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Competition classes

What has changed for 2020?


The V1/V2/V3/V4 classes are only for riders who are 40 years of age or older. There is a new class, VU, for riders who are under 40. It takes in all pre 88 bikes. There will also be a state vase option in addition to a state team. Both the state and vase teams will have four riders in each.

Have the machine eligibility classes changed for 2020?

V2,V3 and V4 classes have remained the same however the V1 class has changed, it now includes 76 models but limits all models to bikes originally manufactured with a maximum of 140mm (5.5 inch) rear wheel travel. This is to encourage short travel model options while being lenient to slightly forward mounted shock models or those that choose to use longer travel shocks. This will work against some motocross models but will be beneficial to more early Trail/Enduro models.

However, only riders who are aged 40 or over will be eligible for positions in these classes.

How does the new system of combining rider age with year of bike work?

Basically this is a handicap system where the age of the rider and the age of the bike are combined to provide a more level playing field. For example a 55 year old rider on a 1974 model would have a favourable consideration over a 20 year old rider on a 1987 model.

Are riders under 40 years old eligible for overall results?

Yes. All riders will be competing against each other for overall positions. The rider/bike age consideration will apply when calculating overall results.

Is there a women's class?

Yes, the VW class is exclusively for women, and takes in all pre 88 bikes with no age restrictions on riders. Unlike all the other competition classes, there is no minimum amount of riders required for the VW class to run.

What is a vase team?

The vase teams are a second level state team, consisting of four riders.

How do I join a state or vase team?

Contact the coordinator for your state through the nomination forms on the A3VE entries 2020 page.

Please note that state/vase team decisions are at the discretion of the coordinators. Each team has a maximum of four riders, so the maximum that any state or territory can have is eight riders.

What are club teams?

Club teams are teams of three riders. They do not have to be from a club. There is a trophy for the best performing club team.

Individuals can nominate their club name and co riders through the nomination forms on the A3VE entries 2020 page on the clubs website.


The location

Where is the 2020 A3VE being held?

The A3VE will be held in and around Blackwood, Victoria (same venue as 2019). It will be conducted on local private properties and will utilise existing tracks in the Wombat State Forest. The parc ferme, and start/finish area is located at the Blackwood Recreation Reserve..

Is there local accommodation available?

Yes, but it is limited. There may be accommodation options such as B&Bs, Airbnb, etc available in nearby localities such as Ballan, Trentham, Daylesford, etc. There are also many accommodation options available in Ballarat, which is less than a 60 minute drive from Blackwood.

Is there parking available at the Blackwood Recreation Reserve?

Yes, but it is very limited, with much of it taken up by official vehicles. We strongly recommend that trailers and utes are left elsewhere during the event. Vehicles that are blocking roads, gates and driveways etc will be towed away! Bikes will be stored in the locked parc ferme during the event.


Riding time card enduros

I just ride as fast as I can each day, as long as I'm not late right?


Wrong! You get penalised for being late AND being early. Your number is what's referred to as your 'minute'. Riders will be sent away three per minute, numbered 1A/1B/1C and so on.The aim is to go through the check points when the number displayed on the flip cards matches your number.

What's the best plan?

Let's say that you leave on minute 15, arrive at the check point and the flip card says 16, then you have that minute added to your overall time. You've gained a 60 second (60 point penalty). Also, you will be 'moved' to minute 16 for the rest of the day, and this will be your new minute. You revert back to your assigned minute at the start of the following day.

If you leave on minute 15, and arrive at the check and the flip card says 10, then you are early. The smart play would be to wait about until your minute (15) comes up before checking in. If you don't, you'll get 5 minutes (300 points/seconds) added to your overall time.

So, being exactly on time is the aim; being late or early is equally bad.

The only exception is when on the special tests, where you go as fast as you can. But getting great special test times can be undermined by poor adherence to your allocated minute.

How do I 'hour out?'

If you end up being a total of 60 mins late over the course of a day you are out. And, if you somehow manage to be a total of 60 mins early during the day (almost impossible) you are also out.

Can I make up late time penalties, by being early later on (or vice versa)?

No. The objective is to stick to your minute. Once you've accumulated penalties for being late or early they can't be undone by doing the opposite later on.

Will riders have an idea of what the time frames are for each loop?

Yes. An itinerary will be available at the event outlining the loops for each day, and the time that's been allotted for them. A watch might come in handy if you want to monitor your own progress. A trip meter might also come in handy for keeping an eye on how far along your are in terms of distance