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RACE CATEGORIES

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 DESCRIPTION & ELIGIBILITY

 CATEGORYELIGIBILITY*TIME*DISTANCEUPGRADE CATEGORY
16th Grade Girls6th Grade30-45 minutes4-5 milesAdvanced Middle School Girls
26th Grade Boys6th Grade30-45 minutes4-5 milesAdvanced Middle School Boys
37th Grade Girls7th Grade30-45 minutes4-5 milesAdvanced Middle School Girls
47th Grade Boys7th Grade30-45 minutes4-5 milesAdvanced Middle School Boys
58th Grade Girls8th Grade30-45 minutes4-5 milesAdvanced Middle School Girls
68th Grade Boys8th Grade30-45 minutes4-5 milesAdvanced Middle School Boys
7Advanced Middle School Girls6th - 8th Grade45-90 minutes8-10 milesJV Girls
8Advanced Middle School Boys6th - 8th Grade45-90 minutes8-10 milesJV Boys
9Beginner Girls9th - 12th Grade30-45 minutes4-5 milesIntermediate Girls
10Beginner Boys9th - 12th Grade30-45 minutes4-5 milesIntermediate Boys
11Intermediate Girls9th - 12th Grade45-90 minutes8-10 milesJV Girls
12Intermediate Boys9th - 12th Grade45-90 minutes8-10 milesJV Boys
13JV Girls6th - 12th Grade45-90 minutes8-15 milesVarsity Girls
14JV Boys6th - 12th Grade60-100 minutes12-15 milesVarsity Boys
15Varsity Girls6th - 12th Grade60-100 minutes12-15 milesn/a
16Varsity Boys6th - 12th Grade90-120 minutes16-20 milesn/a

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

 
 

Middle School – Grade
By grade. Our middle school category is for grades 6, 7, and 8. Middle school philosophy emphasizes fun and experience over competition. Middle school grade categories typically race 4-5 miles.

Upgrades to: Advanced Middle School

Advanced Middle School
Experienced middle school racer looking to build fitness and endurance. Middle school advanced riders typically race 8-10 miles total.

Upgrades to: JV

Beginner
Novice rider. First-time racer or occasional high school racer. Rider possesses very basic mountain bike skills and/or physical fitness and limited endurance. Beginner categories typically race 4-5 miles.

Upgrades to: Intermediate

Intermediate
Rider has some racing experience and possesses intermediate bike handling skills. Rider has the stamina to maintain a race pace for up to 60 minutes. Intermediate categories typically race 8-10 miles.

Upgrades to: JV

Junior Varsity (JV)
Rider has a solid history of racing experience and possesses advance bike handling skills. Rider has the stamina to maintain a race pace for up to 90 minutes. JV Categories typically race 3 laps 12-15 miles.

Upgrades to: Varsity

Varsity
All riders must petition to race in this category. Must demonstrate a solid history of race experience with results. Rider has the stamina to maintain a race pace for up to 2 hours.
Varsity riders typically race 16-20 miles.