2015 Nomad Sunshine Series XC4 – Adare



NOMAD SUNSHINE SERIES 2015 Round 4. Your host club is: 

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About the Adare track:

Like all the tracks on the SEQ circuit, Adare has its own individual style. With a unique 4-leaf clover pattern providing four opportunities to cheer your rider per lap, the Adare track is itself built a bit like a wheel. The four ‘leaves’ and race control, pits, scoring canteen etc all stem from a compact, central hub to maximise the social interaction of what is a most social of sports. As for the four loops, riders often comment that they are like four different tracks. The first begins with a wide, fire road start leading to the tough (but not too long) Harder Tack climb, then features some cambered and quite raw creek bank trail, followed by the fast, flowing singletrack return of Gravey Train, back to the switchbacks of the Kenny Curves as you return to the hub.

Loop Two features a tight, ratcheting single track climb “Aido’s Attack” taking you up to the challenging Jodie’s Jacknife switchback, before the fast, wide open kinks of Red’s Railers sweep you back to the hub – poste haste. Here you’ll jump out of the scrub and back into the hub, back within sight of the spectators enjoying a latte or a bacon and egg burger at the canteen. You’ll shred the ‘stadium’ turns, then suck in a couple of big ones in preparation for the climb out to begin Loop Three; one of Adare’s landmarks – The Magic Carpet. Literally a carpeted climb, this one takes strength, skill and a bullish attitude to nail, and even the Elites often don’t make it every lap.

Before the heart rate gets a chance to drop, you will. Straight down Scotties Rock Drop, or down the line if you prefer. From there it’s back up the iRide Riser and along the edge of The Maze, through a couple of a rip-roaring high-speed Adare turns and then down the swooping grasstrack curves of Frendo’s Freeway back to the hub to begin Loop Four.

Now it’s time to get some work done. Up the short punches of Carso’s Carousel, you climb The Pullout, pass the old worn-out stockyards where JP used to work cattle as a teenager, and scale the twisting Grandmas Place (Say hi to my Mum for me) up to the top of the ridge. Well, almost the top. Adare’s most notorious feature – The Death Cookies stands between you and the descent to the finish. It’s only 50 metres long, and not steep at all, yet there’s almost no-one who hasn’t walked this twisting climb, which is covered in protruding rocks, ranging from apple-sized, to, umm, like …sheep-sized? Make it to the fence and you can yahoo because you’re done climbing. Pick your way down out of the choc chips of Whitney’s Wobble and let her have her head down the wallaby track, just make sure you’re back on the clock for the rugged hardpack ruts and cambers of Duncan Delicious, or you’ll be just another notch in its belt. More riders invert here than anywhere else. Through some sweet descending S/T and out to the gully line, there’s only one perfect way to top off such a vigorous thigh massage, and that’s with the fast, diving, lantana tunnel of Happy Ending. Its grassy kinks and corners swoop playfully in and out of the fall line at a fast enough clip to pump all the good juices, and leave a satisfied smile on your dial as you finish your lap back at the hub.

This is XC, Adare style.

Introduction XCO – Cross Country


The 2015 Nomad Sunshine Series is a combination of races held by different clubs based in southeast Queensland in the Olympic Cross Country (XCO) format.

In the Nomad Sunshine Series, there will be six rounds between May and September, held in various locations throughout southeast Queensland. Based on finish positions in each race, riders will accumulate points, and the rider with the most points after the six rounds is awarded the ‘Series Champion’.

Prizes are awarded to the winners of each category, and every podium place-getter will also receive Queensland Mountainbike medals for their fine efforts. Riders will also receive points based on the finishing position in their category.

XCO Racing is in the tradition of the Olympic format. Riders compete around multiple laps of a 4-6km course, normally racing between 45 minutes and 90 minutes, depending on the category.

Although it might sound tough, there is a category for everyone to participate, to match both skill and fitness. The race is a categorised mass start followed by a set number of laps around a 4-6km course. The first rider across the finish line after completing the set number of laps is declared the winner.


2015 Nomad Sunshine Series Dates:

Note – All Rounds will be held on Sundays in 2015

Round 1 – 17/5/2015 Toowoomba – Jubilee Park (TMBC)

Round 2 – 31/5/2015 Tyamolum Scout Camp, Mt Crosby (Kenmore)

Round 3 – 21/6/2015 Hinze Dam (GCMTB)

Round 4 – 19/7/2015 Adare Homestead, Gatton (TRC)

Round 5 – 9/8/2015 Hidden Vale Adventure Park, Grandchester (OHVMTB)

Round 6 – 30/8/2015 Karingal Scout Camp, Mt Cotton (BSMC) ‘Series Finals’


XC State Championships – 6th September 2015 Baden Powell Park (Samford)

Note: The State Championship is not part of the Nomad Sunshine Series, however all riders are encouraged to participate in the state champs as well.


