Youth Racing at Knockburn Loch. Photo: Colin Calder

Youth Racing at Knockburn Loch. Photo: Colin Calder

Youth Age Categories 2019-20

Youth Categories Explained

(adapted From a Facebook Posting by Diane Clayton Chisholm)


For road events (criteriums and time trials are on tarmac thus classed as road events) the "season" ends in about October, traditionally with hill climbs in the calendar. So for road categories its easy, the categories are decided using rider age on 1st January of the year of the race.


The CX season traditionally runs over the winter months (Sep - Feb),  so CX uses a different system in order that riders with birthdays in the second half of the season (e.g. January or February) don't change age category.

The racing age for CX used is the age on January 1st  in the middle of the season, so for the 2019-20 Season, racing age is decided using age on 1st Jan 2020. This change in calculating age categories occurs for CX races after 1st Sept 2019.

FROM Sep 1st 2019 TO FEB 28th 2020,  CX racing age is age on JAN 1st 2020

Youth E or U8s = Born in 2012 or later
Youth D or U10s = Born in 2010 or 2011
Youth C or U12s = Born in 2008 or 2009
Youth B or U14s = Born in 2006 or 2007
Youth A or U16s = Born in 2004 or 2005

(As per BC regulations)

Note - Not all CX races will recognise individual age categories, some only do U12s and U16s, some add in a U10's race. This is discretionary on the part of the organisers.