AMSA - Racing Handbook
Below is an overview of the steps to get started racing. Each topic is explained in further detail down the page. Use the menu to jump to different topics.
Pick a Class- There are twenty four classes in the AMSA Off-road Series and we recommend that all new racers start with beginner. Please read the descriptions of each class and choose based on your skill level and race experience. Below are the descriptions and corresponding number plate colors. Age restrictions and race cut off times are dependent on each class. It is up to the rider to choose the class best suited to your skill set and at the end of each season riders will be advanced. If a course has an A/B split each class will ride their designated loop. A- loops are typically more advanced, any questions on format please refer to the RULE book. Race numbers are required for safety, manual back up scoring, and for other riders to identify racers in their respective classes.
Pick a Number- Once you have decided on your class you will need to pick a number. We use the Mototally scoring system, and we CAN NOT have any duplicate numbers for people racing on the same day. Using the link below please look for an available race number on the bike number list.
License & Number Registration - Once you have picked a class and looked at the available numbers, it's time to submit your registration through mototally and pay your licensing fees. New in 2020 AMSA OFFROAD & SECOND GEAR CLUB have a combined license to race the two series!
*PLEASE NOTE AMSA OFFROAD IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH AMSA MX OR MRC. OUR LICENSE IS FOR OFFROAD ONLY AND WE DO NOT HONOR THEIR MEMBERSHIPS.
Waivers - Every racer must sign an insurance waiver for the year. MINORS must have signatures from all guardians. This can be printed off signed and brought with you to registration. Everyone else will sign onsite at registration and be issued their license card. All racers are required to read the Rulebook.
Know before you go - Off road racing is a demanding sport and accidents can happen. While there are sweepers out there to help you stay safe you may be stuck alone before they arrive. Below is a list of things you need to know.
Race Day Schedule - We try to maintain a similar format at each race. Each race is put on by individual clubs so the schedule can vary, depending whether it is a Hare Scramble or X-country. PLEASE CHECK INDIVIDUAL RACE POSTERS ON FOR UPDATES ON EACH EVENT.
PICK YOUR CLASS
There are 14 classes on Saturday, please choose one that best fits your skill level. See class description below and corresponding number plate colors. Please read the complete Rulebook for full details.
PRO - Fastest highest skilled riders. This class is now open and riders can enter at the discretion of the competitions committee. A -LOOP (13+, 2.5HR cut-off)
Expert - racers working towards the PRO class. A -LOOP 13+ 2.5HR cut-off
Vet Masters - Retiring Pro's, Expert's and advanced racers from 30A /40A.
A-LOOP (30+ 2.5HR cut-off)
30A - Former experts that don't qualify for Vet Master, previously in Intermediate, or advancing from 30B.
A-LOOP (30+ 2.5HR cut-off)
40A - Experts that don't qualify for Vet Master, previously in Intermediate, or are advancing from 40B. Can also progress from 30A as they turn 40+. A-LOOP (40+ 2.5HR cut-off)
Intermediate - Experienced racers who are working towards moving into the Expert class.
A-LOOP (40+ 2.5HR cut-off)
Ladies Expert - Experienced Racers, must first ride in the Ladies Intermediate class in order to advance. This is a trophy class. A-LOOP (13+ 2.5HR cut-off)
50+ - For rider who are 50 or over. B-LOOP (50+ 2.0 HR cut-off)
60+ - For our legend riders who are 60 or over. B-LOOP (50+ 2.0 HR cut-off)
30B - Riders that did not race in Pro, Expert, Vet Master, Intermediate or 30A/40A.
B-LOOP (30+ 2.0 HR cut-off)
40B - Riders that did not race Pro, Expert, Vet Master, Interm or 30A/40A. B-LOOP (40+ 2.0 HR cut-off)
Ladies Intermediate -Experienced riders. This is a trophy class. B-LOOP (13+ 2.0 HR cut-off)
Junior - Novice riders with race experience. B-LOOP (13+ 2.0 HR cut-off)
Beginner -New racers only with limited experience. Current and former Kids Expert class racers are NOT eligible. Minimum 85cc bike.. B-LOOP (13+ 2.0 HR cut-off)
PICK YOUR CLASS
There are 10 classes on Sunday, please choose one that best fits your skill level.
Sportsman - An introduction to racing for new adult racer. This is not a trophy class and is not included in the championship. Is meant as a stepping stone to move to the Saturday races and not a permanent place.
(16+ 1.5-2hr cut-off) No number plate decals required
Kids Intermediate - 65cc and up. Kids who are ready to try more difficult terrain.(<16 1.25-1.5hr cut-off)
Ladies Junior - Restricted to female riders. This is a trophy class. (13+ 1.25-1.5hr cut-off)
Ladies Beginner - Restricted to beginner female riders. (13+ 1-1.5hr cut-off)
Kids junior - 65cc and up. Kids who have racing experience. Will be limited to 19”-16” tires, No full size bikes allowed in this class. (<16 1-1.5hr cut-off)
Kids Beginner - First time clutch users and first times racers. Manual clutch bike must be used. Will be limited to 19”-16” tires, No full size bikes allowed in this class. (<16 45min-60min cut-off)
Pee Wee Expert - Maximum 50cc 2-stroke and 110cc 4-stroke, automatic clutch minibikes. (<12 45min-60min cut-off)
Pee Wee Intermediate - Some riding experience, max 50cc 2T/ 110 4T automatic clutch mini bikes.
