All the Questions You’ve Had About RDW’s, Provincial Series Races, Grands & Saskatchewan Championships…Explained!

Saskatchewan Cup Series & Grands

The Saskatchewan Cup BMX Series is a total points series meant to create another opportunity for provincial wide participation in a series format. They are a completely separate event from Saskatchewan BMX Provincial Championships.

  • Your points earned from Saskatchewan Cup #1, #2, #3, and #4 will be tallied, then added to points achieved at the Sask Cup BMX Grands to determine your overall placing in the series.  
  • You must attend at least 50% of the series races prior to being eligible to attend Grands.
  • You also must attend the Grands to achieve a final placing for the Saskatchewan Cup Series.  
  • The Grands format uses race classes and age just like our District series, although you may race with others as needed to make motos of 3 or more riders.
  • Position (P) plates will be awarded at the end of the Grands days racing.

Globe BMX will host series races #1 & #2, 13th Ave BMX will host #3 & #4 in Regina, and Diamond BMX will host the Grands on the Saturday of the Provincial Championships weekend.

Schedule of Provincial Series events is here. Note the Alberta BMX schedule has not been finalized to do changing covid guidelines in Alberta.

Saskatchewan Cup Provincial Championships

The Saskatchewan Cup Provincial Championship is the highest level of provincial racing in SK during the BMX season.

  • Provincial Championships is a single day event, with your finishing position determining your placing within your age group.  
  • All ability levels in an age group will compete in the same group (riders are not grouped by rider class, just by age).
  • Your championship placing earned will help determine your National standing.
  • “SK” plates will be awarded to the top 8 positions of each age group at the end of the Championship racing day.
  • You do not need to qualify to participate in the Saskatchewan Provincial Championship event

The Saskatchewan Provincial Championship event will be held at Diamond BMX on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021

Note: You must run your highest earned plate starting immediately after the Championship Race Day. 2019 (no championships were held in 2020) earned plates must be removed following the Championship race day.

Race Day Wins (RDW’s)

The Saskatchewan Cycling Chief Commissaire keeps track of wins and upgrades in province, however it is up to the parent to reach out and to notify them of out of province wins.

  • Athletes will upgrade ability levels based on the number of race day wins they achieve. This is based on race wins (the outcome overall for that day), not individual moto wins.
  • RDW’s will be highlighted in green on results sheets
  • District racing (club level) and Provincial Series or Championship wins, both count towards the upgrade, though a win at a Provincial race counts as two wins. Club level races do not count towards RDW’s.
  • Wins do not expire, so you don’t need to acquire all your wins in a single season to upgrade.
  • The Strider/4 & Under riders do not earn district points or race day wins, however can earn club/fun points.

Rider Class Levels

Riders generally compete against other athletes of the same age, gender, and class. Although if some classes are small (less than 3) they may be combined with another similar age/gender/ability.

  • Male athletes have 3 categories; Novice, Intermediate, and Expert.
    • Ability Class Upgrades (Male):
      • Novice to Intermediate: 10 Race Day Wins
      • Intermediate to Expert: 20 Race Day Wins
  • Female athletes have 2 categories; Novice and Expert.
    • Ability Class Upgrades (Female):
      • Novice to Expert: 20 Race Day Wins

Questions? Ask us here!

Thursday Racing Kick-off: June 3rd, 2021

Well folks, we’re ready to kick off Thursday Racing for 2021, with the first race planned for Thursday, June 3rd, which will be a club member only format for practice, before we start District Racing on June 10th.

There are plenty of items to take note of to ensure a smooth and efficient race for everyone – so hunker down and read this whole post please!

RACE BOOKING PAGE:

We’re ready to race! Before you get ready to register for racing each week, please make sure you’ve read the Race Booking & Protocol Page. Pay extra attention to the schedule, booking timeframes, volunteer links & spectator guidelines!

RACE REGISTRATION

Make sure you have REGISTERED ONLINE to be eligible to race. The deadline is 6PM on each Wednesday prior to Thursday racing, so that we have enough time to prepare for race night.

RACE SCHEDULE

Take note of the race schedule ESPECIALLY the check in & warm up timeframes. IF you are going to be late or can no longer make it – please let us know before 5:30pm!!!

