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Mad Duck Adventure Sports Texas State Championship Mountain Bike Marathon Series Rules

5 Races

Jan 7 - The Trail Docs Torture Test
Bluff Creek Ranch, Warda , TX

Feb 18 - The Starlight Theater Mas-O-Menos 100k
Terlingua , TX

March 25 - STORM Miles of DisComfort Marathon
at Flat Rock Ranch
Comfort, TX

April 29 - Fat Chuck's Revenge
Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville TX

May 21 - X Bar Shootout
X Bar Ranch, El Dorado , TX

Helmets are required of all competitors and non competitors any time they are on their bike. All races follow current NORBA rules as well as the following addendums: (For more information, go to ):

1. The Roland Green rule: Any registered racer may assist another registered racer at any time with any part being carried other than on the bike, and/or water and/or food. No parts that are on the bike may be exchanged.

2. Racers may receive Outside Food and Beverage handouts at Designated Open Feed Zones ONLY.

3. Racers may receive Outside Assistance at the Designated Pit Area(s) only.  All individual repairs must be done by the individual racer, no other person may touch the bike. The Pit Area is designated by race officials. Racers may not leave the Course for any purpose. A racer may leave a stash inside this area, however the race director assumes no responsibility for items left unattended.

4. You MUST finish on the same bike with which you started. The same bike is considered the frame and fork.

All NORBA licensed Pro and Semi Pro riders must compete in the Open category.

Points will be calculated for the following Marathon categories:

Open Men

Open Women

19-29 Men

19-29 Women

30-39 Men

30-39 Women

40-49 Men

40+ Women

50+ Men

Best 4 out of 5 races will be scored for the series overall; you must compete in 3 races to be scored. Overall awards will be presented at the X Bar Shootout May 21, 2006.

Points are tallied based on the rider's finish order at each individual Championship Marathon series events. Points can not be moved from one class to another. 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) Head-to-Head result in the most recent/last race. This rule is applied by starting at the last race and going backward to find the first common race. Once found, that result will be used to break the tie.

For the Mas O Menos and The X Bar Shootout the following will apply:

If you are competing for both TMBRA series points and the Marathon race or Marathon series points, you must tell race registration.

The start for the Mas O Menos and X bar will be in waves as follows:

Marathon Open Men/ 19-29 Men full and 1/2 marathon/ single speed

30-39 Men full and 1/2 marathon

40-49 Men full and 1/2 marathon

50+ Men full and 1/2 marathon

Women full and 1/2 marathon

If you are competing in the Marathon series in the Open Men category, but in the TMBRA XC series in a Master age group (30+), at Mas O Menos and X Bar you will have to choose which series you want your race to count for. If you start with the open men, your points will not count for an age based TMBRA group. If you start with your age group, your points will not count in the Open men group. (This does not apply to the women as the women will have a mass start) Only the Full marathon will be counted for the marathon overall series awards.

For TMBRA XC Categories Pro/ Semi Pro/ Expert, Expert 19-29 men/ women and Expert 30-39 men/ women: TMBRA XC points will count for the full marathon race distance.

For the TMBRA XC Expert 40+ men and women: TMBRA XC points will count at the finish of the half marathon distance. TMBRA XC Expert 40+ racers registered for the marathon will continue on and will be scored again at the finish of the marathon.

For TMBRA XC Sport riders: points will count for the half marathon race distance. TMBRA XC Sport riders registered for the marathon also will continue on to complete that distance and will be scored again at the finish of the marathon.


Courses vary according to the terrain. For the Mad Duck Adventure Sports Texas State Championship Marathon Mountain Bike Series the marathon course must be either a point to point, or a circuit disputed over one, two or three laps. The marathon distance must be over 40 miles and no more than 110 miles. (*** Some of the races will offer lesser distances besides that race's designated marathon distance- these races will not be counted for an marathon overall series awards. Check each individual race flyer)

NORBA requirements

All open class racers are required to hold a valid NORBA annual license ($60). Non- NOBRA licensed racers in all other categories will pay an additional minimum $5 fee to race in the marathon series- the fee will be paid at the race site. Annual licenses can be purchased at the race site. Racers need their NORBA license and legal ID for registration. All racers are required to complete and sign a USA Cycling standard athlete's release.

Prizes and Awards

Awards will be presented to the top three in each category. Any other awards and payout will be at the discretion of the promoter. A per rider fee of $.50 will be paid by the promoter to the TMBRA treasurer to be used for series overall awards. The overall State Championship awards will go to the top five racers in each category and will be presented at the series final at X Bar, May 21, 2006.

As the advocacy group for TMBRA the Texas Bicycle Coalition will receive $1.00 for every competitor in that race from the promoter.



Beginner's Tips
(and maybe some tips
for Sport and Experts)

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 beginners 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 NORBA license to participate in a TMBRA sponsored race. If you are a beginner 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 $50- 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. (NORBA 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. (NORBA rule 5.12.3)

All repairs during an event shall be performed by the individual racer. No outside support is permitted (NORBA 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 beginner 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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