“ Always adhere to the rules and respect other riders and officials”


Click on the ‘ENTER RACE’ link next to your chosen race to be taken direct to the SDA entries page for that track on the British Cycling Website who will be handling all SDA entries.

Round 1 18-19th March Ae Forest ENTER RACE
Round 2 22-23th April Innerleithen ENTER RACE
Round 3 27-28th May Glencoe ENTER RACE
Round 4 24-25th June Aberfeldy ENTER RACE
Scottish Championships 5-6th August Dunkeld ENTER RACE
Round 5 9-10th September Fort William ENTER RACE


There have been numerous rider proposals and requests for amendments to the local SDA rules and this has been debated within the committee for some time. For 2013 the following changes to Master, Veteran, Senior, Expert and Elite will apply. Gloves – Requirement removed. Back Boards – Requirement removed.

There are no changes to Juvenile, Youth or Junior. Also as all ages come into the same category for Women there has been no change applied there, these will all remain as 2012. In wet and muddy conditions the chief commissaire may make a judgement on the lifting of the glove requirement to all categories. This will be his at his discretion and his judgement will be final and implemented.

Non compliance will lead to disqualification. It should be noted that it is still the recommendation of the SDA committee that body armour should be worn for the rider’s protection.


Please note that littering will not be tolerated at the races and anyone found to be in breach of this rule may face a year long ban.

Please either take your litter home and dispose of it carefully or use the bins provided at the race meetings.


A typical SDA downhill race will have an average entry of about 300 riders. This means 300 start times and 300 finish times per run (x’s 2), a total of 1200 times that need to be logged, checked, sorted and categorized before finally being posted on the results board.

It requires a timing team of up to 6 individuals working non-stop for the duration of the whole race (about 5 hours) to achieve all this.

The SDA own and run their own procured timing system (Sports Timing Systems/Tag Heuer). Each timing unit (start and finish) consists of a self-contained battery powered unit incorporating a keypad, multiline display, tally roll printer, and a very accurate temperature compensated clock providing an accuracy to 1 millisecond (1/1000th of a second). The two clocks are synchronized before the start of the race. An infrared beam linked to each unit creates the start/finish line. When a rider’s front wheel breaks this beam, the riders number is logged against that start time. Obviously the difference between the start and finish times is the riders run time. Although laptops are used in generating results, they are not used for actual timing. They are used to drive the live timing commentary screen and the display boards up on the gantry. At the start line the riders’ number is entered into the start unit, the unit also generates the “countdown beeps” and when the rider breaks the beam the time is allocated against his number. This is then printed out in numeric form on the paper tally roll, and is also sent via radio modem or hard wire, to the live timing laptop in the pit area.

Similarly at the finish line, every time a rider breaks the beam the time is logged in the finish unit. The riders’ number is then appended against the time and again is printed out in numeric form and also sent to the live timing laptop where the display’s show the riders run time and position in category – the commentator uses this information to read out the riders run time. In essence, the paper tally rolls generated at the start and finish lines, basically form a hardcopy audit trail of the whole race in chronological order and thus provides essential information should there be any queries. The Live & Results laptop runs Sports Timing Systems software that links the rider number with his previously entered personal details such as name, category, club, license number and automatically calculates both run times and sorts them in position and category and finally generates a printout that goes up on the results board.

The radio modem works on a “line of sight” principle. Quite often it is impossible to get a direct link from the start to the finish as the hill or dense trees are in the way in which case a hard wire cable is run from start to finish, providing the link required.
On some tracks, where it is possible, we also own & operate a separate Split Time/Speed trap – This is only possible, where we are able to guarantee a radio signal from the Split/Speed trap site down to the finish and find a ‘volunteer’ to man the station (Volunteer has to rely the riders number to the finish via dedicated radio, as they pass through the Split Time/Speed trap).
That’s it in a nutshell, sounds easy but it isn’t, so at your next race, spare a thought for those stressed out timing folks and give them a smile, your support will always be warmly appreciated .