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KATE’S Kids 12U / Kates Lite Class Enduro and DH

The KATE’S KIDS’ CLASS is for racers that will be 12 or younger on December 31, 2024


  • The Kate’s Kids’ Class preregistration fee is 100% Refunded after a parent volunteers and completes course marshaling for the entire race.
  • Parents must register to volunteer to be a course marshall at the racer’s online registration time to be eligible for the refund.
  • All you need is a fun attitude and a cell phone in case of an emergency.
  • Late or onsite registrations will incur the $10 late fee and not be eligible for the volunteer refund.
  • This is the for the FUN Class!!
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The 2024 Kate’s Kid Class is supported by Kate’s Real Food, creators of organic energy bars that #fuelyouradventures. This class is designed to introduce young riders to gravity mountain bike racing.

Competitors must register online to participate in the class. The fees for this class will be reduced, and a full pre-registration refund will be provided to those who volunteer as course marshals on Sunday with a pre-registration requirement. We’ll get the parent volunteers on the course and supply an ESC Official’s T-shirt and an official ESC whistle. All you need is a fun attitude and a cell phone in case of an emergency. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Kate’s Kids Class: Rider Ability

The Kate’s Kids Class is designed for young riders who can confidently navigate most trails at the venue. While we welcome racers as young as 5, age isn’t the only factor.

Independent Riding: Racers should be able to ride most trails without assistance. Walking challenging sections is perfectly acceptable. Our goal is fun and safety, not pushing beyond comfort levels.

Prior Trail Experience: We recommend riders have prior experience riding the venue’s trails to ensure a positive experience.

Introduction to Racing: This class is designed to give young riders a taste of MTB racing, not a learn-to-ride program.

Keep in mind that the Maxxis ESC features some of the most challenging trails in the East. If you’re unsure if Kate’s Kids Class is the right fit, feel free to contact us for guidance. We want all racers to have a fun and safe experience!

THULE SHOWDOWN –  Kates Kids/Lite racers can only compete in one discipline.

Kate’s Kid Class Racers and their parents must register online to be eligible for the refund.

Only registered racers are allowed on Maxxis ESC tracks on race weekends.

Volunteer and get your child’s entry fee refunded:

This is a great way to support the race and still be involved. We have various volunteer opportunities. You’ll receive a refund for your child’s race entry fee by volunteering. Volunteers will be assigned as course marshals ONLY.

If a parent wants to ride/practice/ race with their kid, the parent MUST be a REGISTERED RACER


The KATE’S KIDS DH CLASS will be one of the first groups to start. They will compete on the same track as the MAXXIS ESC DH racers. Go-arounds for more difficult features will be available. Our volunteers will sweep the track before and after the first and last racers..

During practice and race day, only race registered MAXXIS ESC racers with 2024 MAXXIS Race Plates are permitted on the MAXXIS ESC racetracks or transfers.


Kate’s Kid/Lite Class Racers must stay with the assigned Maxxis ESC official during the race. A Maxxis ESC official will guide Kate’s Kids’ Class practice session on Saturdays at a pre-announced time. 

To ensure a safe and fair race for all participants, we have qualified guides who will ride with the kids during the race. This allows us to maintain a consistent experience for all racers.

Racers in this class will compete in fewer race segments than other racers and in a different order. 

Racers should be self-sufficient and carry their own hydration, tools, and tubes. All Maxxis ESC Rules should be followed by Kate’s Kids and Kates Enduro Lite Classes, including assistance and shuttling, unless otherwise noted.

All KATE’S KIDS CLASS racers will be awarded a prize provided by Kate’s Real Food. The top three will receive Maxxis ESC Medals. 

The KATE’S KIDS CLASS racers can only participate in one discipline at the Showdowns.

Racers must be 12 or younger on December 31, 2024 to be eligible.

Practice/Race alongside your child: If you’d like to ride the course with your child, you can enter the Kates Lite Class. This class allows parents to ride with their kids and follow the same course as the other Kates Class Kids.No other classes may race with the kates kids Class due to the class doing the stages in a different order.

Important Note: For safety reasons, only registered racers can ride the course during race weekend. This helps us manage the number of riders on the trails and avoid potential issues.

Let us know if you have any questions about volunteering or registering for the Kates Lite Class by emailing us at


Have you been hearing the buzz about enduro racing but weren’t sure if it was for you? Got a kid that’s been bugging you to let them race? The KATE’S Enduro Lite Class will offer an introduction to enduro racing in a stress-free setting. This Class will ride and race with the KATE’S Kids Class.

The Kates Lite class will not compete for Maxxis ESC Podiums, Medals, or a Series Championship. This is the for the FUN Class!! All Kate’s Enduro Lite racers will receive tasty prizes from Kate’s Real Food.

Everyone has to start somewhere, and this is the place. Before you know it, you will be ready for the next level of racing. Spread the word; we hope to see you at one of our events!

The KATE’S Enduro Lite format will offer fun tracks to entertain all levels of riders but will focus primarily on first-timers. The emphasis will not be on results or prizes but on learning and having fun with like-minded mountain bike riders.

PLEASE NOTE: KATE’S Lite Class racers are required to stay with the KATE’S Kids Class and race the segments in the same order. KATE’S Enduro Lite Class Racers may only compete in enduro at the Showdown Events.

Other than what is noted above, the KATE’S KIDS CLASS and the KATE’s ENDURO LITE CLASS will be governed by all the same rules as our other Maxxis ESC racers.