Singletrack Club
  • Crocodile Summer Series

2021/2022 race season

UPDATE 1 FEBRUARY 2022 – COVID Red Light setting – Reverse Enduro
My Vaccine Pass Races – you will need to show your vaccine pass or be under 12 years 3 months to participate:

We encourage you to wear a mask when registering and before and after the race and social distance where possible.

Tuesday 8 February 2022 – Reverse Enduro

Timed hillclimbs. Registration will be at the stormwater ponds near the water gap. Starts between 6:15 and 7:15 pm. For the sake of social distancing, aim to arrive just a few minutes prior to your start time. Starts in 30 second increments (but if physical space allows, you can start at the same time as a friend).
First climb is up Upload and Crocodile (in the trees) to Deviation Hub. Then riders will make their way to the start of Elegator via Lower Deviation.
Second climb is Elegator. Riders will ride down Crocpot and Download and across the stopbank to the bridge on Upper Crust.
Third climb is Upper Crust to the C2 hub. Riders will descend on Murphs (give way to those coming up Upper Crust) to the stormwater ponds.
The final climb is up C2 and Crocodile (in the farm) to the Poplars Hub. if you want to do the timed downhill run then you will continue up to the start of Kennedy’s, being careful where the tracks cross and giving way to descending riders. Otherwise you can descend to Deviation Hub via Al’s Alternative and Crocodile in the gully at your leisure, OR down Deviation as long as you are happy to get out of the way of a rider being timed.

Stage 1 – Upload + Crocodile
Stage 2 – Elegator
Stage 3 – Upper Crust
Stage 4 – C2 + Crocodile to the Poplars Hub

Optional Stage 5 – DESCENDING from the top of the Crocodile, down Crocodile, Deviation and Rickrolled using the new exit (over the formerly Upper Crust hump) to C2.

Times will be used to determine the club hillclimb champions for 2021/2022 year

Map of the climbs for 2022 can be found here

START TIME LIST – As at 9 pm Monday there are 20 spots left so you you should be fine to just turn up on Tuesday night between 6:50 pm and 7:15 if you have not registered. I won’t be updating the online list again (and I have removed the registration link).

The National Champs race on Saturday 26 February will be used to determine the club champions for 2021/2022. If for some reason that race didn’t go ahead, we will use the results from across the 4 pre-Christmas races instead. To be eligible for the title you need to be a current financial member of the Christchurch Singletrack Club.

Information below is for the races held at the end of 2021

Time indicated below is for the briefing on the start line.

Numbers in brackets e.g. (4) is the total number of laps for that grade.

We aim for race lengths to be between 20 and 40 minutes (see past results for what other people did)

Choose your grade

Remember that these races cater for slow beginners through to elite fast riders. It’s about getting a good hit out and having fun so there’s no right or wrong grade to go in. You choose what you want to ride.

Registration List (click) as at 12:30 pm 14 December 2021. I will not update this again (but you can still come along).

6:05 pm The easier core loop leaving out the more technical tracks.

Core A – You have the fitness to do a longer race, but don’t want to ride the more technical tracks
Core B – Ride the easier loop and have a bit of fun!
Core C – Anyone that wants to give a lap a go. If parents want to ride alongside their kids that is absolutely fine.

6:40/7:20 pm Larger variety of tracks with B lines available on most technical features.

  • Elite – Tends to be the faster crew doing the most laps.  
  • A Grade – You don’t have to be crazy fast, you might just want to do an extra lap more than B grade.
  • B Grade – You get to ride the technical tracks but not a long race. You can easily upgrade to A grade if you want to make it a bit longer.

It helps us enormously if you do two things – 1) Register for the race series (you only need to do this once for the whole series), using the blue button, and 2) Join the club, using the red button.

Entry fee

If you are a member of the Christchurch Singletrack Club (or Gravity Canterbury), entry is by donation, otherwise it is $10 per race. If you don’t want to/forget to bring cash to the race, you can transfer some money to the club account 03-1355-0659108-01. Include the code Summer Series so we know what it is for.

Before the race

Register your details for racing by clicking on the blue box above. You only need to register once for the season. If we get your information before we print the week’s registration list then, when you arrive at the registration desk, look for your name on the list and see what number has been allocated to you. Check your details are correct and update as necessary. If you don’t pre-register, someone will get your details and allocate you a number.

Find the number and attach it securely to the front of your bike so that the timekeeper will be able to read it. It has a passive timing chip on the back of it so if it falls off your bike it won’t be read by the recievers and it makes producing the results much more time consuming. Your time will be taken each time you pass the orange cones by the timing tent.

