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NORBA clarifies series rules

By:
Rob Jones and Steve Medcroft
Published:
June 01, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:32 BST
Edition:
MTB News & racing round-up for June 1, 2006
Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) and Shonny Vanlandingham (Luna Chix)

Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) and Shonny Vanlandingham (Luna Chix)

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A raft of rule and schedule changes across all disciplines in the current National Mountain Bike...

A raft of rule and schedule changes across all disciplines in the current National Mountain Bike Series has become necessary as a result of the recent relocation of the National Mountain Bike Championships from Mammoth, Calif. to the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on July 14-16, 2006.

The event relocation was necessary because of unusually deep and persistent snow on the ground at Mammoth Mountain. USA Cycling and the National Mountain Bike Series have devised these changes to reflect a new, condensed, series schedule.

The Cross Country (XC) Series will now consist of six events with one race drop allowed in any race except the cross country finals in Snowmass, CO. Racers must have a total of five finishes – four plus a finish at the finals in Snowmass – to be eligible to be crowned NMBS Champion in the Pro, Semi-Pro, and all Expert categories for men and women

The Downhill (DH) Series will now consist of seven events with two race drops allowed in any two races except the downhill finals in Snowmass, CO. Racers must have a total of five finishes -- four finishes plus a finish at the finals in Snowmass -- to be eligible to be crowned NMBS Champion in the Pro, Semi-Pro, and all Expert categories for men and women. The Sonoma, Calif. National Championships event will also be counted as part of the downhill series.

The Marathon (MA) Series will now consist of four events with no race drops allowed. The four finishes must include the Marathon finals in Brian Head, UT. Racers must finish all four races to be eligible to be crowned NMBS Champion in the Pro, Semi-Pro, and all Expert categories for men and women.

The Gated Event (DS) Series will now consist of seven events with one race drop allowed in any race except the Gated Event series finals in Snowmass, CO. Racers must have a total of six finishes -- five finishes plus a finish at the finals in Snowmass -- to be eligible to be crowned NMBS Champion in the Pro, Semi-Pro, and all Expert categories for men and women.

The Short Track (ST) Series will now consist of six events with one race drop allowed in any race except the Short Track finals in Snowmass, CO. Racers must have a total of five finishes -- four finishes plus a finish at the finals in Snowmass -- to be eligible to be crowned NMBS Champion in the Pro, Semi-Pro, and all Expert categories for men and women.

The Super D (SD) Series will now consist of six events with one race drop allowed in any race except the Super D finals in Snowmass, CO. Racers must have a total of five finishes -- four finishes plus a finish at the NMBS finals in Snowmass -- to be eligible to be crowned NMBS Champion in the Pro, Semi-Pro, and all Expert categories for men and women,

In the event of an NMBS points tie in any of the above events, the rider with the most recent highest finish will be crowned NMBS Champion.

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