The Corporate Mountain Bike League has been created to provide a fair and meaningful basis on which mountain bikers of all ages, abilities and gender can compete on an equal basis, thereby providing each and every competitor/team a fair chance of winning each and every event in the League that they take part in, as well as the League as a whole! Add to this the opportunity of mixing and networking with like-minded people across the corporate and business sectors, combined with outstanding venues, breath-taking race courses and fantastic prizes, and you have something that every amateur mountain biker will aspire to.
Except for taking part in the Olympic format of lap racing on offer in the Provincial and National XC races, 90% of mountain bikers and cyclists never actually stand a chance of ever winning, or at best achieve a podium finish, of any race or funride that they may enter. Even if a rider wins a Provincial or a National XC race, he or she is only the champion of that age group. People of all age groups, gender and abilities compete in funrides (often only against themselves), and unless you’re a pro you will forever only be a funrider.
In golf a fair system was created very long ago, by which everyone taking part in an amateur event compete on an even basis, even if a pro player enters the particular day’s competition, thereby affording everyone a fair chance to win the competition. They call it a handicap system, and that’s exactly what we have created for mountain biking. Now fellow riders may ask you, “Hey Chris, what’s your MTB handicap?”, and you will be able to say 10 or 16. Sandy’s handicap may be 20, or even 6.
By looking at the factors that influence your performance on the bike, we have devised a unique formula that calculates your handicap. This is what we call your base handicap, and it gets adjusted for every particular course you may ride, resulting in your race handicap for the day. Therefore in the Corporate Mountain Bike League, the race handicap will put each and every rider on an equal footing with even the pro riders, enabling him/her to beat the best riders in each and every race.