THE Fairfax Media Evocities MTB Series is set to attract some of Australia’s, and the world’s best, mountain bikers, and with a minimum prize pool of $80,000 it is little wonder as to why.
Some of the best riders in the world have already entered into the first leg of the series, tomorrow’s Ginja Ninja 250 at Orange’s Kinross State Forest, where riders also stand to earn a substantial amount of money.
The major share of the prize pool is distributed through the overall series results, and riders who follow the series around the state - the six other legs are in Bathurst, Wylde (western Sydney), Tamworth, Albury, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo - can potentially earn over $10,000 of prize money overall.
The major events, the men’s and women’s open solo races, each have a $4000 prize for the series winner, with second, third, fourth and fifth earning $2000, $1000, $750 and $400 respectively.
The remainder of the overall categories, the masters, super masters, pairs - each with a men’s and women’s division - and the mixed pairs all have $2000 prizes for first place, with $1000, $400, $300 and $200 going to second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Only the main events have prize money attached for each individual leg, as per the competition’s guidelines, with the men’s and women’s solo victors winning $1000, while second, third, fourth and fifth win $750, $500, $250 and $100 respectively.
The points system devised for the series has ensured riders will need to compete in the majority of events, with points accumulating at each event.
First place in each race at each event will earn 80 series points, second place will earn 65 and third gets 55, with points being allocated for placings all the way down to 50 in each event.
However, points scored in one category are not transferable to a separate category and riders can compete as part of a pair at one race and as a solo rider at another race but will only score series points for one category at one event.