December 2, 2017

Bike Rules

Welcome to the Louisiana Cross-Country Series!

Last updated: Jan.1 2017
Everything was updated!!

The purpose of the LACC Series is to provide a fun, competitive, family oriented off-road racing circuit for families to enjoy close to home.  Careful consideration will be placed on picking the best venues in the state with a focus on providing several interesting spectator areas.

Safety: An ambulance will be on site during events and general rescue routes laid out prior to the start of the event.  A sweep (cleanup) of the course will be conducted after each event.

Continual Improvement:  Series proceeds will be put back into the series for overall improvement.

 


1. Entry / Gate Fees

The entry fees at each event will be $40 for main event / $20 for early AM races (little kids, big kids, and women).  Gate fees will be $10 per person entering the race site on Friday/Saturday (racers and spectators) but subject to land owner requirements.  Kids 4 and under enter pit area free.  Cash and Checks accepted.  There will be no membership fees to race & earn championship points.

All racers will need to purchase a transponder at sign-up for $10 (can be used year after year).

Each participant and spectator will be required to sign a waiver:  “I agree to hold completely blameless Acadiana Racing LLC, land/track owners, and any officers thereof for any losses or injuries (including death) that may occur as a result of my participation in an LACC event.”  Annual requirement: BOTH parents to sign the minor’s release.

RIDE AND SPECTATE AT YOUR OWN RISK.


2. Class Structure, Starting Order, & Race Lengths

The class structure and starting order will be as follows:

 

ATV Races (Saturday)
LACC Class: Equivalent MX Classes: Equivalent Hare Scramble Classes: Rider Number Range:*
ATV Mini                 up to 90cc 2-stroke , 150cc 4-stroke 7-13 yrs old 101-200
ATV Beginner Mini Automatic clutch only 4-7 yrs old 201-300
ATV A 0-100
ATV B 101-200
ATV Utility 201-300

 

UTV Races (Saturday)
LACC Class: Equivalent MX Classes: Equivalent Hare Scramble Classes: Rider Number Range:*
UTV A 0-50
UTV B 51-100
UTV C 101-150
UTV 800cc 151-200
UTV Mini  No larger than 200cc 201-250

 

Pitbike Outlaw: no larger than 14″ rear wheel.     101-200
Pitbike: no larger than 110cc                              201-300
Kids/Women’s Race (Kids/Women Riders Meeting at 7:40 at the podium) (Sunday)
LACC Class: Equivalent MX Classes: Equivalent Hare Scramble Classes: Rider Number Range:*
PeeWee                   8:00-8:20 50cc 7-8 yrs old PeeWee 4-8 yrs old 851 – 900
Beginner PeeWee      8:00-8:20 50cc 4-6 yrs old Beg. PeeWee 4-6 yrs old 901 – 950
Kids Vet                   8:30-9:10 85cc 12-13 Kids Vet 10-13 yrs old 651 – 700
Women                    8:30-9:10 Women – open to any size bike Women – open to any size bike 701 – 750
Kids Int.                   8:30-9:10 65cc 7-9, 65cc Open Kids Int. 7-10 yrs old 751 – 800
Women 30+ Women 30+ Women 30+ 801-850

 

Main Event (Adult Rider’s Meeting at 10:30 at the podium) (Sunday)
Race starts at 11AM sharp
LACC Class: Equivalent MX Classes: Equivalent Hare Scramble Classes: Rider Number Range:*
XC1 Expert MX A, MX B AA, A Open, A 250 1 – 50
XC2 Expert Lites Lites A, Lites B A 200 51 – 100
XC40+ Expert40+ 101 -150
Senior A 40+ Vet 40 A/B, Vet 45 A/B, etc. (open to any big bike) 151 – 200
Intermediate Int. Lower end A riders 201 – 250
Novice MX C B Open, B 250 251 – 300
Novice Lites Lites C B 200 301 – 350
Jr. 13-16 (open to any big bike) (open to any big bike) 351 – 400
Senior B 40+ 40+ Int. / C 40+ B 401 – 450
Senior 50+A A level 50+ Classes A Level 50+ Classes 451 – 500
Senior 50+B B Level 50+ Classes B Level 50+ Classes 451 – 500
Senior 58+ 501 – 550
Beginner Open Beginner C Open, C 250 551 – 600
Beginner Lites 125 Beginner C 200 601 – 650
Beginner 40+ Beginner 40+ Beginner 40+, C Senior, etc.

