Race Venues

ACTIVE DORBA MEMBERS WHO PRE-REGISTER FOR XC RECEIVE $10 CASH BACK AT EACH EVENT (in person only).

WE WILL BE ISSUING REUSABLE NUMBER PLATES FOR THIS SERIES! THERE WILL BE A $5 FEE TO REPLACE A LOST PLATE.

This year we are taking extra weather precautions and using fast draining courses. We are also excited to be starting and finishing the series with a two day festival of camping, family events, and bike racing at Tyler State Park and Dinosaur Valley State Park! Plan to bring the entire family!

Scroll down for frequently asked questions and info about specific events. 

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Aug 29-30 - Tyler State Park (Tyler, TX)

$7 park entry fee or State Park Pass required

REGISTER

Saturday
10am - Enduro (4 classes) (5 stages)
12-5pm - Pre-ride
5pm - Juniors (14 & u)
6pm - Short track (4 classes)

Sunday
9am - Cat 1
11:30am - Cat 3
1pm - Cat 2

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Sept 12 - Big Cedar Wilderness Trails (Cedar Hill, TX)

$5 parking donation to Mountain Creek Church

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Saturday
9am - Cat 1
11:30am - Juniors

12:30 - Cat 3
2pm - Cat 2

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Sept 26 - Boulder Park (Dallas, TX)

$5 parking donation to Concord Church

REGISTER

Saturday
9am - Cat 1
11:30am - Juniors

12:30 - Cat 3
2pm - Cat 2

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Oct 11 - Frisco Northwest Community Trail (Frisco, TX)

Parking at Stafford Middle School

REGISTER

Sunday
9am - Cat 1
11:30am - Juniors

12:30 - Cat 3
2pm - Cat 2

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Oct 17-18 - RAIN DATE

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Oct 24-25 - Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose, TX)

$7 entry fee or State Park Pass required

REGISTER

Saturday

10am - TBD 
12-5pm - Pre-ride
5pm - Juniors (14 & u)
6pm - Short track (4 classes)

Sunday
9am - Cat 1
11:30am - Cat 3
1pm - Cat 2

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CASH PAYOUTS:

XC OPEN MEN (8 Deep) - $250, $200, $150, $125, $100, $75, $50, $25

XC OPEN WOMEN (5 Deep) - $250, $200, $150, $125, $100

XC CAT 1 (3 Deep) (3 Lap Racers ONLY) - $100, $75, $50

SHORT TRACK OPEN (3 Deep) - $60, $30, $15

ENDURO OPEN (3 Deep) - $100, $75, $50

 

The Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association (DORBA) produces a handful of races each year as fundraisers* to support our organization and fulfill our mission statement. All of our races are run by volunteers and are designed to be family friendly and accommodating to riders of all skill levels. Whether you are interested in participating in your very first race or want to race in the PRO category for fame and fortune, we have something for you! All races are broken up into age groups and categories based on the number of expected participants. Groups with 5 or less racers may or may not be combined with similar groups to reduce the number of overall categories and / or increase competition (this is at the discretion of the race director). Below are descriptions for each different category we currently offer.


FIRST TIME RACER: Specifically for riders who have NEVER participated in a mountain bike race before. This category is designed to let racers experience the adrenaline of the starting line, full speed competition, and leaving every bit of energy they have on the trail all while having the added comfort of knowing they are with other first timers. This group will follow the same course / procedures as the Cat 3 / Beginners and start after all other racers to reduce the stress of having other riders behind them.

BEGINNER / CATEGORY 3: Entry level racers who have competed in less than 10 mountain bike races total and placed TOP 3 no more than 3 times. Category (Cat) 3 riders can generally expect to race ONE LAP of an 8-12 mile single track course that takes 45 to 75 minutes based on rider skill and fitness. Any racer, who so chooses, may skip the beginner category to race Cat 2.

CLYDESDALE: Available only to Cat 3 male racers weighing over 230lbs. The Clydesdale’s are riders who truly test the limitations of equipment, mind, and body. Most riders who bump a tree will quickly find themselves laying in the dirt, but these extra manly marauders will likely be seen dragging the uprooted obstruction across the finish line without a scratch. Our goal for the Clyde category is to inspire heavy riders to take a chance on the starting line and make some like-minded friends in the pursuit of fitness and weight-loss.

