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SXC Racing Guide - 2020 season

This is only intended as a guide, full series regulations are available here. Scottish Cross-Country (SXC) is a series of six off-road cross-country mountain bike races, run from spring to autumn. On of the races will include the Scottish Championships. The Series include races for age categories from Juvenile (under-14) through to Super-Veteran (60+). Each round also includes racing for U8, U10 and U12 age groups.


The race day schedule can be found at the bottom of the page.

You must wear a helmet, and have bar end plugs fitted to your bike. Other than that, you can enter using almost any capable bike, as long as it doesn’t have a motor!

Race results will be usually be available by the end of the event and online by the end of the day, check them as most timing errors can be sorted out quickly once we’re aware.

Toilets are available at all venues, please use them! Any rider found urinating in public will be instantly disqualified. We like racing in nice places, please treat them nicely!

The use by riders of GoPros or similar video cameras is not permitted on race day on the course. The use of drones in the vicinity of the race is not permitted at any time.


Entry to most races is online only using the British Cycling website and is available until the Wednesday night before the race, closing at 5 mins to midnight. This helps us make the sign-on process at the event as smooth as possible.

The exception to this is the Scottish Championships round where entries close 2 weeks before the race. See the Enter Online page of the SXC website.

We only offer on-the-day entries for Taster, U8 and U10 categories.

Check the series regulations for our refund policy.

Licences - riders in the Elite/Expert categories must have a current British Cycling race licence. All other categories can race without a licence, but if you want to gain British Ranking points, you will need one. If you have a race licence, please bring it to show at sign-on - this is good practice for British Series races, where they are required to sign on in nearly categories.


The main course is usually between 4.5 and 5.5km in length, and a lap should take most riders between 15 and 20 minutes. The main course is generally made up of a mixture of fireroad, grass, singletrack, steep climbs and challenging descents. As the event caters for everyone up to Elite riders, there will be some technically difficult sections but wherever possible we will provide a less technically-daunting (but slightly longer) option, referred to as the 'B' line. Signs clearly showing A and B lines will be visible on approach to the section.

The Female Taster, Young Taster and U12 categories use a slightly shortened version of the main course at most venues, with the most challenging features generally bypassed.

The U8 and U10 categories use a separate course altogether, designed to be safe and fun for everyone while still able to challenge the most capable riders in this age group.

All races take place on Sunday, but the main course is open for inspection by riders from Saturday afternoon. We aim to have this ready by 3pm but the chief commissaire has to give us the green light to do so. Please refrain from riding the course until this time - course building takes a lot of time and effort and we'll get it done faster if you give us space to do so.

Saturday course inspection will not be marshalled or covered by First Aid - you are responsible for yourself, so please ride accordingly.

On race day, the course will be available for official practice prior to each race. Available practice time will be advertised on the race day timetable and Matt – our announcer – will keep everyone informed when the course is open for practice, so listen out! We strongly recommend that you ride the course and decide which sections are within your capabilities. Remember, you can dismount and walk/run sections if you feel safer but you are not permitted to dismount and walk/run down an optional A-line.

We aim to post the number of laps each category will be racing for on our Facebook page by the Saturday evening. This will also be advertised at registration on race day. These are decided by the chief commissaire with the intention of matching the recommended race durations for each category and giving everyone the best possible race experience, however the course and weather forecast can have a significant bearing on this.


On race day, there will be parking sign-posted at each venue and there may be a small charge. Please park where marshals ask you to park - we need permission from landowners to stage our events and they can be sensitive about where you park!

Look for the big, blue SXC sign-on tent. Sign-on is open from 9.00am where you will receive your race number and timing chip when you sign on. Please don’t ask to sign on before 9.00am as we are very busy setting up! If possible, please bring the correct change for on the day entries.

You will have the opportunity to practice the course ahead of your race, but please make your way to the start area (check the map!) 15 minutes before the start of your race to allow time for briefing and gridding by the race officials. See Race Day Timetable for full details.

During the race, if you hear a shout of ‘Rider on your left!’ or ‘Rider on your right!’ from behind, you should allow the approaching faster rider to pass you on the side in question as soon as safely possible, although you are not expected to stop or put your foot down. Equally, if you are about to overtake a rider in another category, or on a different lap in your own category, a clear, polite call of ‘Rider on your left!’ or ‘Rider on your right!’ alerts the rider in front of your approach and you should wait for them to allow you to overtake. Remember, everyone is racing for a place in their own category and they deserve your courtesy, so please be polite! Anyone being overly aggressive or using foul language will be disqualified. See the Series Regulations for full details on overtaking etiquette.

When you finish your race, please move clear of the finish line promptly as other riders will still be coming through behind you and may not be finished. Remove your number board and timing chip (someone will be there to help) to the buckets at the finishing area. Please don’t go home with a chip or a number board! They’re expensive and we know who has each one.

After the dust settles, relax and enjoy that post-race glow, visit our catering and sponsorship partners in the event village and please attend the podium presentation ceremony which will take place as soon as possible after each race.


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

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

No medals or prizes will be posted after the event.

This year we have managed to secure 6 generous prize sponsors who will award prizes to the following categories: Elite/Expert Male & Female, Junior Male & Female, Youth Male & Female.

PITS (feed/technical zone)

If your race covers multiple laps, you should take your water bottles (and a helper!) to the Feed/Technical Zone, often known as ‘the pits’. This is generally near the Start/Finish area, and is marked on the course map.

In the pits or ‘feed zone’ you may receive food or drink from your helper, or you may stop and pick these up yourself. You are allowed outside assistance in this area with any mechanicals and you are also allowed to carry out a wheel change if a puncture occurs.

You are not allowed to do a bike, frame or fork change.

There will be a line on the ground in the pits marking the boundary of the course - your helper is not allowed to cross this and encroach on the course. This is for everyone’s safety.

You are not allowed to ride or push your bike the wrong way round the course to the pits. If you have passed the pits and then have an issue you must continue round the course or you will be disqualified. Furthermore you are not allowed to receive any assistance from any other rider or spectator outside of the pits. You may fix your bike yourself with anything you are carrying, but if you accept tools or help from anyone else outside the pits you will be disqualified. PHOTOGRAPHERS

We will post links to any photos on our Facebook page. Professional photographers, please drop us an email if you are coming - we’d suggest you come to the marshals’ briefing. All photographers and spectators must ensure their own and racers’ safety at all times or be asked to leave. Do not stand or walk where possible inside the taped course and remember the marshals are there for everyone’s safety so please listen to their advice and do as they ask.


We really hope you have a great time! A whole team of volunteers has put in a whole load of work to make these events happen and more than anything we want you to enjoy them!

For further information, follow the links on this site or email with any other queries.



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