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Youth Racing at Knockburn Loch. Photo: Colin Calder

Youth Racing at Knockburn Loch. Photo: Colin Calder

Age Categories 2016-17

Youth Categories Explained

(adapted From a Facebook Posting by Diane Clayton Chisholm)

Hopefully I'm going to demystify age categories for some of you. It's something we get asked loads as it is genuinely really confusing. Its based on the year of birth. For road events (criteriums and time trials are on tarmac thus classed as a road event) 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.

FROM JAN 1st 2017 TO 31st AUG 2017, Road (and MTB) racing age is age on Jan 1st 2017

ROAD

FROM JAN 1st 2017 TO 31st AUG 2017

Youth E or U8s = Born in 2009 or later
Youth D or U10s = Born in 2007 or 2008
Youth C or U12s = Born in 2005 or 2006
Youth B or U14s = Born in 2003 or 2004
Youth A or U16s = Born in 2001 or 2002

CX

The CX season traditionally runs over the winter months. Unlike road racing, the CX season spans the new year.

So that riders with birthdays in the second half of the season don't change age category, a different system is needed and new age categories for CX are actually assigned on Sep 1st. The age used is that on the January in the middle of the season, so for the 2017-18 Season, racing age is decided using age on Jan 2018. Note the change in age categories occurs on 1st Sept but its still based on year of birth, (not age on 1st Sept).

FROM JAN 1st 2017 TO FEB 28th 2018,  CX racing age is age on JAN 1st 2018

Youth E or U8s = Born in 2010 or later
Youth D or U10s =
Born in 2008 or 2009
Youth C or U12s =
Born in 2006 or 2007
Youth B or U14s =
Born in 2004 or 2005
Youth A or U16s =
Born in 2003 or 2002

(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.