ATHENA: Available only to Cat 3 female racers weighing over 180lbs. Similar to the men’s Clyde group, but these ladies bring some curvy panache to the course. Athena’s will get their own starting position among other female racers where they will make new friends on their path towards fitness and weight-loss.

INTERMEDIATE / CATEGORY 2: Once a rider advances beyond Cat 3, they will enter the wild and crazy world of Cat 2. Often considered the most competitive racing group, these riders will vary greatly in skill and fitness in their pursuit of Cat 1 worthiness. Mid-pack racers in this group may stay here indefinitely. To advance, each racer should place Top 5 at least five times in a field of 15 or more riders or win at least 3 times in a field of 15 or more. Do not let yourself become notorious for “sandbagging” by not “catting” up after you’ve received podium glory. Once you have proven you can hold your own, move up and take on the next challenge. Category 2 racers can generally expect to race TWO LAPS of an 8-12 mile single track course that takes 75 to 120 minutes based on rider skill and fitness.

EXPERT / CATEGORY 1: Let’s get down to business! Cat 1 racers are experienced and have dedicated serious time in the pursuit of bike racing. These racers are battling it out for bragging rights and CASH PRIZES! Once the race begins, these racers put on quite a show with their amazing speed and finesse of technical obstacles. All Cat 2 and 3 racers should find a good spectating area to watch and take notes. Cat 1 racers may stay here indefinitely or until receiving an official “Pro” designation. Cat 1 racers, under 50 years old, can generally expect to race THREE LAPS of an 8-12 mile single track course that takes 105 to 150 minutes based on rider skill and fitness. Cat 1 racers 50 and over will complete TWO LAPS of the same course.

PRO / OPEN: When all other categories fail to provide enough competition, racers may opt to race the OPEN category. Divided into male and female only, racers from 14-40 (all ages) often line up side by side for this all out drag race. There is no limit to who can enter… only how many can win! These individuals compete to take home much more significant CASH PRIZES than their Cat 1 counterparts. All OPEN category racers can generally expect to complete THREE LAPS of an 8-12 mile single track course. Gather around and watch in amazement as the limits of traction between rubber and dirt are put to the test.

 

ENDURO: The enduro format is a form of mountain bike racing where only downhill segments of the trail are timed. This allows you to relax on flat and uphill sections to truly test your handling skills going as fast as possible for the race stages. Sections of trail may be smooth and fast, others may be rocky, rooty, and technical. There is no specific type of trail for enduro racing, but the basic guideline is that you finish at a lower elevation than you started. The winner is determined by the cumulative time of all stages combined. For the DORBA enduro stages, we will race some sections of the trail in reverse to turn traditional uphills into new downhill sections just for this race. No stages will be marked for pre-ride and they will be announced at the racers meeting. Racers will pick up a timing module that must be strapped to their bikes and there will be designated "Start" and "Finish" signs on the trail. You are allowed to ride at any pace you prefer, rest, party, and start in any order, but once you cross the Start, your time will begin and will not stop until you cross the finish for each stage. It is up to each rider to safely navigate the trail and get to the next stage. All riders with have 2 hours to complete all stages.

 

SHORT TRACK: The short track format is form of mountain bike racing that limits the trail to a short(ish) 1-2 mile loop that will repeated for a fixed period of time plus 1-3 laps. As an example, a race may be 20 minutes plus 2 laps. That means that all racers will ride the course non-stop for 20 minutes and when the lead rider crosses the line at the 20 minute mark, a bell will be rung and racers will have 2 laps until the finish. This format of racing encourages riders to keep a high pace and stay together so that they may jockey for position when the final laps are called. 


*OFFICIAL DORBA RAINOUT POLICY: All of our racing events are created with the primary intent of raising revenue in support of our mission to promote the sport of mountain biking, land access, and advocacy in the North Texas area. Each racing event requires substantial investment and hundreds of hours in volunteer commitment. For these reasons and the financial viability of our organization, we cannot offer refunds or “event comps” due to acts of God. In the event of cancellation, DORBA will attempt to offer a make-up race on an established “rain date”. However, if this option is not available, we SINCERELY thank you for your donation as our organization could not function without your support.