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West Virginia Mountain Bike Association Points Series

07
Apr
2024

Race to Lil Moe's

21
Apr
2024

Challenge at Mountwood

05
May
2024

Henry Clay

26
May
2024

Black Bear

Current Series Standings
09
Jun
2024

Tour De Lake

23
Jun
2024

Grand Vue

30
Jun
2024

Upshur County Uprising

04
Aug
2024

Brapps Then Tapps

18
Aug
2024

Meeks Mountain MTB Hoedown

Become A Member
  • Family
    $75
    This membership is for if you are signing 3 or more family members for race membership. A parent and two kids, two parents and two children etc. All members must reside at the same address.
  • Individual
    $40
  • Junior
    $20
    This membership is just one racer for the season under the age of 18 for the entire season.

The WVMBA points series is a Cross Country mountain bike race series here in West Virginia. This endurance-oriented event is a mass-start competition, divided by category or ability, that features riders competing over rough terrain including everything from unpaved fire roads to technical singletrack filled with rocks, roots and ruts.

A common cross-country mountain bike course includes significant elevation gain and tricky descents. To accommodate the off-road conditions, competitors’ bikes are equipped with wide, knobby tires for better traction and suspension systems to soften the impact of riding over uneven terrain. Bike-handling skills, a keen sense of awareness and an element of bravery are all vital characteristics of a successful cross-country mountain bike racer.

The West Virginia Mountain Bike Association (WVMBA) Points Series allows competitors to accumulate points towards a yearly championship status. WVMBA attempts to compose a series of sanctioned races that are judged as historically exceptional events. WVMBA expects to award over $4,000 in cash and prizes to series champions at the conclusion of the final series race. The goal of the series is to encourage racers to participate in more races, participate in trail work, and generally improve the quality of mountain bike riding and racing in WV.

Series Points:

XC Points Series: Top 6 results (must finish 5 to qualify) = Series Champion
Points for each race are awarded to the finishers in each class based on a 20 point system.
  • 20 points for 1st
  • 19 points for 2nd
  • 18 points for 3rd
  • etc
One point will be awarded to those finishing 20th place and below.
To qualify for the XC series, the racer shall complete a minimum of 5 series races. The racer's final series points standings will be calculated based on the total points from the racer's best 6 races.
Race Podiums

Category Descriptions:

Our descriptions below are to help assist in getting started in the right place and serve as a guide. We hope that you choose wisely when making these decisions on classifications to race in.

Cat 1 / Pro:

Previously called “Expert” - This category is the advanced racer category where racing times are between an hour and a half to two hours. Racing distances for this group will range from 18 miles to 24 miles through the season. Who is suited to race this class? Riders who train aggressively to be competitive and likely spend more than a few hours on their bike a week.

Cat 2:

Previously “Sport" - Intermediate rider and racer, time on course will range from 1 hour to 2 hours with distances ranging from 12-16 miles throughout the season. This class would be for riders who ride a few times a week, have good handling skills, or for previous expert level riders who aren’t training as much. All racers may choose to race the Open class.

Novice / Just For Fun:

Previously “Beginner” - Novice level riders and racers. This class is an introduction to cross country racing and is meant to let you give it a shot. Races range from 1 hour to 1 hour 15 min ride time and can range from as little as 5 miles up to 12 mile courses. WVMBA novice races are still challenging as you learn how to pace yourself in the West Virginia rock and rooty terrain. This would be for new riders and racers who don’t take the time to commit to riding or training a lot and may be more the weekend warrior.

Race Classes:

All WVMBA Point Series events must include all of the standard WVMBA Classes regardless of field size. These classes may not be combined.
The following classes will be recognized at WVMBA XC races:
* Denotes Series Eligible vs. One Race
* Cat 1
Previously Pro/Expert
  • Men Open
  • Women Open
  • Junior Boys (18 & under)
  • Veteran 35+
  • Singlespeed
* Cat 2
Previously Sport
  • Men Open
  • Women Open
  • Girls 18 and Under
  • Junior Boys 17-18
  • Junior Boys 16 and under
  • Men Veteran 35+
  • Women Veteran 35+
  • Masters 45+
  • Grand Masters 55+
  • Clydesdale (>200 lb)
Novice
Previously Beginner
  • Men Open
  • Women Open
  • Youth Girls 8-11
  • Youth Girls 12-14
  • Youth Girls 15-18
  • Youth Boys 8-11
  • Youth Boys 12-14
  • Youth Boys 15-18
  • Just For Fun!
(Points are not tracked)
* E Bike Cat 1
 