Timetable – Nomad Sunshine Series 2015

6:30 Registration (opens)

6:30-7:45 Course practice (not compulsory)

8:00 Junior U13 Boys/Girls, Kids U11 Boys/Girls

8:45 Junior U15, U17, Sport (M/W), Open Women

9:45 Presentations for Junior U13 Boys/Girls, Kids U11 Boys/Girls

10:00 Masters Men, Super Masters Men

10:30 Presentations for Junior U15, U17, Sport (M/W), Open Women

11:30 Elite Men/Women, Junior U19 M/W, Open Men, Veteran Men

11:45 Presentations for Masters Men, Super Masters Men

13:45 Presentations for Elite Men/Women, Junior U19 M/W, Open Men, Veteran Men

Always check with event volunteers if there are any changes to the above on race day. Remain close to the start area at least 10mins before your allocated start time.



  • Each participant must hold a valid MTBA license. See below for further details on MTBA membership.
  • Entry is available via pre-registration and registration on the day. Online registration will be via Qldmtb.com.au and will close at midnight on the Thursday prior to racing (except for round-1 – Wednesday midnight). You will be able to enter single events and also multiple rounds in one entry transaction.
  • Offline registration will only be available on the day.
  • Season entry available until Wednesday 11/5/14. The season entry rewards riders with a 25% discount on entry fees for the season.
  • Kids Race Free – Conditions: All participants in the U13 Boys/Girls, Kids U11 Boys/Girls categories race free. As above all kids must have a valid for MTBA license to obtain the kids race free offer.
  • You can still enter on the day of the race, however entry closes one hour prior to your race start and an additional $10 administration fee is payable at the time of registration.
  • Registration fees to an event that is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. extreme weather) will be transferred to the registration of the revised event date. A refund may be granted upon request only.
  • If you have registered and cannot attend, unfortunately, a refund cannot be granted.


Series Entry Discounts!

Single event racing entry fee:  $45, $35, $25 or $15 (Depending on category below, plus $20 for MTBA day license/insurance if required)

Note – If entering more than one event and you intend to purchase a $20 day licence each time, we recommend taking out a MTBA licence from just $30 (Kids 3-12), $76 (junior 13-28), $110 (senior) per year. In addition to these fees, there may be a nominal club membership fee. Check with your local club.

Already have a Cycling Australia or BMX Australia Licence? Value add for just $55.00

Insurance provided through MTBA’s provider. Current MTBA members will not be subject to additional insurance. See MTBA’s website (http://www.mtba.asn.au/join) for more info.

2015 Nomad Sunshine Series Entry Fees 1 race 6 races Season Total
Discount Available until
Entry Fee 25% 11/5/2015
Elite Men $45.00 $33.75 $202.50
Elite Women $45.00 $33.75 $202.50
Open Men $45.00 $33.75 $202.50
Open Women $45.00 $33.75 $202.50
Veteran Men (30-39) $45.00 $33.75 $202.50
Master Men (40-49) $45.00 $33.75 $202.50
Super Master Men (50+) $45.00 $33.75 $202.50
Sport Men $45.00 $33.75 $202.50
Sport Women $45.00 $33.75 $202.50
Junior U19 $35.00 $26.25 $157.50
Junior U17 $25.00 $18.75 $112.50
Junior U15 $25.00 $18.75 $112.50


Enter the complete series, and get 25% off!


Series entry offer closes midnight on 11/5/2015

Online entry available from 17/3/2015, via qldmtb.com.au

MTBA license must be current at date of final event entered, or rider will need to pay applicable licence fees.

Discounted entry fees are only available through the online entry system.

‘On-the-day’ entry accepted, however no discounts are granted. An extra $10 admin fee applies, payable on day.



In 2015, the Sunshine Series has a number of different categories to suit most age, fitness and skill levels.

The race and lap times/number below are approximate only.

Category Race Time (approx) Lap number (approx)
Elite Men 1:30 – 1:45 6-7 Laps
Elite Women 1:15 – 1:30 4-5 Laps
Open Men 1:30 – 1:45 4-5 Laps
Open Women 1:00 – 1:15 3-4 Laps
Veteran Men 1:30 – 1:45 4-5 Laps
Masters Men 1:15 – 1:30 3-4 Laps
Super Master Men 1:15 – 1:30 3-4 Laps
Sport Women 1:00 – 1:15 2-3 Laps
Sport Men 1:00 – 1:15 2-3 Laps
Junior U19 M/F 1:00 – 1:30 4 Laps
Junior U17 M/F 1:00 – 1:15 3 Laps
Junior U15 M/F 0:40 – 0:55 2 Laps
Junior U13 B/G 0:30 – 0:45 2 Laps
Kids U11 B/G 0:15 – 0:30 n/a (Shortened Course)

Categories Explained

Elite Men / Women

This is the highest level of XC racing in Queensland. You would probably do a fair bit of training and racing if you race this category. No age restrictions.

