The Willo | Race Format

RACE CLASSIFICATIONS

  • The race course will be a 20-25km circuit at Kowen Forest
  • The distance options are 1, 2 or the classic 3-lap distance.
  • In 2020 the loop was 22km in length.
  • A detailed map and track description will be published on the LOCATION PAGE ahead of the event.

JUNIOR RACE

We love when the young shredders line up at our start lines, so we love to continue the Willo tradition of the Junior Race. This classification offers a 13KM junior course for U15 and U13 racers.

  • The race is made up of two laps on a 6.5km course.
  • We have adults riding alongside the young riders to keep an eye on them.
  • If any of them are struggling or if it looks like they will not complete one lap in an hour or won’t manage the full two laps, they can pull out out after one lap, of course.

KIDS RACE

Groms: Sub Juniors

This is meant to be a fun activity where “everyone’s a winner”! It is for 3 – 11 year olds who can race at the Event Centre on a small section of single track at the back of Registration. There are two categories for this race.

  • At 10.30am the 4, 5, 6 year olds will race.
  • At 11am, the 7, 8, 9, 10 year olds will race.

These age groups are flexible. This activity is designed to let all the younger kids have a go, whilst recognizing that their riding ability varies a lot. Talk to the volunteers at registration to help you decide which level your child can ride/race at. All sub juniors and juniors must register for this race between 9.30 – 10.00am at Registration. All riders in these two events get a race plate.

Did you know?

The Willo awards overall KOM (King of the Mountain) and QOM (Queen of the Mountain) classifications to the fastest male and female on the main climb. The KOM winner will be the rider with the highest number of points after three laps have been completed. The KOM will be marked 1km and 500 metres before the start of the climb and marked clearly at the finish of the climb for KOM points. Plus there are special bike type categories too:

KOM & QOM Classification

Male & Female (66KM category only)

Riders are awarded 5 points for coming first up the KOM, 4 points for coming second and 3 points for third up the KOM. KOM cash prize & trophy awarded to the outright male and female riders who have each earned the most points after 3 laps.

e-Bikes

E-bike categories are offered in the 22 and 44km Adult categories. E-bike racers will start approximately 10 minutes after their wave. Those categories are ranked completely separately from the non-e ones.

Singlespeeders

Singlespeed categories are offered in the 44 and 66km Adult categories. Singlespeed riders will be in a separate category.

PRACTICE

The course will be open for practice on Saturday between 2pm & 6pm and on Sunday from 6.30am – 7.30am.

Full race services, including First Aid, will be provided from 8.00am until 4.00pm Sunday.  Limited services will be provided during notified practice periods.

The Willo, 2020

Withdrawing from the event

If you feel unable to complete the race, notify a marshall, follow the green signs back to the forest camp, and then make you way to the Event Centre. You must notify that you have withdrawn to timing. Make sure you notify timing officials when you return to the Event Centre

VOLUNTEERING

If you are coming to the race, with a partner, or friend, (or anyone else), and would like to join in on race proceedings in a different way, we are happy to have help with marshalling the sub junior racing events. You’ll receive lunch and you will get to experience the race from the other side. Contact us if you are interested.