Mountain bike XC races are scored according to category (Expert Cat 1, Intermediate Cat 2, Beginner Cat 3, Junior) and class (age). We determine race distance for each venue estimating the number of laps that can be completed in the following time frames: 35 minutes for Junior / Cat 3 / First Timers; 70 minutes for Cat 2; 105+ minutes for Cat 1 / Pro. The number of laps, or course length, will vary between courses but will take into consideration time frames listed above. In other words expect to race about the same time at each course, with consideration to trail conditions.

Age groups will be combined as necessary to insure reasonable field sizes.


CAT 1: Advanced riders with elite fitness and honed bike handling skills.

Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+

Women Open (all ages)

CAT 2: Experienced riders who can ride for over an hour and manage most obstacles.

Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+

Women Open (all ages)

CAT 3: Beginner riders with little or no racing experience.

Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+

Women Open (all ages)

JUNIORS: Race duration will vary by age and venue.

Boys 10-12, 13-15, 16-18

Girls 10-12, 13-15, 16-18

DEVO: Race distance will vary by venue where allowed.

Boys and Girls Under 10

MARATHON: Marathon races are scored by the number of completed laps within a 4 hour time frame.

Men 39 & Under, 40+

Women Open (all ages)

A racer cannot start a new lap after the 4 hour mark. Laps started before the 4 hour mark but finished after the 4 hour mark count!

All Marathon participants race together.


Upgrades from Cat 3 to Cat 2, and Cat 2 to Cat 1 will be enforced when necessary to create fair equitable and meaningful competition. 

The general summary: Cat 3's and 2's MUST upgrade after: 

5 top 5 finishes in field of 15 or more or

5 top 3 finishes in a field of 6-15, or

5 first place finishes in a field of 5 or less

These regulations apply for races within a 12 month period.

**NOTE** Once you upgrade, you cannot "go back". Special circumstances must be reviewed. Email requests to



Men Open

Women Open

Trail running distances vary according to venue (5-10km+), but expect to race on most (if not all) the singletrack offered at each venue. We expect trail running races to be won in about 35 mins, with final running competitors finishing at just over an hour, and exact course distances will be determined with these timeframes in mind.