After the race

At the end of the race leave your number in the bin provided. If you won’t be doing any more races, let us know so that we can re-allocate your number. If you don’t complete all your laps, let the timekeepers know. Then you are free to leave.

The Races

Tuesday 14 December 2021

6:10 pm Core A (3), Core B (2), Core C (1) – Core Loop (My Vaccine Pass required)

6:40 pm Elite (4), A Grade (3), (My Vaccine Pass required)
7:10 pm B Grade (2) – (My Vaccine Pass required) – Download, C2, Crocodile, Deviation, Lower Deviation, Elegator, Coopers Creek/Spurious/Off the cuff, Down and Out, Uppercrust, Lower Murphs, Rock Garden, C2, Upload.

8:00 pm Elite (4), A Grade (3), B Grade (2) – (No pass required) – Download, C2, Crocodile, Deviation, Lower Deviation, Elegator, Coopers Creek/Spurious/Off the cuff, Down and Out, Uppercrust, Lower Murphs, Rock Garden, C2, Upload.

For a map of the courses for Round 4, click here

Tuesday 2 November 2021 (past)

6:10 pm Core A (3), Core B (2), Core C (1) – Core Loop

6:40 pm Elite (4), A Grade (3),
7:10 pm B Grade (2) – Core Loop with Upper Crust – Murphs – Rock Garden added in.

For a map of the courses for Round 1, click here

Tuesday 16 November 2021

6:10 pm Core A (3), Core B (2), Core C (1) – Core Loop, but down Crocodile instead of Deviation, plus Garden Path

6:40 pm Elite (4), A Grade (3),
7:10 pm B Grade (2) – Download, C2, Crocodile, Deviation, Crocodile, Elegator, Rickrolled (or Off the Cuff), Garden Path, C2, Upload.

For a map of the courses for Round 2, click here

Tuesday 30 November 2021

6:10 pm Core A (3), Core B (2), Core C (1) – Core Loop + Garden Path

6:40 pm Elite (4), A Grade (3),
7:10 pm B Grade (2) – Download, C2, Lower Mishmash, Rock Garden, Garden Path, Upload, C2 Link, Uppercrust, C2, Crocodile, Deviation, Lower Deviation.

For a map of the courses for Round 3, click here

THAT IS THE END OF THE CROSS COUNTRY SERIES FOR 2021. But National Champs being held Saturday 26th February. And info for schools racing on Wednesdays in March can be found here.

Questions you may have…

  1. Will the races go ahead in Level 2? See box at the top of the page. The races will be cancelled in Levels 3 and 4.

2. What happens if it is raining? Firstly, we will be disappointed, especially if we have already put time in to setting up. If the rain is such that we would close the tracks, we will cancel the event. If the rain is light but likely to cause safety issues we will either modify the course or cancel the event. Most important, check the club Facebook page for updates because the weather at the Crocodile may be quite different to how it is in other parts of the city. Often we make decisions at the last moment because we really want to avoid cancelling if we don’t have to. We have the option of postponing to the following week.

3. Can I ride with my child? Absolutely! If you have a child who wishes to race and you want to ride with them you are very welcome to do so.

4. I’m late!  Can I still race? We try and be accommodating so if you miss the start of the race let us know and we will make a note of your start time. Depending on how late you are you can either do the whole event or you can join in doing a reduced number of laps.

5. I don’t have the latest bike/clothing/glasses… will I look out of place? Nope! Everyone is welcome (as long as your bike is safe).

6. What grade should I enter? If you are not competent on the technical tracks you should stick to the Core Loop (6:10 pm) races. Check out these results – to get an idea of how fast the different grades do the core loop – remember the times include the start/finish loop. If you are slow on the downhills please let faster riders get past by pulling over. You don’t have to stay in the same grade each week.

7. Can I do both races on an evening? Yes, but if you want to do this let us know and we will put a second timing sticker on your race number.

8. Why is it so cheap? We wanted to run races that were accessible for people on all budgets so have a pay-what-you-can arrangement. All of the team putting on these events are volunteers. If we have first aid, it is paid for by a funding grant. We generally don’t have prizes. We re-use the race numbers and twist-ties to keep our expenses low. We do not need to provide facilities such as a marquee and toilets. We also do not pay a fee to use the tracks as we use a track network that we build and maintain.

9. What tyre pressure should I run? It depends! There are so many factors to consider, but it does make a difference so it is worth doing some research to get the best result for you. Lower pressures have better grip and less rolling resistance when riding on rough tracks. Here are some articles to get you started – enduro-mtb.com | Bike Radar | Full Speed Ahead

Got another question? Send an email to the club (rebekah@ or craig@ or murray@ singletrack.org.nz), or send a message through Facebook, or you can phone Rebekah on 027 3134 908.