Race Series Info

Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series (CCORS) is an annual Cross-Country Mountain Bike Race Series in eastern North and South Carolina.

CCORS race venues consist of 6 unique trail systems throughout Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina.

CCORS offers a full menu of race Categories catered to suit ALL types of competitive off-road cyclists, no matter your fitness/experience level, age or gender.

CCORS is a volunteer-run partnership of four (4) regional Cycling Clubs. All money raised from race entry fees goes directly back to the host club of each race venue. This model provisions each Host Club with the financial means to continue maintaining and improving their local trail systems and furthermore, enriching their respective cycling communities.

CCORS objectives are simple:

  • Make quality mountain bike racing available to riders in Eastern North/South Carolina
  • Enrich and promote locally managed trail systems and cycling communities within our region
  • Provide exposure for bike-friendly businesses throughout the region.

CCORS found its genesis in a small localized race series  based in Jacksonville, NC in 1999. In the years following, it has exploded  into a regional phenomenon  growing in parallel w/ Coastal Carolina’s ever-expanding off-road cycling community. Race venues now range from as far north as Greenville, NC to as far south as Myrtle Beach, SC and all points in-between.

CCORS Host Clubs are:
ec-velo
Cape Fear SORBA
Wilmington, NC
East Carolina Velo
Greenville, NC
Down East Cyclists
Jacksonville, NC
Myrtle Beach Area Mountain Biking Association
Myrtle Beach, SC
Category Approx MileageEntry Fee
 CAT 1 (OPEN)~18-21 Miles$35
 CAT 2: 18-39, 40-49, 50+, Single Speed (OPEN)~18-21 Miles$35
CAT 3: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+~12-14 Miles$35
YOUTH (Middle School)~6-7 Miles$20
YOUTH (High School)~12-14 Miles$20
First Timer: Men, Women ~6-7 Miles$20
   

Mileage is approximated can vary between race venues.

“OPEN” indicates an open age Category, i.e. no age restrictions.

 

Registration / Pre Reg Check-In Closes @ 12:30pm
All races start @ 1:00 pm

Online Pre-Registration is available.

Day-of registration is open 11 am-12:30 pm on race day at the race venue

Cash or check made to host club only please

Small bills or exact change appreciated

NO CREDIT CARDS PLEASE

See Race Category Options for full race entry fee schedule

 
Awards

Only CAT 1 OPEN  will payout CASH to qualifying finishers , see Payout Schedule below

CAT 2, CAT 3 and YOUTH qualifiers will receive AWARD CERTIFICATES, see PAYOUT SCHEDULE below

AWARD CERTIFICATES can be redeemed at any participating bicycle shops or retail vendors.

Participating vendors will be listed on the AWARD CERTIFICATES.

AWARD CERTIFICATES EXPIRE on June 30th of the year they were issued. That means they must be redeemed at a participating vendor BEFORE July 1st. Expired award certificates will not be honored.

First Timer’s Men and First Timer’s Woman receive MEDALS

There is NO overall series competition for First Timers Men and First Timers Women Categories

Maximum of  3 awards for each First Timers Category per race

PAYOUT SCHEDULE: 

The number of prizes for each CAT 1, CAT 2, CAT 3 & YOUTH Category will be determined by the following PAYOUT SCHEDULE:

  • < 2 Riders: No award 
  • < 3 riders: 1 award (1st place)
  • 3-4 riders: 2 awards (1st and 2nd place)
  • 5-15 riders: 3 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd Place)
  • > 15 riders: 4 awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place)
Individual Race AwardsMethod1st2nd3rd4th
CAT 1$$50$40$30$25
CAT 2 AC$40$35$30$20
CAT 3 AC$30$27$25$15
YOUTHAC$15$12$10$5
First TimersMEDALS

$= CASH | AC= Award Certificate

Overall Series AwardsMethod1st2nd3rd
CAT 1 $TBDTBDTBD
CAT 2ACTBDTBDTBD
CAT 3ACTBDTBDTBD
YOUTHACTBDTBDTBD
First Timers N/A

