Guide To Racing

LET'S GET RACING

If it’s your first race or you’re just new to the AMSA Off-road series, this guide will help you decide what class is right for you. We try to make the process as easy as possible so you can show up ready to race and have a great ride! Keep reading to know what to expect at any type of race within our series.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

We call it the 6 steps to race day. We have put together a simple guide from start to finish on all the information you will need to get started racing. Click the button below, we can’t wait to see you out there.

RACE DAY: WHAT TO EXPECT

Race day can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. We have detailed guides to help you know what to expect on race day and what the requirements are for your bike and gear to prepare for race day.

PICK YOUR CLASS

SATURDAY

A CLASSES: 2.5HR CUT-OFF | B CLASSES: 2HR CUT-OFF

There are 14 classes on Saturday, please choose one that best fits your skill level. See class descriptions below and corresponding number plate colours. Please read the complete RULEBOOK for full details.

PRO

A-LOOP | 13+ | 2.5HR CUT-OFF
Elite class with the highest skilled racers. This class will now be open and the competition committee will have the ability to approve Pro Status.

EXPERT

A-LOOP | 13+ | 2.5HR CUT-OFF
Expert racers working towards Pro. Experience from intermediate or another A class.

VET MASTER

A-LOOP | 30+ | 2.5HR CUT-OFF
This is a speed based class, meant for our fastest and highest level of skilled vets. This is the class that EX Pro and Expert racers can move to and still be competitive.

+30A

A-LOOP | 30+ | 2.5HR CUT-OFF
Advanced skilled veteran aged riders that have not formerly competed in Expert or Pro.

+40A

A-LOOP | 40+ | 2.5HR CUT-OFF
Advanced skilled veteran aged riders that have not formerly competed in Expert or Pro.

INTERMEDIATE

A-LOOP | 13+ | 2.5HR CUT-OFF
High skill level, working to advance to Expert. Must have racing experience.

LADIES EXPERT

A-LOOP | 13+ | 2.5HR CUT-OFF
Restricted to females with advanced skills. Racers must first ride in the Ladies Intermediate class in order to advance.

+50

B-LOOP | 50+ | 2HR CUT-OFF
Our Riders who are 50+.

+60

B-LOOP | 60+ | 2HR CUT-OFF
Our Legend Riders who are 60+.

+30B

B-LOOP | 30+ | 2HR CUT-OFF
Veteran aged riders with experience that have not formerly competed in Pro, Expert, or Vetmaster.

+40B

B-LOOP | 40+ | 2HR CUT-OFF
Veteran aged riders with experience that have not formerly competed in Pro, Expert, or Vetmaster.

LADIES INTER

B-LOOP | 13+ | 2HR CUT-OFF
Restricted to female riders with experience or those advancing from the ladies Junior class.

JUNIOR

B-LOOP | 13+ | 2HR CUT-OFF
Medium skill set with some race experience. Racers working towards intermediate.

BEGINNER

B-LOOP | 13+ | 2HR CUT-OFF
New racers only with limited experience. Current and former Kids Expert class racers are NOT eligible. Minimum 85cc bike

SUNDAY

THESE CLASSES HAVE VARIED CUT-OF TIMES.

There are 10 classes on Sunday. Please choose one that best fits your skill level. See class descriptions below and corresponding number plate.

KIDS EXPERT

LONGER LOOP| -16 | 1.5-2 HR CUT-OFF
This class is for experienced pre-teen racers working towards racing on the Adult day. Anyone 17 years on January 1st is no longer eligible.

SPORTSMAN

LONGER LOOP| 16+ | 1.5-2 HR CUT-OFF
An introductory class for the new racer who is not comfortable with the B loop. It will be on the kids expert loop. This is not a trophy class and will not be included in the championship. The Sportsman Class is meant to be a stepping stone to move to the Saturday races and not a permanent place.

KIDS INTER

LONGER LOOP| -16 | 1.25-1.5 HR CUT-OFF
65cc and up. Kids who are ready to try more difficult terrain.

LADIES JUNIOR

LONGER LOOP| 13+ | 1.25-1.5 HR CUT-OFF
Restricted to female riders who have some experience. Can cross over with Ladies Intermediate for one season before advancement to the higher class.