(<12 45min-60min cut-off)
Pee Wee Beginner - Restricted to 10' wheel size, automatic clutch minibikes. New Racers with limited riding experience. They will race on a separate course appropriate to bike size and learning. (<12 30min-45min cut-off)
KIDS EXPERT- 65cc and up. Pre-teens and teens getting ready for the adult classes. (<16 1.5 2.0 HR cut-off)
PICK YOUR NUMBER
We cannot have any duplicate numbers for racers on the same day. Please follow the directions below to look for number availability. **Note: To our Kids Experts doing a crossover year between the Junior class, or our Ladies Junior crossing over with the Ladies Intermediate; you need to make sure the number is available for both days. No duplicates.
follow link below
select year > "2021" select view > "Bike #Availability"
Look for your prefered race number. There can only be one racer form saturday and one from sunday classes per number.
If there is no name beside a number it is Free, if you don't see a number populated... it is still Free.
Next step is below License and Registration
LICENSE & REGISTRATION
ONE LICENSE = TWO SERIES (AMSA OFFROAD & SECOND GEAR CLUB EVENTS)
Please follow the link below to register online using the Mototally platform. Once your application is submitted and your fees are paid Melissa will review your number selection. Numbers are not confirmed until verified for duplicates. For single membership there will be a paypal link at the end of the application on Mototally. For FAMILY licenses please pay on the link below. *PLEASE NOTE AMSA OFFROAD IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH AMSA MX OR MRC. OUR LICENSE IS FOR OFFROAD ONLY AND WE DO NOT HONOR THEIR MEMBERSHIPS.
pay here, then finish application with link above
At the start of the season everyone will need to see Amber at the AMSA licensing table to sign the Insurance Waiver and receive your 2021 License Card.
For the rest of the season you can head to the "Race Entry" line at each event. You MUST bring your license card (or keep a picture on your phone) in order to be eligible for race registration. If you do not bring the issued License Card, the penalty will be the purchase of a day license ($30). Be prepared with your helmet, Mitch at scoring is the last step for race registration.
MINOR WAIVER: All legal guardians must consent to racing. Print and sign and bring it with you to the first race you attend.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
READ THE RULEBOOK
Every racer is responsible to read the rulebook prior to racing.
You will need a Dot rated helmet, riding boots, gloves, goggles, and it is highly recommended to have a chest protector, knee guards/braces, hydration pack, and tool pack. Although there are sweepers during the race, carrying a few specific tools can be the difference between finishing and a DNF.
Know your bike and it's capabilities. Bring a gerri can with fuel if you think you will need a pit stop. At the riders meeting promoters will advise where fuel can be left or transported for remote pits. Hare-scramble are under 35km courses that you complete as many laps as possible in the time and Cross-countries are courses up to a 100km loop that you complete only once.
REGISTRATION & INSURANCE
Be aware that all bikes need to have valid registration and insurance. Promoters will apply for a headlight and tail light exemption from the registrar to be applied during the event. At all other times (before/after the race) bikes will require a headlight and taillight to be deemed legal and compliant with the OHV Traffic Safety Act. Neither AMSA nor Promoters will be policing this, it is the responsibility of the individual rider. If a rider chooses not to be compliant with the law, they could end up with fines.
Bikes should have a silencer that is less than 96dbs and has a spark arrestor. Event promoters will be conducting random noise test to ensure compliance.
Travel responibly on designated trails.
Respect the right of others including private property, recreational trail users, and campers.
Educate yourself by obtaining maps and regulations from public agencies.
Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands, and streams, unless on designated routes equipped with bridges.
Do your part by leaving the area better than you found it, and join a local group of enthusiasts.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
It's time to hit the first race! Check the schedule for event posters, times, and locations. When arriving at the race site look for the "SIGN-IN" tents and make sure to bring your helmet.
Sign in: (8:30-10am)
AMSA Off-road Licensing and Insurance Waivers line (Once a Year)
Race Entry line, present 2021 License at each event (Cash or Cheque)
Bring your helmet to the Scoring line to check your RFID transponder and receive helmet & class stickers.
Pre-entry online $50 / $35
Onsite $60 / $40
Riders Meeting: (10:15am)
Horn will sound to indicate start of riders meeting.
Usually held at promoters tent or sign in area.
Parade Lap: (10:30am)
Not all races will have a parade lap. It is at the discretion of the promoter.
Race Start: (11:00am)
Races line up according to starting order.
Each class starts about 30sec-1min after the previous class.
Locate your class and line up.
Horn will sound to indicate start of awards.
Times may vary depending on promoter and whether all racers are off the course.
Starting Orders: (Subject to change)
Race 1 - Pee Wee Beginner
Race 2- Pee Wee Expert
Pee Wee Intermediate
Race 3 - Kids Junior
Race 4 - Kids Expert