FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Anything new can be a daunting prospect but with MSG there is no need. We will try and help you to ensure you enjoy your experience so if anything isn’t listed below then just get in touch and we will answer any questions you might have.
DO I NEED A BRITISH CYCLING LICENSE TO ENTER?
We would generally recommend riders to give consideration to BC membership due to the range of benefits gained by doing so.
To FIND OUT MORE ABOUT becomING a British Cycling member clickhere.
DO I NEED TO ENTER ALL THE ROUNDS?
No, you can enter as many or as few rounds of the series as you wish. However, your series place will be calculated from your cumulative results so the more is definitely the merrier. Series points are awarded down to 100th position in any one category.
DO I HAVE TO PRE-ENTER?
IF I HAVE PRE ENTERED DO I STILL HAVE TO REGISTER ON THE DAY?
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CANCEL AN EVENT?
1) Road conditions pose a danger to competitors and or other road users. i.e. flooding or heavy snow
2) Site access is hazardous. i.e. flooding or saturated ground likely to cause vehicles to become stuck
3) High Winds, if there is a risk of trees falling or SIMILAR, we will delay starts, stop a race early or cancel
4) Lightning: In circumstances where lightening poses a risk to riders we will delay starts, stop a race early or cancel.
That apart we are very unlikely to cancel an event for any reason whatsoever. In this the decision will lie with the organisers and the Commissaires.
It is of course the riders decision as to whether they wish to participate or not at any time. It should be noted that the sport is MOUNTAIN biking and therefore there is a reasonable expectation that riders may encounter foul weather and poor conditions during the course of their participation in the sport.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE CANCEL?
2) Every effort will be made to communicate the decision to cancel via our Facebook page. where possible a circular email will also be sent. It should be noted that venues are often in places without mobile phone signal or internet connectivity. The organisers cannot be held liable for any failure to communicate in these circumstances
3) We will seek to rearrange the event at a future date and all original entries will be honoured for the rearranged date.
4) In the event you are unable to attend the rearranged event you will be offered a one race credit which is redeemable at any MSG Series race during the next 12 months.
6) In any event the liability of MSG Sport Ltd., will be limited to the price paid for entry to the cancelled event and no claims for consequential loss will be entertained.
HOW LONG IS A LAP?
We use the olympic cross country race formula, which specifies a lap to be between 4 and 6 kilomtres in length. In broad terms that represents approx 12 – 15 minutes per lap.
HOW OLD AM I?
For example Jack is 14 years old at the beginning of the 2020 season. He turns 15 on the 1st October 2020; therefore he is classed in the Youth category.
Under 12’s – 12 or under as at 31ST DECEMBER 2020.
Juvenile – 13 to 14 AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020.
Youth – 15 to 16 AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020.
Junior – 17 to 18 AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020.
Sport – 19+ AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020.
Veteran – 40 to 49 AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020.
Grand Veteran – 50+ AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020.
superveteran – 60+ AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020.
FuN – 19+ AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020.
Expert – 19+ AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020. British Cycling licence REQUIRED
Elite – 19+ AS AT 31ST DECEMBER 2020. BRITISH CYCLING LICENCE REQUIRED
For more info, see HERE
WHICH CATEGORY SHOULD I ENTER?
If you are new to racing, we would recommend the fun category which for both male and female races lasts approximately 1 hour (2 or 3 laps). For all other categories race durations please read the British Cycling mountain biking rulebook.
WHY IS ON THE DAY MORE EXPENSIVE?
Honestly? Because we don’t really want on the day entries. For us to provide entry on the day we have to employ reliable staff to man registration as there is cash handling involved, there is a cost involved with this along with banking the takings post event. There is also quite extensive manpower required to process all of the information provided on the entry form both on the day (data input for timelaps) and post event with data collection and auditing. On top of that we have to plan and arrange resources well in advance, so the sooner we know who is likely to be there the easier it is. So the answer is simple….. Plan ahead, pre-enter and save money!
