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What is Cross Country?

Mountain bike racing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It offers many ways to have fun while challenging the individual physically and mentally. There are a wide variety of events offered in Ontario, to suit all abilities and experience levels.

These events are held on a circuit comprised of single and double-track trails, often with some gravel road sections for passing. Riders compete against each other according to their age and relative ability. Riders complete a set number of laps on the course. They may be individual or mass start events and, depending on the type of start, either the rider with the fastest time or the first rider across the finish line wins.

Cross country races may also be held in team relay format, where each rider on a team completes a set number of laps. Again the winning team can be determined by either the fastest team time, or the team whose rider first crosses the finish line. Chrissy Redden of Campbellville, Ontario, along with National Team riders Adam Coates, Ryder Hesjedal and Roland Green won the Gold Medal in the Team Relay at the 2001 World MTB Championships, and Canada repeated as winners in 2002.

Ontario is home to the Plastiglas Ontario Cup Series.

Selecting a MTB-XC Race Category

This chart is designed to help riders new to the sport to pick a category as well as help all riders determine which kind of membership is required to participate in their categories. Riders who still have questions about categories after reading these charts should contact the OCA office.

 
Category
 
Age Information
Citizen
Permit
UCI
Licence
Non-Member
Permit
UCI Licence
Code
Ability
Level
Squirt Girls/BoysAge: 9-10
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU13 or XWU13
Ability Level: All
XMU13 or XWU13 All
Squirt Girls/Boys SportAge: 9-10
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU13 or XWU13
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMU13 or XWU13Novice - Intermediate
U13 Girls/BoysAge: 11-12
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU13 or XWU13
Ability Level: All
XMU13 or XWU13All
U13 Girls/Boys SportAge: 11-12
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU13 or XWU13
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMU13 or XWU13Novice - Intermediate
U15 Girls/BoysAge: 13-14
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU15 or XWU15
Ability Level: All
XMU15 or XWU15All
U15 Girls/Boys SportAge: 13-14
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU15 or XWU15
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMU15 or XWU15Novice - Intermediate
Junior/U17 Sport Girls*Age: 15-18
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWU17.S or XWJ.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XWU17.S or XWJ.SNovice - Intermediate
U17 Sport Boys*Age: 15-16
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU17.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMU17.SNovice - Intermediate
 
Master 40-44 Sport Men*Age: 40-44
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMB.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMMB.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 45-49 Sport Men*Age: 45-49
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMB.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMMB.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 50-54 Sport Men*Age: 50-54
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMC.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMMC.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 55-59 Men*Age: 55-59
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMC.S
Ability Level: All
XMMC.SAll
Master 60+ Men*Age: 60+
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMD
Ability Level: All
XMMDAll
Elite (Senior) Sport Women*Age: 19+
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWE.S or XWU23.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XWE.S or XWU23.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 30-39 Sport Women*Age: 30-39
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWMA.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XWMA.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 40-49 Sport Women*Age: 40-49
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWMB.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XWMB.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 50+ Women*Age: 50+
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWMC.S
Ability Level: All
XWMC.SAll
SingleSpeed*Age: 15+
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: No code on UCI
Ability Level: All
No code on UCIAll
Citizen Men/Women*Age: 17+
Citizen Permit
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: No code on UCI
Ability Level: Beginner
No code on UCIBeginner
 
Elite (Senior) Sport MenAge: 19+
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XME.S or XMU23.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XME.S or XMU23.SNovice - Intermediate
Junior Sport MenAge: 17-18
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMJ.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMJ.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 30-34 Sport MenAge: 30-39
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMA.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMMA.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 35-39 Sport MenAge: 30-39
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMA.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMMA.SNovice - Intermediate
U17 Expert WomenAge: 15-16
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWU17.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWU17.EAdvanced
Junior Expert WomenAge: 17-18
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWJ.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWJ.EAdvanced
Elite (Senior) Expert WomenAge: 19+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWU23.E or XWE.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWU23.E or XWE.E Advanced
Master 30-39 Expert WomenAge: 30-39
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWMA.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWMA.EAdvanced
Master 40+ Expert WomenAge: 40+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWMB.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWMB.EAdvanced
Master 50+ Expert WomenAge: 50+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWMC.S
Ability Level: Advanced
XWMC.SAdvanced
 