Weekly Schedule:

  • 5:00pm – 5:45pm: Check In & Warm Up Laps
    • You can check in anytime between 5pm and 5:45pm, warm up laps will be continuous
    • First Aid & Gate Operator must be available at this time
  • 5:45pm – 6:00pm: Officials / Volunteer Meeting
  • 6:00pm – 6:15pm: Staging & Announcements
  • 6:15pm: Race Start

VOLUNTEER

A little help goes a long way. Some jobs are before the racing and some are after, and some are for officials – they’ll be marked as a Commissaire position. To help us run an efficient and fun race night, please consider volunteering. Links to sign up to volunteer will always be on the Race Booking Page.


ELIGIBILITY & FORMAT

  • If you have a Provincial Racing License through the Saskatchewan Cycling Association or a UCI License, you are eligible to race in a District race at Globe BMX, even if you are not a Globe BMX Club member.
  • Riders in both the 20″ and 24″ Cruiser Class are eligible.
  • Striders / Under 4 will race a modified format of 2 motos, everyone else will race the standard 3 moto format.
  • All riders must register in advance using the online registration form linked about in the Registration section.
  • While you’re on a roll – might as well check out our BMX 101 page to really get acquainted with BMX racing format and specifics: https://globebmx.com/bmx-101/

WHAT TO BRING

  • Bike, full face helmet with visor in tact, proper race clothing, gloves and other race gear
  • License (photo on phone is fine)
  • Race Plate (should stay on your bike) and if you don’t have one yet, you’ll receive it at your first practice or race session once registered as a member
  • Small toolkit with side cutters, multi-tool, wrenches, hex/allen keys….whatever you might need to make sure you can adjust your gear as needed. Some even bring a tire pump which comes in useful!
  • TAPE & SHARPIE – this is for writing down moto assignments/lanes for you or your rider
  • Chairs if you want to sit down for spectating
  • Water & snacks (no sharing, Covid rules!
  • Parking as usual will be in the Lakewood Civic Center lots.

2021 Member Welcome Night

Thursday, May 6th, 2021! Book a spot below and join us at the track to pick up your 2021 race plate, 50/50 tickets, sign a volunteer waiver and have some time to meet the Board of Directors in attendance and ask questions about the season! Don’t worry if you can’t attend, we’ll have the same items ready for pick up at each practice session going forward.

Please do not come if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID 19. Current paid members only.

Need to register for the season still? Check out the Memberships & Registration page here!

Track Closed – Saturday, April 24th 1pm-4pm

Greetings! It’s that time of year when our spring track maintenance begins. Due to the presence of heavy equipment on site, the track will be closed from 1pm – 4pm this coming Saturday, April 24th. No riding will be able to take place and only a limited number of volunteers (following COVID guidelines), who have signed liability waivers will be allowed on the track during this time.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we prepare the track for both public and upcoming club use!

Best,

Globe BMX Board of Directors; Kyle, Dan, Kendal & Jen

Questions? Contact us here!

Globe BMX Presents: Jay from Doug’s on BMX Racing Bikes!

We’re excited to announce the third event in our Virtual Pre-Season Prep Series…all about BMX racing bikes!

Join us on Saturday, March 27th @6pm via meeting info below, and take in a session with our guest, Jay Woytowich owner of Doug’s Spoke n Sport. If you don’t know Jay, get ready to meet a true Saskatoon gem! He’s been involved in the bike scene here from many angles, including his time as a former BMX racer and his amazing support of Globe BMX events over the years, as well as recently helping spearhead trail creation and maintenance out at Blackstrap with the Spoke n Sport Trail Crew. He’ll be our guest host right from the Doug’s shop floor and we’ll touch on all things BMX racing bikes, why they are different than your typical BMX, Mountain or Road bike, and go over some basic maintenance tips!

Event Details

What: BMX Racing Bikes, with Jay from Doug’s Spoke n Sport, Shop Owner, Biking Guru & Former BMX racer!
Hosted by: Globe BMX
Who: Anyone can attend – this is a public event up to 100 guests
When: Saturday, March 27th, 6pm-7pm, includes opportunity for attendee Q&A post presentation
Format: Virtual Zoom Meeting – Join Meeting Here
Why: Learn about BMX race bikes, how to get them, and how to keep them tuned up!

Globe BMX Presents: Karine Schmitt on Sport Nutrition

We’re excited to announce the second event in our Virtual Pre-Season Prep Series…Karine Schmitt on Sport Nutrition.

Join us on Sunday, March 21st @7pm via meeting info below, and take in a Q&A with our guest, Karine Schmitt. She’ll talk about how fuelling your body for sport is one of the most crucial ways you can maximize your training efforts . Karine is not only PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach, but also a two time Olympian in the sport of Synchronized Swimming, competing at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games. Thomas also won two golds at the 2015 Pan American Games. More about Karine can be found here.

