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OFF-ROAD EVENTS : Shane Stokes Last Updated: 2 Apr 2018 - 8:45:17 PM

CHANGE IN FORMAT FOR K-CAPITAL CUP
By Shane Stokes
4 Feb 2009,

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A mass start race taking place on a large loop is to be the format of the new K-Capital Cup series, organisers announced today. Different from the previous XC format, the races will see all the competitors starting at the same time and covering the same total distance. It is estimated that the fastest rider will complete the course in around about two hours.

The sole exception will be the Novice category, where the riders will race over half-distance.

The provisional calendar sees the first races being held on the weekend of June 20th and 21st, with races following at monthly intervals. Round two will be on July 25th and 26th, and the final race will be on the weekend of August 22nd/23rd. It is expected that each of the races will be held in Wicklow; two of them will just one lap, while the third will see competitors ride two laps.

The weekends will also feature a warm up race. “Another new feature will be the addition of a 4x style event on the Saturday but with a XC twist,” said the K-Capital Challenge organisers. “Riders will race in heats around a very short loop, no more than two minutes long and do approx 4 or 5 laps. From each race riders will advance to the next round with the goal to get into and win the final.” Underage races will also be held.

“Our goal for this year is to turn mountain bike competition into a fun filled weekend and to make it accessible to anyone who wants to compete against others, themselves or just the mountain,” said the organisers.

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