(Senior) Elite MenAge: 19+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XME or XMU23
Ability Level: Elite
XME or XMU23Elite
(Senior) Elite WomenAge: 19+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWE or XWU23
Ability Level: Elite
XWE or XWU23Elite
Junior Expert MenAge: 17-18
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMJ.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMJ.EAdvanced
Elite (Senior) Expert MenAge: 19+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XME.E or XMU23.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XME.E or XMU23.EAdvanced
Master 30-39 Expert MenAge: 30-39
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMMA.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMMA.EAdvanced
Master 40-44 Expert MenAge: 40-44
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMMB.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMMB.EAdvanced
Master 45-49 Expert Men Age: 45-49
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMMB.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMMB.EAdvanced
Master 50-54 Expert MenAge: 50-54
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMMC.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMMC.EAdvanced
U17 Expert MenAge: 15-16
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMU17.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMU17.EAdvanced

*New members MUST select an entry level/novice category unless they have a previous race licence with another cycling body (proof of this is required before a licence will be granted).

Citizen Mountain Bike Events

Category Age Race using Citizen Permit Race using UCI Licence Race using Non-Member Permit
At Organizer’s discretion At Organizer’s discretion If available at event

Ontario Cup and Upgrade Points

MTB XC Ontario Cup Points


Ontario Cup points are awarded to all categories except the Try an O-Cup Men category.  Only riders who purchase their racing membership through the OCA are eligible for O-Cup points. One-Event Racing Permit riders “eat up” Ontario Cup points but only receive these points if they take out the appropriate licence. (Please visit MEMBERSHIP) for One-Event Permit details) DNF riders (riders who do not finish) are not entitled to O-Cup points. O-Cup points are different than upgrade points.

The breakdown of O-Cup points is as follows for each category:

1st 25 points 11th 11 points
2nd 22 points 12th 10 points
3rd 20 points 13th 9 points
4th 18 points 14th 8 points
5th 17 points 15th 7 points
6th 16 points 16th 6 points
7th 15 points 17th 5 points
8th 14 points 18th 4 points
9th 13 points 19th 3 points
10th 12 points 20th 2 points

O-Cup points earned in the lower category will be divided by 3 and each lower category race will count as one race.  For example a rider who earns 9 O-Cups points in each of their 3 sport races, then upgrades to expert will earn 3 O-Cup points for each of these individual sport races.  In the overall expert series, the best 5 results are used for tabulation.  Each of the sport events would count as one individual expert event with 3 O-Cup points.  Riders who upgrade during the season are not eligible for series awards in their former category.  For clarification, please contact the OCA office.  Season ending O-Cup XC point totals will be based on the rider’s 5 best results.  Riders are not required to start the Provincial Championships to be eligible for Plastiglas Ontario Cup Mountain Bike Series awards. Series awards podiums will be conducted at the Provincial Championships.

Season ending Plastiglas Ontario Cup MTB-XC point totals will be a tally of the O-Cup points earned in a rider’s top 5 of 7 races in the series. In the event of a tie at the end of the season, the Series Champion will be decided by the individual who had the highest finish at the Provincial Championship Race. In the event that this does not break the tie, the indiviual with the most wins in the series will be declared the winner. Series Champions in the highest ability categories (Elite Men/Women, Cadet and Junior Expert, Master Expert, Master 60+ Men, Singlespeed, U11, U13 and U15 categories all receive Ontario Cup Series plaques as well as the top 3 overall in these categories.

Out or Province Racers

Out of province racers will consume any upgrade points earned however they are not eligble for Ontario Cup points.

