Cycling Events in Saskatoon

Saskatoon Short Track Series

For 2019, the first annual Saskatoon Short Track Mountain Bike series will be held at Robert Hunter West Park.
Races will be held on 8 Wednesdays (6 for Full Course division):
May 8, 2019 (All)
May 15, 2019 (Mini and Youth)
May 22, 2019 (All)
May 29, 2019 (All)
June 5, 2019 (All)
June 12, 2019 (All)
June 19, 2019 (Mini and Youth)
June 26, 2019 (All)

What is Short Track?

Short track is spectator friendly mountain bike racing. We have a great loop at Robert Hunter
West Park in Saskatoon (across the street from École River Heights School). Try out Mountain
Bike cross country racing right in the city. Races are approx 10 to 25 minutes long (based on
age/ability) and everyone is welcome.

● Fast and Fun MTB races
● Great for kids and speed demons alike.
● Rider friendly courses.
● Kick/balance bikes, 12″, 16″, 20″, 24″ wheels all work great on the course, and any bike
in safe working order will do! (No training wheels please)

20 May

Fees & Registration

Entry fee is $40 for all categories, for the entire series!

All racers will need to hold a Saskatchewan Cycling Association general or racing membership (this is for insurance purposes). The earlier you register, the more races you can enjoy! This is all integrated into a single transaction online via the CCN website where you can purchase the series and membership at the same time. If you already have a 2018 SCA membership or race licence, you will only be required to purchase the series registration. All registrations will be through CCN, there will be no cash registration on site. Not sure if your child will like the series? Try out a race for $15 (subject to space available in their category). If they like it, you can pay the difference and race the entire series. If it’s not their thing, leave with a number plate, and try again next year. All categories are $40 for race series + 2019 SCA membership​. 

Mini Course Categories

○ Under 6 (boys/girls)

○ Under 8 (boys/girls)

○ Under 11 (boys/girls)

 

Beginner Course Categories

○ Under 13 (boys/girls)

○ Under 15 (boys/girls)

○ Under 17 (boys/girls)

 

Full Course Categories

○ Junior (Under 19) (men/women)

○ Senior (19+) (men/women)

 

Please note there is a cap on registration.

Start Times

Race 1

 Starts: 6:00pm
~10 minutes, Mini Loop

● Under 6: 4 and 5 year olds
● Under 8: 6 and 7 year olds

Race 2

Starts: ~6:15 pm
Immediately following Race 1
~10 minutes, Mini Loop
 
● Under 11: 8, 9 and 10 years old

Race 3

Starts: ~6:35 pm
Shortly after Race 2
~15 minutes, Beginner Loop
 
● Under 13: 11 and 12 year olds
● Under 15: 13 and 14 year olds
● Under 17: 15 and 16 year olds

Notes for Participants

Race 4

Starts: ~7:00 pm
Shortly after Race 3
~25 minutes, Large Loop
 
● Junior Women
● Junior Men
● Adult Women
● Adult Men

Notes for Participants

  • We recommend that each racer has a bottle of water

  • Don’t forget that there are draw prizes at the end of each race!

  • Be careful when leaving the park as other races may be taking place.

  • The race courses may cross walking paths.

  • We will have an easier loop for the U6, U8 and U11 aged racers that is held on a flat part of the field.

  • The U13, U15 and U17 riders start following the completion of the U11 race, on an extended course.

  • Don’t forget to bring your number plates to each race!

  • Results will be kept and posted for all U13 and above categories

  • All youth categories (U17 and below) will receive ribbons at the end of each event, collect all 8 and make a whole set!

  • We recognize that kids develop at different rates, and as such, our age categories are just suggestions. Participants may wish to move up or down a category. We want all participants to enjoy the experience and develop their skills!

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Frequently Asked Questions

A: Yes! This kind of event is designed for kids and adults who are getting their first taste of
mountain bike racing. If you, or your kids, like it, we can help recommend more events to
participate in as well.

A:      1.  Have Fun! 
         2.  No Bumping!

The Commissaire may also have some pre-race instructions for participants, so listen up at the start and then go have fun!

Sorry, there are no refunds.

A: A bike in good working order, a bike helmet in good condition, and closed toe shoes are the
three critical items. Please have bikes tuned up at a local bike shop prior to the series. For the
mini categories, all bikes are acceptable, including strider and BMX bikes. For all other
categories, the bike should be intended for off road use, must have 2 working brakes, and
should have multiple gears. If you have questions, please contact us or ask your local bike
shop for advice.
A: Cycling gloves and some kind of eye-wear (sunglasses) are recommended. Otherwise just
make sure your kid(s) are wearing appropriate clothing that they can move in and stay
warm/cool (depending on the day’s temperature).
A: Any piece of equipment that is damaged or modified in a way that poses a risk to the
participant or other participants/spectators. Examples would be brakes that are removed or not
working, accessories added that protrude from the bike (BMX pegs, training wheels), or other
loose or dangerous parts that could fall off and/or hurt someone. If you’re not sure if something
is safe, please bring the bike to one of the local bike shops to have it checked by an expert.
A: We must follow the same rules that other city park users follow for sporting events. This
means that if there has been significant rain then we will have to reschedule or cancel that day’s
event. Also, if there is risk of severe weather than we may also have to reschedule or cancel
the event for safety. We will do our best to “make up” any events cancelled due to weather.
A: Race lengths are based off other series’ which have been running throughout Canada for the
past 10+ years. Don’t forget that participants race for the full amount of time; there is no bench
or subs. These are intense events, so most participants will be happy to be finished at the end
of their event. That said, race duration may be adjusted as the series progresses if deemed
appropriate.
A: There is another event held once per month out at Blackstrap Provincial Park for riders in that
category. If interested in learning more about those events, please contact the us and we can
refer you to the other organizer.
A: The courses will be marked and open for general riding by 5:30 each day, but once the races
start only the participants of that race will be permitted on the course in use. There is lots of
park area not being used by the course where participants can ride around and warm up. After
the races are over the course markings will be torn down but people are welcome to ride in the
park as they normally would.
A: Registration is capped because we want to make sure we can run a high quality and safe
event for all participants. Caps are dependent on category, but generally allow for 30-40
participants on the course at the same time. If you try to register but the category is sold out,
please e-mail us as we may be able to adjust the categories a little bit based on total
registration.
A: For the Mini and Youth races, all kids must have a parent or guardian stay on site for the
event. For younger kids, we encourage parents to follow their kids around the course to give
encouragement and help in case they get stuck. While the race organization will be looking out
for this as well, we cannot be everywhere at once. Plus, you may want to sign up yourself for
the adult race so that your kid(s) can cheer you on!