LADIES BEGINNER

STARTER LOOP | 13+ | 1-1.5HR CUT-OFF
Restricted to beginner female riders.

KIDS JUNIOR

STARTER LOOP | -16 | 1-1.5 HR CUT-OFF
65cc and up. Kids who have racing experience. Will be limited to 19”-16” tires, No full size bikes allowed in this class.

KIDS BEGINNER

STARTER LOOP | -16 | 45-60 min CUT-OFF
First time clutch users and first times racers. Manual clutch bike must be used. Will be limited to 19”-16” tires, No full size bikes allowed in this class.

PEE WEES

THESE CLASSES HAVE VARIED CUT-OF TIMES.

Pee Wees race on their own course with other racers around or close the same skill level. See class descriptions below.

EXPERT

12 & Younger | 45-60 MIN CUT-OFF
Advanced skill set with racing experience. Maximum 50cc 2-stroke and 110cc 4-stroke, automatic clutch minibikes.

INTERMEDIATE

12 & Younger | 45-60 MIN CUT-OFF
Some riding experience, max 50cc 2T/ 110cc 4T automatic clutch mini bikes

BEGINNER

12 & Younger | 30-45 MIN CUT-OFF
New racers with limited riding skill set 10” wheel size restriction. They will race on a separate course appropriate for learning and bike size.

IT'S RACE DAY!

Sign in will be your first stop of the day. It usually takes place between 8:30 – 10am. Be sure to bring your helmet with you to sign in. After that here is what you can expect from your race day…

RIDERS MEETING 10:15am

Usually held at the promoters tent. A horn will sound indicating the start. Each group (Sat, Sun, Pee Wee etc...) will have a riders meeting. It is important every rider attend, no matter the skill level. If you are the first class riding you might want to show up with all your gear on, ready to ride.

PARADE LAP 10:30am

Not every class will have a parade lap. All Pee Wee classes will join in the parade lap of their course prior to lining up. If you are a ladies beginner, kid's junior or beginner you might have a parade lap depending on your course. This will be communicated to you at the riders meeting.

RACE START 11:00am

At race sign in you will need to keep an eye out for a board with the race schedule. This is where you will find the approximate start time for your class as well as the line up order. You will want to be geared up and ready to ride well before this start time. Classes will start in 30secs - 1min intervals.

AWARDS - 5:00pm

A horn will sound to indicate the awards kick off. Results should be posted before this time. If you placed in your class, you will want to stick around for your trophy and podium photos. Even if you didn't place, you might want to hang around for your chance at some amazing prizes from our sponsors.

STARTING ORDER

Finally it’s time to line up and race!

Start order is subject to change.

SATURDAY

A LOOP START ORDER

1 PRO
2 EXPERT
3 VET MASTER
4 30A
5 40a
6 INTERMEDIATE
7 LADIES EXPERT

B - START ORDER

1 50 +
2 60 +
3 30B
4 40B
5 LADIES INTERM
6 JUNIOR
7 BEGINNER

SUNDAY

PEE WEE CLASSES

RACE 1 PEE WEE BEGINNER
RACE 2 PEE WEE INTERM
RACE 2 PEE WEE EXPERT

KIDS & LADIES

RACE 3 KIDS JUNIOR
RACE 3 LADIES BEGINNER
RACE 3 KIDS BEGINNER
RACE 4 KIDS EXPERT
RACE 4 SPORTSMAN
RACE 4 KIDS INTERM
RACE 4 LADIES JUNIOR

NEED TO KNOW

A few tips and tricks to make your first or 100th race a little easier. We strongly suggest that all new racers start by reading the rule book to know what is expected of racers and what you can expect from your race.

READ THE
RULE BOOK

Every racer is responsible to read the rulebook prior to racing.

RIDING
GEAR

You will need a Dot rated helmet, riding boots, gloves, goggles, and it is highly recommended to have a chest protector, knee guards/braces, hydration pack, and tool pack. Although there are sweepers during the race, carrying a few specific tools can be the difference between finishing and a DNF.

GAS

Know your bike and it’s capabilities. Bring a gerri can with fuel if you think you will need a pit stop. At the riders meeting promoters will advise where fuel can be left or transported for remote pits. Hare-scramble are under 35km courses that you complete as many laps as possible in the time and Cross-countries are courses up to a 100km loop that you complete only once.

