RULES

Updated 2/14/2020

A. GENERAL

1. Event Schedule

Rounds 1-5

ATVs race on Saturday
Bikes race on Sunday
UTVs race on Saturday

Rounds 6-10

Bikes race on Saturday
ATVs race on Sunday
UTVs race on Saturday

There will not be a Micro race at Round 1.
There will not be a UTV race at Rounds 1, 8 or 10.

2. Start Times

Bikes

RaceRace LengthStart Time
Bikes Youth60 minutes +-8:30am
Bikes Micro30 minutes +-10:15am
Bikes Adult AM1.5 hours +-11:30am
Bikes Adult PM2 hours +-2:00pm

ATVs

RaceRace LengthStart Time
ATV Youth60 minutes +-8:30am
ATV Micro30 minutes +-10:15am
ATV Adult AM1.5 hours +-11:30am
ATV Adult PM2 hours +-2:00pm

UTVs

RaceRace LengthStart Time
UTV60 minutes +-5:00pm Saturday

3. Inclement Weather/Extreme Track Deterioration

MWXC has the right to cancel or postpone an event. In a case where unfit race conditions occur during a scheduled event MWXC has the right to delay or stop the racing and alter the order of that weekend’s scheduled events. Should a delay occur, every effort will be made to resume the schedule in a timely fashion if conditions significantly improve.

4. Safety Gear

Riders must wear Helmet, goggles, boots, pants, long sleeve shirt. Chest protectors, neck braces and knee pads are recommended along with any other safety gear.

5. Pit Riding

Spectator and racer pit riding is prohibited. Handicap Permits may be available and will be made available in the MWXC registration trailer. MWXC has the right to revoke these permits if seen fit by MWXC staff. Any violations of this rule could lead to penalties up to and including disqualification of associated racer within the violators associated group.
Getting from Point A to Point B – A racer going from Point A to Point B must have a helmet on at all times and maintain an idle at first gear. MWXC has the right to pull or penalize you from the event if the rules can not be obeyed.

6. Pitting and Pit Crews

Pitting is allowed any where outside of the banner area around the Finish Line. Pit Crew – A racer is and will be responsible for their pit crews actions. MWXC will not tolerate a staff member being disrespected by racer or a member of the racers pit crew. Actions will be taken by an MWXC Official.

7. Medical Insurance

Medical insurance is the sole responsibility of the competitor.  MWXC does not offer medical insurance and we encourage everyone to have medical insurance if competing or spectating at our events.

8. Medstat Life Line Insurance

If you have purchased Medstat Insurance there will be a list in registration trailer you need to place your name on that list and you will be given a sticker to be placed on your helmet. So that in case of emergency Medstat Insurance will be first notified.

B. Rider Eligibility and Classification

Pro Classes

  1. Eligible to any A class ranking.
  2. Must be 15 yrs old + or by promoter discretion upon reviewing rider’s stats.
  3. Riders advancing to Pro class may return to the “A” division if they have not finished in the Top 10 Overall.
  4. Previous A class champions are not forced to move to Pro.
  5. If you run Pro class within another local series you will be required to run Pro class with our series.
  6. Pro class racers may race both Pro bike and Pro ATV at the same event. If you race Pro class in our Saturday event then Sunday you may participate in any other class within the PM Race only if not racing Pro Class. If racing Pro class in Sunday events you will need to race Pro class Saturday. Ex. You race Pro ATV Saturday and do not want to race Pro Bike on Sunday then you may participate in our A or B class within the PM race. NO AM race entries. And vice versa when weekends rotate.

A Classes

  1. All “B” Class champions and “B” riders ranked second or third in the previous MWXC season who also have won at least three races.
  2. All riders that have an “A” ranking in any other off-road series.
  3. Exceptions listed under Class Advancements noted below.

B Classes

  1. All “C” class champions from the previous MWXC season.
  2. All “C” riders ranked in the top 3 of their class earning at least 50% of the points earned by the class champion in the previous year’s MidwestXC. Ranking is based on year-end series points and not the banquet awards.
  3. All riders that have a “B” ranking in any other, off-road series. This applies any sanctioned event.
  4. Exceptions listed under Class Advancements noted below.

C Classes

  1. Novice skill level riders and riders that do not otherwise qualify as an “A” or “B” level rider.

D Class

  1. This class is designed for the entry-level rider. First year or have never been ranked above a 10th position in any higher Ranked class in any sanctioned cross country event. If you have raced in 6 or more races in D class with MWXC or valid proof has been shown of your D class attendance from the previous year with another series, you will be required to move up to a C level class.

