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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
|1||6th Grade Girls||6th Grade||30-45 minutes||1||4-5 miles|
|2||6th Grade Boys||6th Grade||30-45 minutes||1||4-5 miles|
|3||7th Grade Girls||7th Grade||30-45 minutes||1||4-5 miles|
|4||7th Grade Boys||7th Grade||30-45 minutes||1||4-5 miles|
|5||8th Grade Girls||8th Grade||30-45 minutes||1||4-5 miles|
|6||8th Grade Boys||8th Grade||30-45 minutes||1||4-5 miles|
|7||Middle School Advanced Girls||6th - 8th Grade||45-90 minutes||2||8-10 miles|
|8||Middle School Advanced Boys||6th - 8th Grade||45-90 minutes||2||8-10 miles|
|9||Beginner Girls||9th - 12th Grade||30-45 minutes||1||4-5 miles|
|10||Beginner Boys||9th - 12th Grade||30-45 minutes||1||4-5 miles|
|11||Intermediate Girls||6th - 12th Grade||45-90 minutes||2||8-10 miles|
|12||Intermediate Boys||6th - 12th Grade||45-90 minutes||2||8-10 miles|
|13||JV Girls||6th - 12th Grade||45-90 minutes||2-3||8-15 miles|
|14||JV Boys||6th - 12th Grade||60-100 minutes||3||12-15 miles|
|15||Varsity Girls||6th - 12th Grade||60-100 minutes||3||12-15 miles|
|16||Varsity Boys||6th - 12th Grade||90-120 minutes||4||16-20 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 CATEGORY||CURRENT SEASON DEFAULT CATEGORY||CATEGORY EXCEPTION||CATEGORY EXCEPTION CRITERIA|
|6th Grade||7th Grade||Middle School Advanced||1 finish within 10% of any prior season 6th Grade winning time.|
|7th Grade||8th Grade||Middle School Advanced||1 finish within 10% of any prior season 7th Grade winning time.|
|8th Grade||Intermediate||Beginner||2 finishes over 30% of any prior season 7th Grade winning time.|
|Middle School Advanced||Middle School Advanced||JV||1 finish within 10% of any prior season Middle School Advanced winning time.|
|Beginner||Intermediate||Beginner||2 finishes over 30% of any prior season Beginner winning time.|
|Intermediate||Intermediate||JV||1 finish within 10% of any prior season Intermediate winning time.|
|JV||JV||Varsity||2 finishes in 2 or more races within 10% of any prior season JV winning time.|
After Race 1
|PRIOR SEASON CATEGORY||CURRENT SEASON ASSIGNED CATEGORY||UPGRADE CATEGORY||CATEGORY UPGRADE CRITERIA|
|n/a||6th Grade||Middle School Advanced||Riders finishing within 10% of Middle School Advanced average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.|
|n/a||7th Grade||Middle School Advanced||Riders finishing within 10% of Middle School Advanced average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.|
|n/a||8th Grade||Middle School Advanced||Riders finishing within 10% of Middle School Advanced average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.|
|n/a||Middle School Advanced||JV|
|n/a||Beginner||Intermediate||Riders finishing within 10% of Intermediate average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.|
|n/a||Intermediate||JV||Riders finishing within 10% of JV average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.|
|n/a||JV||Varsity||Riders finishing within 10% of Varsity average lap time will be evaluated for category upgrade.|