Event Info ... Categories

The categories and number of laps or distance ridden vary depending on the style and type of event. Helmets are complusory for all events.


Cross Country (XC) events have specified age based categories and lap number requirements (see the table below).  Novice, Marathon and Flow X events may use similar categories but will have different lap number / time requirements, for example:

  • Cross Country (XC) events use the categories listed below. As different courses are used the length of each laps can vary, distances are usually between 5.7 and 7.5 km.  The duration of an XC event will depend on the category entered and the riders ability; normally XC events are done and dusted in under 2.5hrs.
  • Novice events target those a little unsure about entering the main event, but want to have a good go. There is no age limit for the Novice event (it is suitable for young and old).  A great way for mum or dad, even grandma or grandpa to have a go and see what all the fun is about. The course is a shortened section of the main track (between 2-3km) and riders do as many laps as they can (or want to do) in the specified time. The course is closed at the 30 minute mark so riders can finish their last lap. The Novice event is usually done and dusted in about 45 minutes.
  • Marathon events are events held over set time periods (e.g. 3hrs duration). The course length again depends on where the marathon is held but can be anywhere between 5.7km and 10.5km long. In a Marathon event the course closes at the end of the advertised time (the cut off time) allowing riders to complete their last lap. No riders will be allowed to commence a new lap after the cut-off time. Marathon events will use similar aged based categories as XC events but will also have team options available. 
  • Flow Cross (Flow X) events are staged Cross Country (XC) races, the categories are often the same, however there are no set laps specified. Rather there are between 3 & 4 timed stages, with non-timed liaison sections in between so you can cruise and chat to your mates on the way to the next timed stage. There is usually a cut-off point when the course is closed and no further 'runs' can be completed.

See individual event details on our events page, if you are not sure what category to enter ask us on the day or contact the SCUM Crew with any specific questions. 


Category Name Age Restrictions** No. of Laps*
Under 13 Mixed Under 13 ** 1
Under 15 Female 13-14 ** 2
Under 15 Male 13-14 ** 2
Under 17 Female 15-16 ** 3
Under 17 Male 15-16 ** 3
Under 19 Female 17-18 ** 3
Under 19 Male 17-18 ** 3
Elite Female None (open) 5
Elite Male None (open) 5
Expert Female None (open) 4
Expert Male None (open) 4
Sport Female (A) None (open) 3
Sport Male (A) None (open) 3
Sport Female (B) None (open) 2
Sport Male (B) None (open) 2
Veteran Female 30-39 3
Veteran Male 30-39 3
Masters Female 40-49 3
Masters Male 40-49 3
Super Masters Female 50-59 3
Super Masters Male 50-59 3
Grand Masters Female 60+ 3
Grand Masters Male 60+ 3
eBike None (open) 3

* The No. of laps is a guide that should apply to most races/tracks however these can be changed at the race directors discretion to suit the chosen track for the event.

** Your age is calculated as being the age you will be on the 31 Dec of the current calendar year.   For example, if you are turning 15 before 31 Dec, but are currently 14 years old you MUST race in the Under 17 Category all year.  You CAN NOT race in the Under 15 category, as you will be 15 on the 31 Dec