651 – 700

*If you do not have permanent LACC Series numbers on your front number plate you will need to get a temporary one at sign-up. Make sure to cover with clear tape (laminates it) so the scoring crew can wipe off with towel. Each rider will be required to purchase a transponder which will carry the riders number and will be automatically entered into the computer when the rider passes through the scoring tent. The transponders will be the barcode sticker style and will need to be placed under each rider’s helmet visor. Riders who attempt to mount it elsewhere may not be scored correctly.

 

  1. Every racer (except UTV) including the kids/women will need to purchase their transponder at sign-up for $10.00 (can be used year after year).
  2. White sticker labels with bold black numbers will be issued to whoever doesn’t have permanent numbers – this is mandatory and used for backup. Two stickers will be issued, one for the FRONT number plate and one for the LEFT side of the bike when the rider is sitting on it.

Permanent backgrounds/numbers are recommended but make sure the number is within the range listed above & contact us to make sure another rider hasn’t already reserved it. Here are the suggested colors (not required, just recommended):
XC1 Expert Class: Red Background / White Numbers
XC2 Expert Lites Class: Green Background / White Numbers
XC 40+: Yellow backgrounds / Black numbers
All Lites Classes: Black backgrounds / White numbers
All Big Bike Classes: White Background / Black Numbers


Class Definitions, Guidelines, & General Rules

General Rules:

Every rider must attend the riders meeting.

No white flag is used; the checkered flag will be raised at exactly 20 minutes for the ATV Mini race and “Little Kids” moto, exactly 40 minutes for the Big Kids/Women, 1 hour for the ATV and UTV races, and exactly 1.5 hours for the main event…regardless of who is passing through the tent. Elapsed race time is shown on the flat screen monitor in the scoring tent (look up and to your left). A race may be ended early if ground conditions are bad. For those riders who will need to stop for gas, a designated gas area will be marked. Riders will not be allowed to gas outside this designated area.

An Acadiana Racing official has the authority to stop or re-route the course for any reason (impassable mud bog, ambulance access, etc.). Riders not respecting this will be penalized, penalty to be determined by and LACC staff member.

No changing of motorcycles during an event. Bike/ATV/UTV must accompany rider/driver through scoring.

Motorcycles in the Lites classes must be 250cc four stroke, 200 two stroke, or smaller (except in the XC2 class 250cc two strokes will be allowed). Motorcycles in the open classes must be larger than 250cc four stroke and 200 two stroke. 250 four strokes are not allowed in the open classes – must be entered into a lites class (or age class). [Exception: National Pro riders on a Lites bike can race in the XC1 class, must have completed a full season in a national event as a pro rider.]

Jumping the start: A rider who false starts must stop, put both feet on the ground, and wait for the rest of the line to    take off before leaving the start. If he/she does not stop, 5 minutes will be added to his/her total time of the event.

Marking your starting position: Orange cones will be placed to mark each class’s starting line. Once the main starting area is clearly marked ATV riders can mark their spots as early as Friday night (make sure to leave enough room between stands to accommodate an ATV). UTV can mark their spots as early as bike practice is flagged off (make sure to leave enough room in between stands to accommodate an UTV).  All bikes can mark their spots as early as racing is done on Saturday, with the exception of a race going trough the start area on Sunday morning.  Stands should be placed just to the left of where your bike will be; make sure to leave room for all handlebars. This is certainly not required; riders may ride up to the start line just before the start and find an available starting position.

Participants may practice on the race courses up to seven days prior to race weekend with land owners permission, excluding the rounds staged at public motocross tracks.
Race Weekend: Riders will be allowed to practice on the motocross track and portion of the trail only on the Saturday before the race at Acadiana Racings normal practice fee. Unless you have land-owner permission stay off of courses that are staged on private land before and after race weekend. During the event spectators are encouraged to spread out & watch the race but must stay off the course at all times.

He/she must ride 5 of the events to qualify for year-end awards.

Year-end ties will be broken by whichever rider has the highest quantity of 1st place finishes, then 2nd’s, and so on. If there is still a tie the rider who finished better at the last round will win the year-end award.

