Cycling Events in Saskatoon

Saskatoon Short Track
Mountain Bike Series

COVID-19 Response – Our updated 2020 program is below, please read everything as it is a bit different. 

Back for 2020, the second annual Saskatoon Short Track Mountain Bike series will be held at Robert Hunter West Park.
Races will be held on Wednesdays throughout Summer 2020:
July 15, 2020
July 22, 2020
July 29, 2020
August 5, 2020
August 12, 2020
August 19, 2020
August 26, 2020
September 2, 2020
 
 

What is Short Track?

Short track is spectator friendly mountain bike racing. For 2020, we will be running this program as a practice/scrimmage format in line with the SCA’s return to play protocols.  We have a great loop at Robert Hunter West Park in Saskatoon (across the street from École River Heights School), and will also be setting up a skills development area. Develop your skills and try out cross country Mountain Bike racing right in the city. Skills practice is approx 25 minutes, and the scrimmage is 10-15 minutes long (based on age/ability).  All kids and youth under 15 years old are welcome

● Fast and Fun MTB program
● 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)

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Fees & Registration

Entry fee is $25 for all categories, for the entire program!

All racers will need to hold a Saskatchewan Cycling Association general or racing membership (this is for insurance purposes). Space is very limited in 2020, so please register eary! This is all integrated into a single transaction online via the CCN website where you can purchase the program and membership at the same time. If you already have a 2020 SCA membership or race licence, you will only be required to purchase the program registration. All registrations will be through CCN, there will be NO CASH REGISTRATION on site.

Group 1

○ Ages 3-8 years old (boys/girls)

○ Skills area from 5:45 – 6:10pm

○ Scrimmage race @ 6:15 (~10 min)

 

Group 2

○ Ages 4-12 years old (boys/girls)

○ Skills Area from 6:15-6:40pm

○ Scrimmage race @ 6:45 (~10-15 min)

 

Group 3

○ Ages 9-14 years old (boys/girls)

○ Skills area from 6:45-7:10pm

○Scrimmage race @ 7:15 (~15 min)

 

Each group is limited to 10 participants, no exceptions!

Start Times

Group 1

 Starts: 5:45pm

25 minutes of skills

~10 minute scrimmage race

● 3-8 year olds

Group 2

Starts: 6:15 pm
 
25 minutes of skills
 
~10-15 minute scrimmage race
 
● 6-11 year olds

Group 3

Starts: 6:45 pm

25 minutes of skills

~15 minute scrimmage race
 
● 9-14 year olds

Notes for Participants

Notes for Participants

  • We recommend that each racer has a bottle of water

  • Be careful when leaving the park as other groups will be present.

  • The course may cross walking paths.

  • Everyone will use the same ~500m course for 2020

  • Please arrive on time as in 2020 we will have to stick to the schedule.  If you are late, please go directly to your group

  • No results in 2020

  • For 2020, our age categories have overlap to allow families with multiple kids to register their kids in the same category.  We ask that families try to register their kids in the same category wherever possible. 

  • For 2020, all registrants must be residents of the greater Saskatoon area.  If you are unsure if you should register, please contact us. 
 
  • Parents are asked to monitor their children for illness and check temperatures before attending each week. If you are sick, please stay home and we will gladly see you the week after!
 
  • We are working on getting some draw prizes for participants.  Any prizes available will be distributed via a non-contact method to be determined.

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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!

Generally, there will be no refunds.  However, partial refunds may be issued in some exceptional circumstances to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

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: 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.  For 2020 we will also bring and set up a few obstacles for everyone
to practice on before and after their events.
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: All kids and youth under 17 years old 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!