All categories in MTB racing are age based until you get to the age of 19. To work out which category you belong in, see the table below. As an example, if you are 14 now, but have a birthday later in the year, then you are classed as a 15 year old and would race in the Youth category:
JUVENILE To qualify for the Juvenile category, a rider must be at least 12 years old or be in their 13th or 14th year. YOUTH Riders in their 15th and 16th year will race in the Youth category. Junior Riders in their 17th and 18th year will race in the Junior category. Senior / Expert / Elite When a rider reaches his or her 19th year then the Senior or Sport category is the appropriate aged based category until they are in their 29th year. See below for how riders can attain Expert or Elite status. Master The Master category is relevant to riders aged 30 to 39. Veteran The Veteran category is for riders aged 40 to 49. Grand Veteran The Grand veteran category is for riders aged over 50.
Qualification from Senior/Sport/Junior to Expert or Expert to Elite is gained through your “End of Year” ranking points, i.e. your top eight results. Female Cross-Country and Downhill riders should apply directly to British Cycling if a category change is required. Criteria Male Downhill
Elite Top 30 ranked riders will remain Elite.
Elite riders ranked outside of the top 30 will retain their status if three World Cup finals have been achieved in one season. Top 5 Expert riders will be promoted to Elite 1st placed Junior rider will be promoted to Elite. Can be extended to top 5 on discretion. Dispensation will only be considered for riders who have been injured for a minimum 8 week period during the months from April to September. A letter from a GP or specialist must be provided.
Expert Any Elite riders ranked below 30 Expert riders ranked 6-50 Top 25 ranked Senior riders Top 15 ranked Junior riders (optional, dependent upon age) 1st placed Veteran & top 3 Masters (optional, but Vets and Masters riding out of Cat will be offered Expert) Dispensation will only be considered for riders who have been injured for a minimum 8 week period during the months from April to September. A letter from a GP or Specialist must be provided.
Senior Juniors moving up an age group, but outside the top 15 Entry level riders of senior category age Riders ranked outside the top 50 Experts Non licensed riders of Senior category age