Mountain - XC and Marathon
The following are commonly offered mountain bike events in Alberta:
Cross-country (XC) is a mass-start competition, and may be contested on a circuit, or as a point-to-point race. XC racing requires fitness, smooth skills, flowing hair and a high pain tolerance. Provincial XC champions are recognized in all categories.
Marathon (MA) races are comprised of off-road events with courses longer than 60km. The courses can be either a marathon format where the competitor has to complete the set distance over 60 km or they can be a timed event where the competitor completes as many laps as they are able to in a set amount of time.
Enduro is an event with timed downhill stages. Between each stage there are untimed transfer stations which are mostly uphill. Enduro combines elements of both XC and DH racing.
Alberta Provincial Mountain Bike Categories
U11/U13 (Age 9-12)
U15 (Age 13-14)
U17 (Age 15-16)
Novice (Age 17+)
Junior Novice, Senior Novice, Master Novice, Master 40+ Novice
Sport (Age 17+)
Junior Sport, Senior Sport, Master Sport, Master 40+ Sport
Expert (Age 17+)
Junior Expert, Senior Expert, Master Expert, Master 40+ Expert
Elite (Age 18+)
*Age as of Dec 31st of the current racing year