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Trail Marking Signs Explained

If you’re new to mountain bike racing, you will see signs on the course. Good idea to know what they each mean. Please note the triple down arrows. When we use those signs at the Back 40, we mean it! Also note the LAP and FINISH area signs. Every year people get this wrong, but please review the signs so you enjoy the day!

back 40 trail signs

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New racer questions

Had a couple questions from a first time racer wondering if helmet use is mandatory and what to bring to the race?

Helmet use is mandatory at all time. But here are the full race rules that are also available at the bottom of the Back 40 page, might be good for everyone to review them if you’re not familiar with them.

Race Rules

•   All racer’s must wear a CSA approved helmet while riding on OR off-course (even the parking lot), before, during and after the race.
•  It is the racer’s responsibility to know where to “lap” and where to “finish”, if you do not know ask the officials during Staging on the starting line BEFORE your race. It is not the commissaires responsibility to tell you where to lap or finish during the race, but we will try to help.
•    All racer’s who do not finish MUST report to the officials at the Finishing Line to let them know they are not finishing.
•    All racer’s bikes must operate a bicycle in good working order, with both front and rear working brakes.
•    Racer’s will NOT be permitted to pre-ride or ride on the course once the 80 km Marathon race has started at 10am on August 10th. If you wish to pre-ride, the course will be marked by 3pm the day before the race or before 9:30 am on August 10th.
•    Racer’s shall act and race with caution and respect for their fellow racers. They may be held responsible for any accidents that they cause.
•    A racer must act in a sporting manner at all times and shall permit any faster rider to overtake without obstructing or block in any way (so basically, let faster riders pass you, do NOT obstruct or block them in any way, hold your line).
•    If a rider exits the course for any reason, he/she must return to the course at the same point from which they exited (you must stay on the course, no short cuts on unmarked corners either).
•    Music players and electronic devices are NOT allowed by any racer’s during any events.
•    Handlebars must have end caps.
•    Glass containers are not allowed on the course, including the feed zone.
•    Spectators should not be on the actual trail of the course if possible. They are welcome to spectate from the sides of the course, but must be careful not to impede any racers.
•    Spectators can not help or assist racers with mechanicals.

What to bring?

Basically all the normal stuff you take when going on a road trip to go MTB riding. Water/hydration & nutrition for the entire race, make sure your bike is in good working order and ready to go before you come, lawn chair, sunscreen, bug spray, a change of clothes for after.

There will be a complimentary BBQ and refreshments for racers after.

But most important, bring friends and family to race against (or at least heckle you)!