Spring & Autumn categories & start times

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Categories and Start Times

There are two types of category: age related and ability related. Categories will be as listed below but may be combined if there are insufficient numbers. If you are new to racing and our events or unsure of your stamina or ability level you are advised to enter the Beginners or Fun categories (you can always move up a category at the next event). Age categories are determined by your age on the 31 December.

Lap lengths are based on time more than distance, so an average rider could lap in 30 minutes, a fast rider in 22 to 24 minutes. This tends to equate to between 4 and 5 miles, though it's not scientific as terrain and weather conditions can alter things! All categories race on the same length lap, with the exception of the under 11's and under 13's who compete on a modified course with a slightly shorter lap (approx 3/4 length) with less technical features.

All blocks of races will be announced at 15 minutes, 5 minutes and 1 minute. Riders are responsible for being at the start in time for their race. The start will be by the sounding of a horn within 10 seconds of the starter announcing the race. We try to announce each finisher, but it's down to you to remember how many laps you've completed and when to finish.

Race No. Category Definition Age Start Time Laps
Race 1Youth Malefrom the 1st January of the year of the 15th birthday to 31st December of the year of the 16th birthday15-168.50am2
Race 2Juvenile Malefrom the 1st January of the year of the 13th birthday to 31st December of the year of the 14th birthday13-148.51am2
Race 3Youth & Juvenile Femalefrom the 1st January of the year of the 13th birthday to 31st December of the year of the 16th birthday13-168.52am1
Race 4Under 13 Male & Femalefrom the 11th birthday to 31st December of the year of the 12th birthday11-128.54am3/4
Race 5Under 11 Male & Femalefrom the 8th birthday to the day preceding the 11th birthday8-108.55am3/4
Race 6Fun Male & Femaledetermined by your age from the 1st January of the year of the 12th birthday onwards12+9.15am2
Race 7Beginner Male & Femaledetermined by your age from the 1st January of the year of the 12th birthday12+9.15am1
Race 8Expert Maledetermined by your age from the 1st January of the year of the 19th birthday19+10.00am5
Race 9Veteran Plus Malefrom the 1st January of the year of the 40th birthday onwards40+10.02am4
Race 10Sport Maledetermined by your age from the 1st January of the year of the 19th birthday19+10.05am4
Race 11Junior Malefrom the 1st January of the year of the 17th birthday to 31st December of the year of the 18th birthday17-1810.06am4
Race 12Expert Femaledetermined by your age from the 1st January of the year of the 19th birthday19+10.07am4
Race 13Sport Femaledetermined by your age from the 1st January of the year of the 19th birthday19+10.07am3
Race 14Veteran Malefrom the 1st January of the year of the 40th birthday to 31st December of the year of the 49th birthday40-4911.31am3
Race 15Grand Veteran Malefrom the 1st January of the year of the 50th birthday to 31st December of the year of the 59th birthday50-5911.34am3
Race 16Super Veteran Malefrom the 1st January of the year of the 60th birthday onwards60+11.35am2
Race 17Veteran Femalefrom the 1st January of the year of the 40th birthday to 31st December of the year of the 49th birthday40-4911.37am2
Race 18Grand Veteran Femalefrom the 1st January of the year of the 50th birthday onwards50+11.37am2
Race 19Open Maledetermined by your age from the 1st January of the year of the 16th birthday16+12.30pm3
Race 20Open Femaledetermined by your age from the 1st January of the year of the 16th birthday16+12.30pm2

Entering an event

You can use the Go to Online Entry buttons on this web site to pre-enter events which saves you the £3 on the day surcharge and time queuing, as you can take your own number from Entry Express. Category changes are free up to the closing date for pre-entries but if you change on the day you will need to complete a new entry form and pay £3.

Note: * Armed Forces riders, Youth, Juvenile, Under 11ís & Under 13ís do not pay the Entry on the Day surcharge.