  • Men Open
  • Women Open
(Races the Cat 2 XC distance and course)
* E Bike Cat 2
 
  • Men Open
  • Women Open
(Races the Cat 2 XC distance and course)
All age classifications are based on the racer's age on December 31st of the current year. Race organizers may opt to create additional ability categories within the age classifications but only official WVMBA classes will be recognized for points in the WVMBA Points Championship Series. Races completed outside of recognized Points Series classes will not qualify as "races" and no series points will be awarded for those races.
Note: The sport of mountain biking is about camaraderie and sportsmanship. A big part of sportsmanship is honor. We don't believe that this sport should ever need mountain bike police. Each racer shall behave honorably and is expected to know and understand WVMBA rules when signing up for a race. We ask that you follow these rules and sign up for the class in which you would normally race. Whether you race USAC or have any other license is irrelevant.

Number Plates:

WVMBA Numbrer Plates
No changes or alterations to a WVMBA number plate are permitted, this includes cutting down the size of the number plate, placing stickers on the number plate, or any type of writing on the front of the number plate. If any number plate has been changed from its original state, a replacement fee of $10.00 for a new number plate will be charged to the racer that the number plate was originally assigned to and the racer cannot compete in a WVMBA event until the plate is replaced. Every rider is required to use the same number plate at each WVMBA event. If a new number plate is required by a racer due to the original number plate being lost, left at home, or stolen the racer may be charged a $10.00 replacement fee. If the number plate is lost during a race, please notify a WVMBA official after finishing the race.

Tie-breaking:

The final race of the series breaks ties. (Example: Racer 1 & Racer 2 both have 100 points after the final race points are calculated. The winner of that final race is the series winner). If neither racer races the final race, the racer who completed the most races in the series wins the series. If they have the same amount of completed races, the racer with the most 1st place finishes, 2nd place finishes or 3rd place finishes, etc. will win. If still tied, the racer who completed the series final race is declared the winner. If they both complete the same last race, that race will be the tie breaker.

General Rules:

WVMBA Ebike Additional Rules 2024:

Analog Bikes have the right of way, you must yield to a racer in a different class to pass you when appropriate.

Sandbagging:

Racing in a class that has an ability level below that which a racer possesses is sandbagging. Sandbagging is not cool!

Category Upgrading:

You may advance as quickly as you wish. Otherwise, as a rule of thumb for Novice and Cat 2 racers, you should advance to the next higher class the following year after placing in the top 5 to 10 percentile in five of five races in any given season. (Note: Upgrade carefully, downgrading never looks good!) WVMBA does not make mandatory upgrades however, as necessary, racers may be placed in the Open Class. As an affiliate of USA Cycling you will accrue points at each of our races to rate you against other riders in our country. As such, when you accrue points you will earn category upgrade points. Please use your USA Cycling license as a minimum for class discretion. If your license says Cat 2 you are expected to race the Cat 2 race or higher but you may choose to race up in Cat 1 to get upgrade points as well.

Category Downgrading:

A rider who feels like they have advanced too quickly or have unforeseen medical problems preventing them from racing at a level they once did may request a downgrade by emailing info@wvmba.com their request and reasons for request. If you carry a USA Cycling license you must follow their procedures for downgrading; otherwise, you will race the category your license states. Riders may not downgrade to the Novice or Beginner category. Reasons WVMBA will consider for downgrade: unsafe riding and/or lack of ability to compete in the current category.

Racer category will be considered that to be the category in which the racer spent the majority of the previous season.

Downgraded racers must race Open in their new (downgraded) category, rather than age group.

Series Payout and Awards:

Series payouts and awards will be provided at the final series race of either series. If a racer is eligible for a series payout and/or an award and cannot attend the final race of the series, the payout will be donated to a local trail organization that you choose. Awards will not be mailed-out so the racer must make arrangements with WVMBA to pick-up at a bike shop, at a following season race, or at an in-person WVMBA board meeting. Series payouts are cash or check for Cat 1. Cat 2 awards will be chosen by the WVMBA board.
USA Cycling

USA Cycling

By partnering with USA Cycling we are joining a larger point series along with gaining affordable focused insurance for our promoters, land managers, and participants. Each WVMBA Sanctioned race is a qualifying race for the National series. By being part of these available points we have a larger draw. Racers in other states can participate in our race and get points through the USA Cycling body allowing them to move up the ranks in the National Series.

USA Cycling Representative

Justin Evans - Event Services Regional Manager - East
USA Cycling
M: 719.229.4347 | E: jevans@usacycling.org
210 USA Cycling Point | Colorado Springs, CO 80919
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