A rider must complete one lap and pass through the scoring tent at least once to obtain year-end points – anything less is considered a DNF (no points toward year-end finish).

Exhaust: Riders are not required to have spark arrestors; all events are on private land.

Noise Control: There will be quiet hours at all LACC campgrounds from 9PM until 6AM. No bikes will be cranked or ridden, no loud and offending behavior, etc. during this time. No running bikes at or near the riders meeting.

No pit racing at any time, speed through campground is limited to 1st gear or 10mph – whichever is slower.

Acadiana Racing will make sure to provide at least two port-o-lets at each event but make sure to bring your own toilet paper for backup.

Protests must be made during the 10 minute protest period before trophies are given out.

Riders who finish in the Top 15 overall can run their overall number the following year, regardless of which Expert class they’re in.  For ATVs and UTVs Top 5 overall can run their overall number the following year, regardless of which class they are in. All others are first come first serve (numbers are wiped clean for each new year).

Once the overall leader gets the checkered flag at the end of the race all other riders will have 30 minutes to complete their final lap. At the 30 minute mark the scoring will be shut down to prepare for the trophy presentation.

Parents are not allowed to follow their child on the race course – we will assign this task to bonus-point workers who will help every child that falls.

Bonus point workers helping with this should stay out of the way of other kids coming through.

All Children 12 years or younger must wear a helmet at all times.

A rider’s age on January 1st will determine his/her age for the year. A rider may voluntarily move up to the next higher age class.


Class Definitions:

The following class definitions and guidelines are intended to minimize “sandbagging”. All participants should be honest when choosing a class. When in doubt enter into the more difficult class, it will help you in the long run. This will be fair to all racers and will help the series grow, which in turn will allow for more classes to be formed / more trophies to be given out.

Kids/Women Class:

  1. PeeWee Class:
    Participants will be of ages 4-8 years old. They may ride any mini-cycle with an engine displacement no larger than 50cc.
  2. Beginner PeeWee Class:
    Participants will be of ages 4-6 years old. They may ride a mini-cycle with an engine displacement no larger than 50cc with automatic clutches. This class is intended for the smallest of riders and as a guideline the seat height may not be taller than 22″ inches (in the mini-cycle’s original form). Engine modifications may not be made to enhance performance. Approved Beginner PeeWee bikes:
    Yamaha PW50, Suzuki JR50, Kawasaki KDX50, Honda 50 and KTM Mini
  3. Kids Vet Class:
    Participants will be of ages 10-13 years old. They may ride any mini-cycle with an engine displacement from 65cc – 105cc two stroke, and up to 150cc four stroke. Wheel sizes must be no smaller than 12″ rear / 14″ front and no larger than 16″ rear / 19″ front.
  4. Women’s Class:
    Participants will be female and must be at least 8 years old.  They can race any size bike.  Experienced women racers on big bikes are encouraged to compete in the 11:00am main event.
  5. Kids Intermediate Class:
    Participants will be of ages 7-10 years old. They may ride any mini-cycle with an engine displacement no larger than 85cc, small wheels only (no larger than 14 inch rear and 17 inch front). This class will also include 125cc four strokes.
  6. Women’s 30+ Class:                                                                                                                                  Participants must be female and at least 30 years old. They can race any size bike.  Experienced women racers on big bikes are encouraged to compete in the 11:00am main event.

General Rules for Kids Classes:

  1. The rider must be large enough and mature enough to control his/her bike at all times and ride it safely: including starting, stopping, mounting, dismounting, and putting one foot down.
  2. No training wheels allowed.

              Main Event:

  1. XC1 Class:  Open to any age.  Open to any bike size.

(Top 15 overall must race in XC1, XC2, or XC40+.)

  1. XC2 Class:  Open to any age.  Bike size must be no larger than a 250cc 4-stroke and 250cc 2-stroke.

             (Top 15 overall must race in XC1, XC2, or XC40+.) 

  1. XC40+: Must be at least 40 years old and an expert rider.  Open to any bike size.

             (Top 15 overall must race in XC1, XC2, or XC40+.)