Trail Rider Class

  1. If racing two events in same day, the second race must be entered as a trail rider participant. Ex.1 A rider racing for points in a youth class may only enter the Adult AM Trail Rider class. Ex.2 A rider racing for points in an Adult AM class for points may only enter the Adult PM Trail Rider class.

UTV Teams

  1. A Team consists of a driver and a passenger. Teams may only switch passengers from event to event, but not during an event. The registered driver at the beginning round shall be the only driver allowed behind the wheel for the season to earn points. Age: Driver 18+ Passenger 16+ (minor consent form required).

Class Advancements

  1. All classes: Riders racing in any series in a higher ranked class will be required to move to the same ranking class at an MWXC event if a written protest form by the affected racer in the same particular class is received. This will take place at the current event, if evidence is verified prior to race start. If not, it will take effect at the next scheduled race event and is not retroactive to previous events.
  2. Definition of a higher ranking class. “A” class is the highest forced position. “A” Champions are not forced to race Pro class.
  3. Any class having only 5 or less racers that raced 6 or more races – The only racer that will be required to advance, is the first place racer if they have 3 or more 1st place finishes.
  4. Age divisions – In lieu of advancing to the next highest class “A”, “B”, “C” a racer may advance to the next younger class within their division. Once this option is exercised, the rider may not return to the older age division for at least 3 years.
  5. Senior/Super Senior Class Champions with 6 or more 1st place finishes are required to move up to the next Senior/Super Senior class.
  6. All class advancements take effect January 1st of the next race year.

Age Divisions

  1. Age is determined by the riders age on January 1st. A youth rider may voluntarily advance to a higher age division if he/she will be eligible to do so at any time during the year, but once a youth rider advances to the higher age division, he/she may not return to the younger age division. Riders competing in a younger age division are not required to move to an older age division once they become eligible to do so.
  2. Changing Classes: A rider may petition to move to a lower classification based on class finishes and time differences. This will be reviewed by MWXC Staff and given an answer before the next scheduled MWXC event. If you elect to move classes at any time during the season your points earned in the previous class will not transfer to the new class and overalls do not combine if moving between different races (Micro, Youth, Adult AM, Adult PM or UTV).
  3. If racers wish to try the next higher class for one race out of the season they may do so and return to the lower class with no penalties. Class points do not move and Overalls do not combine if moving between different races (micro, youth, adult am, adult pm or utv).
  4. Riders are responsible for making sure they are running in similar classes in all local cross country series.  If there is a discrepancy found and/or protest filed against a rider and their class placement, they will be made to run in the higher class and points earned in the lower class will not transfer and overalls do not combine if moving between different races (Micro, Youth, Adult AM, Adult PM or UTV).

3. MACHINE ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION

Bikes

  1. Open: 122cc and over single cylinder bike engine.
  2. Super Mini: (79-112cc 2-Stk; 75-150cc 4-Stk) Max. Wheels: Front 19″; Rear 16″. Big wheel and small wheel models permitted.
  3. 85: (79-85cc 2-Stk; 75-150cc 4-Stk) Max. Wheels: Front 17″; Rear 14″. Max. Small wheel models only.
  4. Trail Rider: Limited to the non-competitive casual rider. Class is not eligible for points, series awards or overall awards.

ATVs

  1. Production Rule: OEM motor and matching frame combination model required (matching year NOT required).  Frame geometry must remain as designed by the OEM, including all suspension pivot points.  Engine modifications, frame reinforcements, and aftermarket A-arms, caster brackets, swing-arms and suspension are permitted.
  2. Sport: (201-350cc 2-Stk; 201-440cc 4-Stk) 2-wheel drive models only. Modifications are permitted. No engine displacement reduction permitted. Models marketed as 450cc are not permitted. 
  3. 4×4: (201-1000cc) 4-wheel or 2-wheel drive shaft or chain driven automatic transmission/clutch production models that come with or without rack or rack availability as standard equipment. All 4×4 ATVs (401cc-Open) are only eligible to enter 4×4 or 4×4 PRO classes.
  4. Women: (91-200cc 2-Stk; 91-300cc 4-Stk) Production/Non-production models (Age 13+); (301-Open 4-Stk) Production models only. Minimum age requirements apply for model chosen. No engine displacement reduction permitted.
  5. YXC1 Mod: (71-201cc 2-Stk; 75-300cc 4-Stk) Production/Non-production models.
  6. YXC1: (71-105cc 2-Stk; 75-150cc 4-Stk) Production/Non-production models. Youth model frames only.
  7. 90 Limited: (71-90cc 2-stk; 75-125cc 4-stk) 8-12 age, 90 stock DRR, Apex & 125 Stock machines. Production models. The following maybe changed or added: tires (but no tire balls), wheels (cannot change stock width), pipe, sprockets, gearing, clutch, twist throttle, handlebars, grips, handle bar pads, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter, jetting and steering stabilizer.  Fenders may be trimmed.  No other modifications allowed INCLUDING carburetors, oil injection, air box and lid, gas tank, wheelbase, width, rear axle, A-arm, shocks and suspension.  2-Stroke manual shift models not eligible.
  8. 90 Stock: (71-90cc 2-strk; 75-125cc 4-strk) 8-12 age, production models automatic and cvt models only. NO DRR, Cobra or Apex. The following may be changed or added: tires (but no tire balls), wheels (cannot change stock width), pipe, sprockets, gearing, clutch, twist throttle, handlebars, grips, handle bar pads, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter, jetting and steering stabilizer. Fenders may be trimmed. No other modifications allowed INCLUDING carburetors, oil injection, air box and lid, gas tank, wheelbase, width, rear axle, A-arm, shocks and suspension.
  9. 90 Modified: (71-90cc 2-Strk; 75-125cc 4-Strk) 8-15 age, production models. Manual shift, Automatic and CVT models eligible. Manual shift models restricted to this class.
  10. Trail Rider: Limited to the non-competitive casual rider. Class is not eligible for points, series awards or overall awards.

