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Helmets are required of all competitors
and non-competitors any time they are on their bike.

All races follow current USA Cycling - Mountain Bike rules
(For more information, go to the USA Cycling Website)

2015 Texas Cup XC
Mountain Bike Series

Points will be calculated for Junior, Cat 3, Cat 2, Cat 1 and PRO/Cat 1.

The best 3 of the 5 races will count to determine the overall standings. Racers must compete in a minimum of 3 events to qualify for overall series awards.

Overall 2015 Texas XC Mountain Bike Series awards will be presented at the 22nd Annual Piney Hills Classic on Oct. 31st - Nov. 1st.

Points are tallied based on the riders' finish order at each individual 2015 Texas Cup Series race. Points are tabulated only on cross-country event.

Points are awarded in the following manner:


















If a tie exists for an overall class at the end of the series, the following rules will be used in the following order until the tie is broken:
1) Number of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, ... until tie is broken in all races that are used for series points.
2) Head-to-Head results in all common races.
3) Best result in the most recent race (dropped or not).

During the series a rider may upgrade categories, however points earned in one category or class (age group) will not be transferred to another.

2015 Texas Cup Mountain Bike Series cat/classes:

PRO/Cat 1 Cat 2
Cat 3 Junior
Men 15-18 Men 15-18
Men 15-18 Junior Men 1-10
Men 19-29 Men 19-29
Men 19-29 Junior Men 11-12
Men 30-39 Men 30-39
Men 30-39 Junior Men 13-14
Men 40-49 Men 40-49
Men 40-49  
Men 50-59 Men 50+
Men 50+  
Men 60+ Open












Women 15-18
Women 15-18
Women 15-18 Junior Women 1-10
Women 19-39 Women 19-29
Women 19-29 Junior Women 11-12
Women 40-49 Women 30-39
Women 30-39 Junior Women 13-14
Women 50+ Open
Women 40+

Women 40+
Single Speed Open  
PRO/Cat 1 Open
Single Speed 2/3
PRO/Cat 1 Open


Courses vary according to the geography of the area, and the amount of single track available. In general Pro/Cat 1 races will last 2 - 2.5 hours; Cat 2: 1.5 - 2 hours and Cat 3: 1 to 1.5 hours. Cat 1 Men 40-49 and 50+ and Women 40+ will race the “Cat 2” distance. Most race courses offer modified distances for 12 & U and 10 & U. Please refer to each races informational flyer for further details on course distance.

Roll Call/Start Order
Roll call will begin 7 minutes prior to the first group start in each major wave.

:  C1 starts begin at 9AM.  Pro/C1 Men are the first group to start so roll call would begin for them at 8:52AM.

Roll call will be in registration order. For the 2nd race of the series and onward, there will also be a call up at the start line for the top 10 contenders in the series for groups that have 15 or greater starters in them.

Example: At Race XYZ, the C1 Men group has 12 starters so there would not be a top 10 call up.  C2 Women 40+ has 16 starters so the top 10 series contenders will be called up to a front row spot.

Check your Results
Check your results after your race to ensure they are correct (including spelling, team names, USAC license, etc..).  If you have a concern please see a race official and let them know.  Once a race in the series has concluded the results are considered final for the series and race results posting.  

USA Cycling - Mountain Biking Requirements
All Pro, and Category 1 racers are required to hold a valid USA
Cycling - Mountain Biking annual license.

Category 2 and 3 racers have the option to race with a USA Cycling Annual License OR One-Day License. 
One Day Licenses cost an additional $10 per race.

USAC annual licenses can be purchased online at  Racers need to bring their USAC license & legal ID for race registration. All racers are required to complete and sign a USAC-Mountain Bike standard athlete’s release.
!!Minors must have parent signature as well!!

Race Prizes and Awards
Cat 1
C1 Men Groups – 50% of pre-registration fee X number of racers in each group. Paid 40% deep up to 10 spots (see payout depth chart below)

C1 Women Groups – 75% of pre-registration fee X number of racers in each group. Paid 40% deep up to 10 spots
(see payout depth chart below)

P/C1 Men – 75% of pre-registration fee X number of racers PLUS 50% of Purse Bolster Fund. Paid 40% deep up to 10 spots
(see payout depth chart below)

P/C1 Women – 100% of pre-registration fee X number of racers PLUS 50% of Purse Bolster Fund. Paid 40% deep up to 10 spots or equal to the deepest C1 Womens group if it happens to be greater
(see payout depth chart below)

Purse Bolster Fund = 25% of pre-registration fee X number of racers in all C1 Men Groups. 

