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Location: Old Rangers Hut, Wallaroo State Forest.


Course Setter: Greg Bacon
Start Times: 8:00am – 9:00am

Just a reminder that BOSS 2 at Lone Pine, Wallaroo is on tomorrow with starts between 8.00am and 9.00am.

 
COURSE CONDITIONS
The  recent rain, mainly last night, has prompted a revamp of the course layout for both the line course and score course.
The maps will be on plain paper with sleeves due to the map changes.
 
The line course has been changed to avoid the low swampy tracks which are now under water. As of 4.00pm today the majority of the tracks are damp but all are rideable due to a good covering of leaf litter and recent regrading of some of the trails. The line course length is down to around 3.4km with some tricky navigation. The course layout allows for good spectator viewing around the start /finish area.
 
The score course has been designed to use the main road through the forest (Lone Pine Rd) as the main access to several loops which have controls around the tracks. There are several new tracks in the area which will be new to everyone. 
There are two water holes along Lone Pine Road, the first one has no way around it, keep to the left as it is shallow. The second waterhole has pink tape to one side which will keep you dry. The rest of the road is fine!
Some of the  tracks have been marked on the map as overgrown, water over or tacky after the rain. A map will be available at the start showing the condition with the course maps being marked as well. All other tracks are rideable as they have a solid base and they have been cleaned up. There are no controls on the overgrown tracks to allow you to go around them.
There is still a fair distance to be covered to clear the course and route choice will have a big bearing.
There are some controls placed before water holes or either side of them. Your choice to either choose another route or jump into the water.
The last time we used this area was one of the most memorable events due to the amount of water on the tracks.
This time it is a little different and hopefully heaps less water. Tomorrows forecast looks good for MTBO.
 
Greg Bacon

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Directions: From the bridge over the Hunter River at Hexam, travel north on the Pacific Highway towards Taree. Continue for approximately 26 km and turn left onto the Buckett’s Way and travel for approx 4km. Turn left at signs into old rangers house location. Parking is along a mowed strip near the old buildings. Keep left when you enter the area.

Maps:  Line Course 1:5000 and Score course 1:15000

Terrain: Generally flat area around the old rangers house, then a network of 4 x 4 tracks that vary between fast to slow with patches of swampy areas that can be avoided or walked around. The majority of the course is in the flatter areas with some controls placed on the hills or rougher area for the more adventurous competitors. Some sections of the tracks are still a little overgrown however they have been cleared and taped to allow riding for most of the sections.
A few of the tracks are highlighted as overgrown and can be used as a route choice. These tracks have not been cleared or marked with pink tape.

There are several trees across the tracks with access around the trees. There has been a burn off in the area with most of the terrain open at present. Some of the tracks are difficult to see while riding so they have been marked with pink tape at the junctions.

Line Course: All competitors will start with a line course that has been set around the old rangers house area. There are several new tracks in the area that has allowed for a course length of around 3.8km, which should take around 20 to 25 minutes to complete. On completion of the line course (last control) turn over your map and proceed onto the score course. Total time allowed is 75 minutes - the finish control is located near the parking area.

Note: There are no facilities at the start area. Toilets are located at the 12mile rest area on the Pacific Highway before the Buckett’s Way turn off.

 
 
 
 

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