$= CASH | AC= Award Certificate

General Series Information
  • Cash awards for CAT 1 OPEN Individual Races and Overall Series championship
  • Award Certificate for CAT 2, CAT 3 & Youth Individual Races and Overall Series championship
  • The number of awards for each Category will be determined by the following Payout Schedule:
    • < 3 riders: 1 award
    • 3-4 riders: 2 awards
    • 5-15: 3 awards
    • > 15 riders: 4 awards
  • Top three (3) First Timers Men and First Timers Women podium finishers get Medals.
    • A 1st place finish in First Timer category results in automatic upgrade for next race to at least CAT 3 category. See CCORS Mandatory Upgrade Policy
    • Maximum of  3 awards for each First Timers Category per race
  • No racing license required.
  • Keep up to date with news at our CCORS Facebook page
  • New race Schedule is announced in late November/early December
  • NO MOTORIZED or ELECTRIC-ASSIST  BICYCLES 

Mandatory Upgrade Policy

CCORS enforces a results-based Mandatory Upgrade Policy (MUP) that applies to some but not all race Categories.

The CCORS Mandatory Upgrade policy, or MUP, is not unilateral and may vary between categories. The goal of implementing a MUP is to encourage fair competition amongst all competitors. An “upgrade”, simply put, is when a racer transitions from one Category to a more challenging Category.

If a racer meets MUP criteria, their upgrade will be enacted at the beginning of the following CCORS Race Season (next year) and will be enforced the entire duration of that season.

There are special circumstances that nullify a mandatory upgrade instance. CCORS reserves discretionary rights to overrule, amend or redact any existing upgrade policy stipulation if and when the situation calls for such an action.

There may be circumstances where a mandatory upgrade is not in the best interest of a rider. Please contact us if you would like to be considered for an exemption to an impending mandatory upgrade.

First Timers, All Categories
  • First Timers Men and First Timers Women MUP criteria:
    • A single 1st place finish in any First Timer category race results in a mandatory upgrade to CAT 3 or higher for the remainder of the season.
CAT 3- ALL *
  • CAT 3 MUP Criteria
    • Racer won the overall Series Championship in a CAT 3 Category
    • Racer placed 1st in THREE (3) (or more) CAT 3 races MUST upgrade the following year
  • Examples of a CAT 3 upgrade
    • Moving to a category that races a longer distance
      •  i.e. CAT 3 40-49 move to CAT 2 40-49
    • Moving to a younger CAT 3 Category
      • i.e. CAT 3 40-49 move to CAT 3 30-39
  • *Exemptions and exceptions:
    • CAT 3 exempt from mandatory upgrade are
      • CAT 3 50+
      • CAT 3 Women OPEN
    • If a racer is aged 50 or above they are exempt from the CAT 3 Mandatory Policy
    • If a racer competed in CAT 2 the previous year as a result of a mandatory upgrade from CAT 3 and did not podium for any individual race in CAT 2, you are allowed to downgrade back to CAT 3 the following year.
CAT 2- ALL
  • CAT 3 Mandatory Upgrade Policy DOES NOT apply to Cat 2
  • Upgrade from CAT 2 to CAT 1 is left to the discretion of the racer and in special cases, CCORS Race Organization.
  • Retroactive; racers who would have been required to upgrade from CAT 2 to CAT 1 based on previous results will NO LONGER BE REQUIRED TO DO SO.

*CAT 2 Upgrade policy is subject to the discretion of CCORS Race Organization. Race Organizers reserve the right to require a race participant to upgrade from any given CAT 2 Category to a more challenging/competitive Category.

 The following  are NOT subject to MUPs:
  • CAT 1
  • Youth
  • Racer Age 50+
  • Cat 3 Women

Points System
All Categories
 PLACEPoints PLACEPoints
1st30 9th14
2nd28 10th12
3rd26 11th10
4th24 12th8
5th22 13th6
6th20 14th4
7th18 15th2
8th16 16th or lower (including DNF)1

* To get a DNF in a particular race (Did Not Finish), a rider must START a race

Series podiums
  • In order to place on the series podium, a rider must start at least 5 races in a given category (you do not need to finish 5 races, i.e. you can DNF and still place).
  • Best 5 finishes are used to calculate overall series points.
  • Overall ties will be resolved based on next best place in 6th race, then the 7th race, and then (as necessary) by head-to-head race placing.
  • Any Category that does not have at least 3 riders competing in at least 5 races may be determined ineligible for overall series prizes.

Race Age

“Race Age” is defined as the racer’s age on 12/31 of the race year.

“Race Age” is used for placement age-based Categories.

Racers are allowed to race in Categories where the race age is lower than their actual race age.
e.g.  a 50-year-old racer is allowed to enter a 30-39 category

“OPEN” indicates an open age Category, i.e. no age restrictions.