HOW CAN I RACE FOR FREE?
Race day is in two halves. If you want to race for free, simply marshal the half you are not racing in and we will organise a free entry for you. Alternatively, you can pressgang someone else to marshal for you and we will still issue a free entry. One per session (morning or afternoon). Email g at email@example.com if you are interested.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR A FIRST TIME RACER?
Get to the start line 15 minutes before the scheduled start of your race and follow the commissaires instructions.
DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS IF I HAVE ENTERED ONLINE?
CAN I PRACTICE ON THE COURSE BEFORE THE EVENT
However, each race has practice time allocated to it on race day. Course open for practice is indicated by a large green flag in the arena. For the morning it is from about 8:00 am up to 25 minutes prior to race start at 10:00am, for the afternoon it is from the completion of the under 12’s race until 25 minutes before race start at 14:00pm. The time allocated is easily sufficient to complete one leisurely lap of the course, so there are no hidden surprises once racing commences.
CAN UNDER 12'S DO A PRACTICE LAP?
For THIS reason we offer a sighting lap prior to their race, this is supervised by our staff and is designed to give them a view of the course before racing.
CAN I BE ON COURSE AT ANY OTHER TIME THAN PRACTICE AND MY RACE?
course closed is indicated by a large red flag flown in the arena.
We are unable to guarantee support, assistance or insurance to anyone not complying with this. For that reason please note that in 2020 the outcome for being on the course outside of the allocated practice times will be disqualification for the rest of the series.
Please note the Race Director, Marshals, Commissaires and Announcers are in constant radio communication, and know precisely when the course open for practice announcements are made. So please no “so and so said we could” excuses when you are caught.
IN AN EMERGANCY
MARSHALS YELLOW FLAG
Some examples of situations where a yellow flag may be displayed: –
A fallen rider is on the course and causing some obstruction.
Course conditions have changed during the race and are therefore an unexpected problem.
Course markings have been damaged.
Race officials are on the course.
An animal has entered the course unexpectedly.
A member of the public has entered the course.
MARSHALS RED FLAG
There are a range of reasons why this may happen. Some examples follow: –
The Commissaires have judged it dangerous for the race to continue, e.g. high winds, lightning, course conditions deteriorating badly, etc etc
The race medical cover has ceased to be available, for example to transport a seriously injured competitor to hospital.
A serious incident on the course. e.g. A medical emergency that requires the course to be closed for safety reasons.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A RACE HAS BEEN STOPPED?
Where possible the race will be stopped with all riders at a single point on the course. If it is feasible, safe and desirable for the race to be restarted it will be. However, in this the Chief Commissaires decision is final and binding.
Once a race has started it is deemed to have taken place regardless of if or when it might be stopped, and regardless of whether a final result is possible.
WHAT IS GRIDDING ABOUT
One of the most dangerous aspects of any race is a poorly managed start. Firstly, it is important that the start is designed to keep riders within a consistent course width, with gradual narrowing prior to arriving at any feature. Secondly it is important to try to avoid fast riders racing through slower in a constrained space.
Therefore with safety in mind what we seek to do is identify the fastest riders as best we can and stick them to the front. There are numerous ways of doing this, and we do try to accommodate as best we can. Early season for expediency we may just take the series standings. As the season goes on we will try to use an average placing system. The reason for this is as the number of races goes on we can have people who have only raced once, won by a country mile but because there have been several races drop to the back of the grid…. This is precisely the danger we are concerned about!!
We also allow riders who have never ridden with us to apply for a grid position. All they need to do is email Matt (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the Friday prior to the event with information about previous results and we will take a view of that and if appropriate place them into the gridded riders.
WHY DO THE OFFICIAL RESULTS TAKE TIME TO COME OUT?
The interim timekeepers version is usually released online on the day of the event here http://www.timelaps.co.uk/results.aspx