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.
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