Frequently asked questions

Generic age group categories of riders


A rider’s category is determined by his or her age on the 31st December of the current year. Sub -Nipper: Riders aged 7 and 8 years old. Nippers: Riders aged 9 and10 years old. Sprogs: Riders aged 11 and 12 years old. Sub-Junior: Riders 13 and 14 years old. Youth: Riders aged 15 and 16 years old. Junior: Riders aged 17,18 &19 years old. 13-year old riders registered at a high school will parXcipate in the Sub-junior HS category 14-year old rider registered at a primary school will parXcipate in the Sub-junior PS category Age category winners will be awarded at the series final in November.




Can I Run/Ride with my child in the Like2Bike Big 6 events?


You can run/ride with your child in the following events: 10km FUN MTB 5km FUN MTB 2km FUN MTB Power Duathlon: 2km Run, 10km MTB Ride, 1km run Mid Duathlon: 1km Run 5km MTB Ride, 500m Run Lite Duathlon: 500m Run, 2km MTB Ride, 250m Run NO PARENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO RACE WITH THEIR CHILDREN IN THE RACE CATEGORIES. Should a parent participate with the child, they will not be eligible for any podium positions




Can I make up a missing trophy piece for the Like2Bike Big 6 medal-trophy?


YES. If you have missed an event, you can do a catch up, virtual event in the week following the live event.




Up to what age can participate in the Like2Bike Big 6, 15km event?


Kids of all ages can ride in the 15km race category. Kids ride without parents in the race categories.




Up to what age can participate in the Like2Bike Big 6, 25km event?


13 years and up can particiapte in the 25km MTB Racing category




What is XCO?


XCO is the Olympic discipline of cross-country racing. It consists of lap racing, where riders, depending on their age category are required to complete a certain number of laps of a course which is usually between 4-10km’s in length.
Suzuki, and Like2Bike want to introduce more children to the exciting discipline of XCO, whilst at the same time improving and furthering their technical abilities. This ‘Introduction to XCO series’, consisting of 3 events, will be at a level where most kids will feel comfortable and encouraged to become more proficient riders.




What are the age groups/categories for XCO?


Sub sub Nippers and Sub-Nippers boys and girls
• 2.4km Route of 2 laps for ages 5 -8
Nippers
• 2.4km Route of 3 laps for ages 9 -10 Sprog boys and girls • 4.4km Route of 3 laps for ages 11 -12 Sub-Junior,
• 4.4km Route of 4 laps for ages 13-14 Youth and Junior boys and girls
• 4.4km Route of 5 laps for ages 15-18




Categories of riders for XCO


Sub -Nipper: Riders aged 7 and 8 years old.
Nippers: Riders aged 9 and 10 years old.
Sprogs: Riders aged 11 and 12 years old.
Sub-Junior: Riders 13 and 14 years old.
Youth: Riders aged 15 and 16 years old.
Junior: Riders aged 17,18 &19 years old.

A rider’s category is determined by his or her age on the 31st December of the current year. 13-year old riders registered at a high school will participate in the Sub-junior HS category. 14-year old riders registered at a primary school will participate in the Sub-junior PS category.




Can I pre ride the XCO course?


The route is pre-marked and open for ridinga week prior to the event




Can I use my exisitng Like2Bike number board for XCO?


NO. You will receive a smaller number board at registration. You will not need to pay for this board and it will have to be returned at the end of the event. There will be marshalls cutting the boards off at the finish line.




What happens if I lose my LIke2Bike Big 6 events number board?


You will need to purchase a new number board if you have lost yours




I want to change distances in the Like2Bike Big 6 event series, do I need to buy a new number board?


No, take your existing number board to registration and swop it out for the new distance you will be participating in




Like2Bike Big 6 age category prize giving


Individual age categories are awarded at the series final from an accumulation of the child's best 3 times for the year in the actual Like2Bike Big 6 events. Virtual riders will lunfortunately not be eligible for overall prizes.




Can parents ride with their children in the XCO series?


Sub sub Nippers and Sub nipper parents may accompany their children on foot. All other categopries are childrern only. You will be able to see your children come through the feed-tech zone where you cn hand them nutririon or make a bicycle repair. No parents will be allowed out on the course.




XCO rules of engagement


Riders will participate in the age category as per the age that they will be on the 31st December of the current year Any rider participating in the incorrect race, age group or with the incorrect race board will be disqualified Riders not adhering to event rules, or found to be swearing on the course, will be disqualified. The organisers reserve the right to remove any rider, parent, teacher, family member or other from a dedicated event area or premises should they be found assisting on the course or interfering with official’s event duties Footwear shall be fully enclosed Wearing of a helmet is compulsory Eye protection if strongly recommended Rider’s bike board must be properly fixed and Race number clearly displayed at all times. Riders must complete the entire distance of the race until indictaed to finish The responsibility for following the official route lies with the rider. A rider is not permitted to take any shortcuts or to omit a circuit or take other advantage of a similar nature against opponents. If a rider exits the route of the course for any reason, he/she must return to the course at the exact same point from which he/she exited. A rider may receive technical assistance along the course from a fellow competitor but not from anyone outside of the course. Technical assistance and / or feeding shall only be given in the feed/ technical assistance zones. Riders must ensure that they do not interfere with or restrict the movement of other competitors when in the feed / technical assistance zone. The rider must follow the course at all times and may not backtrack or short cut to reach the Feed / Tech zone. No rider may turn back on the course to reach a feeding / technical assistance zone. Once past the feed/tech zone, a rider must follow the course until the next feed/tech zone before receiving external feeding or external technical assistance. NO BACK TRACKING IS PERMITTED. Only within the feed / technical assistance zone itself, may a rider turn back but as long as they do not obstruct other competitors in doing so. Illegal repairs to the bike or changes to the bike or swopping out bikes, unauthorised feeding or any assistance received from any external source or receiving seconding from some-one illegally or not in accordance with the Technical Assistance rules – will result in disqualification. Water bottles being discarded by riders in the feed zone will be done so in a safe manner and the throwing or tossing of water bottles at any time is forbidden. A rider must act in a polite manner at all times and permit any faster rider to overtake without obstructing. Overtaking rider to call ‘track please’. A rider must not use offensive or abusive language during the race, act in an anti-sporting manner, be disrespectful to the officials or ignore the race regulations. Jersey pulling, pushing or pulling another competitor and/ or leaning on another competitor are forbidden. Obstruction of any rider in the final sprint, unsporting conduct toward another rider with the intention of restricting movement, taking a short cut, substitution for another rider, taking both hands off the handlebars in the final sprint – may result in relegation or disqualification. Radio links: The use of radio links or other remote means of communication with riders during the race is forbidden. Penalties can be imposed according to the nature of the offence and one or more of the following can be used: Verbal warning Fine Relegation of position Time or points penalty Disqualification Suspension Any rider who considers he/she has been prejudiced by any action during the competition may submit a protest to the time keepers after he/she has crossed the finish line. A protest against results must be addressed with the time keepers ONLY If a protest / appreal involves one of the top five finishers: the awards ceremony will be delayed until a decision is reached. The anti-doping rules of the UCI and of Drug-Free Sport SA will apply, and the drug testing and anti-doping measures will be conducted according to the rules of both these organizations, and as they pertain to mountain biking.