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As in years past, the IMBCS series guidelines will, for the most part, be in accordance with the current USA Cycling Rulebook for mountain bike racing with the following exceptions:

Awards for the series overalls will consist of free entry into all of the 2014 IMBCS Series races for all men's, women's, junior boy's and junior girl's categories. Series awards will be announced sometime shortly after the conclusion of the last series race.

In order for a racer to qualify for a series overall award, the participant must compete in a minimum of five IMBCS series races. If you participate in five events and you happen to DNF in one or more of them, you will still qualify for a series overall award at the end of the season.

There will be a total of ten IMBCS races for the 2013 season. A participants six best scores will count towards their series overall score. If you choose to do more than six races, you will receive ten additional points for each race beyond six that you do for a maximum of 40 additional points.

The IMBCS will use the following structure for categorizing racers:
• Elite – Pro and Category 1 racers, for men and women.
• Comp – For those that feel they fall somewhere between a Category 1 and Category 2. This class is one category only, all participants will be scored together regardless of age or gender.
• Category 2 – Sport racers for men and women.
• Category 3 – Beginner racers for men and women.
• Juniors – 18 and under for boys and girls.

Please note, that following the 2013 season all category winners, with the exception of Category 1, will be encouraged to upgrade to the next highest category. If a category winner chooses not to upgrade then they will not be eligible for free entry the following season and the free entry will be awarded to the next eligible participant within that category. The purpose behind this rule change is to encourage competition and fairness within each class structure.

Also note that there is no longer a singlespeed class, however singlespeeders are welcomed and encouraged to compete in whichever category best suits their abilities. Those competing on singlespeed bikes will be scored in whichever category they choose to compete, in other words, if a singlespeed competitor competes in the Comp class, they will be scored as a Comp competitor.

Age groups within each category will be as follows:
Elite Men
19 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49 and 50+
The 2013 guideline for cash payouts will be such that the top five overall finishers, regardless of your age, will receive cash payouts. The top finishers in each age group will receive prizes. Cash payouts and prizes will be determined by each race director.
Elite Women
Open – for Pro and Category 1 women of all ages.
Comp
Open – primarily for men, however women are welcome to participate. This class is one category only, so any women participants will be scored with the men.
Category 2 Men
19 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49 and 50+
Category 2 Women
Open – open to all Category 2 women of all ages.
Category 3 Men
Open – open to all ages
Category 3 Women
Open – open to all ages
Juniors 18 and under
Boys – open to all boys 18 years of age and younger
Girls – open to all girls 18 years of age and younger

Series scoring will be on a weighted scoring system based on the number of participants in each age category, within each class. Points will be scored as follows:

For each age category within each class with 10 or fewer participants:
• 1st place- 200
• 2nd place - 185
• 3rd place - 175
• 4th place - 165
• 5th place - 155
• 6th place - 150
• 7th place - 145
• 8th place - 140
• 9th place - 135
• 10th place - 130

For each age category within each class with 11-20 participants:
• 1st place - 225
• 2nd place - 210
• 3rd place - 200
• 4th place - 190
• 5th place - 180
• 6th place - 175
• 7th place - 170
• 8th place - 165
• 9th place - 160
• 10th place - 155
• 11th place - 150
• 12th place - 145
• 13th place - 140
• 14th place - 135
• 15th place - 130
• 16th place - 125
• 17th place - 120
• 18th place - 115
• 19th place - 110
• 20th place - 105

For each age category within each class with 21 or more participants:
• 1st place - 250
• 2nd place - 235
• 3rd place - 225
• 4th place - 215
• 5th place - 205
• 6th place - 200
• 7th place - 195
• 8th place - 190
• 9th place - 185
• 10th place - 180
• 11th place - 175
• 12th place - 170
• 13th place - 165
• 14th place - 160
• 15th place - 155
• 16th place - 150
• 17th place - 145
• 18th place - 140
• 19th place - 135
• 20th place - 130
• 21st place - 127
• 22nd place - 124
• 23rd place - 121
• 24th place - 118
• 25th place - 115
• 26th place - 112
• 27th place - 109
• 28th place - 106
• 29th place - 103
• 30th place - 100
• 31st place - 97
• 32nd place - 94
• 33rd place - 91
• 34th place - 88
• 35th place - 85
• 36th place - 82
• 37th place - 79
• 38th place - 76
• 39th place - 73
• 40th place – 70

A DNF will receive 50 points regardless of the number participants in each category.

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