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Helmets are required of 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)

2014 Texas Cup Series

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

The best 4 of the 5 races will count to determine the overall standings. Racers must compete in a minimum of 3 events to be included in the overall standings.

Overall 2014 Texas Cup Series awards will be presented at The Dave Boyd Classic in Huntsville, TX. October 12, 2014

Points are tallied based on the riders' finish order at each individual 2014 Texas Cup Serice. 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) 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.
4) There is a slim chance that racers may not ever race "Head to Head".  If this is the case, the tie will remain for that place.

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

2014 Texas Cup 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 19-39 Men 19-29
Men 19-29 Junior Men 11-12

Men 30-39
Men 30-39 Junior Men 13-14
Men 40-49

Men 40-49  
Men 50-59 Men 40-49
Men 50+  
Men 60+ Open



Men 50+









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.

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

Non-USAC licensed racers in all other categories will pay an additional $10 to race in the series races and the fee will be paid at each race site.

USAC annual licenses can be purchased online at website. 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!!

Prizes and Awards at the races
Cat 1 Men
Minimum Payout for Pro/Cat 1 will be 75%* of the entry fees from the participants of that group plus 25%* of the entry fees from the remaining Cat 1 Men 19-99 classes.

Minimum Payout for Cat 1 19-99 classes will be 50%* of the entry fees from the participants of each group.

*75%, 50% and 25% based on pre-registration entry fee.

Cat 1 Women
(& 15-18 Juniors)
Minimum Payout is 75% of the pre-reg fee for each group.

The depth of payout for all Cat 1 groups will be 40% of the riders that start up to 10 places deep.  CLICK HERE for the Payout Depth Chart

The depth for P/C1 Women will be 40% deep or equal to the most number of places of any other C1 Womens group. 

Cat 2: Trophies, plaques or professionally produced awards for the top 3 places, ribbons for 4th - 10th. Schwag to the top placers. Schwag 5 places deep.  The total value of the Cat 2 Schwag awarded will equal no less than $1300.

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 equal no less than $800.

Each race in the series will forward to the TMBRA treasurer $2.00 for every rider competing in that race.  $1 is utilized for series overall awards that will be presented to the top ten finishers, in each class/ category, who qualify with the minimum number of races

The other dollar will be will be allocated to different bicycle advocacy organizations upon conclusion of the series. (example: Bike Texas, IMBA, First Time Racers Clinic )


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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