XC NPS Course Update
The MAD NPS crew have been busy all this week planning the season finale to the 2010 NPS.
From laptop programming to branch-lopping, all is going to plan! The bit of rain up on 3Rock this week is expected to have very little effect on the course we have designed and built for the race.
We have trimmed a few minutes of the original lap time by removing some climbs, accelerating/re-aligning some of the singletrack sections, and raking and smoothing out as many sections as we can.
Our intent is to provide the fastest and most fun course of 2010, and that you don’t even remember the climbs – just all the fun stuff! We are incorporating one of the driest forest sections in the whole of Ireland – Rock n Roll! This unique area never gets affected regardless of the weather and is currently dusty dry, a few slower corners have been by-passed to speed-up this whole section.
The open mountain/double track sections have had water channels cut-in and any puddles have been drained off down the hillside, we’ll also will be walking the course on the Saturday with mattocks and spades in hand to tend to any sections.
There is a great variety of trail on offer – rocky techy shallow climb, fast twisting super-dry forest singletrack, a very fast peaty descent through a parted sea of gorse onto downhill sandy singletrack, big wide doubletrack for the overtaking & the rider-up! lark, short sharp kickers to boost you up a bit, darker rooty singletrack bits, roosty bermy sections that you pedal all the way into and out of keeping ‘er on the gas, flat out double-to-singletrack over open mountain with a great view to the Sugarloaf mountain in Wicklow, and a bit of oul flat & climb fireroad for the recovery and energy-gel gulping, I really don’t think we’ve missed a thing!
Just be there!