Race Details 2022

POSTPONED 5 Nov 2022!

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New England Mountain Bikers Inc, UNE Life and the Armidale Regional Council are excited to be hosting the 2022 UNE Life 12 Hours in the Piney on Saturday 2nd April 2022 at the SportUNE Mountain Bike Trails.

This year we are going back to the "Classic" feel, the 2022 UNE Life 12 Hours in the Piney will be held as a 12 hour, 9am to 9pm. This can be completed in a team or as a solo rider. There will also be Adaptive and Junior events starting at 9pm and finishing at 1pm.


Yes sadly we have to talk about the C word so we don't add to the current challenges.

There will be a few changes and that will be to abide by UNE, government requirements and AusCycling requirements.

If for some reason an event or events have to be cancelled due to COVID related issues, or any other issues, entries will be refunded as per our stand refund policy.

More information to come.


The UNE Life 12 Hours At The Piney will roll back to the 12 hour race format for 2022 bringing back some of those cool night laps for the masses. The last lap must be started before Saturday 7:45pm. 


There is definitely potable water at SportUNE, at the Hockey New England facilities and also on course at the feed/tech zone.


Prizes will consist of cash, goods and products. Small products will be given to some riders as they finish, not just based on their performance.


Prizes will be distributed across many divisions and riders.  Presentations will be held ASAP after the race concludes.  Cash or prizes may not be awarded to every podium position where categories have low numbers. The categories will be wrapped before the race start but podiums will be held for all categories.


Results will be posted live on the web during the race at www.myraceresult.com with the exact link to come.

Teams Transition

Transitions can occur in the dedicated transition area following the start/finish timing station or at your trackside camping area. The riders should touch, before continuing the race.  Teams who fail to transition in the spirit of the event will be penalised.


A dedicated pits area for solo competitors will be available otherwise they can chose to setup in the teams area if they wish.

Event Registration

Online registration will open on 15th February 2022. All registrations will be required to be completed online. No manual registrations will be accepted.

Race plate pickup will be on Friday 4pm to 6pm or Saturday 7am to 8:30am at SportUNE. 

If the event is moved or cancelled any moneys refunded will attract a charge of $10 per transaction to cover booking charges.

Online entries will close at 6pm Friday 1st April 2022.  All entrants need to be AusCycling licensed or hold a AusCycling Day Licence ($30) which can be purchased during the online registration process.   All entries will need to be completed online.  If you are riding in a team each rider will need to enter individually. Please supply your team name so that we can match up the teams.


UNE Life 12 Hours in the Piney

   Solo – Male and Female early bird entry $85 per person ($105 after 20th March)

   Pairs - Male, Female and Mixed early bird entry $75 pp ($95 after 20th March)

   Teams of Three – Male, Female, Mixed early bird entry $65 pp ($85 20th March)

   Teams of Four – Male, Female, Mixed early bird entry $55 pp ($75 20th March)

   Junior Teams 13 - 18 yrs  -  $20 pp  (4 - 6 riders)

   Junior Loop  11 - 16 yrs - $15 pp (4 - 6 riders)

   Dirtmasters Short Course U10 - $5 pp

Early bird entries will close at noon on 20th March 2022. After this date entries will increase by $20 per person.



Note that we may have to combine age categories if there are not enough entries in a specific category. If categories are combined, this will be announced at the race brief before the race.

Dirtmaster Short Track Event U11 - 20 min participation event on short track around transition area - a participation event for the younger riders

Junior Short Loop  11 - 16yrs  - Shorter loop approx 5km - a 4hr team event for the younger riders. Start time is 9am, finish at 1pm

Juniors Full Track 13 - 18 yrs - minimum age is 13. A 8hr team event for Juniors.  Start time is 9am, last lap finished by 5pm.

Juniors wishing to race outside their age categories must have the approval of the Race Commissaire.  Please contact Peter Hosking on bphosking@gmail.com -  040 9292 310 before Thursday, 31 March 2022.  Juniors will not be able to change categories on Saturday morning before the race.

Solos - Female and Male

              Female 40+ and Male 40+

   Female and Male E-bike

   Female and Male Adaptive (4 hour)

Pairs -  Female, Male, and Mixed

             E-bikes Female, Male and Mixed


3 & 4 Person Teams

             Female, Male and Mixed


Both teams of 3 and 4 will be competing in the same "Teams Category".  This means that there will be a teams podium and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters can be made up of either a 3 person team or a 4 person team.

E-Bikes are permitted to participate in the UNE Life 12 Hours in the Piney.  In fairness to teams, if a team includes a member riding an E-Bike no placings/podiums will be awarded to that team.  E-Bikes MUST comply to Australian Standards EN15194. The Commissaire may perform checks to ensure all bikes meet this standard.


Team Members Minimum Individual Laps

All team members must complete a minimum of the average number of laps per rider rounded down to the nearest whole number. As an example a team of 4 who completes 17 laps in total must individually complete a minimum of 4 laps per rider. (17 laps/4 team members = 4.25 laps / rider , rounding this down to 4 laps /rider as a minimum).

