location. The event was held in Wardija on one of Malta's fast tracks which found the riders exceeding 50k speeds over the rough and challenging terrain (view trail segment on Strava).  The race was won by Jonathan Darmanin in the men's category and Gabriella Veneziani for the ladies category. Great start to the season which will be followed by 2 more races in 2016.  The next race will see athletes competing for the Downhill National Champion title.

Mark Zammit dropping in to the start of the downhill course.  Although crashing out during training sessions and injuring himself, Mark still managed pull himself together and finish off the race in 4th place.

Damian Camilleri heading down the first straight of the course towards a sketchy berm.

 

All riders went head to head hitting two runs each to try and get that winning run   View the full results here. 

Above:  Mark Zammit, first runner up for the event, heading into the speed track with full concentration.

 

Below: Gerth Lapira testing his Mondraker with hands on the brakes down one of the most challenging sections on the course..

The loose and dry terrain allowed for the spectators to experience the adrenaline of the riders from the sidelines.  There was no doubt that all the riders pushed their bikes and fitness to the limit from top to bottom slashing approximately 3 seconds from their training times.

Above: Wayne Schembri tackling a steep drop leaving a trail of dust and debris behind.

 

Below: Claudine Gatt keeping control of her bike with hands on the brakes.

Left: Wayne Schembri climbing the steepest section of the course.  Right: Team MTBM post-race discussions.

 

Once again the Malta Mountain Bike Association brought us another well organised event.  For future events we hope to see more riders as well as spectators joining in the action.  We'll keep you updated.

Above: Jonathan Darmanin celebrating his first Downhill win beside Mark Bonnici from The MMBA.





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MMBA Wheel Wizard Downhill Series 2016 - Round 1


WARDIJA DH 17.09.16

The first downhill race from the Malta Mountain Bike Association for 2016 which brought 19 riders to the location. The event was held in Wardija on one of Malta's fast tracks which found the riders exceeding 50k speeds over the rough and challenging terrain (view trail segment on Strava).  The race was won by Jonathan Darmanin in the men's category and Gabriella Veneziani for the ladies category. Great start to the season which will be followed by 2 more races in 2016.  The next race will see athletes competing for the Downhill National Champion title.

The race started off with a short rock garden challenging the suspension set-up of the bikes.

Isaac Galea (above) coming out of the rock section and preparing to get on the pedals.

Above: Jonathan Darmanin, the race winner, preparing to enter the fastest section of the course.

 

The race took the format of best out of two runs per rider.  The top riders positions remained unchanged for both runs with Jonathan Darmanin dominating the first spot followed by Mark Zammit and Wayne Schembri.  The final results saw the first three positions within 0.21 of a second between them.  View the full results here. 

Above:  Mark Zammit, first runner up for the event, heading into the speed track with full concentration.

 

Below: Gerth Lapira testing his Mondraker with hands on the brakes down one of the most challenging sections on the course..

The loose and dry terrain allowed for the spectators to experience the adrenaline of the riders from the sidelines.  There was no doubt that all the riders pushed their bikes and fitness to the limit from top to bottom slashing approximately 3 seconds from their training times.

Above: Wayne Schembri tackling a steep drop leaving a trail of dust and debris behind.

 

Below: Claudine Gatt keeping control of her bike with hands on the brakes.

Left: Wayne Schembri climbing the steepest section of the course.  Right: Team MTBM post-race discussions.

 

Once again the Malta Mountain Bike Association brought us another well organised event.  For future events we hope to see more riders as well as spectators joining in the action.  We'll keep you updated.

Above: Jonathan Darmanin celebrating his first Downhill win beside Mark Bonnici from The MMBA.





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MAJJISTRAL XC 08.09.16

Majjistral park was the location for the third race of the 2016 XC season providing amazing scenery all round. Thirty plus mtb riders showed up to battle it out under the steaming, hot sun. For the Men's elite category, Maurice Formosa finished in first place making it three in a row for him this season. The sports category saw Dennis Dolci come in first, four minutes ahead of Paul Zarb and Wayne Schembri.


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MGARR XC 24.07.16

Going into the second race of the 2016 XC season with warm weather which challenged the stamina of all riders. A great turn out for the day with Maurice Formosa and Alex Gatt winning the men's categories for a second consecutive time making them the leaders of their categories, elite and sport respectively. Marie Claire Aquilina took first in the ladies challenging Danica Bonello Spiteri for the top spot in their category.


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