Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the series all about?
For the seventh year the ‘Big Tree Campervans North East Regional Youth MTB Series 2019’ will continue with the same principles of providing a fun, local and accessible mountain bike race experience.
It is a multi-discipline race series aimed at children & young people in the autumn of 2019. All races are suitable for a hard-tail mountain bike & will serve as a local introduction to the sport of mountain biking.
It will allow young riders to develop a range of MTB skills, to try a range of disciplines of mountain biking, and is an excellent introduction to “non-serious” MTB races.
2. What are the different types of race?
Dirt Crits (Fife College, Templeton Woods, Rossie school and Lochore Meadows)
Riders race for a specific length of time around a laid out circular course. The aim of the race is to complete as many laps as possible within the allocated time. It’s a fun mass start and we race boys and girls together.
Approximate times of each race categories:
Under 8s - 12 minute race
Under 10s - 12 minute race
Under 12s - 20 minute race
Under 14s &16s - 30 minute race
Mini-Downhill (Kinnoull Hill Perth)
A timed run down a purpose-built downhill course, with riders setting off at 1 minute intervals. There will be plenty of practice time, and the course is fun, and suitable for decent hard-tail bikes - i.e. you definitely don’t have to have a full-suspension downhill bike!
Riders will each get 2 timed runs, and the fastest wins! Full face helmets must be used.
3. Do I need any specialist equipment?
• You need a mountain bike – a hard-tail mountain bike is absolutely fine. No Cyclo Cross bikes.
• All bikes must have working brakes and plugs in the end of the handlebars (“bar ends”)
• All riders must wear a hard shell cycle helmet, which is correctly fitted and in good working order.
• For the Mini-Downhill, you must have a Full Face Helmet
• Full finger gloves are recommended.
4. What are the different age categories?
Using “under” can sometimes be a bit confusing... so the easiest thing to do is to focus on the rider’s year of birth:
8 +Under born in 2011 or before
10 +Under born in 2009 or 2010
12 +Under born in 2007 or 2008
14 +Under born in 2005 or 2006
16 +Under born in 2003 or 2004
+ Mini-DH round only - Given the nature of the event there will be NO Under 8 category.
* Mini-DH round only - Given the nature of the event entrants for the under 10 category will be ‘by application’ Under 10s will need to name a fully qualified UKCC level2 coach who can confirm their riding ability for the event.
5. How are the races scored?
There are five races in the series. Points will be allocated in each race based on the rider's place in the race:
7 -or less 10
There will be medals for the top three boys and girls in each age group in each race, plus Certificates of Participation for everyone!
The Series Winners will be the girl and boy in each age group who have the highest total scores of their best three race results. In the event of a draw, the results of their next best race will decide the series winner. In other words, you have to enter at least three races to qualify for the Series Prize.
6. What is the series prize?
The winners of the Boys & Girls U10, 12, 14 & 16 age categories the will win a fantastic – Two-day, one night campervan hire from Big Tree Campervans.
Obviously, it will be the Series Winners’ parent/guardian who actually hire, and drive the campervan (!!), as they need to be aged 25-70. Includes the hire of a bike rack, and winners can add additional days on to the hire at normal rates if they choose to do so. The Series Prize can be taken any time up to 1st November 2020.
The winners of the U8 series will win a certificate of achievement and a series’ winners medal*
* We are following good practice from the governing body, Scottish Cycling, which encourages riders to enter events for fun and participation until they are older.
7. How much does it cost?
The MTB Races and the Mini Downhill races will each cost £6- pre-entry (£5.00 for the race & £1.00 booking fee) and £10 on the day (subject to availability).
8. How many can enter?
We are hopeful of a great turnout this year – thanks to the success of last year's series and the increase in profile for mountain biking as a sport.
Although restricting young people to get involved in our events isn’t our natural position we feel to ensure the events are safe & fun each age category will have these maximum numbers:
8 +Under 40 riders 10 +Under 40 riders
12 +Under 40 riders
14 & 16 Under 30 riders
We will allow entry on the day on a first-come-first-served basis for the amount of places left for each age category. There is no gender split to the allocation of places.
9. How do I enter?
You DO NOT have to be a British/Scottish Cycling member to enter any of the races in the series, although there is a great range of benefits if you do so.
You can enter each of the races on the day, but it is preferable to enter online beforehand (it really does make the organisation easier, and for most of the races it’s cheaper!) To enter online for the Dirt Crits or the Mini Downhill, you need to register with British Cycling before you can enter online – you don’t need to join BC, you just need to register on their website.
On the British Cycling website, you register by clicking here
Once you have entered online, you will receive a full race pack by email the Thursday evening before the race - this will confirm the details which you can already see on the BC website, e.g. times, locations etc.