  1. Senior A:  Must be at least 40 years old.  Open to any bike size.
  2.   Intermediate: Open to any age and bike size.
  3. Novice: Open to any age.  Bike size must larger than 250cc 4-stroke or larger than a 200cc 2-stroke. 
  4. Novice Lites: Open to any age. Bike size must be a 250cc 4-stroke or smaller or a 200cc 2-stroke or smaller.
  5. Junior 13-16: Must be between the ages of 13 and 16.  Open to any bike size.
  6. Senior B: Must be at least 40 years old.  Open to any bike size.
  7. Senior 50+: Must be at least 50 years old.  Open to any bike size.
  8. Senior 58+: Must be at least 58 years old.  Open to any bike size.
  9. Beginner:   Open to any age.  Bike size must be larger than a 250cc 4-stroke or larger than a 200cc 2-stroke.
  10. Beginner Lites:   Open to any age. Bike size must be a 250cc 4-stroke or smaller or a 200cc 2-stroke or smaller.
  11. Beginner 40+:  Must be at least 40 years old.  Open to any bike size.

   

          UTV:                                                        

  1. UTV A:    Must have a valid drivers license to drive, and must be at least 12 years old to ride. 

        Open to any size UTV. Pro/Expert driver. (Exception NO Nitrous)

  1. UTV B:    Must have a valid drivers license to drive, and must be at least 12 years old to ride. 

        Open to any size UTV, (Exception NO Nitrous) Intermediate/Novice driver.

  1. UTV C:   Must have a valid drivers license to drive, and must be at least 12 years old to ride.         

        Open to any size UTV (Exception NO Turbos and No Nitrous) Novice/Beginner driver. 

  1. UTV 800cc: Must have a valid drivers license to drive, and must be at least 12 years old to ride.

              No larger than 800cc is allowed, No turbos and No nitrous.

  1. UTV Mini: No larger than 200cc. 50inch max width. 4 to 13 yrs old.

           Must have a parent in the passenger seat at all times.

            

        All utv’s subject to inspection before, during or after all competitions and can be disqualified for any infraction.

      General Rules for UTVs: 

 NEW RULE: At minimum 4-point harness are required. All starts are dead engine.

  1. There are 10 races and you get one drop and you must race 5 races to qualify for year end awards.
  2. The race is one hour long.
  3. Only side by sides are allowed, no more than two riders per UTV, must be 16 years of age to drive and 12 to ride, must have door nets or regular doors, helmets and fire extinguishers are required.
  4. Transponders are required,  A one time purchase of $10.00.
  5. No aggressive mud tires allowed. 

            ATV:

  1. ATV Mini:  Up to 90cc 2-stroke, and 150cc 4-stroke.  Up to 13 years old. 

               ATV Beginner Mini: Automatic clutch only.

  1. ATV A: Open to any size ATV.  Must be at least 10 years old.  A to Expert skill level riders.
  2. ATV B: Open to any size ATV. Must be at least 10 years old.  C to B skill level riders.   

               ATV Utility: Must be 4×4, any size cc.

ATV General Rules:

  1. This is a 10 race season there will be 1 drop, and you must race at least 5 races for year end awards.
  2. The race is one hour long and It will be a dead engine start.
  3. We will be using transponders to score.
  4. No ATVs allowed on course except for practice and race.

Pit Bike (if applicable):   (Air cooled engines only)

  1. Pitbike Outlaw: Must be at least six years to race. Rear wheel size no larger than 16inches on trail bikes(XR, TTR).

               Pitbike: No larger than 110cc.

Pit Bike General Rules:

  1. We are having a 10 race series with 1 drop. You must race five races to receive an award at the year end banquet.
  2. We will be using transponders for scoring so everyone can see there lap times and results for the year. You will be        required to have a transponder to race.
  3. Racing will take place on Saturday of the event at either 3:00pm or 4:00pm depending on time of the year.
  4.  Everyone will be allowed one site lap right before the race.

            The race will be 20 minutes long on roughly a mile long course consisting of some MX track, trail and grass track.