Open Men / Women

This is the perfect category for the regulars on the race scene, racers from other disciplines, newbies to MTB racing and/or anyone who carries a medium or high level of fitness. No age restrictions.

Veteran Men

(30-39yrs). This category is for the regulars on the race scene, racers from other disciplines, and/or anyone who carries a medium or high level of fitness. Age restrictions.

Masters Men

(40+yrs). This category is for the regulars on the race scene, racers from other disciplines, and/or anyone who carries a medium or high level of fitness. Age restrictions.

Super Masters Men

(50+yrs). This category is for the regulars on the race scene, racers from other disciplines, and/or anyone who carries a medium or high level of fitness. Age restrictions.

Sport Men / Women

This is a great entry point to XC racing for riders who are new to the sport and/or have a low to medium level of fitness. Give it a try! No age restrictions. If you have racing experience, consider another category.

Junior – U19 Men / Women

For juniors aged 18 or under wishing to race at the highest junior level. This is the best category for juniors aspiring to greatness in MTB racing! (Rider must be aged 15-18 as at 31/12/15 to race this category). U19 Juniors who are experienced MTBers are eligible to race the Elite Men’s or Women’s category.

Junior – U17 Men / Women

For juniors aged 16 or under who may ride a few times per week, have probably done a few races, and are out there to have a bunch of fun. (Rider must be aged 13-16 as at 31/12/15 to race this category). U17 Juniors who are experienced MTBers are eligible to race the Junior U19 category.

Junior – U15 Men / Women

For juniors aged 14 or under who ride a little bit each week, and may be new to racing XC. This is a great starting point for the already cycling-familiar, and a great step up for the experienced younger junior racer. (Rider must be aged 11-14 as at 31/12/15 to race this category) U15 Juniors who are experienced MTBers are eligible to race the Junior U17 category.

Junior – U13 Boys / Girls

For juniors aged 12 or under who may be new to MTB riding or racing, and would like to give it a try. (Rider must be aged 9-12 as at 31/12/15 to race this category). U13 Juniors who are experienced MTBers are eligible to race the Junior U15 category.

Kids (U11) Boys / Girls

U11s only – For the kids who want to have a ‘red-hot-go’ at mountain bike racing on a shortened course. Ages from 0-10 are welcome! (Rider must be aged 0-10 as at 31/12/15 to race this category). U11 Juniors who are experienced MTBers are eligible to race the Junior U13 category, enabling them to ride the full course.


Number Plates

Race Numbers will be allocated and coloured according to your race category. The number plates also act as a memento and you can take them home after the day’s racing. Number plates should be fixed to the front of your bike, and be able to be clearly seen by timing staff.

Number plates may be ranked against your current series points tally. For round 1, these could be based on results from the 2014 series. For subsequent rounds, these will be based on the cumulative 2015 points, and the current series leader will be allocated a new plate on the day showing their awesomeness. ☺


Race/Event Format

The race is a mass start group race. You will start with riders in your category from a common start line, and you should arrive to the start line with plenty of time before the allocated start. Start may be ‘self-seed’, or you may be ‘called up’ in ranked order depending on the numbers, and start location.

You will compete over a set number of laps of a course.

Once the pre-determined number of laps have been completed by the winner, any rider lapped is required to remove themselves from the course at the finish line. They will still be awarded a result.



Official practice will take place between 6:30 and 7:45 on the morning of racing. Certain venues and hosting clubs may allow practice on the day prior, but you should check with the hosting club if this is possible.

You may enter the course up until the 7:45 cut-off. After this time, any rider practicing should be aware that they will be frowned upon and may even face disqualification.


