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Downhill Race Categories

DH Race Categories

 

What AGE category do I race in?

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:

U12 Downhill – Riders in the year of their 10th, 11th or 12th birthdays

Juvenile – Riders in the year of their 13th or 14th birthdays

Youth – Riders in the year of their 15th or 16th birthdays

Junior – Riders in the year of their 17th and 18th birthdays

Senior / Expert / Elite – When a rider reaches the year of his or her 19th birthday then the Senior or Sport category is the appropriate aged based category. See below for how riders can attain Expert or Elite status.

Master – for riders aged 30 to 39

Veteran – for riders aged 40 to 49

Grand Veteran – for riders aged over 50

 

 

How do I qualify to a higher ABILITY category?

Qualification from Senior/Junior to Expert or Expert to Elite is gained through your “End of Year” ranking points.

Female Downhill

These riders should apply directly to British Cycling if a category change is required.

Male Downhill

Elite: The top 40 ranked riders will remain Elite. Elite riders ranked outside of the top 40 will retain their status and any other eligible rider can gain Elite status if two World Cup finals have been achieved in one season. The top 10 Expert riders will be promoted to Elite. The 1st placed Junior rider will be promoted to Elite (British Cycling reserve the right to move more than 1 rider up on merit). Dispensation will only be considered for riders who have been injured for a minimum 8 week period during the months from April to September. A letter from a GP or specialist must be provided.

Expert: Any Elite riders ranked below 40, Expert riders ranked 11-80, Top 25 ranked Senior riders, Top 25 ranked Junior riders (only if 2nd year Juniors), 1st placed Veteran & top 3 Masters (optional, but Vets and Masters riding out of Cat will be offered Expert). Dispensation will only be considered for riders who have been injured for a minimum 8 week period during the months from April to September. A letter from a GP or Specialist must be provided.

Senior: Juniors moving up an age group, but outside the top 25, Entry level riders of senior category age, Riders ranked outside the top 80 Experts, Non licensed riders of Senior category age.

 

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