4. Course Markings, Flags, & Track Length

Course Markings:
The courses will be marked using a combination of arrows stapled to trees and ribbon.  Throughout the season different color arrows may be used (see below).  Danger areas will be marked with an X; riders should slow down and proceed with caution.  Dangers may include but are not limited to holes, rocks, roots, ruts, logs, road-crossings, fences, concrete, steep hills, drop-offs, creeks, man-made obstacles, odd jumps, etc.  EVERY danger may not be marked; roots become exposed during the event, etc.  Ride with caution throughout the entire race and not beyond your skill level.  Incorrect trail turn-offs will be marked with a W (which means wrong way).

Continue on trail ahead
Veer right
Turn hard right

“Pre-turn” arrows are used to give a warning that a turn is coming up (typically used on high-speed fire roads or jeep trails).  Two arrows together are then placed at the actual turn.

The pre-turn arrows below will be placed where riders should start slowing down:

 

Double turn arrows will be placed at the actual turn (again, only used when turning off a high-speed section onto a hard-to-see small trail):

 

Various color arrows may be used, make sure to attend the riders meeting at each event:

Example ribboned off section – riders caught passing through,
over, or under ribbon will be disqualified.

 

Double Arrows:
Occasionally in open areas “double arrows” will be used (arrow on left and arrow on right side of course – both pointing straight ahead, usually stapled to stakes). Riders must stay between these arrows. Riders caught outside of the double arrows will be disqualified.

Single Arrows:

When there is a single arrow riders must stay within ten feet of the arrow.

Flags:
A green flag will be used to start the riders, white flag used to signify one lap remaining, and black/white checkered flag used for the finish. A black flag will be used to stop a rider so an official can talk to the person, this doesn’t necessarily mean disqualification, but failure to stop can result in disqualification.

Track Length:
The track lengths will vary but will be around 5 miles long (including MX tracks). UTV and ATV course will average 3 to 4 miles long. Careful consideration will be placed on picking the best venues in the state with a focus on providing several interesting spectator areas.


5. Rider Advancement

Note: If you feel you should advance to the next higher class but the advancement rules don’t force you to – please do so anyway, we encourage riders to challenge themselves.

A. Any rider with a year-end finish of Top 15 Overall or better must ride in an Expert class (XC1, XC2, or XC 40+).

B. The top 1 in every Beginner class must move up to a Novice class.

C. The top 1 year-end finisher in the Senior B class must move up to the Senior A class.

D. The top 1 year-end finishers in the Novice and Nov. Lites classes must move up the Intermediate class.

E. The top 1 year end finisher in intermediate must move up to an expert class.

F. You can drop down a class only if you have raced less than 5 races in one season within two years.


6. Scoring, Series Points, & Annual Banquet

Scoring:
An electronic scoring system (MotoTally) will be used so each rider will be required to purchase ($10) a transponder. Riders can pick their numbers or numbers will be assigned during sign-up. The quantity of laps and finishing order will be used to determine class results. Read section 2 above for more detailed information.

Series Points:
Class points will be accumulated throughout the season & can be found on www.AcadianaRacing.com. The Overall Top Ten competitors will be recognized and awards given at the year-end banquet. The following points system will be used for each class:

Place in Class Points Received Place Points Place Points Place Points
1 25 6 15 11 10 16 5
2 22 7 14 12 9 17 4
3 20 8 13 13 8 18 3
4 18 9 12 14 7 19 2
5 16 10 11 15 6 20 1
(riders will not get points toward year-end finish for placing 21st or higher but attendance will count toward the 5 races required for year-end trophy)

The following points system will be used for “Overall”:

Place Overall Points Received Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points
1 50 10 36 19 27 28 18 37 9
2 47 11 35 20 26 29 17 38  8
3 45 12 34 21 25 30 16 39  7
4 43 13 33 22 24 31 15 40  6
5 41 14 32 23 23 32 14 41 5
6 40 15 31 24 22 33 13 42 4
7 39 16 30 25 21 34 12 43 3
8 38 17 29 26 20 35 11 44 2
9 37 18 28 27 19 36 10 45 1
(riders will not get points toward year-end finish for placing 46th or higher but attendance will count toward the 5 races required for year-end trophy)

 

 

 

*Year-end ties will be broken by counting the qty of 1st place finishes, then if necessary 2nd place finishes, and so on until the tie is broken. If tie is not broken whoever wins last race wins the championship.[work points considered as a 1st place]

Work Points:
Main event participants, UTV and ATV participants,

will be given the option of working one of the ten rounds for bonus points. Overall: 60 points for race weekend and one day prior. Class: 35 points for race weekend and one day prior.

