CROSS COUNTRY

Cross Country (XC) is a classic style of racing where the event starts and ends usually at the same point. XC courses and trails consist of a mix of singletrack trails, and smooth fire roads. 

On Vancouver Island, that includes lung-burning technical climbs and exciting swerving descents. 

2020 XC RACE SCHEDULE

VICTORIA

March 22, 2020

HAMMERFEST

April 5, 2020

COBBLE HILL

April 12, 2020

CAMPBELL RIVER

April 19, 2020

CUMBERLAND

May 3, 2020

NANAIMO

May 24, 2020

CROSS COUNTRY RACING FAQS

Registration closes on the Friday night at midnight before the race. 

Beginner racers are usually younger riders, first time racers, and less experienced riders. If you have been riding for 15 years but never raced, jump up to intermediate. If you have been riding for one or two years and never raced hit up the beginner category and give it a try. Usually our Beginner winners are approximately 12-14 years old so be prepared to get schooled by a young ripper.
 
Intermediate racers are the bulk of our racers. It could be your first race or maybe you aren’t too competitive but want the challenge of a longer distance. Abilities in this category vary a lot but if you think of yourself as an intermediate rider you should probably race the intermediate category.
 
Expert racers are very experienced riders. Most have raced a bunch or at least ride a couple times a week for the past several years. Or maybe you’re a young ripper that is training to take on the Elite racers one day.
 
Notes for all: If you placed in the top 3 consistently last year in your category (or in the overall) you should move up to the next category.
 
Most XC races do 1 lap for Beginner, 2 laps for Intermediate, 3 for Expert
There are 6 races in the series and racers get points for each race that they participate in.  The series is a best 5 of 6 races so if you miss a race you can still receive full points.  If you make all 6 races you will drop your lowest points toward your overall.  We will award the top 3 in each category for the overall at the final race.  Points per race are awarded to the top 30 as follows:
PlacePoints
1500
2450
3420
4400
5390
6380
7370
8360
9350
10340
11330
12320
13310
14300
15290
16280
17270
18260
19250
20240
21230
22220
23210
24200
25190
26180
27170
28160
29150
30145

Yes. All Island Cup Events are sanctioned and Insured by Cycling BC.  All riders must have a license to participate in Island Cup Events

Riders have 3 options for licensing:

  1. Hold a current UCI Licence
  2. Hold a current Cycling BC Provincial Race Licence
  3. Purchase a “One Day Insurance” $10/$5(Under16) To purchase this option please print the form in the link and bring cash to the event.

In the event that you register online but just can’t make the race we have the following registration policy:

  • 100% back up to one week before the registration cut off.
  • 50% back during the last week of registration.
  • No refunds after registration closes.

    *this does not include Webscorer fees

To request a refund, please email racers@islandcupseries.com. 

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