2018 3rd Coast Enduro Series Rules

Entry Fees: 

  • Entry fees are: $75 for 1 day events
  • Permit fees will be in addition to the base entry fee, but will be included in the entry fee form.
  • Early bird registration will be announced with 3 one day flash sales for $10 off 
  • Late entry fee will be +$10 and will be in effect 6 days before the race date until race day.
  • All entries fees do not include park entry where applicable

Racer Categories:
Juniors 17 and under
Amateur Men 18-29
Amateur Men 30-39
Masters Men 40+
Masters Men 50+
Men Pro/Expert
Amateur Women 18-29
Amateur Women 30-39
Masters Women 40+
Masters Women 50+
Women Pro/Expert

(*Each class requires 4 racers to make a class)

Individual Competition: The 3rd Coast Enduro Series will consist of six events. The points awarded to each racer is based on their placement in each stage in their category at each race.  The overall standing in the TCES is based on the total points accumulated, based on the individual’s top 5 results of the 6 races. In the event of a tie, the results at the season finals will be the tie breaker.

Points cannot be transferred between categories.

An individual may only compete for series overall in a single category.

Team Competition: The 3rd Coast Enduro Series will feature a special category and standings for teams based on the points accumulated from each rider.

  • A team shall be comprised of 3 or more riders across one or more categories.
  • Each team receives points based on their top three rider results across all categories at each race.
  • If a team has more than three riders at a race, the 4th rider and beyond do not score points for the team at that race.
  • A team will not receive points for a round if less than 3 riders participate.
  • For the calculation of overall series points, each team will add their scores from all rounds of the series (no drop races for team competition)

Registration Transfers: 
Step 1 – The financial part of the transfer is between the two parties to complete using whatever means you find acceptable – cash, check, PayPal.  Our role is only to transfer the registration on the reg list.
Step 2 – The seller contacts 3rd Coast Productions to inform the transfer

Race Payouts:
Cash Awards to men and women experts at each race for 1st-2nd-3rd will be awarded in accordance with payout chart below. Percentage is the percentage of the base entry fee i.e. $75. The percentage of the base entry fee multiplied by the number of participants in the category equals the payout amount.
Comp’d Pro/Expert Payouts:
Pro/Expert racers that have been comp’d their race fee and whose race results puts them on the podium, payout be less the entry fee.
Final Standings Payouts:
Male Enduro Expert $400 $300 $200
Women Enduro Expert $400 $300 $200

Race Podium:
Top 3 in each class represent podium
Race Director reserves the right to combine classes as necessary to insure reasonable field sizes at individual events. However, 3rd Coast Productions will break down the results into the series designated class for tracking series points for the year-end awards. In the event of an individual race having to combine age groups due to low rider turnout, points will still be tracked based registered class. 

Raising of Concerns or Issues – Any issues, concerns, or complaints with overall results MUST be addressed before awards take place. When raising issues, concerns, or complaints those must be addressed with BOTH Brent & Shellie and not individually to ensure that the issue is handled accordingly.

Race Starting Procedure

Riders Meetings – Rider’s meetings are mandatory. If it is discovered that a rider has not attended the riders meeting in order to enter the course early, that racer will be penalized 1 minute per stage for their overall race time.

Staggered Starts – To lessen the wait times at the start of Stage 1 each race,  WHEN APPROPRIATE (by additional announcement), will have staggered start times. The order of departure will be Expert, Sport, Beginner.

Sweeper – The course sweeper will depart for Stage 1, 30 minutes after the race start, during a mass start or after the last rider departs during a staggered start. If a racer decides to leave for Stage 1 after the sweeper has departed for Stage 1, that racer takes the risk of not having their times being accounted for thereby forfeiting their race results.

TCES Guidelines:
 All finishes will count towards the TCES Standings
4 races must be completed to qualify for Series Standings. 1 race can be dropped.
Series final is required if racing the series.
All ties for races will be broken by placement in the final stage.
All ties for the series will be broken by the results of the final race
Only one bike may be used per event.
Number Plates: All Racers must use a 2018 TCES Number Plate during their race run and practice.
RFID chips must be worn on right wrist in provided wrist strap. Lost chips are subject to $100 fee for replacement
There are no time limits between stages, however, there will be an overall time  limit that will be determined by the venue
No re-starts for mechanical failures will be allowed.
Helmets are required for all races. Full face helmets may be required for some courses
Hydration stations will be located o the course, however, we ask that you use your hydration packs and pack as you would for any other ride
Venues will sell number plates at $5.00 each if plate is lost..
These plates are to be reused for all TCES races.
Only Racers with TCES Number Plates should be allowed on the Race Course.
Modifications will can result is disqualification. Lettering/Logos MUST be 100% Intact.
Racers must compete in at least 4 races top be considered part of the overall series.
1 lowest scores (race) will be dropped from point total.


Violation Penalty
Other Start Violation (example: pushing into queue, delaying start, jumping start etc.) – 30 seconds
Not obeying course marking/course cutting – Disqualification
Unintentional course cutting – 30 seconds
Shuttling – Disqualification
Environmental Disrespect – From 1 minute to disqualification
Disposal of a goggle Tear Off on the trail – Disqualification
Altering the course – Disqualification
Food / Kit stashing – 5 minutes

Self Seeding: Racers are the best judge of their own abilities. Racers should strive to be competitive in the category they choose to compete in. In the spirit of competition and fair play TCES strongly encourage riders to compete in the next category if that would have placed in the top 5 of the next level of category.

