Frequently asked questions

The NW Cup sounds awesome!!!  How can I register RIGHT MEOW!?


Given all of the uncertainties in our new world, we will not be opening pre-registration until the last week or two before each race. Refunds are messy. The one exception may be if we have any "entry caps" based on the most current Covid guidelines, in which case we would require it. Don't worry, we'll tell you all about it.




What is required to race?


1. An appropriate well functioning mountain bike 2. An approprate level of skill for the CAT level race 3. USA cycling one day or annual pass. (Can be purchased at time of registration with check or cash) 4. A full face downhill certified helmet and appropriate additional mountain bike pads and body protection 5. Practice runs during your CAT determined time, prior to race 6. A lift ticket purchased from race venue Learn more about racing here




How do I register for a race?


Given the uncertainty of things nowadays, we will likely open pre-registration just two weeks prior to the race. We will likely NOT offer on-site registration, which is a new thing for us. If you joined our mailing list, you will get an early warning. It is also very likely going to be a capped entry so don't hesitate once pre-reg opens. This may likely be through a different company than in the past so we'll let you know as soon as possible so you can be ready. Just a heads up, it will likely sell-out pretty quick.




What COVID-19 precautions are happening during 2021 races?


We will follow the practices of social distancing and masks as long as nessary. Additional precautions or policies may be required depending on location and venue.




What are the downhill race categories?


More info coming soon




How do USA cycling mountain bike categories work?


Mountain bikers start in Cat. 3 and may move to Cat. 2 as quickly as they wish to. However, they must move to Cat. 2 if they place in the top five in five qualifying races. Cat. 2 riders may move up to Cat. 1 if they compile two top-5 finishes and present an upgrade request and resume to USA Cycling. They are not required to move to Cat. 1 but are encouraged to do so to prevent "sand-bagging".