UTVs

  1. Machine width can be a maximum 64 inches +/- 1 inch.
  2. Pro Open: 0-1000 cc Production models. Engine and suspension modifications permitted. Turbos/chargers are allowed, Single turbo, Single super charger, may be added but must be a production kit.
  3. Single Driver Pro: 0-1000 cc Production models/non turbo. Engine and suspension modifications permitted. Single pro may be a single or two seated machine. No Turbos.
  4. Heavy: 0-1000cc Production models/non turbo. Engine and suspension modifications permitted.
  5. Lite: 0-800 cc Production models/non turbo. Engine and suspension modifications permitted.

4. EQUIPMENT

ALL MACHINES

  1. All machines must have silencers.
  2. The machine a rider leaves the starting line on is the official machine of the rider for that event, and may not be switched during the event.  Anyone that switches machines or riders during the event will be disqualified.
  3. Riders may not carry gasoline anywhere except inside the machine’s fuel tank.
  4. All machines must have a working kill switch (Bikes/UTVs) or tether cord (ATVs).
  5. No horns, bells or other sound devices are permitted on machines.
  6. Machine sound level cannot exceed 99 dbs.

UTV

  1. Machine must have 4-point harness restraints for both occupants.
  2. Machine must have a full roll cage.
  3. Machine must have side nets installed and functional.
  4. Machine must have a functional fire extinguisher that is easily accessible.

5. REGISTRATION

  1. Riders must bring helmet to registration when registering.
  2. Everyone must have a transponder for scoring.
  3. Everyone must be registered at least 30 mins prior to their scheduled race start time.
  4. Pre-registration is available online prior to the start of the race but will close at 6 PM the Thursday immediately before race weekend. Registration is available at the track, cash only.
  5. Riders under the age of 18 must provide a photo I.D with proof of age upon request by an official, and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at registration.
  6. Riders must register for the race before riding their machine anywhere, may not exceed 1st gear idle when traveling to/from their pit area, and must always wear a helmet. Warm-up riding is limited to the start area and only after an official has given permission and the rider has registered for the event. NO Pit Riding will be allowed.
  7. At registration, riders will be given a number label to be placed on left or right chin guards of helmet and a class color sticker to be placed on back of helmet. Transponder will be placed on bottom side of visor for scoring.
  8. A racer may register for more than one event per weekend, if it is not for like class. Ex.1 Bike race, 1 ATV race, 1 UTV race per weekend is permitted. You may not run Micro then Youth, Youth then Adult same class type unless registering for the adult trail rider class.