Upgrade Points – MTB-XC

Upgrade Points

Upgrade points are based upon a mathematical formula taking into account a person’s speed vs the optimum time for their category. The predicted winning times are determined using the speed of the fastest racers, either Senior Elite men or the Senior Elite women’s fastest time is used, depending on who is relatively faster.  Expert, sport, and beginner racers are not expected to go as fast as Elite racers, so their predicted speeds are multiplied by a factor.  The predicted winning time is then determined by the dividing the distance by the speed.  The Speed ratios below are used to calculate the predicted speeds.

SpeedRatio AgainstCat Category
0.84 SEM U11 Squirt (9-10 yrs) Male
0.73 SEM U11 Squirt (9-10 yrs) Female
0.875 SEM U13 Peewee (11-12 yrs) Male
0.79 SEM U13 Peewee (11-12 yrs) Female
0.925 SEM U15 Minime (13-14 yrs) Male
0.82 SEM U15 Minime (13-14 yrs) Female
0.938 SEM U17 (Cadet) Sport (15-16 yrs) Male
0.84 SEM Junior/U17 (Cadet) Sport (15-18 yrs) Female
0.85 SEM Citizen (19+ yrs) Male
0.66 SEM Citizen (19+ yrs) Female
0.95 SEM Junior Sport (17-18 yrs) Male
0.9 SEM Senior Sport (19-29 yrs) Male
0.917 SEM Master Sport (30-39 yrs) Male
0.912 SEM Master Sport (40-44 yrs) Male
0.8835 SEM Master Sport (45-49 yrs) Male
0.8721 SEM Master Sport (50-54 yrs) Male
0.8721 SEM Master Sport (55-59 yrs) Male
0.89 SEM Master (60-64 yrs) Male
0.88 SEM Master Sport (65+ yrs) Male
0.8 SEM Senior Sport (19-29 yrs) Female
0.85 SEM Master Sport (30-39 yrs) Female
0.82 SEM Master Sport (40-49 yrs) Female
0.8 SEM Master 50+ Female
0.95 SEM SingleSpeed
0.816 SEM U17 Cadet Expert (15-16 yrs) Female
0.832 SEM Junior Expert (17-18 yrs) Female
0.84 SEM Senior Expert (19-29 yrs) Female
0.87 SEM Master Expert (30-39 yrs) Female
0.84 SEM Master Expert (40+ yrs) Female
0.938 SEM U17 Cadet Expert (15-16 yrs) Male
0.957 SEM Junior Expert (17-18 yrs) Male
0.95 SEM Senior Expert (19-29 yrs) Male
0.965 SEM Master Expert (30-39 yrs) Male
0.96 SEM Master Expert (40-44 yrs) Male
0.93 SEM Master Expert (45-49 yrs) Male
0.918 SEM Master Expert (50+ yrs) Male
0.99 SEM Under 23 Male
0.985 SEF Under 23 Female
1.14 SEF Senior Elite Male
0.87 SEM Senior Elite Female

New Upgrade Rules
Based on points earned at best 3 races
Sport-Expert – 260 points optional, Mandatory at 295 prior to next race
Expert to Elite – 275 points optional, Mandatory at 295 prior to next race
Subsequently, anyone who has 290.00 to 294.99 points at the end of the season will be upgraded prior to the following racing season.

The above however does not apply to the Master 55-59 Men, Master 60+ Men, Master 50+ Women or any Master Expert category. The mandatory in-season upgrade also does not apply to the Under 17 Sport category

Anyone wanting to downgrade or upgrade without the pre-requisite points can apply for an upgrade to the OCA Upgrade/Downgrade Licensing Committee using the Upgrade Request Form found here.

Competition Results and Protests

If a rider has a race problem/protest at an event they should deal immediately with the Chief Commissaire at that event. The Chief Commissaire’s decision shall be final.  If a rider wishes to further appeal the decision, a written protest must be filed to the Provincial Chief Commissaire c/o the OCA within 10 business days.

NOTE: Any race result discrepancies must be reported to the finish commissaire within 15 minutes of being posted at the event. Following this 15 minute period, results are considered final and are signed off as official.