It might look like mayhem on the track sometimes and, to be honest, it sums it up well! Behind the scenes, however, there are lots of rules, regulations and courtesies to keep things safe and fair. This page will explain all of the finer points of downhill racing.
Rules & Regulations
Before you race
- All riders MUST be a member of Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) Inc
- Yearly membership must be valid and recorded against your Race Entry form
- MTBA day license is available to buy at each event for $30.00 and provides you insurance cover for the entire event, including practice
- Registration is required before you are allowed to practice and use transport
- Inside Line Inc Mountain Bike Club (ILMTB) and MTBA membership forms are available at the registration desk, in front of the caravan
- Late registration is available at each event, on the day but online registration prior is recommended to avoid late fee.
Clothing & equipment
All registered riders for race weekend must have the following:
- Two working brakes
- Bar plugs/ends on handlebars
- An Australian Standards compliant, full face helmet with a fixed non detachable mouth-piece
- A jersey or shirt covering the elbows must be worn as a minimum
- Knees must be covered by full length trousers and/or self-fastening knee or knee/shin guards expressly designed for off-road cycling
- Fully enclosed shoes
- Body armour, goggles and neck braces are strongly recommended
- NO singlets allowed
The following clothing requirements are MANDATORY for riders aged 17 or younger at ANY point in the current year:
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- A long-sleeved (full length) jersey or shirt
- Full-finger gloves
NOTE: The Race Director reserves the right to deem any participants clothing or equipment unsatisfactory. It is up to the participant to ensure they meet the above minimum requirements for the purpose in which they are intended.
General racing rules
- All race entrants must attend the race briefing, held in the event village prior to the commencement of competition
- Race plates must be displayed on the handlebars of the bicycle. Altering, cutting or placing of unauthorised sponsors’ logos is not permitted
- If you lose your plate, or it is lost or damaged, a replacement will need to be obtained from the registration caravan
- Race plates must be displayed on practice day and race day. Each race event will have a different coloured dot for the round, and this MUST be affixed to your race plate. If you do not have your plate, or correct coloured dot, you will NOT be allowed on transport or to race
- Transport (shuttles) to be used, is that supplied by the club. You are not to use any transport other than the official transport supplied by the ILMTB for the official downhill practice or race day
- Do not use offensive or abusive language during the race, act in any anti-sporting manner, be disrespectful to the event volunteers/officials or ignore the race regulations
- You are not permitted to shortcut the course. If you do not follow the official route you will be disqualified
- Riders are not permitted to alter the course in any way without first consulting with race officials. This includes moving rocks, logs, tape or other natural obstacles
- Riders must act in a sporting manner at all times, and when it is safe to do so, permit any faster rider to overtake without deliberately obstructing them
- If you do not finish (DNF) the race, you must notify the timing station or closest course marshal. This ensures that all competitors are accounted for
- STRICTLY NO DRUGS. THIS IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY SPORT
NOTE: The Race Director and Race Officials reserve the right to report participants who fail to uphold and abide by the rules outlined above and by MTBA’s Technical Regulations and Guidelines. Sanctions may be placed on participants found to be in violation of these rules, regulations and guidelines.Further information and details on rules, regulations and guidelines can be found on the MTBA website.
