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Competition Calendar MTB
This section of the website lists the Mountain Bike Competitions our club members might be interested in. Currently there is little MTB racing in the North West.
Please visit the appropriate website for full details of each event, using the links below and the BC calendar
The entries on this page will be updated before each season with current dates as they become available.
NOTE: although there is little racing locally, we do have a number of leisure areas for MTB riding, some very local. Information is being added to our general MTB page.
MTB Age and Race Categories
First of all, it is important that you understand what category you will race within when entering a MTB race. There are different rules governing the AGE categorization of MTB races compared to road and cyclocross races.
All categories in MTB racing are age based until you get to the age of 19. To work out which category you belong in, see the table below. As an example, if you are 14 now, but have a birthday later in the year, then you are classed as a 15 year old and would race in the Youth category:
See the BC website for full details of the MTB age and ability categories.
Now here is just a selection of what's on offer for budding MTB racers in the North of England...
Manchester Midweek Madness 2011
This is series of MTB cross country events at Clayton Vale in Manchester, and is held in a similar format each year. These events are non-ranking, and are run by Manchester's local Go-Ride coach Tom Hodgkinson.
No. 1 - 21 July 2011
No. 2 - 4th August 2011
No. 3 - 18th August 2011
No. 4- 1st September 2011
See the BC website for further details.
Organised by Tom Hodgkinson, British Cycling, email@example.com
Link to the 2010 series information here (note the 2011 series may be different)
National events taking place all around the country throughout the summer months.
Round 1 - March 24 - Sherwood Pines
Round 2 - April 28 - Wheal Maid Valley, Redruth, Cornwall
Round 3 - June 2 - Hopton Woods, Shropshire
Round 4 - July 7 - Margam Park, South Wales
Round 5 - August 18 - Hadleigh Farm, Essex
Race categories are Elite, Expert, Sport, Open, Vets, Junior, Juvenile and Youth (so there is racing for 11 yrs and above). There are also usually some fun 'Go-Ride' race events for the younger riders before the other races get going.
6 rounds around the North East of England throughout the summer months: April, May, June, August, September and October.
Race categories are Elite, Experts, Senior Novice/Fun, U16 and Juvenile, again with 'Go-Ride' racing for the U12's.
Now this one is LOCAL!
5 rounds held throughout the summer at Lee Quarry in Bacup, Lancashire: May, June, July, August and September.
Race entry is open to 15 yrs and above, so there are no races for the younger riders.