Competitive Racer Policy: If a racer has a cumulative race time that would place them in the top 5 of the next more-competitive category – i.e. Amateur category winner has a cumulative race time placing him 4th in the Pro/Expert  category – then Race Organizer will automatically move the racer in the more competitive category. The more competitive category must have a minimum of 8 racers. Juniors may get special permission to upgrade after a consultation with the Race Organizer. When an automatic move occurs, the racer will be awarded the points they would have attained in the more competitive category for that race. If a racer elects to not voluntarily compete in the more competitive category at a subsequent race and again has a cumulative race time that would place them in the top 5 of the next more-competitive category, the Race Organizer will automatically move the racer to the more competitive category again. Only the points from the most recent race will be retained; all other points earned from previous automatic moves will be forfeited as will all points earned competing in less competitive categories.

Catting Up: Racers will not carry points earned in a less-competitive category to a more-competitive category. Racers who change to a more competitive category will lose the points for the less-competitive category.  A racer that competes in more than one category during a season may only qualify for overall titles in the most competitive category competed in.

Catting Down: Racers will not carry points earned in a more competitive category to a less competitive category. 

Safety, First Aid, and Evacuation: Competitors will be informed at the racer meeting of emergency contact details that can be used in the event of an accident on course.  Safety is extremely important and any rules relating to safety must be followed by all competitors.

Rider Down Rule: If a competitor comes across a downed racer, the competitor must ensure the downed racer is uninjured before continuing on.  If immediate medical aid is needed, the competitor must wait with the downed rider for the next competitor to come by.  When the next competitor comes by, one competitor must remain with the downed rider and the other must go and inform the nearest race official. At least one competitor must stay with the downed racer until the appropriate help has arrived.  Any competitors who render assistance to a downed rider in accordance with this rule will be allowed to re-run that stage.

Points will be earned for each completed stage. The point scale will be on a 50 point scale. Point total will be accumulated over the course of the series and the racer with most points wins.

1 – 50pt
2 – 44pt
3 – 40pt
4 – 36pt
5 – 34pt
6 – 30pt
7 – 28pt
8 – 26pt
9 – 24pt
10 – 22pt
11 – 20pt
12 – 18pt
13 – 16pt
14 – 14pt
15 – 12pt
16 – 10pt
17 – 8pt
18 – 6pt
19 – 4pt
20 – 2pt

Our goal with this points structure is to make racing more competitive and to allow racers that may have a mechanical or DNF on 1 stage the ability to recover in the same race.

Volunteer Points:
Racers who choose to forfeit their racing participation in a single race to help run the event qualify for volunteer points. A racer is allowed to claim volunteer points for one event only per season to be used towards their series point totals. That doesn’t mean you cannot volunteer for more than one event. It just means earning volunteer points will only be from one event. A racer must contact the race director at least 2 weeks in advance of the event to be placed on the race director’s volunteer crew, work a minimum of 5 hours on race day, fill out the TCES volunteer form at the registration table, and have it signed by the race director. The number of volunteer points you can earn will be equal to your lowest scoring race for the season (excluding DNF’s). Example: if the lowest score you have received is 9th place for 108 points, you will receive 108 points for being a volunteer at one of our events this season. This will be calculated in October before final race.
General Enduro Race Guidelines:
Enduro mountain bike racing is designed to be the definitive test for the mountain biker. The focus of
each event is on creating a great atmosphere, community, competition and adventure for the competitor.
It’s a format that allows riders to compete against each other on individual Timed Stages that are
designed to challenge the rider’s technical and physical abilities
• Timed Stages will be mostly downhill and will test the rider’s technical skills. Enduro courses will
use the best trails and terrain available. Fun will be the focus for the courses. It is possible that
some climbs will be within Timed Stages.
• For the untimed uphill sections racers will pedal. NO SHUTTLING unless organized by the
• Total time from all the timed sections added together will determine finishing order. Ties will be
broken by the last timed stage.
• Course cutting by leaving the obvious trail will result in disqualification.
• There will be no set start times. Racers may start at their leisure provided all Timed Stages are
completed in the proper order. Once a racer starts a Timed Stage he may not restart that same
Stage for any reason.
• No pre-riding of Timed Stages is allowed once the race starts.
• Racers will be notified at registration or at the riders meeting when each Timed Stage will close.
Riders arriving after the stage has closed will not be allowed to start and must return to the finish
area. This will ensure the event finishes at a reasonable hour.
• Racers being passed should yield when it is be safe to do so.
• Helmets must be worn at all times on venues property while riding a bicycle.
• Only one bike may be used per event.
• In the spirit of fair play and good will racers may assist other racers with repairs, parts or tools. It
is however recommended to carry everything that you’ll need including water, tools and tubes.
Water stations may or may not be available on course.

Environmental Rules:

  • Enduro mountain bike racing allows us to ride into remote, backcountry areas of natural beauty. It is of the utmost importance that all racers respect their environment and consider the impact they leave behind for the local riding community. The below rules have been put in place to protect our trails and our riding environments.
  • No disposable goggle tear offs are allowed to be used
  • The disposal of food packaging on the trail is strictly prohibited.
  • The TCES reserves the right to penalize any rider whose actions are deemed to seriously damage the local environment.
  • Riders must not store food and drinks on the trail (Food Stashes). Packaging left behind and uncontrolled food supplies may have a serious impact on local wildlife and the local environment. Any rider found to be hiding or retrieving foods from unofficial feed stations will be penalized.
  • Riders must not store or drop clothing or equipment on the trail (Food/Gear Stashes) during Official Training or racing. All riders must remain self-sufficient and carry off the mountain what they carry it.

It is strongly recommended that all competitors carry:

  • Suitable backpack
  • Innertubes/ puncture repair kit
  • Multi-tool
  • Basic, well-maintained first aid kit
  • Course Map
  • Food and fluids
  • Eye protection (glasses or goggles)