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2018 Under12/ U10/ U8 Racing Rules

With the huge success of the SXC Under 12 Race Series and the ever increasing numbers, we felt that now is the time to publish rules for the competition.

Please take the time to read them, as they are there to make the races safer, more fun and fairer for all our young riders.

U12/10/8 Rules and Regulations

(2018 Update)

1. General

1.1 All riders and parents must act in a sporting manner at all times.

1.2 On-line entries close at 12 midday on Friday before the race.

1.3 There are no on the day entries for u12 (this is available for u8/10).

1.4 Race categories are determined by age on 1st January:

12 and under (U12)…….born in 2006 and 2007

10 and under (U10)…….born in 2008 and 2009

8 and under (U8)………born in 2010 or later.

There is no minimum age, but all riders must be able to ride the course without external help.

1.5 All riders must be signed on with parental consent before racing.

1.6 All riders must have a valid number board attached to the handle bars.

1.7 Number boards must be returned at the end of the race.

1.8 The course will be open for practice prior to racing and it is strongly recommended to pre-ride,

2. Equipment

2.1 All bikes to be in good working order with working brakes.

2.2 All bikes must have bar end plugs

2.3 Stabilizers and balance bikes are not permitted

2.4 Helmets must be worn at all times when racing or pre-riding.

2.5 No cameras or filming equipment permitted either attached to the rider or the bike.

2.6 Gloves are strongly advised.

3. Course

3.1 Race duration will be approx.: U8 10 min + 1 lap, U10 15 min + 1 lap, U12 about 20 mins.

3.2 It is the parent/guardian/carer’s responsibility to confirm that their child is capable of riding the course without assistance.

3.3 Riders are to be self-sufficient during the race, external help is not permitted on the course (except for after a crash)

3.4 At their discretion, if the SXC team think a short part of the course is too hard for the U8, there will be a clearly signed “help Zone” where help is allowed for all riders.

3.5 Faster riders intending to overtake should call ”rider” and wait until it is safe to pass,

3.6 Slower riders must allow passing at the earliest safe opportunity,

3.7 Fallen or pushing racers must clear the racing line to allow safe passing.

3.8 No running / walking alongside riders on the course to prevent obstruction of other riders

4. Placings and points

4.1 For the first round race, riders will be gridded strictly on age order from pre-entry (online) details. All pre entered riders will be gridded first, oldest at the front, then on the day (u8/10) entries at the rear.

4.2 For subsequent rounds all riders will be gridded on the current series placings, new riders will start at the rear.

4.3 Series points are awarded as follows: 35, 30, 25, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11 and then 10 for every other rider.

4.4 For series rankings, one result is dropped, ie best 5 results from 6 races count for the series.

4.5 All riders must stay in the designated gridding area until called up.

4.6 The race finishes when the winner has crossed the finish line, regardless of how many laps have been done.

4.7 It is the parent/guardian/carer’s responsibility to collect their child and prevent him/her from starting another lap after the race has finished.

4.10 SXC reserve the right to stop riders before the winner finishes in certain circumstances (eg when a slower rider crosses the line just before the winner and the lap is long)

5. Prize ceremony

5.1 Riders must be present at the podium ceremony to collect medals and prizes.

5.2 Medals and prizes cannot be collected by anyone other than the prize winner.

5.3 No medals or prizes will be posted after the event.

5.4 To be eligible for the random draw for spot prizes, a rider must be pre-entered online and present at the podium ceremony.

6. Violations

6.1 Any violation of the above rules may result in time/place penalties or disqualification.

March 2018

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