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May 16, 2016

Slievethoul Mountain Bike Orienteering, Sunday May 22nd

MTBO.jpgThe 2nd event in the 2016 Leinster Mountain Bike Orienteering series is being organised by Ajax in Slievethoul on Sunday May 22nd. Slievethoul is the southern part of the old Saggart orienteering map. It's been updated to add the new bike tracks - the vegetation mapping is very out-of-date but the trails are reasonably accurate. The terrain is typical plantation forest criss-crossed by a network of forest roads and MTB trails.

This will be a score orienteering event - you will have 60 minutes to get as many control points as possible. Eight controls will be in easy locations on or near forest roads. Eight controls will be on mountain bike trails. Five controls will be on difficult mountain bike trails. You will be penalised for every minute or part minute over 60 minutes.

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Travel Directions: the event will not be signposted, but it's easy to find. Go to Saggart village in South Dublin and follow the signs for Slade Valley Golf Club. The event will be about 250 metres further along the road from the entrance to the golf club. Here's a travel map

Start times any time between  11:00 and 12:00. The courses will close at 13:30.

Entry fees: Adult €8, Student/Junior/over-65 €4. SportIdent electronic timing, timing cards can be hired for €2.

Map scale 1:7,500 (1cm = 75 metres), paper size A4.

There is no need to pre-enter, just turn up in good time to be able to start between 11 and 12. If you plan to bring a large group please email ajax@orienteering.ie so that we can print enough maps.

The Golden Rules - please ignore these if you want to be disqualified:

  1. You must wear a helmet at all times.
  2. You must respect other forest users - you do not have right of way. If you see horses you must stop until they have passed. Be aware that bikes will be travelling in both directions on the MTB trails.
  3. All tarmac roads are out-of-bounds - wheels must not touch tarmac. Stay in the forest.
  4. You must be touching your bike at all times, no dropping your bike to run to a control.

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