Work requirements: You must work race weekend and one day prior to race weekend. (subject to change if the event staff needs more help at another round – send in early!).

You must show up race weekend 7am Saturday morning sharp until everything is picked up Sunday afternoon.
Workers must be punctual and show good work ethics to receive bonus points. Racers who would like to work must commit by the Monday following Round 1. You must come prepared with machete or pruning shears, a bike to get around on, a hammer, etc.

 

EXCETPTION:  If you get injured or have an extreme emergency during the year, and have not worked yet you will be allowed to switch work weekends.

Annual Banquet:
An annual banquet will take place in Opolousas, LA at Evangeline Downs Awards will be given out to recognize riders eligible for year-end awards (Bike riders must race at least 5 events and UTV/ATV riders must race 5 events to be eligible for year-end awards). The top 3 overall main event riders, Top 3 UTV and Top 3 ATV will be asked to bring their race bikes prep’d for the next season with new free-issued backgrounds.


7. Qty of Races / Drops

The LACC series will consist of 10 races per year. The rider’s worst races will be dropped, so only 9 will count toward year-end awards. During future LACC seasons better venues may be added / existing venues taken off the schedule, but 10 races will always make up the series. This should allow for continuous improvement.


8. Trophies / Purse Money

Trophies:
Trophies will be given out at each event: top 3 in each class and sometimes back to 5th. Year-end trophies will also be given out at the annual banquet: a special overall champion trophy, #1 plates for class champions, top 5 in each class, top 10 overall, and other misc. awards/recognition.

Purse Money:
A goal of Acadiana Racing is to give series proceeds back to the racers. Expert level classes will be rewarded with purse money at each round: $250 for 1st overall, $150 2nd overall, and $100 3rd overall. Additional purse money may be added during the season for various classes.


9. Penalties, Disqualification, & Conduct

The success of the LACC series depends on participants (& spectators) following the rules, showing sportsmanship, and conducting themselves in a professional manner. Cutting the course, fighting, foul language, and other unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated. Repeated or extreme cases may result in the banning of that person from participating in the LACC series (will be determined by Acadiana Racing official). Lower level classes will most likely be lapped by some Expert riders; please pay attention when these riders are passing and allow them to get by cleanly.

Cutting the course – Depending on the situation rider will either be disqualified or deducted time from that event. If rider is disqualified (rider will not get points toward year-end finish). This includes double arrows, see section 4.

Jumping the start: A rider who false starts must stop, put both feet on the ground, and wait for the rest of the line to take off   before leaving the start. If he/she does not stop, 5 minutes will be added to his/her total time of the event.

Course re-route – An Acadiana Racing official has the authority to stop or reroute the course for any reason (impassable mud bog, ambulance access, etc.). Riders not respecting this will be disqualified.

Confirming # at check – Some courses will include an observation check at the far end of the track to ensure riders are not cutting. It is the rider’s responsibility to yell his/her number to the official(s). If the rider does not slow down enough for the official to get his/her number the rider will not get credit for that lap.

Practice- you must ride your correct practice- NO Exceptions. If you don’t ride the appropriate practice or multiple practices you will be flagged off, and not allowed to race on Sunday. You will be allowed to get your race fee back. PeeWees are the only two classes that will be allowed to have one parent per child ride with them during practice.

No motorized vehicles on the course at anytime
(this includes MX tracks, grass tracks, and trails.)- NO Exceptions. If caught, you won’t be allowed to ride anything motorized the rest of the weekend, again you will be allowed to get your race fee back.
While Racing –

If you are caught breaking through a ribbon and don’t turn around and go back to exactly where you broke it, a minimum 1 minute will be added to your total time. If a ribbon is down, but the arrows are still up and you can still visibly see the race trail, and you still take the wrong trail, a minimum 1 minute will be added to your total time. Even if, 50 racers do it and your the only one caught.


LACC staff reserves the right to change or modify any rule at any time, visit acadaracing.com for updates on rules changes.

If you would like to see a rule added or changed, please send in your thoughts. The LA Cross-Country series is promoted by Acadiana Racing LLC. (337) 224-0829. info@AcadianaRacing.com.