Prizes/Prize MoneyPer round – Sponsored by 

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Prize money is paid to the following categories as follows: All categories will also receive Queensland Mountain Bike medals, and prizes from local, club and/or series sponsors. (Top 5 for Elite M/W, and top 3 for all other categories*)


Category/Placing 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Elite Men/Women $100.00 $75.00 $50.00 $30.00 $20.00
Open Men/Women $50.00 $40.00 $30.00
Veteran Men $50.00 $40.00 $30.00
Masters Men $50.00 $40.00 $30.00
Super Masters Men $50.00 $40.00 $30.00
Sport Men/Women $50.00 $40.00 $30.00
Junior U19 Men/Women $50.00 $40.00 $30.00
Junior U17 Men/Women $25.00 $15.00 $10.00
Junior U15 Men/Women $15.00 $10.00 $5.00
Junior U13 Boys/Girls
Kids U11 Boys/Girls


Prize Money – Series Overall – Sponsored by Queensland Mountainbike* Prize money can only be awarded if there are 6 or more participants in a category.

Prize money is paid to Elite Categories as follows via EFT: (Men’s and Women’s)

For Elite riders to be eligible for series prize money – Rider must have attended a minimum 5 of 6 rounds.

  • 1st $350.00
  • 2nd $250.00
  • 3rd $150.00


Series overall awards

Series winner jerseys will be awarded to Elite M/F, Open M/F, Veteran M, Masters M, Super Masters M, Junior (U19M/F), Junior (U17M/F) and Junior (U15M/F). Please note series winners for each category from Elites through to Junior U15 inclusive will also be awarded jerseys only if three or more riders have accumulated any series points in their respective category. There will be no series winner jerseys in the Kids Race Free categories of U13 and U11.

Top-3 overall placegetters in each category will be awarded a trophy or commemorative plaque. Some additional prizes may be issued but not guaranteed.


Series PointsTop 40 placegetters each round

The tallied points and results will be available during the week following racing. The points are tallied according to the final position and are as follows:  If you are awarded points in more than one category (by racing in more than one category throughout the series), you will be given the greater value of points following the series conclusion, and the other points are voided.



Presentations take place as soon as possible after racing, in three time slots – 9.45am, 11.45 and 1.45!)

If you gain a podium place, please make sure you arrange to be at the presentations. It is seen to be very disrespectful to your fellow competitors if you do not make it. You can also thank your sponsors on the podium.


Event Photography

As at the 16th March 2015 there is no formal event photography in 2015. The Series Coordinator may make arrangements for a single round or the entire series. Should this arrangement change communication will be updated leading into each round.

Please help qldmtb.com.au grow the sport by posting your own pics to the following social media platforms

Facebook – Qldmtb.com.au

Instagram –SunshineSeriesMTB



There will be an MTBA-accredited official in charge of racing. If you have any dispute about racing or problems on the day, please ask to speak with the commissaire or Race Director.


Equipment Requirements

Your bicycle needs to be suitably equipped for racing. This includes ensuring that you have:

    • Front and rear brakes
    • Bar plugs and/or lock-on collars
    • You also are required to wear a helmet compliant with the Australian or equivalent international standard.
    • We also recommend the use of protective equipment, including but not limited to, full finger gloves and eyewear.


Each event will be professionally timed by Timing Results, and riders will be required to wear a transponder – a small chip that you attach to your bike or ankle and it records your time each lap. If you are issued with a transponder – this MUST be returned to the race HQ by the end of the event.

Note – All rounds in 2015 will use ankle transponders!


Feed Zone and Outside Assistance

For riders competing in multiple lap races, there will be a feed zone, generally located just after the Start/Finish line on each lap. You may collect or exchange drinks food and eyewear only. Other items such as tools, tubes, tires, pumps etc. may not be exchanged in the Feed Zone or anywhere else on the course. Accepting these items is considered Outside Assistance and riders doing so face disqualification.



For riders / families wishing to camp at venues prior to the day, each venue will attempt to facilitate this with a small donation of $10-20 to the hosting club or venue if applicable – payable in cash on the day.

Note – Not all venues will have camping available, and you should contact the hosting club prior to the event for confirmation. FYI – There is no camping at Hinze Dam (Round 3) or Underwood Park (Round 6).


Tent Setup / VIP Parking

Get the best available trackside positioning for your team or brand’s tent at all 6 Sunshine Series XC events for just $250 for the year!  You will also get VIP parking, and a warm fuzzy feeling of supporting a great series. Contact Queensland Mountainbike for more info. info@qldmtb.com.au



The Jungle Bean coffee van will be in attendance at all Sunshine Series events in 2015. Jungle bean may also have a small range of snacks, and the host club or Rotary club (for example) will provide food for sale.

Course Markings

The course will be marked using the international standard signs as appropriate. (These may differ slightly)



Prepared by Lonnie Toia on behalf of Queensland Mountain Bike 2015. For more detailed club regulations as provided by MTBA, please visit – http://www.mtba.asn.au/resources/category/11-technical-regulations-and-organisational-guides, and download the 2011 Club Level Technical Regulations.


X-Country (XCO)

More information about this event