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Race Categories

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Race categories are skills and experienced-based. Our goal is to place each student-athlete in the appropriate category for safety, fair competition, and racing experience. We want to create the safest race experience for all our riders while keeping the racing challenging and fun!
 
Student-athletes do not choose their race category. At the beginning of each season the League will assign each rider a category. Assignments are based on grade level, prior season race category and results. Below are the League category placement guidelines. There are always exceptions and the League takes these into consideration when assigning categories.
 
Students seeking an alternative category placement may petition to the Rules and Appeals Committee for an exception. Please note that there are petition deadlines for each race (listed on the homepage).
 
Before filing a Petition for Category Change, we encourage our student-athletes and their parents to work with their coaches to determine the most appropriate category for him/her. Here is a Race Category Assessment Guide that might be useful. Additionally, we encourage student-athletes to take their time before moving up in distance and duration by changing race categories and get a feel for racing and experience hearty competition. Slow and steady wins the race!
 
There are many student athletes in our program that do not have the desire to race. That is perfectly okay and we encourage these students to be part of our mountain bike program and participate in race day in other ways. For instance, the course is marked and open to all registered student-athletes to pre-ride. Come ride the course with your teammates! Come swing a cowbell, work the feed zone, or help the League by announcing riders as they cross the line. There’s lots to do and race day is a lot of fun.
 
 

CATEGORY ELIGIBILITY & DESCRIPTION

 CATEGORYELIGIBILITY*TIME*LAPS*DISTANCE
16th Grade Girls6th Grade30-45 minutes14-5 miles
26th Grade Boys6th Grade30-45 minutes14-5 miles
37th Grade Girls7th Grade30-45 minutes14-5 miles
47th Grade Boys7th Grade30-45 minutes14-5 miles
58th Grade Girls8th Grade30-45 minutes14-5 miles
68th Grade Boys8th Grade30-45 minutes14-5 miles
7Middle School Advanced Girls6th - 8th Grade45-90 minutes28-10 miles
8Middle School Advanced Boys6th - 8th Grade45-90 minutes28-10 miles
9Beginner Girls9th - 12th Grade30-45 minutes14-5 miles
10Beginner Boys9th - 12th Grade30-45 minutes14-5 miles
11Intermediate Girls6th - 12th Grade45-90 minutes28-10 miles
12Intermediate Boys6th - 12th Grade45-90 minutes28-10 miles
13JV Girls6th - 12th Grade45-90 minutes2-38-15 miles
14JV Boys6th - 12th Grade60-100 minutes312-15 miles
15Varsity Girls6th - 12th Grade60-100 minutes312-15 miles
16Varsity Boys6th - 12th Grade90-120 minutes416-20 miles

* Time, number of laps and/or distance may vary based on venue, weather and course conditions.

 
 

CATEGORY ASSIGNMENT AND UPGRADE GUIDELINES

Before Race 1

PRIOR SEASON CATEGORYCURRENT SEASON DEFAULT CATEGORYCATEGORY EXCEPTIONCATEGORY EXCEPTION CRITERIA
6th Grade7th GradeMiddle School Advanced1 finish within 10% of any prior season 6th Grade winning time.
7th Grade8th GradeMiddle School Advanced1 finish within 10% of any prior season 7th Grade winning time.
8th GradeIntermediateBeginner2 finishes over 30% of any prior season 7th Grade winning time.
Middle School AdvancedMiddle School AdvancedJV1 finish within 10% of any prior season Middle School Advanced winning time.
BeginnerIntermediateBeginner2 finishes over 30% of any prior season Beginner winning time.
IntermediateIntermediateJV1 finish within 10% of any prior season Intermediate winning time.
JVJVVarsity2 finishes in 2 or more races within 10% of any prior season JV winning time.
Varsityn/an/an/a
 

After Race 1

PRIOR SEASON CATEGORYCURRENT SEASON ASSIGNED CATEGORYUPGRADE CATEGORYCATEGORY UPGRADE CRITERIA
n/a6th GradeMiddle School AdvancedRiders finishing within 10% of Middle School Advanced average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.
n/a7th GradeMiddle School AdvancedRiders finishing within 10% of Middle School Advanced average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.
n/a8th GradeMiddle School AdvancedRiders finishing within 10% of Middle School Advanced average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.
n/aMiddle School AdvancedJVRiders finishing within 10% of Middle School Advanced average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.
n/aBeginnerIntermediateRiders finishing within 10% of Intermediate average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.
n/aIntermediateJVRiders finishing within 10% of JV average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.
n/aJVVarsityRiders finishing within 10% of Varsity average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.
n/aVarsityn/an/a