Racing

Take a look at the links below for more information about our races. Looking for a team? Find a team near you here.  

Register

Register for a race.

After Exchequer, deadlines are Sunday at midnight the week of your race.

Race Info/Flyers

Learn more about our races, weather policy, how to qualify for NorCal Championships, and more.

Rulebook

We use our current rulebook as a guide to manage risk and promote a safe, inclusive environment for all student-athletes.

Volunteer

Our races wouldn’t be possible without the support we get from our volunteers. Sign up early to help earn a priority pit for your team.

Race Results

Take a look at race results from current and past seasons with the link below.

Scholarships

Thanks to our supporters, we have a scholarship fund to help student-athletes and coaches participate in our events. Need help with fees?

RACE INFO – More 2024 Flyers Coming Soon

Our event flyers will give you all the information you need about our events. If you have any questions that you’re not finding answers to from the flyers, give us a holler (admin@norcalmtb.org). Here’s info on the weather policy, because sometimes things change! 

Race Results

 Race Results are posted within 24hrs of the end of the race.  If you are confused about points, consult the rulebook first. If you are still confused, email Robert Picard.

Overall Individual results will begin dropping the lowest race result starting after race #3. In other words, the Overall Individual results for the third race will only add up two races, and drop your lowest race score.

Click here for past years’ results.

Use the drop-down menus to find the results you’re looking for.

Staging Info

Student-athletes may arrive at the staging gates less than 15 minutes before the start of their race. 

Priority staging: student-athletes with a priority are assigned to a group. High school includes call-ups which can be from 1-15 or more riders. After call-ups are “A Group” then “B Group” up to “E Group” depending on the category. Junior development does not have ‘call-ups’ but has groups. 

General staging: student-athletes that do not have a priority and are not listed under any priority group stage at general staging.

If you identify any issues with staging, please contact rules@norcalmtb.org, these awesome individuals will help you as soon as possible. Thank you!

For Junior Development: There will be a staging board with priority staging information. Some student-athletes will be assigned to “Group D” based on their performance, placing them behind groups a-c, and ahead of groups e-general. If a student-athlete’s name is not listed in a priority group, they are supposed to stage with the “General” group.

Category Placement

NICA Category placement rules are covered in the NorCal/NICA Handbook. Category placement is based on the previous season’s race results. Riders who participated last season can find their category placement in the following tables.

For new riders, or returning riders who did not participate last season, category placement is based on grade. 6th-8th graders = Middle School, 9th graders =Freshman, 10th – 12th graders = JV2.

Category upgrade petitions: A student can petition to upgrade to a higher category. 

  • 8th graders may initially only petition to race Frosh.
  • 8th graders already racing high school categories may only petition to race JV1. 
  • 9th graders may only petition to race JV1, JV2 or Varsity. 9th graders may only petition into Varsity after racing at least one race in another category; 
  • 10th, 11th and 12th graders may only petition to race JV1 or Varsity.

To be approved for an upgrade, students must establish that they lack competition in their present category, either through actual NorCal race results or non-league
races of similar length that preferably include current NorCal riders in the target category.

After discussing a potential upgrade with their coaches, students should fill out the petition form, including the head coach’s email address; once submitted, a separate form will be sent to the coach for their comments (so it’s important the Coach email is correct in the student submission).

NorCal Championship

NorCal Championships Qualifications: 

One of the unique things about high school cycling in the NorCal League is that we combine cumulative points over the season, so that after the semi-finals we can award race season “overall” awards to the top 5 athletes in each category. From these overall results, we create the list of folks who qualify for the NorCal League Championship. 

  • In order to qualify for the championship race, riders must participate in a minimum of 2 races this season.  All varsity athletes that have participated in a minimum of 2 races automatically qualify for the championship race. 
  • For all other high school categories, student-athletes must have competed in a minimum of 2 races to qualify for championships.
  • The top 100 riders in the league, in each category, automatically qualify for the championship race. The total number of Redwood/Repack athletes vs East Bay/Central athletes that qualify will correspond to the proportion each region contributes to total league ridership in each category. (For example: if Redwood/Repack represents 45% and East Bay/Central represents 55% of total ridership for a given category, the regions will have 45 riders and 55 riders-per category-respectively). 
  • Overall Series scoring for individuals is based on the best 3 of 4 in a four-race series. In other words, the lowest score is dropped.

Athletes who feel they came close to qualifying or lacked the opportunity to qualify due to academic, health reasons or schedule changes may petition to compete at the NorCal championships at Six Sigma, space permitting. For East Bay/Central you may petition any time until May 2nd.  For redwood/repack The petition window is very tight – any athlete that wishes to petition must do so on Tuesday, May 2nd from 9 am to midnight after this deadline petitions will not be accepted.

NorCal Championships FAQs: 

Q1. Why in the Race 4 call-ups is the points not total points?
A1. In the NorCal League, lowest scores are dropped for Race 4 call-ups; points shown are the sum of the best 2 out of 3 finish scores.This allows students who’ve upgraded categories, or missed races due to illness or academic conflicts, to have at least one chance to start a race in and around the riders they are competitive with, which reduces the amount of passing. It also gives riders a preview of how the final overall standings will sort out. The policy has been in place since the 2019 season [Handbook, Appendix B, Page 73]    

Q2. My 7th grader finished 1st in race 2, then missed race 3 because we were traveling for spring break. Why is he/she not in the top group? 
A2. Junior development category overall standings and leaders’ jerseys are not tracked, unlike with high school categories. Depending on wave size we reserve the right to place the junior development student-athletes in groups based on finishing times from the previous race. [Handbook, Appendix B, Page 76] 

Q3. Can I petition for a better call-up? I’m a super fast racer but I had to miss two NorCal races.
A3. No, your call-up number is your series overall position, which can be found under Individual Results – Series Overall in race results for the most recent race on the league website. Your position in overall standings is earned through both performance and attendance. [Handbook, 6.10.F.3, Page 62; Appendix B, Page 73]

Q4. I just signed my kid up for their first race and don’t see their name in the call-ups list. I’m worried that they are not eligible to race.

A4. You can confirm that your child is registered by looking for their name in the start list under the third tab at the bottom. If they have not raced yet this season, they will not be on the high school call-ups list (because your call-up number is your series overall position), or the junior development staging groups list (because that is determined by placement in the previous race), and they should stage with the last group listed, 15 minutes before their race start.