Commonly asked questions about the MICX Series
The MICX Series is free and all you have to do is race in as many of the MICX Series events as you'd like to accumulate points. The more races you do the more points you will earn.
If you race in more than one category at each event, we ask you pick an "A" race and a "B" race. Your "A" race is the race you should be racing in and your "B" race should be more competitive than you "A" race... so you are not winning or placing high in two categories.
Example - If your "A" race is "Novice Women" than your "B" race (2nd race) could be "Sport Women". Adding in single speed as a second race for the day is another good option.
We will score all 6 races and the top 10 in each category will get points. The more races you compete in the more points you will earn.
Selecting the category you want to race in is up to you. Here is a little more info to help all make sure they are racing in the correct category...
Cat refers to USAC Categories. Racers start off in Cat 5 (now referred to as Novice) and earn points to upgrade from season to season. Info on upgrading HERE.
Cyclocross age is based on your age as of 12/31 of the year in which the CX World Championships take place. Since all MICX Series races take place in the calendar year BEFORE the calendar year in which CX World Championships take place (usually end of January or early February) your CX age for all MICX Series events is your age as of 12/31 of the next calendar year. The formula is: CX Age = Current Year – Birthday Year + 1. This goes for everyone, Masters, Juniors, Women, etc.
A cyclocross bike looks very similar to a road bike, except cross bikes use
cantilever or disc brakes, a higher bottom bracket, and extra frame clearance for knobby tires. While we would prefer that everyone race on an actual cyclocross bike, the series does not restrict mountain bikes, flat bar bikes, or really anything that is safe and legal. Just get out there and have some fun!
You can always race a Single Speed in any category you want. And yes, you can zip-tie the shifters of a geared bicycle, as long as they are SRAM mechanical shifters only, eTap without the batteries.
There are no rules for Michigan cyclocross events but there are some recommendations to help keep a level playing field and embrace true cyclocross culture.