Entering Team With Mixed Categories Team Members

Mixed Categories can be entered as described above. Note that these teams entered will be allocated using the following:

1.     Three Males with a Junior Female = Mixed

2.     One Male with 3 Junior Males = Male

3.     Three Females with a Junior Male = Mixed

4.     One Female with 3 Junior Females = Female


All competitors must use adequate front lighting on their bike or person after 6.00pm for night laps. For safety reasons and also for enjoyment of night riding it is advised to use a good quality bike light so you can see where you are going. All competitors must have a red rear light affixed to their bike. Additionally, an emergency front light is also required should your main light fail (a head torch, flashlight, etc will suffice). The Transition zone staff will not let you enter the course unless you have the lights on your bike or person after 6.00pm. 

Junior Restrictions

The minimum age to ride the big track is 13 years. Junior teams need to have four to six riders.  The last lap must be started before 1pm on Saturday.

The following recommendations apply to under 19 riders. It is the guardian’s responsibility to ensure that juniors participating in this event follow these MTBA rider recommendations. NEMTB have no ability to track the time spent on the course or the additional supervision required for U12. Please ensure that each junior team has one parent team representative that the officials can communicate with.


The following table indicates the time each age group can ride. This is according to the AusCycling Policy on Junior Participation in Mountain Bike Events


                Age                 Maximum XC Endurance Race Time

                 12                      1 hour

                 13                     2 hours

                 14                     2 hours

                 15                     4 hours

                 16                    8 hours

                 17                    12 hours

                 18                    unlimited  

Please note that the above may mean that even a large team of juniors may not be able to compete for the full duration of the race due to the limited riding time for each rider.

Guardians entering Juniors need to be aware that all levels of riders will be competing at the same time on the same track, including fast elite riders. Any Junior competing must be familiar with race etiquette including calling faster riders around etc.

If unsure about entering a Junior team please contact the race commissaire 040 9292 310.

Dirtmaster Short Course Event 9:02 am on Saturday

A participation event for our younger under 11 riders will be held on a modified track starting just after the main race. The track will be short coursed around a section of track adjacent the transition area.  The entry will be $5 per rider  and the riders will need to hold an AusCycliyng licence. 


All the SportUNE tracks are available to be ridden at any time. (New trails under construction will not be available to ride until the event weekend.) People using these tracks outside NEMTB events are doing so at their own risk. The main race track will be setup, from Sunday afternoon 27 March, with additional taping and signage. Please assist the organisers by not interfering with these. The track will be closed for the race from 8:45am Saturday through to 11pm.

For more information on other tracks available in the Armidale Region see the NEMTB web site.

Getting There

Head to Armidale and the SportUNE complex on Sport UNE Drive in the University of New England (UNE) Campus.
     1. Turn right of Sport UNE Drive and park next to the tennis courts before you get to the main SportUNE complex.
     2. The trail head is directly behind the basket ball courts near the poplars, look for the large trail head signs.

NO Dogs and pets

No dog or pets are allowed at the SportUNE facilities. please leave them at home. 

Free Camping

Free Camping will be available for Friday and Saturday night. See the camping tab for map and details.

No FireS

Its a sporting complex this will be glamping!

Food and Water

In addition to SportUNE Cafe being open from 8am to 6pm Saturday Easy As Armidale will be out serving breakfast 7am Saturday with the following menu on offer.


Breakfast - 
Bacon & Egg rolls
Sausage rolls 
Spinach & Fetta rolls
Lunch -
Steak Sandwich
Sausage Sandwich 
Pies/ sausage rolls 
Salad bowls
Hot chips
Dinner -
Beef & gravy rolls
Loaded chips
Coffee available all day


Drinking water is available to the feed tech on course, hockey New England and SportUNE complexes.


Toilets will be available at Hockey New England and SportUNE change rooms. 


The schedule for the event is outlined in the table below. This includes the date and time of key event components, and their location within the Event Village.


Friday, 1 Apr 2022

16:00 – 18:00hrs    Registration

Saturday, 2 Apr 2022

07:00 – 8:30hrs     Plate Pick up open until 8.30hrs

07:15hrs                  Marshal and St Johns Ambulance in place

07:30hrs                 Official course practice

08:45hrs                 Course closed for practice

08:45hrs                 Welcome to Country

08:50hrs                 Race briefing

09:00hrs                 Race Start

09:02hrs                 Adaptive (4 hours) and Junior U11  (modified course approximately 20 min)

09:25hrs                 Junior U11 expected finish

13:00hrs                 Adaptive and Juniors Short Course last lap out

14:00hrs                 Adaptive and Junior Short Course expected finish

18:00hrs                 Lights must be carried for laps starting after this time

19:45hrs                  Last lap must start by this time

21:45hrs                 Estimated timing of presentations

22:30hrs                 Estimated St Johns Ambulance and Marshals finish