Youth Toonies

SORCA Youth Toonies

 

The Goal:

 

Provide an opportunity for young riders to develop their skills as racers in a fun and encouraging environment.

 

 

The Format:

 

The series will consist of 8 races, 2 races a month for the summer. Races will be mainly multi-lap crosscountry races with a couple of timed enduro-style races thrown in the mix. Courses will vary in length and difficulty with some races featuring longer sustained climbs and some featuring challenging technical descents. Races will last around 45 minutes but will vary slightly depending on the course and the riders. Races Course details will always be given in advance so riders will have the opportunity to scout out the trails before race day.

 

In order to challenge older racers and help to prepare them for Adult Toonie races, one race a month will feature more challenging technical terrain. These races will only be open to older riders (ages 9-15) in order to prevent overcrowding on segments of technical trail and to promote rider safety.

 

Challenge by Choice

 

Riders in the series will compete in 4 different categories. 6-8 year olds will compete in the Young Guns category. Riders 9-15 years old will be divided into 3 categories initially based on age; green circles (9-10 year olds), blue squares (11-12 year olds), and black diamonds (13, 14 and 15 year olds). Riders in higher categories will race longer and/or more difficult courses (eg. green circles ride 2 laps of a given course, blue squares: 3 laps, black diamonds: 4 laps). Riders may be bumped up in category at the request of the rider in order to race in a more competitive environment. They may also be bumped up at the discretion of the race director in order to prevent sandbagging. If a rider is struggling to complete races in their category, they may also be bumped down a category.

 

Keeping score:

 

Riders will earn points for competing over the course of the series. Higher placing riders and riders competing in higher categories earning more points. The male and female riders, ages 9-15, that finish the race series with the most points will win sweet, sweet prizes. The top finishing male and female Young Guns competitor will also be awarded prizes. Riders may also earn points by participating in SORCA trail days.

 

The top-placing rider in every category will win 10 (green and YG), 12 (blue) or 15 (black) points. Every consecutive rider in that category will earn 1 less point. The least number of points a rider may earn in their respective category is 2, 3 or 4. Riders that do not finish the race will earn 1 point. Any rider who helps out at a SORCA trail day (minimum 2hrs of work) will earn 8 point.

 

Keeping Mountain Bike Accessible:

 

Mountain biking is a tough sport to get into and proper mountain bikes are often big financial investments. We’re aiming to keep our races accessible to new riders by offering demo bikes courtesy of Commencal. Demo bikes are free of charge and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Bike sizing and availability will be announced on a later date.

 

Race Day Support:

 

Although we hope this race series will help riders build confidence when mountain biking alone, this race series will require volunteer support in order to better operate. When so many young riders are thick in the heat of competition, somebody’s bound to take a wrong turn. In order to keep riders safe and races running smoothly we aim to have marshals at all major trail forks. We also hope to have race ambassadors riding within the pack to provide mechanical and first aid support. Providing this level of support will require several volunteers so we encourage parents to stay for the race.
What to Bring:

  • A Toonie
  • Water in a container that allows for riders to drink while racing
  • A Snack for a pre-race fuel up
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear (no sandals)
  • A repair kit (only for riders who are able to fix their own bike)

 

Post Race:

 

After the race, riders will be able to talk, hang out and enjoy a selection of healthy snacks provide by Nesters Market Squamish. Results will become available after the last rider crosses the finish line and series standings will be available at sorca.ca.
First Race:

 

Open to 6-15 year olds

Sign In begins at 12:15pm, Race Starts at 1:00pm

Sunday May 7th

Brackendale, parking lot across from the dump, top of Livewire Trail

Course to be announced

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