6. START PROCEDURE

  1. Riders shall line up on their assigned starting row on a first come basis when directed by the race official. No one is permitted on the starting line until authorized.
  2. The Riders Meeting will be conducted on the starting line before the start of each race. All riders are responsible for attending.
  3. All starts are dead engine with the exception of Micro.
  4. The start procedure will be as follows: The blue flag will signal all riders to shut down their engines. 30 seconds later the Referee will extend his arm to signal “10 Seconds” before the start of the race. At the “10 Seconds” signal, all crew members must step behind the riders. Between 8 and 10 seconds, the green flag will be thrown, signaling the start of the race.
  5. Riders starting their machines prior to the green flag signal, or taking off with the wrong row will be penalized.
  6. Riders missing the start of their class must enter the race course at the starting line and complete the start chute.
  7. ATV riders are required to start the event with their tether cord properly affixed and they will be checked at the starting line.
  8. Push offs are prohibited from pit crew members. Rider must take off on their own power unless machine fails to start then a push off to get machine fired up is allowed.
  9. Jumping the start – if a rider jumps the start before flag is thrown they will be held 30 seconds the first time through the scoring point at finish line.
  10. If there is a checkpoint on the course this is a no passing zone and rider must yell his number to checkpoint attendant.
  11. Riders may not be serviced or pitted in the area between the Finish Line and the Finish Line Checkpoint, or in the area immediately after the Finish Line Checkpoint or Riders will be penalized.
  12. Finish Line area is a no passing race/pass zone and will be marked. Racers that race/pass in this zone will be penalized.

7. SCORING

Transponder scanning is the official MidwestXC scoring procedure. You will be issued one when you register at the registration trailer for a fee of $5 and will be placed on the visor of your helmet and will be good for the year unless damaged or lost.

A MWXC course may include trails, footpaths, roads, hills, motocross tracks, or any type of terrain, which can be negotiated by a bike or ATV.

The course will be open to inspection on Friday after 5:00 p.m & Saturday evening directly after the completion of the UTV race. Participants are permitted to walk or bicycle the course only.

Marking, cutting, tampering with or otherwise changing the course in any manner is strictly prohibited. An official may only make course modifications.
Youth course is white background/blue arrow markers.
Micro course is white background/green arrow markers.
Adult course is white background/red arrow markers.
UTV course is pink background/black arrow markers.

No one, except officials and riders officially entered, may ride on the race course at any time during the event.

8. ON TRACK REGULATIONS

  1. Riders must remain on the marked course. The marked course is within 25 feet of race arrows. However, riders must stay within the confines of the following markers: “double arrows” posted on both sides of the trail, ribbons, signs, stakes, hay bales, barrels, motocross track, grass track, etc. If caught a rider will be docked a minimum of 30 seconds per offense.
  2. Riders encountering traffic jam or bottleneck may go more than 25 feet off the course to get around the bottleneck only. However, the rider must re-enter the course as soon as possible, and upon approaching this section the next lap, must ride the original arrowed section if the track is clear. If the original marking devices are knocked down, the rider must stay on the original marked course regardless. A “bottleneck” is a section of the track that becomes impassable for any reason, with the exception of checkpoints.
  3. Riders may not cut to the inside of a white pole corner marker.
  4. If a rider leaves the course for any reason he must re-enter where they left.
  5. Riders may make repairs and otherwise receive mechanical assistance anywhere along the course from anyone. All such repairs and assistance must be made without causing interference with other riders and in a suitable area off the racetrack. Those assisting with such repairs are not allowed to ride any type equipment to reach the rider, they must walk to them to make such repairs.
  6. Radios are permitted between pit crew members, but not with or between riders.  Riders with radios are subject to penalties.
  7. Reckless riding. No rider may ride in such a manner as to endanger life or limb of other riders, officials or the public. Riders will be penalized for the reckless operation of their machine, including but not limited to the deliberate ramming, blocking or intentional contact with another rider, or for running into an official.
  8. Any MidwestXC equipment damaged by a rider intentionally will be penalized.
  9. No passing inside of the scoring finish area is allowed or rider will be penalized. This area will be posted NO PASSING.
  10. Team Tactics are prohibited, and include but are not limited to: blocking, allowing another rider to pass in order to affect the outcome of the race, or exchanging machines in order for another rider to continue the race. Riders involved will be penalized.
  11. Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Persons whose appearance, conduct, associations or affiliations, on or off the track, deemed not conducive to the best interest of this sport or who exhibit conduct which is inappropriate, offensive, abrasive or in bad taste, may be excluded or suspended from MidwestXC at the discretion of the Race Director.
  12. Track officials include starting and finish line officials and track sweepers. A track official’s decision made during the race is final. You may appeal the decision within 30 minutes after race if desired.

Participants engaged in any event, public appearance, media activity or any other situation relating to their participation in the series must refrain from intentional physical contact with any participant, inappropriate or profane language, fraud, and unsportsmanlike behavior. At the sole discretion of MidwestXC, participants who exhibit behaviors deemed inappropriate or unsportsmanlike, prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the sport, or detract from the enjoyment, appreciation or interests of the fans, sponsors or other supporters of the sport, may be penalized by monetary fine, docking of championship points, or both. Such penalties are not subject to protest or appeal.

