Mountain Biking

Cross-country mountain biking is a popular and accessible form of biking in Saskatchewan. Cyclist of all ages and ability levels can enjoy this sport that promotes fitness, competition and socialization.

Looking for some great places to ride in Saskatchewan?

Regina
Wascana Trails
Regina Beach, with an update to Buena Vista on May 30, 2005
Echo Valley Provincial Park
Buffalo Pound Provincial Park
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Moose Mountain Provincial Park
Blackstrap Provincial Park
Saskatoon
The Battlefords, updated August 10, 2004
Maymont
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
Lac La Ronge Provincial Park
Meadow Lake
Prince Albert & Prince Albert National Park
Anglin Lake Recreation Site
Candle Lake Provincial Park
Trans Canada Trail in Wakamow (Moose Jaw)

Handy Mountain Biking tips

The Environment & You
Choosing the Right Clothing
Tools of the Trade
Food for Performance
Warming Up/Cool Down & Mounting Your Bike
Proper Pedaling & Changing Gears
Proper Braking Techniques & Riding Over Obstacles
Climbing & Descending
Winter Riding
Cleaning Your Bike

Cross-Country Mountain Bike Racing

Cross-country mountain bike racing can be simply described as an off-road mountain bike race on a closed circuit course that is typically 6-10km in length consisting of singletrack trails, climbs, descents, doubletrack and occasional obstacles. Athletes race against similarly skilled racers in age/skill categories and complete a set number of laps based on their category for a race that is between 30-120 minutes in length

The Saskatchewan Cycling Association sanctions mountain bike racing in the province and provides support to race organizers, sets the provincial calendar, administers the points series and after the provincial championships – holds a banquet to award prizes and medals for the year’s accomplishments.

Race Information

The following is a collected body of information and links to assist and answer any questions that athletes, parents, clubs or organizers might have about mountain bike racing in Saskatchewan.

Preparing for a Race – great tips for your first or fortieth race.
Provincial Races – check out the provincial race calendar.
Saskatchewan Cup Points Series – information on the points series.
Interclub points series – information on the points series..
Athlete Development – information on coaching, training, and competitive opportunities for developing and high-performance athletes.
Race Organizer’s Guide – how to put on a race. A great guide for athletes as well to educate them on what goes into planning a race for them to enjoy.

Cross-Country Mountain Bike Race Categories

Cross-country mountain bike race categories are designed to place riders in groupings of similar skills and ages. The list below includes a description the age grouping, and the number of laps. Check below to find out what category would be a good place to start for you.

Elite: The open elite is for men and women is the highest level of racing in Saskatchewan.

5 laps Elite Men
4 laps Elite Women

Expert: The expert category is for men and women is for experienced racers and for some age groups is the highest level of racing in Saskatchewan.

4 laps Expert Men
3 laps Expert Women

Sport: The sport category is for men and women is for developing and recreational racers.

3 laps Sport Men -includes U17 expert
2 laps Sport Women -includes U17 expert
2 laps Sport Youth Men (for ages 16 and younger)
2 laps Sport Youth Women (for ages 16 and younger)

Novice/Beginner: These categories are for men and women is for beginning racers who have never been to a race before and for ages 12 and under.

2 laps Novice Men
1 lap Novice Women
1 lap Beginner Men
1 lap Novice Youth Men -includes U13 (for ages 16 and younger)
1 lap Novice Youth Women- includes U13 (for ages 16 and younger)

This is my first race and which category should I choose?

-For those over 17 years of age and have never raced before and aren’t sure of how well your riding skills are, the Novice/Beginner category is a good starting point. If you find your first race super easy, then for your next race you can move up to a sport category.

– For those over 17 years of age and feel they are experienced riders but haven’t raced before or are unsure of your fitness level, the sport category is a good starting point.

-For those over 17 years of age and have raced before or do well in road racing, and have a high fitness level, then the expert category is probably where you should start.

– For those between 15-16 years of age who haven’t raced before, the Novice Men category is a good choice.

Remember that you are not stuck with the category you choose, if it is too hard or easy you can always switch for the next race. Don’t forget, you can ask the race organizer or a member of the SCA for assistance in choosing your category.

Upgrading and downgrading your racing license or Temporary upgrades

If you believe that you should be upgraded or downgraded in your racing category, you must provide a letter to the High Performance Committee outlining your request.

For an upgrade, your request should include race results from your previous season, race results from the current season, recommendation letter from your coach, previous experience in a related sport, and or results from a high level of ability in another cycling discipline.

For a downgrade, your request should include race results from the current or past season or a description of the circumstances which would place you at a lower ability category.

Generally a Road Level 1 or 2, a Cyclo-cross Level 1 or 2 and a Mountain Bike Elite license are not issued without substantial evidence that a rider can race at that ability level. If you don’t have substantial evidence that you are racing at a higher ability and you are attending an out of province race and competing in any of the high ability categories mentioned previously, you can request an upgrade letter to attach to your current license. This letter will be specific to a race and will have an expire date. Your request should list the event name and location, date of the event and current results that would support the temporary upgrade.
All requests must be received at least one month prior to the event for which you would like to compete in your new upgraded/downgraded category.
Send your request to the SCA office at: 2205 Victoria Ave, Regina, Sask S4P 0S4 or e-mail at cycling@accesscomm.ca

Typical Schedule of Events at a Mountain Bike Event

The schedule for all races is the same (except where noted and the Provincial Championship which starts an hour earlier). If you have pre-registered for a race, you must still sign-on between 9:00AM and 10:15AM on the day of the race. Licensed racers must show their license on race day. A waiver of liability form and registration form must be completed and handed in at sign-on. One day licenses are available at the race for $20.00 and is good for one event for unlicensed riders. A maximum of one one day license can be purchased in one year.

Schedule of Events:

9:00-10:15AM Registration (sign-on) and practice on the course.
10:45AM Rider staging for all categories.
11:00AM Start of race for first wave of riders.
2:00PM Awards ceremony.

Medals awarded at provincial Mountain Bike race (gold/silver/bronze)

Category followed by the medals

5 laps Elite Men
-” Senior elite

4 laps Elite Women
-” Senior elite

4 laps Expert Men
-” Junior expert
-” Senior expert
-” Master A expert
-” Master B expert
-” Master C expert

3 laps Expert Women
-” Junior expert
-” Senior expert
-” Master expert

3 laps Sport Men -includes U17 expert
-” U17 expert
-” Junior Sport
-” Senior Sport
-” Master A sport
-” Master B sport
-” Master C sport

2 laps Sport Women -includes U17 expert
-” U17 expert
-” Junior Sport
-” Senior Sport
-” Master Sport

2 laps Sport Youth Men (for ages 16 and younger)
-” U17 Sport
-” U15 Expert

2 laps Sport Youth Women (for ages 16 and younger)
-” Sport Youth

2 laps Novice Men
-” Novice

1 lap Novice Women
-” Novice

1 lap Beginner Men
– ” Beginner

1 lap Novice Youth Men -includes U13 (for ages 16 and younger)
-” U15 Sport
-” U13

1 lap Novice Youth Women- includes U13 (for ages 16 and younger)
-” U17 Sport
-” U15
-” U13