Event Details

What: Sport Nutrition, with Karine Schmitt, PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and two time Olympian
Hosted by: Globe BMX
Who: Anyone can attend – this is a public event up to 100 guests
When: Sunday, March 21st, 7pm-8pm, includes opportunity for attendee Q&A post presentation
Format: Virtual Zoom Meeting – Join Meeting Here
Why: Get your BMX pre-season prep started, or just take in some nutrition tips for whatever sport you are involved in!

Replay

Globe BMX Presents: Gavin Schmitt on Mental Training for Sport

Something exciting has been in the works here at Globe BMX! In normal years during the pre-season months we’d be meeting up each week at the Fieldhouse to train our legs and get back in BMX mode. Instead we are home safe, patiently waiting for BMX season to start! We figured even though we can’t be on bikes (yet), we might as well be preparing for the season in any way that we can. With that, we’re excited to announce the first event in our Virtual Pre-Season Prep Series…Gavin Schmitt on Mental Training for Sport.

Join us on Saturday, March 13th @7pm via meeting info below, and take in a Q&A with our guest, Gavin Schmitt. He’ll talk about some of his tips on how to have a winning attitude, and ways to prep for the big game or race. Some of you may recognize Gavin from when he was a UofS Huskie Volleyball player, or maybe when he was Team Captain for Canada’s Olympic Men’s Volleyball team at the Rio 2016 Olympics. His career extends far beyond that, and if you’re interested, you can read about him here.

Event Details

What: Mental Training for Sport, with Gavin Schmitt, former professional and Olympic Volleyball player
Hosted by: Globe BMX
Who: Anyone can attend – this is a public event up to 100 guests
When: Saturday, March 13th, 7pm-8pm, includes opportunity for attendee Q&A post presentation
Format: Virtual Zoom Meeting – Details Here
Why: Get your BMX pre-season prep started, or just take in some mental training tips for whatever sport you are involved in!

Replay

Episode 1 Replay – Gavin Schmitt – Globe BMX Pre-Season Prep Series

2020 Thursday Racing: Things to Know Before You Arrive!

There are plenty of items to take note of to ensure a smooth and efficient race for everyone – so hunker down and read this whole post please!

First, you should have already read all the protocols and updates on the COVID Racing Page here: https://globebmx.com/covid-19-race-session-booking-protocols/

RACE REGISTRATION – make sure you have registered online to be eligible to race. The deadline is midnight on the Tuesday before Thursday racing so that we have enough time to prepare for our new COVID modified race nights. The registration link will change each week, so please use the COVID RACING page each week to reference the registration link next to each date. We only post one week at at time. NOTE – You will not receive a confirmation email once the form is submitted.

RACE SCHEDULE – take note of the race schedule ESPECIALLY the check in timeframe. IF you are going to be late or can no longer make it – please let us know!

Weekly Schedule:

GROUP 1

  • 5:00PM – 5:30PM: Check In & Staging
  • 5:30PM – 6:15PM: Group 1 Race
    • 40 racers + 8 volunteers max
    • Based on current and past numbers, this is naturally going to be the largest group
    • 45 min race period to allow for mains if needed
  • 6:15PM – 6:30PM: Group 1 departure

GROUP 2

  • 6:30PM – 7:00PM: Check In & Staging
  • 7:00PM – 7:30PM: Group 2 Race
    • 40 racers + 8 volunteers max
    • Based on current and past numbers, this is naturally going to be a smaller group than group 1
    • 30 minute race period
  • 7:30PM – 7:45PM: Group 2 departure

GROUP 3

  • 7:45PM – 8:00PM: Check In & Staging
  • 8:00PM – 8:30PM: Group 3 Race
    • 40 racers + 8 volunteers max
    • Based on current and past numbers, this is naturally going to the smallest group of the evening
    • 30 minute race period
    • If you have racers in group 1, you can choose to stay or leave and come back

ELIGIBILITY & FORMAT
– riders 5 and older will be grouped with their age group. Different from regular seasons, we will not be using classes just yet, only age.
– Striders / Under 4 will race a modified format of 2 motos, everyone else will race the standard 3 moto format.
– All riders must register in advance using the online registration form linked about in the Registration section.