REGISTRATION &
INSURANCE

Be aware that all bikes need to have valid registration and insurance. Promoters will apply for a headlight and tail light exemption from the registrar to be applied during the event. At all other times (before/after the race) bikes will require a headlight and taillight to be deemed legal and compliant with the OHV Traffic Safety Act. Neither AMSA nor Promoters will be policing this, it is the responsibility of the individual rider. If a rider chooses not to be compliant with the law, they could end up with fines.

NOISE

Bikes should have a silencer that is less than 96dbs and has a spark arrestor. Event promoters will be conducting random noise test to ensure compliance.

TREAD
LIGHTLY

Travel responsibly on designated trails.

Respect the right of others including private property, recreational trail users, and campers.

Educate yourself by obtaining maps and regulations from public agencies.

Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands, and streams, unless on designated routes equipped with bridges.

Do your part by leaving the area better than you found it, and join a local group of enthusiasts.

READ THE
RULE BOOK

Every racer is responsible to read the rulebook prior to racing.

RIDING
GEAR

You will need a Dot rated helmet, riding boots, gloves, goggles, and it is highly recommended to have a chest protector, knee guards/braces, hydration pack, and tool pack. Although there are sweepers during the race, carrying a few specific tools can be the difference between finishing and a DNF.

GAS

Know your bike and it’s capabilities. Bring a gerri can with fuel if you think you will need a pit stop. At the riders meeting promoters will advise where fuel can be left or transported for remote pits. Hare-scramble are under 35km courses that you complete as many laps as possible in the time and Cross-countries are courses up to a 100km loop that you complete only once.

REGISTRATION &
INSURANCE

Be aware that all bikes need to have valid registration and insurance. Promoters will apply for a headlight and tail light exemption from the registrar to be applied during the event. At all other times (before/after the race) bikes will require a headlight and taillight to be deemed legal and compliant with the OHV Traffic Safety Act. Neither AMSA nor Promoters will be policing this, it is the responsibility of the individual rider. If a rider chooses not to be compliant with the law, they could end up with fines.

NOISE

Bikes should have a silencer that is less than 96dbs and has a spark arrestor. Event promoters will be conducting random noise test to ensure compliance.

TREAD
LIGHTLY

Travel responsibly on designated trails.

Respect the right of others including private property, recreational trail users, and campers.

Educate yourself by obtaining maps and regulations from public agencies.

Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands, and streams, unless on designated routes equipped with bridges.

Do your part by leaving the area better than you found it, and join a local group of enthusiasts.

STEP 1: PICK A CLASS
There are twenty four classes in the AMSA Off-road Series and we recommend that all new racers start with beginner. Please read the descriptions of each class and choose based on your skill level and race experience. Below are the descriptions and corresponding number plate colors. Age restrictions and race cut off times are dependent on each class. It is up to the rider to choose the class best suited to your skill set and at the end of each season riders will be advanced. If a course has an A/B split each class will ride their designated loop. A- loops are typically more advanced, any questions on format please refer to the RULE book. Race numbers are required for safety, manual back up scoring, and for other riders to identify racers in their respective classes.
CLASSES
STEP 2: PICK A NUMBER
We cannot have duplicate numbers racing the same day. However we are in the process of implementing a new system to ensure this in not the case. Please stay tuned for how you choose your race number.
CURRENT NUMBERS LIST
STEP 3: LICENSE
Licence registration is completed through Motoreg. Please click the link below to purchase your race licence.

*PLEASE NOTE AMSA OFFROAD IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH AMSA MX OR MRC. OUR LICENSE IS FOR OFFROAD ONLY AND WE DO NOT HONOR THEIR MEMBERSHIPS.
REGISTER NOW
STEP 4: RACE WAIVERS
We will have online digital waivers this year. Stay tuned for updates.
SIGN WAIVER (Coming Soon)
STEP 5: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Off road racing is a demanding sport and accidents can happen. While there are sweepers out there to help you stay safe you may be stuck alone before they arrive.

Below is a link to download the list so you can stow it in your gear bag.
CHECK OUT LIST
STEP 6: RACE DAY SCHEDULE
We try to maintain a similar format at each race. Each race is put on by individual clubs so the schedule can vary, depending whether it is a Hare Scramble or X-country.
SCHEDULE
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