9. RACE FINISHES

  1. The race officially ends for all contestants at the completion of the lap in which the checkered flag is displayed to the overall winner.
  2. To be considered as having completed a lap, the rider and his machine must cross the plane of the checkered flag under the rider’s own unaided ability. Towing is not allowed. If a machine is towed in from the course, your race has ended. This rule does not apply to racers towed only a short distance by a MWXC staff member in order to dislodge the vehicle from a track obstacle (i.e., mud pit, deep rut, ravine, etc.).
  3. Riders will be scored in order of finish and laps completed. It is not necessary to complete all laps in order to be scored.
  4. Results: Racers have 30 minutes to finish the race after the overall winner takes the checkered flag. A rider may question the results within the 30 minute period following posting of the final results. After 30 minutes, awards will be given out. Results are then FINAL so please review the results before leaving the event.
  5. Awards are given at the rate of 1 per 3 riders, To win an award, a rider must complete one full lap. All Micro racers receive a plaque.
  6. Podium: Burnouts on the podium and jumping your machine off the podium are prohibited. Violation of this provision will result in a penalty, including but not limited to fine and/or disqualification.
  7. Protests: Protests must be in writing within 30 minutes after race ends. Riders may only protest matters regarding a class in which they were a registered participant. Protest form available online or at registration.
  8. Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the official based on the severity of the offense, and may include one or more of the following: position(s), lap(s), time adjustment, disqualification, suspension, loss of championship points, probation.

10. CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class Championships will be determined by the rider’s best 8 finishes in the same discipline (i.e., Bike or ATV). A rider must enter a minimum of 7 events in order to be eligible for series awards and class ranking. The entries do not have to be in the same class.  However, a rider must compete in at least 5 events in the same class in order to be eligible for series awards in that class. Only one entry per weekend will count per discipline.

Micro Class Championships will be determined by the rider’s best 7 finishes in the same discipline (i.e., Bike or ATV). A rider must enter a minimum of 6 events in order to be eligible for series awards and class ranking. The entries do not have to be in the same class.  However, a rider must compete in at least 5 events in the same class in order to be eligible for series awards in that class. Only one entry per weekend will count per discipline.

UTV Class Championships will be determined by the rider’s best 5 finishes. A rider must enter a minimum of 4 events in order to be eligible for series awards and class ranking. The entries do not have to be in the same class.  However, a rider must compete in at least 4 events in the same class in order to be eligible for series awards in that class.

Finish/PointsFinish/PointsFinish/PointsFinish/PointsFinish/Points
1st - 25pts6th - 17pts11th - 12pts16th - 7pts21st- 2pts
2nd - 22pts7th - 16pts12th - 11pts17th - 6pts22nd+ - 1pt
3rd - 20pts8th - 15pts13th - 10pts18th - 5ptsDNF - 1pt
4th - 19pts9th - 14pts14th - 9pts19th - 4pts
5th - 18pts10th - 13pts15th - 8pts20th - 3pts

Ties: Ties for the class championship will be broken by the most first place finishes, then by the best finish in the final race of the season if necessary. Ties for other amateur class positions will be broken by the best finish in the final race of the season.

11. OVERALL FINISHES

The electronic scoring system provides a complete overall race finish for each event. Points will be accumulated for MWXC number assignment and can be viewed as a gauge toward overall ranking for the year.

Overall numbers will be assigned based on overall finishes in each of the following groupings; Micro, Youth, Adult AM, Adult PM, and UTV. Overalls do not combine.

Adult and Youth MWXC Numbers will be assigned based on overall finishes in a minimum of 7 events, with as many as 10 events counting. The minimum number of events does not have to be in the same class, but it must be in the same discipline.

Micro MWXC Numbers will be assigned based on overall finishes in a minimum of 6 events, with as many as 9 events counting. The minimum number of events does not have to be in the same class, but it must be in the same discipline.

UTV MWXC Numbers will be assigned based on overall finishes in a minimum of 4 events, with as many as 7 events counting.

Note: Trail Rider classes are not be eligible for class or overall awards.

At the end of each season we will release overall earned numbers based on the above criteria. Earned numbers may be reserved at that time. You may reserve a higher number if the number requested is higher than the highest number earned on the earned numbers list released. (Ex. You earn 23 but want 223. There is only 78 earned overall numbers so you could decline your earned 23 and request 223. Once the overall number reservation process is finished, we will allow any unreserved numbers to be reserved on a first request first reserved basis. A rider must compete in at least 6 races to be eligible to reserve a number.

Overall Numbers will be figured on the following scale: 1st Place 300 points, 2nd Place 299 points, 3rd Place 298 Points, and continuing to decrease 1 point for each lesser position.