Scottish Cycling National Youth Road and Downhill Series

Scottish Cycling National Youth Road and Downhill Series

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Scottish Cycling once again have both a road and downhill series for youth riders throughout Scotland in 2017.

Scottish National Youth Road Series

Scottish Cycling was encouraged by the number of high quality events to select from for the Series and this made the selection process very difficult!  In consultation with the Road and Track Events Commission, the following events have been selected to complete the 2017 Youth Road Racing Series:

To enter the events in the series please click here: Youth Road Race Series*

18-March-17 Bella Crit Glasgow Johnstone Jets
02-April-17 Crit on the Campus Stirling Stirling Bike Club
23-April-17 Kames Crit Kames East Kilbride Road Club
20-August-17 Ellon Crit Ellon Ythan CC
24-September-17 Kilmarnock Crit Kilmarnock Walkers Cycling Club

*All events will available and open to enter here, keep checking this link to go live

Youth Series standing can be found here.

NB:  Series tables are no longer recorded for Youth C riders, in line with British Cycling’s regulation changes however racing opportunities for this group (and D and E riders) should be provided where possible.

For the full series regulations please see here.

Road Racing Age Categories

For Road Cycling events there are gear restrictions for youth riders to allow for fair competition this guide explains what the gear restrictions are for each category and how you check them -

Youth gear restriction Guide

Scottish Cycling Mini Downhill Series

Downhill mountain bike is a fast and exciting sport pitting rider and machine against the clock. Each rider has to ride a set course comprising of jumps, drops, roots, rocks, twists and turns. They aim to complete the course in the fastest time they can. At the Fort William World Cup the world’s best riders come to Britain’s only international level competition track to race in front of huge crowds of cheering fans.  

Mini Downhill (Mini DH) is just like the real thing but smaller. Shorter courses, smaller bikes and younger riders but it has all of the passion, excitement and drama of racing! The Mini Downhill Series will provide a pathway for aspiring young downhill riders to get their first taste of Downhill racing.

The series will comprise of 5 events throughout Scotland which are picked from existing Mini DH series across the country. These events have been chosen to cover Scotland as best as possible, and provide a variety of different courses and experiences.

Riders will qualify at the series events to compete in the Mini DH final at the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup. The races will be one day events; riders will have a morning practice session of the course followed by two timed race runs in the afternoon. The results will be decided on the fastest of the riders timed runs. The rider who completes the course in the shortest time is the winner.

Click here for more information on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup taking place at Fort William

The Mini-DH series “borrows” qualifying event results from selected events within other series, with thanks to those event organisers for putting on these events.

Find out more about the Borders Mini DH Series.

Find out more about the SC North Mini DH Series.

Mini Downhill dates and venues 2017

02-Apr Round 1 Learnie, Black Isle Black Isle Mountain Bike Club
22-Apr Round 2 Nevis Range, Fort William West Highland Wheelers
30-Apr Round 3 Dunkeld, Perthshire Borders Mini DH Series
07-May Round 4 Ae Forest, Dumfriesshire Borders Mini DH Series
21-May Round 5 Laggan, Hghlands Wolfpax
03-Jun Final Fort William MTB World Cup Scottish Cycling

What riders need to bring:

  • A Mountain bike which needs to be of good quality and in full safe working order.
  • Full Face helmet (Make sure it fits properly); SC have a small number of helmets that can be given on a first come, first served basis.
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather and for racing; Full finger gloves and arm and leg cover are compulsory and body armour is strongly recommended.
  • All riders must be signed on by a parent or guardian

What riders need to do:

  • Sign on
  • Go through bike check
  • Walk the course
  • Ride the course in practice

Qualification

Entry to the event at the Fort William World Cup (Mini DH series final) will be by qualification at one of the five series rounds. The top two riders in each age category will qualify for entry to the Mini DH final at the Fort William World Cup. If a rider has already qualified at a previous round, the next rider below him/her will then qualify.

Riders who qualify will receive

  • Subsidised entry to the final race
  • A free ticket for the rider to the World Cup village on Saturday 3rd June
  • A free ticket for 1 parent/guardian to the World Cup village on Saturday 3rd June 

Each entrant to a qualifying event in the series will receive one child’s ticket for the Fort William World Cup Village on Saturday 3rd June.

Rules & Regulations

All Races will be run under British Cycling and Scottish Cycling Rules and the Mountain Bike Downhill specific regulations. Event Organisers – please ensure that you have read these rules.

Age Categories

There will be 4 age categories for the event:

•              Under 16

•              Under 14

•              Under 12

•              Under 10 minimum age of 8years*

*Given the nature of the event, entrants for the under 10 category will be ‘by application’ Under 10’s will need to name a fully qualified UKCC level 2 coach or parent who can confirm their riding ability for the event.

Provisional Event Timetable

9.30 – Sign on and bike check opens. Course open for foot inspection only

10.30 – Course open for practice

12.30 – Course closed

13.00 – First race runs begin

14.00 – Second runs begin*

15.00 – Race runs complete*

15.30 – Prize giving*

*Times of race runs are approximate and will depend on entry numbers

*The timing for the finals at Fort William World Cup will differ, riders will be contacted directly with arrangements

For more information on the Scottish Mini DH series please contact: events@scottishcycling.org.uk