WHAT TO BRING
– Bike, full face helmet with visor, proper race clothing, gloves and other race gear
– License (digital versions should be emailed, if not, I will have a report to reference)
– Race Plate (should stay on your bike) and if you don’t have one yet, your volunteer bond in exchange for one. First race night you will get one at registration/check in.
Small toolkit with side cutters, multi-tool, wrenches, hex/allen keys….whatever you might need to make sure you can adjust your gear as needed. Some even bring a tire pump which comes in useful!
Come with your motos and lanes already written down. Since these will be posted in advance, no need to scramble on site and write these/tape to bike.
– Chairs if you want to sit down for spectating
– Water & snacks
– Parking as usual will be in the Lakewood Civic Center lots.

Have questions? Contact us here.

Return to Race Plan

Another milestone reached as regulations are once again relaxed and competitions are allowed to proceed!

As of June 29th, competitions are allowed, however many new guidelines are in place. We’ve looked at many options on how to race within the new guidelines and have decided on the plans below. Please keep in mind that many factors both obvious and not, go into this kind of redirection of effort. That being said, we are happy to hear feedback on how we might improve. Also remember that we will continue to evolve our plans over the summer as restrictions are lifted.

Racing:

  • Racing is now allowed, however we have had to get creative with a modified racing plan that considers the goals of keeping racers competitive, allowing specators, abiding by new regulations and keeping distant when required.
  • There are many unique factors that go into this new racing plan, please keep that in mind as you read the information below on our updated COVID racing page:

Practices:

  • First practice was held June 25th with 45 racers. It was a success in our minds and watching the excitement in each pedal was a real treat. Practices will continue, with one remaining Thursday practice this week, and the rest will proceed on Sundays. The practice page has been updated to reflect the Sunday practice schedule, updated allowable numbers and regulations.
  • We have modified the previously released plan, session times & sizes, sign up process and social distancing protocols that need to be in place in order for us to proceed.
  • You MUST be a registered 2020 member to sign up for practice sessions.
  • We will work to incorporate coaching in upcoming (but not immediate) sessions.

Updated format and details can be reviewed on this page:

Registration Fees & Membership Requirements

  • Our registration is open once again and we have decided to freeze pricing at the Earlybird rate. It will remain open all Summer as it has in previous seasons.
  • We are keeping our fundraising requirement as is, but will be continue to keep the volunteer bond requirements on hold until a more regular racing format is reached, possibly later on in the season.
  • Our club fee portion is low and as it stands, with the high probability of not being able to proceed with large race events, we will not raise as much funds for the club as originally planned.

Refunds

We understand that this year looks different, and that some will be very excited to get back on the track and some will still need time to feel comfortable being in groups again, and that is ok!

With that in mind, there were a few things to consider:

  • If you are a current paid member and do not want to participate this season, now understanding what being at the track will look like, we will be offering refunds that follow this guideline:
    • We are able to refund:
      • 100% club fees refund, minus the transaction fees
    • We are not able to refund the following:
      • $100 fundraising fee. You will remain required to either label the 50/50 tickets with your information for your own entries, or sell the 50/50 tickets. If you decide to sell them to friends and family, they can be sold at any time, and the information on the draw details is here: https://globebmx.com/2020-globe-bmx-50-50-raffle/ .
      • The SCA license fees are not collected by us nor ours to refund. When registering for a membership everyone agreed to the SCA refund policy: Saskatchewan Cycling Association membership refunds are not permitted once the membership has been issued. Prior to issuance, membership applications may (at the discretion of the SCA) be cancelled minus registration provider charges.
  • Refund requests for club fees MUST be communicated to us prior to June 30th, 2020. After June 30th, we will not issue refunds.

50/50 Fundraising:

Our 50/50 fundraising plan will continue ahead as planned. If you are a current or new member and have not picked up your 50/50 booklets, please email globebmx@gmail.com and we’ll arrange a contactless option. Tickets will also be able to be picked up on Thursdays and Sundays at the track from Jen.

Volunteer Bond:

Our volunteer bond will continue to be put on hold until full regular race format returns. For the current return to race plan, board members will fill the needed volunteer positions to keep sanitizing procedures easy to manage, and make social distancing as easy as possible. A minimal amount of additional volunteers will be needed each race night. See Race page link above.

SK Cup Races, Camps & Special Events:

These are still undecided. Our SK Cup #1 and #2 will be most definitely be cancelled, but we are not 100% sure if there is a possibility for rescheduling or not and will wait to make any final decisions about regulations being lifted are announced by the Government of SK. Our end of July On The Box Camp and our Summer Classic are TBD and we’ll of course look to reschedule or modify these events as more information is available and restrictions are lifted.

Questions or Comments?