2. Race description

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Oslo Sportslager Rye Mountain Bike Festival is three days of mountain bike races in the fun terrain at and around Langsetløkka. Here, as riders and as spectators, you have the opportunity to experience a new and exciting race format that will boost mountain bike sport in Norway.

  1. For Junior and Elite (19+) categories, we offer a three-day stage race. The results in the stage race are a ranking of riders’ total time. UCI and NCF points are awarded on the basis of the riders’ ranking in the stage race (see Points and Prizes). Riders who do not finish one of the stages do not receive a total time.

Based on the results in each of the individual stages (Norwegian Cup races), NCF points are also awarded. Riders may therefore qualify for NCF points despite not participating in all three stages.

There are good opportunities to accumulate many UCI and NCF points during the Festival, see Points and Prizes for a detailed overview.

  1. For riders in the Masters and age group categories (see Age categories), we offer a “mini stage race” over two days. Finishing times for the Saturday and Sunday races are summed for each rider. The results in the mini stage race are a ranking of riders’ total times. No NCF points are awarded based on riders’ place in the mini stage race. Riders who do not finish one of the stages don’t receive a total time.

Based on the results for each individual stage, NCF Master Cup points and NCF points are awarded in, respectively, the masters categories and the 15-16 year-old categories. Riders may, of course, choose to participate in only one of the two races.

  1. For the youngest riders (under 11 years), we offer a circuit course on Saturday with a mixture of gravel road and fine single-track that flows through the forest, with good overtaking possibilities. The course is also friendly for spectators, so Mom and Dad can cheer on the hopefuls for large parts of the route.

2.1 Friday stage: NC #3 Cross-country short circuit (XCC)

The short circuit stage gives a fast-paced, technically easy course that alternates among fun single-track, easy elements and fine gravel stretches. Shoulder-to-shoulder challenges are expected in this course! There are “bonus seconds” for the first five riders at each round and at the finish. These “bonus seconds” are deducted when calculating the total time in the stage race, and therefore have no effect on the results for the individual race (NC #3).

To avoid a situation where a final sprint is hindered, we might choose to remove lapped riders from the race according to the 80% rule. This implies that we estimate a finishing time for the stage for those riders who are removed, which allows them to continue in the stage race the next day. According to the simulations we have performed, this is likely to apply to very few riders. We will take the decision in consultation with the Commissaire and announce it on the race website and at the Team Leaders’ Meeting on Friday afternoon.

2.2 Saturday stage: NC #4 Cross-country Olympic (XCO)

The cross-country Olympic race takes place on an improved version of our well-tested course, which has several long stretches of single-track, shorter gravel stretches, technical elements with alternative lines, and good overtaking opportunities. We have two new segments that offer single-track, jumps, and turns which we think will appeal.

In the cross-country course, riders usually spread out and the loop is long with capacity for many riders. Therefore, we do not plan to remove lapped riders in this race. We take the decision in consultation with the Commissaire and announce it on the race website and at the Team Leaders’ Meeting on Saturday morning.

2.3 Sunday stage: NC #5 Cross-country Time trial (XCT)

The time trial race consists of one round on the same course as the cross-country Olympic race, but with individual starts. Here you have the opportunity to give it all you have in your fight against the clock.