The first event will be a GT Bicycles Junior XC Challenger race at Diamond Hill in Rhode Island on Saturday, May 1st.
The GT Bicycles Junior XC Challenge at Diamond Hill Park, RI track will be fast and fun on top of that we’re adding some fresh built features!!
The podium runs 5 deep with great prizing and any racer on a GT Bicycle gets a gift pack from GT.
There’ll be 300+ Maxxis Eastern States Cup enduro racers and their families in onsite to cheer the kids on. Then after the race everyone can watch the enduro practice featuring the fastest Pro MTB racers from all over the east coast.
This Junior (18 and under) cross-country race will coincide with the sold out Maxxis ESC Enduro at Diamond Hill. It will be great preparation for the GT Bicycles East Coast Junior MTB Championships at Blue Mountain Resort, PA In August. The goal of this to establish the highest level of XC competition and challenge for our East Coast junior racers.
The course is designed to be fun and fast with some safe features to keep things interesting.
These races will exist side by side the existing league series on the east coast youth mountain bike scene. Youth racing exploded with NICA and the recently formed NEHSCA and we wanted to give those racers a more regional approach, not to compete with those great organizations but rather to complement their events.
The prizing will consist of CASH Awards, sponsor products, ESC swag, along with some very desirable custom event medals to the top 5 finishers in every class. As a bonus, first-time entrants who show up to race registration with their GT bike will receive a GT swag pack.
The GT Junior XC Challenger races are a great opportunity for kids to get prepped for regional racing. Diamond Hill is a perfect venue for XC Racing with a modest vertical that is packed with a wide variety of riding terrain.
“These races will complement the existing league series on the east coast youth mountain bike scene. Youth racing exploded with NICA and the recently-formed NEHSCA a few years before the pandemic. Not much has been going on these last two seasons with restrictions and safety a paramount. Now it’s time to get back to that level of excitement and start racing!” Chris Nichols, Maxxis ESC Junior Race Director
The Diamond Hill cross-country race coincides with Maxxis ESC Enduro weekend and will be great preparation for the GT East Coast Junior MTB Championships which will have an entire weekend of racing devoted solely to the juniors. “It is our goal to establish the highest level of competition and challenge for our junior racers. With a combined experience over 75 years of putting on top-level mountain bike events we expect nothing but the best!”
George Ulmer, founder of the Maxxis Eastern States Cup presented by Kate’s Real Food
“We are stoked to be able to support and help grow the youth mountain biking community in our backyard by partnering with the Eastern States Cup. It is a great opportunity to help support all levels of riders on their mountain bike journey. Whether it’s someone who is new to the sport and wants to challenge themselves to try out a race, or a regular on the scene with their eyes on the podium, we know that this series will deliver the good times they are looking for! As a bonus, first time entrants who shows up to race registration with their GT bike will receive a GT swag pack.”
Rachelle Boobar- GT Bicycles
Here are the classes for cross-country racers:
Cross Country XC Classes
10 and Under
A rider’s racing age is their age on December 31, 2021
• Online Registration Closes Wednesday, April 28 at midnight.
10 AND UNDER BOYS AND GIRLS = $40
ALL OTHER CLASSES = $50
By registering, it is unequivocally understood that the participant(s) does not have any COVID19 indicators or signs/symptoms that would prohibit participation.
- No COVID symptoms, no signs and/or symptoms for 30 days
- Has not traveled out of the country in the last 30 days
- Has not encountered anyone who was infected with COVID19 in the last 30 days
- Has diligently followed CDC guidelines to prevent contraction of COVID19
Masks and social distancing and thermal body temperature checks will be required.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Onsite Registration is available onsite Friday 4-6 pm and 8-9 am Saturday morning
Your PayPal receipt is your registration confirmation, we do not email registration confirmations. You can print out the PayPal receipt if you wish, it has the event name, date and class entered.
Refund Policy: Refunds are available two up to weeks prior to the event, less $ 20 Handling fee via Paypal, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Race entries cannot be transferred to a different event
A Paper Registration Form and our Waiver must be filled out before checking in. We will have the forms available onsite, however you can download them below to save time.
Please Note: If a parent/guardian will not be onsite the forms MUST be Notarized.
Registration 3:00pm – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Trails Opened, course marked.
( If xc and enduro share the same sections, we’ll have to split practice times )
8:00am – 9:00am Late XC Registration
XC Racers Meeting 9:30 am
XC RACE SCHEDULE – Starting times may/will be adjusted
14 – 15 classes
Start time 10:00 am: Boys 14 – 15 – 4 laps (estimated completion time 11:15 am)
Start time 10:05 am: Girls 14 – 15 – 4 laps (estimated completion time 11:30 am)
13 and under classes
Start time 10:15 am: Boys 11-13 – 3 laps (estimated completion time 11:30 am)
Start time 10:20 am: Girls 11-13 – 3 laps (estimated completion time 11:45 am)
Start time 10:25 am: 10 & under – 3 laps (estimated completion time 11:55 am)
16 – 18 classes
Start time 12:00 pm: Boys 16 – 18 – 6 laps (estimated completion time 1:30 pm)
Start time 12:05 pm: Girls 16 – 18 – 6 laps (estimated completion time 1:35 pm)