Categories 2015

SO much fun traveling to great events in the Pacific Northwest! remember all races really only last 15 minutes then you cannot pedal much harder, and in most cases will end up in racing against 1 or 2 people for the next 1-2 hrs!

Have FUN!

Categories are listed below and offer a wide array of ways to participant in any of the series races.

Each event may offer a unique age group inside of any Series category as long as it is clearly identified as a Non Series category

Series Champions in each of 20 categories will have a chance to win this jersey post event from Primal Wear

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Categories 2015 (Categories that are in Bold text are eligible for the above Champion jersey post series)

Any rider may self select any category except Elite. No points will be upgraded at Athlete Path for riders that upgrade past the 3rd event so choose your category wisely and have fun.

Mandatory upgrades will occur through Spring Thaw and Race #5 per OBRA rules, so if you are fast you may want to upgrade prior to being asked to

Elite Men (requires upgrade or prior approval from OBRA or a current USAC Pro License)

Expert (Cat 1) Men

Expert (Cat 1) Men 45+

Elite Women (requires upgrade or prior approval from OBRA or a current USAC Pro License)

Expert Women (Cat 1)

(The Above are Cash Purse Categories for the series races) SS may be included if they are included with the Elite wave or in some cases the fastest overall times count towards the cash purse)

Singlespeed  Men

Singlespeed  Women

In most cases all of the above will run on the longest course

Junior Sport (Cat 2) Men 14-18

Sport ( Cat 2) Men 19-39

Sport (Cat 2) Men 40-49

Sport (Cat 2) Men 50-59

Sport (Cat 2 ) Men 60+

Clydesdale 200+ Men

Sport (Cat 2) Women 19-39

Sport (Cat 2) Women 40-49

Sport (Cat 2) Women 50+ **

All of the Sport (cat 2) categories will race on the middle distance or longest with events with only 2 distances

Novice (Cat 3) Men 19-39*

Novice (Cat 3) Men 40+*

Novice (Cat 3) Women 19-39*

Novice (Cat 3 Women 40+)*

Junior Novice (Cat 3) Men 10-13

Junior Novice (Cat 3) Men 14-18

Junior Novice (Cat 3) Women 10-13

Junior  Novice (Cat 3) Women 14-18

(junior women overall in the above categories will be scored for the Champion Jersey)

Novice Categories are not eligible for Champion Jerseys post series from Primal Wear. Juniors are

* Shorter course
Juniors that feel faster than Sport (Cat 2) can race in Expert (Cat 1) and will be scored for the series as a Senior and that category. Please do not race in different ability levels from race to race. If you start out and are over your head you can downgrade officially through OBRA and move to your appropriate ability. Participants can select any of the above abilities through Expert (Cat 1) without an official Upgrade from OBRA. Annual licenses are recommended and only 25.00 HERE but a one day license is fine for any category for 5.00


 Typical Time or distance of each and definition

Elite……Super Fast requires an upgrade  Time to win 1:45-2hrs +  depending on Distance verses Elevation
Expert (Cat 1)
  • Fast and same long course staging with the Elites, People race this for either the distance or because they are fast, or like to be away from all the other groups behind them.
  • This is the Cash purse crowd for the Series at each event!
SS Men and Women go the longest distance as well….because they like it, or at least that is what the crowd likes in 2014.
Sport (Cat 2) Time to win 1.5 hrs to 2.25 hrs depending if this group races a lesser distance than the Elite/Expert (Cat 1) distance.
  • May race as the longest course at some venues but not quite ready to step up to the fastest group (Largest fields by far)
  • Most age groups are offered by the Oregon XC Series in this intermediate field.
  • This is the typical distance for Clydesdales 200+ also.
  • This group at most events without hills will be split up for staging either by Men and then women or multiple mens starts and then women.
In many cases the top 3 in this Sport (Cat 2) category would place top 10 in Expert (Cat 1) for the Men
  • Novice (Cat 3) Just starting out?
  • I like to race 1 hr to 1.5 hrs and am out for fun!
  • Juniors except for Sport (Cat 2) Men 14-18 will race this distance

Juniors are allowed to race up  and compete with the Expert (Cat 1) 19-44 men if the distance is not suited to your ability.


Team Competition

Any Team Can Compete and you up to 4 members at each event to score points. Even non OBRA Teams will be tracked Via Athlete path for the series so if your team name does not show at OBRA please look at the individual race and or Athlete Path for your results for whatever need you may have.

Team Names are official after the series starts or by Mudslinger so no switching teams during the season of XC races or points transfers between teams

Special Pricing for Top 3 teams from our Jersey Sponsor Primal Wear

Athlete Path Custom Socks to all racers who race 6 times or more in 2014!

Custom Trophies for top Team in the Series for 2014, very custom!

One Yakima Holdup for the TOP Team!



Please wear a helmet at all times while on your bike. This includes before and after Events. You can be DQ’d for not doing this. OBRA rules apply!

  • Please use toilets and do not urinate where others can see.
  • No bad language or attitude
  • Do not drop gel packs or anything on the course except for sweat.
  • Please pull over if vehicles are on the roads when warming up and remember that any course could have a vehicle on it so pay attention.
  • There is no insurance provided by OBRA if you crash. We will call the emt or 911 in an emergency (lets not have any accidents like that)
  • BE nice when passing slower riders, say—— coming by, track, when its safe, love ya —ect


The Series is part of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association and sign up for your Membership early with OBRA for 25.00 or pay 5.00 for a one day license to race.

Individual race Directors will be selling memberships at the races.  Each race will have 300-600+ Day of race plates for you and twist ties or zip ties. These plates you can keep and put on your garage wall, ect. Do not use these plates in any race other than the one you are racing.

Special note:

This is a great year to get more people and reach out to Juniors from across the state to join and learn from your Team in 2015

Have Fun be safe and I will see you soon on the trail


Mike Ripley
Oregon XC MTB series director

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