Cyclo-cross racing categories are designed to place riders in groupings
of similar fitness and racing ability regardless of age. The categories
are similar to those in Road Racing.
Category 1/2/3: The highest level of racing in Saskatchewan
and you should be in excellent shape and have suitable riding skills
to race in this category. Typical race are 50 minutes.
Category 4: The largest category that covers a wide range of
ages and ability levels. Typical race distances are 50 minutes for men
and 35 minutes for women.
Category 5: An excellent category for most riders to start in
if they are just learning or if you aren't training too much and are
out to enjoy light competition. Typical race are 35 minutes.
This is my first race, which category should I choose?
The best place to start cyclo-cross racing, especially if you have
little experience with the sport is category 5. You will quickly find
out whether you are in the right category or not and can move to the
next A category if appropriate. Often times speaking with a racer you
know will give you a better idea of what category you should enter as
they would be able to evaluate your fitness are skills.
Typical Race Groups:
Group 1: optimal first place finisher: 50 minutes
Men Category 1/2
Men Category 3
Men Category 4
Women Category 3
Group 2: optimal first place finisher: 35 minutes
Men Category 5
Women Category 4/5
Upgrading and downgrading your racing license or Temporary upgrades
If you believe that you should be upgraded or downgraded in your racing
category, you must provide a letter to the High Performance Committee
outlining your request.
For an upgrade, your request should include race results from
your previous season, race results from the current season, recommendation
letter from your coach, previous experience in a related sport, and
or results from a high level of ability in another cycling discipline.
For a downgrade, your request should include race results from
the current or past season or a description of the circumstances which
would place you at a lower ability category.
Generally a Road Level 1 or 2, a Cyclo-cross Level 1 or 2 and a Mountain
Bike Elite license are not issued without substantial evidence that
a rider can race at that ability level. If you don't have substantial
evidence that you are racing at a higher ability and you are attending
an out of province race and competing in any of the high ability categories
mentioned previously, you can request an upgrade letter to attach
to your current license. This letter will be specific to a race and
will have an expire date. Your request should list the event name and
location, date of the event and current results that would support the
All requests must be received at least one month prior to the event
for which you would like to compete in your new upgraded/downgraded
Send your request to the SCA office at: 2205 Victoria Ave, Regina,
Sask S4P 0S4 or e-mail at email@example.com