2015 NPS categories:

Men

Category Age Lap count Duration (approx.) Comment
Senior 1 17+ 7 laps 1:30/max. 1:45hrs The highest-level race category
Senior 2 17+ 6 laps 1:30hrs The 2nd highest-level race category
Senior 3 17+ 5 laps 1:15hrs The 3rd highest-level race category
Senior 4 17+ 4 laps 1:05hrs Introductory/beginner Mens race category, no league points
Junior* 16-17 5 laps 1:15hrs

Women

Category Age Lap count Duration (approx.) Comment
Senior 1 17+ 6 laps 1:30hrs The highest-level Women’s race category
Senior 2 17+ 5 laps 1:15hrs The 2nd highest-level Women’s race category
Senior 3 17+ 3 laps 1:00hrs Introductory/beginner Womens race category

Youth

Note on Youth age-categories: To determine the correct race category, Youth riders should subtract their year of birth from the current year, eg; if a rider was born in 1997, and the current year is 2012, 2012-1997 = 15, thus the rider is deemed to be in the age-range for Under 16.

Category Age Duration (approx.) Comment
Under 16 14-15 4 laps (max. 1:00hrs) Youth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 14 or 15 years old on the 1st of Jan in the current year.
Under 14 12-13 2 laps (35min) Youth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 12 or 13 years old on the 1st of Jan in the current year.
Under 12 10-11 12-17min Youth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 10 or 11 years old on the 1st of Jan in the current year
Under 10 8-9 8-12min Youth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 8 or 9 years old on the 1st of Jan in the current year
Under 8 <8 4-8min Youth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 6 or 7 years old on the 1st of Jan in the current year

* Junior boys have a choice of competing in a separate Junior category (ex. second year Junior riders or strong riders coming from another cycling discipline), Senior 3 or Senior 4 Men. Once they choose a category at the first event they will have to stay in it until the following year.

 

National Championship Categories

The categories for the XC National Championship differ from the categories above in that they are based on age-group.
A minimum of 6 pre-registered riders per category is required in order for the category to be assigned a full set of medals.

Under 12 Boys, Under 12 Girls
Under 14 Boys, Under 14 Girls
Under 16 Boys, Under 16 Girls
Junior Male (17-18)
Junior Female (17-18)
Espoir (Under 23)
Elite Male (23+)
Elite Female (23+)
Masters (M30)
Veterans (M40)
Super Veterans (M50)
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