- Markers and bunting indicates the route to be followed, showing changes in the course, intersections, and all potentially dangerous situations
- Markers will be placed at frequent intervals along the course, to confirm to the rider that he/she is following the correct course
- ILMTB is run by VOLUNTEERS. They DON’T get paid. Please volunteer to help, it’s your club. DON’T ALWAYS LEAVE IT TO OTHERS
- If you are riding in a race run or practice and you catch up to a slower rider in front of you, yell “rider”, or “track”
- If you are the rider in front, get off the track or out of the way as soon as you can. You must get out of the way as fast as you can, especially in racing
- The faster rider should also be patient and realise that sometimes there isn’t anywhere safe to get off the track
- If you crash and have accidentally dislodged a large rock, or any other obstacle, into the middle of the track, take it off the track, or put it back in its original spot
- Ensure the bunting is put back securely if you crash through it. Don’t just keep riding and leave it for someone else to fix
- After your fall, and if you decide to have a break, ensure you and your bike are well clear of the track
- If you crash, and cannot move or get off the track, and you hear a rider-approaching, yell out “rider down” or “stop” or even “help”
- Make sure you look and listen when re-entering the track
- Never stop on the track. Always find a safe area away from the track
- If you have no choice but to stop in the middle of the track, due to a bad mechanical fault, and there is no where to move, and you hear an approaching rider, yell loud and clear “rider” or “track”
- If you roll over a jump and notice the lip is worn away, advise a marshal who will get in touch with the track builder to fix
- Do not change the track because you don’t like a section. If you change the track, the new part you build will be illegal
- Don’t create new lines that are obviously not part of the track. Ride on the marked track only
- If you can’t ride part of the track, walk it
- If you see a rider who needs any sort of help, and you can assist them in any way (mechanical, loading bike onto shuttle or just to be friendly), DO IT
- Do not push in line for shuttles
- Always take your rubbish with you. Don’t leave for someone else to take home or pickup
- Be nice to volunteers; remember they help make the race happen. If the volunteer does not know what they are doing, speak to the Race Director so the volunteer can be educated
- Help out – there are lots of jobs to be done. Stay after the race and help pack up the gear (bunting, wires, collecting rubbish, packing up tents etc
- If you placed in your race for a prize, don’t leave. Make sure you stay for the presentation and make your speech short!
- See the Race Director on race day, or the President, or Vice president of the club.
- Do it politely and at the appropriate time, if they say they are busy come back and see them.
- Don’t bag the race before you have spoken to the organisers!
NOTE: Any grievances arising during the course of competition must be taken up with the Race Director immediately.
|Novice||For first time racers with the club. All ages may race this category once only (if you do not wish to race a category below)|
|Junior Hardtail||So long as you are no older than 18 as of Dec 31st this year AND race a bike with no rear suspension, you are eligible for this category|
|Senior Hardtail||So long as you are 19 or older as of Dec 31st this year AND race a bike with no rear suspension, you are eligible for this category|
|Under 13’s||So long as you are no older than 12 as of Dec 31st this year, you are eligible for this category|
|Under 15’s||So long as you are 13 or 14 as of Dec 31st this year, you are eligible for this category|
|Under 17’s||So long as you are 15 or 16 as of Dec 31st this year, you are eligible for this category|
|Under 19’s||So long as you are 17 or 18 as of Dec 31st this year, you are eligible for this category|
|Sport Women |
|All ages – no boys allowed.|
|Elite Women |
|All Ages – if you think you are up for it, you can race this category|
|A category for casual weekend and beginner downhill riders, for riders 19 and over as of Dec 31st this year|
|A category that’s more competitive than Sport, for riders 19 and over as of Dec 31st this year|
|Elite Men |
|All Ages – if you think you are up for it, you can race this category|
|Veterans||If you are 30 to 39 as of Dec 31st this year, you are eligible for this category|
|Masters||If you are 40 to 49 as of Dec 31st this year, you are eligible for this category|
|Super Masters||If you are 50+ as of Dec 31st this year, you are eligible for this category|
|Chainless||For all ages but bike must have chain removed|
|Open||Category for all ages who want a second run. No medal or prizes|
A rider can contest a category that is ‘more competitive’ at Inside Line events, if they wish.
The competition age is determined by the participant’s age as at December 31st this year.
If you choose a second category it must be clarified with the registration staff in the caravan, or with the Race Director (at the time of registering). Once you have selected a category for the season, you cannot change categories, however you can add categories if approved at the time of registration.
Typical Event Schedule
Generally, Inside Line state level downhill race events follow a schedule similar to the one below. For details on specific events, be sure to check our Facebook Page for the latest news.
- Registration and practice 10am – 4.00pm
- Registration 8.30am – 9.30am
- Practice for all categories 8.30am – 10.30am
- Rider briefing at 11.00am (MTBA mandate that ALL riders must attend. Failure to attend could result in expulsion from the event.)
- Racing commences approximately 11.30am, after rider briefing
- All riders must be at the start 15 minutes before their event starts
- All riders racing must ride the track on day of racing, failure to do so will result in disqualification
- Racing generally concludes mid afternoon and is followed by presentations
- Elite Men (Seeding)
- U19 (Seeding)
- Elite Women (Seeding)
- Sport Women
- Senior Hardtail
- Junior Hardtail
- Super Masters
- Expert Men
- Sport Men
- Elite Women (Final)
- U19 (Final)
- Elite Men (Final)
Order is subject to change.