FAQ’s

Sierra Cup Series
Frequently Asked Questions

Please take a look to find answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer here, then go ahead and e-mail kevin@sierra-sports.com. If you email first and the answer is here, I may not reply.

How do I qualify for Nationals?
The top 15 riders in each category at each race qualify for MTB Nationals. If it is an “open” category (ex: Junior 10-14, Men 60+), they qualify to race at nationals in whatever category is listed on their license. The first 4 races qualify for nationals this July, the last two events are qualifiers for 2017.

Will I qualify for nationals with a one-day license?
You will qualify for Cat 2 or Cat 3, but you must purchase an annual racing license before registering for nationals.

Do I need to buy a USA Cycling license to race Cat 1?
Not necessarily. To race at an individual race in the Sierra Cup Series, you may race Cat 1 on a one-day license($10), however you will not qualify for Cat 1 Nationals or be eligible for the series championships.

Registration says it’s open until 11pm and it’s 10:30 and it says it’s closed? What gives?
The registration service we use is on eastern standard time. There is a three hour difference. Although it does list 11pm Eastern Time on the reg page, I try to refer to it everywhere else as 8pm Pacific Daylight Time. Please sign up earlier to avoid this.

Why don’t you have a category for (insert description here)?
Our categories are based on past attendance. Although they do occasionally change based on need, they are carefully analyzed to provide a fair distribution of distance and ability while keeping costs and time involvement reasonable for the promoter. Very few people want to race in a category by themselves. We do retain the right to combine categories with less than 5 to match national practices, but rarely do so.

I couldn’t make a race I signed up for, can I get a refund or credit?
The Nevada City, Pine Nut Cracker, and Ridin’ High are run by separate promoters. Please check directly with them for information on refunds. The remainder of the series events will offer credit for another series race if you pre-register and can’t make it and let us know beforehand.

I missed the awards ceremony, can you mail me my medal/pint glass?
No, we do not mail medals due to the time and costs involved. Unclaimed medals are saved and brought to at least the next two events where they can be claimed.

Can we do more/less laps for the (insert category here)?
In many cases, yes. If the entire group wants a change from what was advertised, this can be requested and changed during the riders meeting. The promoter reserves the right to make a change or deny a request based on course and weather conditions and/or rider safety.

What are the requirements to upgrade categories?
Per USA Cycling, riders can self select Cat 3 or Cat 2. To upgrade to Cat 1, riders should have at a minimum 2 top 5 finishes in events with the minimum category size. Cat 3 or Cat 2 riders must upgrade after 5 top 5 finishes in minimum category sizes. Refer to the 2016 rulebook for minimum class sizes for upgrade purposes. Upgrade and downgrade requests can be done with the USAC Official at the race. (Note: this may not apply at other races outside of the Sierra Cup Series)

Is there a course map for (insert race here)?
Yes there is. If it’s not posted, there is usually a reason behind it like a history of user conflicts in the area created by people trying to beat times before the race or an agreement with land managers to reduce said conflicts. In those cases, maps/routes will be posted a few days to a week before the event.

When are results/series points/USAC rankings going to be posted?
In almost all cases, results will be posted to the Sierra Cup website by midnight the day of the event. Every effort will be made to keep series point updated and results sent to USAC in a timely manner.

Are you stupid or something?
Highly likely. If I was smart, I’d spend my money on a new carbon trail bike and my vacation time traveling to other cool places to ride. But instead, I put on mountain bike races.