Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 MTB Race Series will be following government enforced spacing and gathering protocols. As such, the 2021 MTB season will be composed of races with single starts allowing for distancing. These events are currently only proposed and will have to comply with outdoor gathering limits in addition to other COVID-19 protocols. Events listed in the preliminary calendar will only be possible once the Province of Ontario enters Step 2 of the reopening plan, thus allowing for outdoor sports leagues and clubs to take place outside. Simply being listed in the Ontario Cycling Association 2021 Preliminary Calendar does not guarantee an event will run. We thank you for your understanding as we navigate the rules and regulations surrounding both the pandemic and our sport.

What is Cross Country?

Mountain bike racing 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. For the 2021 season, all Ontario XC MTB events will be an individual start format to comply with Provincial Government issued distancing and gathering guidelines.

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.

Selecting a MTB-XC Race Category

2021 Season

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
U13 Peewee Girls/Boys Age: 10-12
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU11/13 or XWU11/13
Ability Level: All
XMU11/13 or XWU11/13All
U15 Minime Girls/BoysAge: 13-14
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU15 or XWU15
Ability Level: All
XMU15 or XWU15All
 
U17 Cadet/Junior Sport Girls*Age: 15-18
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWU17.S or XWJ.S
Ability Level: Beginner - Intermediate
XWU17.S or XWJ.SBeginner - Intermediate
U17 Cadet Sport Boys*Age: 15-16
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMU17.S
Ability Level: Intermediate
XMU17.SIntermediate
Master 55-64 Sport Men*Age: 55-64
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMC.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMMC.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 65+ Men*Age: 65+
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMD
Ability Level: All
XMMDAll
Senior 19-34 Sport Women*Age: 19-34
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWE.S or XWU23.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XWE.S or XWU23.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 35-44 Sport Women*Age: 35-44
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWMA.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XWMA.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 45-54 Sport Women*Age: 45-54
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWMB.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XWMB.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 55+ WomenAge: 55+
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XWMC.S or XWMC.E
Ability Level: All
XWMC.S or XWMC.EAll
 
Junior Sport MenAge: 17-18
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMJ.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMJ.SNovice - Intermediate
Senior 19-34 Sport MenAge: 19-34
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XME.S or XMU23.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XME.S or XMU23.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 35-44 Sport MenAge: 35-44
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMA.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMMA.SNovice - Intermediate
Master 45-54 Sport Men*Age: 45-54
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
Non-Member Permit
UCI Licence: XMMB.S
Ability Level: Novice - Intermediate
XMMB.SNovice - Intermediate
U17 Cadet Expert WomenAge: 15-16
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWU17.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWU17.EAdvanced
Senior 19-34 Expert WomenAge: 19-34
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWU23.E or XWE.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWU23.E or XWE.E Advanced
Master 35-44 Expert WomenAge: 35-44
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWMA.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWMA.EAdvanced
Master 45+ Expert WomenAge: 45+
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWMB.E or XWMC.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWMB.E or XWMC.EAdvanced
 
Junior Expert WomenAge: 17-18
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWJ.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XWJ.EAdvanced
Senior Elite WomenAge: 19+
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XWE or XWU23
Ability Level: Elite
XWE or XWU23Elite
U17 Cadet Expert MenAge: 15-16
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMU17.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMU17.EAdvanced
Junior Expert MenAge: 17-18
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMJ.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMJ.EAdvanced
Senior Elite MenAge: 19+
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XME or XMU23
Ability Level: Elite
XME or XMU23Elite
Senior Expert MenAge: 19-34
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XME.E or XMU23.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XME.E or XMU23.EAdvanced
Master 35-44 Expert MenAge: 35-44
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMMA.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMMA.EAdvanced
Master 45-54 Expert MenAge: 45-54
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMMB.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMMB.EAdvanced
Master 55+ Expert MenAge: 55+
Citizen Permit
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: XMMC.E
Ability Level: Advanced
XMMC.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 Yes Yes If available at event

Ontario Cup and Upgrade Points

MTB XC Ontario Cup Points


Ontario Cup points are awarded to all categories listed above. 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

Season ending O-Cup XC point totals will be based on the rider’s results and participation in all four O-Cup races. 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 final race of the series. In the event that this does not break the tie, the individual with the most wins in the series will be declared the winner.

Out or Province Racers

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

Upgrade Points – MTB-XC  (Currently being reviewed)

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
0.875 SEM U13 Peewee (10-12 yrs) Male
0.79 SEM U13 Peewee (10-12 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 to 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 50-59 Sport 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 Forms Below

Upgrade Request Forms can be 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.