CLICK HERE for the Payout Depth Chart

Cat 2: Trophies, plaques or professionally produced awards for the top 3 places, ribbons for 4th - 10th. Schwag to the top 5 placesThe total value of the Cat 2 Schwag awarded will be $1300 or greater.

Cat 3: Trophies, plaques or professionally produced awards for the top 3 places, ribbons for 4th - 10th. Schwag raffle to all Cat 3 racers. The total value
of the Cat 3 Schwag raffled will be $800 or greater.

Series Awards
Each race in the series will forward the TMBRA treasurer $1 per racer that will be utilized for series overall awards that will be presented to the top five finishers, t-shirts to the top ten in each class/ category, who qualify with the minimum number of races.




Cat 3 Tips
(and maybe some tips
for Cat 2 and Cat 1)

New to the racing scene? Here are a few tips to follow to make that first race a little less intimidating.

Come prepared. Your bike should be in race ready condition- don’t save repairs for race day and don’t make any changes on your bike in the week before the race. This includes changing position, chains, cogs, tires, etc. (An exception is if something breaks.) Bring a variety of spare parts with you; tires, tubes, chain, cogs, and an extra wheel set if you have one. Lube, a pump, and allen keys are things that should live in your car or bike bag. There are usually people at a race that can help you in a pinch, but it is always better to be prepared.

Chain damage is still a problem with mountain bikes. Keeping your chain clean and well-lubricated will help. Periodic inspections of your chain for wear, stretch and damage is recommended. Learning how to use a chain tool will save you a walk home.

If you hear a funny noise coming from your bike when riding, soft pedal and look at what is making that noise. If something has landed in your drive train, like a stick, continuing to power the bike could cause something to break. Its better to stop off the trail and fix the problem quickly then get back in the race.

An athlete should always drink plenty of water, but this is particularly important prior to a race. It is good practice to begin heavy hydration 72 hours before the start of any competition. Be sure you have a water bottle with you at all times.

Bring your own food and water to the event. It is always better to be self-contained and self-sufficient. A first aid kit is a good idea.

There is always a designated feed area where water bottles are handed up. There should be signs or a map designating this area. Not all race venues have a water handup for Cat 3 and the younger junior and open categories- find out at the race site.

Most race flyers and registration areas have all the pertinent information about the race. Read these notices carefully as most questions will be answered in these postings.

You must have a USAC license to participate in a TMBRA sponsored race. If you are a Cat 3 or junior, you can purchase a one day license for $5, good only for that race day, or you can purchase an annual license for $60- adults, $35- juniors. You can purchase either license at the race site or go to to download an application or call USA Cycling at 719-578-4581 and have them send you one.

Try to pre-register for a race. This makes it less hectic on the day of the race. Double check your entry form to be certain you are placed in the proper race and that the time and location haven’t changed.

Upon arriving at the event, go first to pick up your race packet and number, then go back to your vehicle to dress and get your bike ready. Warm-up for at least 15 minutes. If you need a longer warm-up, plan to be at the start line about 20 minutes prior to your start.

Racers riding a bicycle have the right of way over racers pushing bicycles. When practical, racers pushing should stay on the least rideable portion of the path when being passed. A racer pushing or carrying his bicycle can overtake a racer riding his bicycle, provided he does not interfere with the rider’s progress. (USAC rule 5.12.2)

Lapped riders must yield to leaders. (This applies to a lead rider overtaking another class) Riders should voice the command “track” when overtaking another. It is the responsibility of the challenging rider to overtake safely. You must yield to the passing rider on the first command. (USAC rule 5.12.3)

All repairs during an event shall be performed by the individual racer. No outside support is permitted (USAC rule 5.4)

Don’t litter the trail with gel packets.

Your computer clock is not the race clock. Remember this when filing a protest.

You have 15 minutes after the results are initially posted to file a protest. You must have a racer witness with you when you protest a result. Protests are very time consuming- make absolutely sure your protest is legitimate before you dispute the results.

Get out of your wet and dirty clothes as soon as you can. Eat a combo of protein and carbos within 30 minutes after finishing and re-hydrate.

All events have a Cat 3 raffle. Your race number is your raffle number so bring it with you after cleaning up from a race when you go to check the results. Some races have a separate junior raffle. Check the postings at the awards area and registration to find out.

It is your responsibility to collect your award or prize. If you cannot wait, then have a buddy pick it up or leave your name with $5 for postage at the registration table. It is not the promoters responsibility to mail you your prize without the request and the fee.


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