Age Categories

Mountain Bike Category System Explained

Age categories. All categories in mountain racing are age-based until you get to
the age of 19. U12 downhill – Riders taking part in short course or mini downhill …
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Information about how the British mountain bike category system works.

Age categories

All categories in mountain racing are age-based until you get to the age of 19.

U12 downhill

Riders taking part in short course or mini downhill events can compete in their 10th, 11th and 12th year.

Juvenile

To qualify for the juvenile category, a rider must be in the year of their 13th or 14th birthday.

Youth

Riders in the year of their 15th or 16th birthdays.

Junior

Riders in the year of their 17th and 18th birthdays.

Senior (sport / expert / elite)

When a rider reaches the year of their 19th birthday then they will race in an ability based category See below for how riders can attain expert or elite status.

Master

For riders aged 30 to 39. In downhill, senior riders will default to master on reaching the year of their 30th birthday.  There is no masters licence category in cross country, however riders of masters age with sport or expert licences may ride in masters races where they are held.

Veteran

For riders aged 40 to 49.

Grand veteran

For riders aged over 50

 

How do I qualify to a higher ability category?

Qualification from senior/sport/junior to expert; or from expert to elite, is gained through your end of year ranking points.

Female cross-country and downhill

These riders should apply directly to British Cycling if a category change is required.

Male downhill

Elite

The top 40 ranked riders will remain elite. Elite riders ranked outside of the top 40 will retain their status and any other eligible rider can gain elite status if two world cup finals have been achieved in one season. The top 10 ranked expert riders will be promoted to elite.

The first ranked junior rider will be promoted to elite (British Cycling reserve the right to move more than one rider up on merit). Dispensation will only be considered for riders who have been injured for a minimum eight-week period during the months from April to September. A letter from a GP or specialist must be provided.

Expert

Any elite riders ranked below 40; expert riders ranked 11-80; top 25 ranked senior riders; top 25 ranked (second year) junior riders; first placed veteran and top three masters (optional, but veterans and masters riding out of category will be offered expert).

Dispensation will only be considered for riders who have been injured for a minimum eight week period during the months from April to September. A letter from a GP or Specialist must be provided.

Senior

Juniors moving up an age group, but outside the top 25, entry level riders of senior category age, riders ranked outside the top 80 Experts, non licensed riders of senior category age