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Six Hours In The Saddle, the #6HITS, the grass-roots XC MTB event we all know and love is back. An endurance mountain bike race, it can be entered by solo riders or in teams of 2, 3 or 4 (…guys, girls or mixed). The solo rider or team who completes the most laps wins.

In 2016 they’re are stoked to continue offering the 3-hour category (…yup, the #3HITS). So you have the choice of 3 or 6 hours. Solo or team. It’s up to you.

Solo riders will be testing themselves against the course, the clock and each other. Teams compete in a relay format. Get together, enjoy a long-weekend and ride the sweet single track of the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park.

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There will also be fantastic food and coffee, a kids’ event, great amenities, plenty of give-aways … And they’ll be screening the AFL Grand Final on a huge outdoor screen – what more could you ask for? 

Where
The event is held at Baarmutha Park, Beechworth, NE Victoria. With a majority of the trails occupying the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park.

Travel times
MELBOURNE – 3 hours | CANBERRA – 4 hours | SYDNEY – 7 hours
ADELAIDE – 10 hours | MOUNT BEAUTY – 1 hour | BRIGHT – 40 minutes
ALBURY / WODONGA – 35min | WANGARATTA – 25min

Event Dates
Friday 30 September, 2016
Event registration from 6pm ’til 10pm at the BRIDGE ROAD BREWERS.

Saturday 1 October, 2016
– 3-Hour Registration: 6:30am ’til 8:30am, and 9:15am ’til 10:30am at the race HQ (Baarmutha Park).
– 3-Hour Rider Briefing: 10:45am. Race Start: 11:00am
– 3-Hour Race Finish: 2:00pm
– 6-Hour Registration: 6:30am ’til 8:30am at the race HQ (Baarmutha Park).
– 6-Hour Rider Briefing: 8:45am. Race Start: 9:00am
– 6-Hour Race Finish: 3:00pm

After the Race
The BRIDGE ROAD BREWERS are offering all riders a special of a beer + pizza for $20! Please reserve your place at the Brewers by calling, 5728 2703.

The Course
The course is approximately 10km in length and is a vast majority (fantastic) singletrack. Further details about the course to come.

6 Hour Categories
Solo: Male | Female | Male 40+ | Female 40+
Pairs: Male | Female | Mixed
Triples: Open
Quads (School Age): Open

3 Hour Categories
Solo: Male | Female
Pairs: Open
Pairs (School Age): Open

What’s included?
– Toilets and showers!
– Fully marked course
– First-aid
– Food catering on-site
– Mechanical support
– Professional Timing

Event schedule
Friday, 30 September, 2016
– Rider Registration from 6pm ’til 10pm at the BRIDGE ROAD BREWERS.

Saturday 20 August, 2016
– 3-Hour Registration: 6:30am ’til 8:30am, and 9:15am ’til 10:30am at the race HQ (Baarmutha Park).
– 3-Hour Rider Briefing: 10:45am. Race Start: 11:00am
– 6-Hour Registration: 6:30am ’til 8:30am at the race HQ (Baarmutha Park).
– 6-Hour Rider Briefing: 8:45am. Race Start: 9:00am
– Sunset is around 6:30pm so no bike lights are required
– Food, Drinks & Entertainment will be available during the day
– Presentaions will be immediately after the races finish

Practice
The course will be marked and open for practice from 1:00pm on Friday, 30 September and again from 7:00am – 8:30am on Saturday, 1 October.

What do I need to bring
Each rider must have the following equipment whilst on the course:
– Serviceable mountain bike
– Australian Standards certified cycling helmet
– Water bottle or hydration pack
– MTBA full licence or alternatively a day licence can be issued for $20. This licence covers you, your fellow competitors and the event with insurance.

Accommodation
There is no overnight camping available at the event site. A range of accommodation is available in town including two caravan parks, motels, hotel and B&B’s. Please contact the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre on 1300 366 321 or visit BEECHWORTH VISITOR INFORMATION website.

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