Rules and FAQ

Rules are determined by the promoters, so be sure to check their rule book before each race. See the following:

Points

Points will be awarded to the top 30 in each IMBA National Enduro Series category (Pro Men, Pro Women, U21 Men, U21 Women, Masters 40+ Men and Masters 40+ Women). The Pro categories are self-explanatory (register for Pro and you’ll be awarded points as Pro). Points for the U21 categories will be awarded by sorting the overall time of all riders under the age of 21 who competed in the highest amateur category (generally Expert). Same is true for the Masters 40+ categories (all riders 40 and older who raced the highest amateur category).

Result Points Result Points Result Points
1st 300 11th 81 21st 28
2nd 250 12th 73 22nd 24
3rd 215 13th 66 23rd 20
4th 185 14th 60 24th 17
5th 160 15th 55 25th 14
6th 140 16th 50 26th 11
7th 125 17th 45 27th 8
8th 112 18th 40 28th 6
9th 100 19th 36 29th 4
10th 90 20th 32 30th 2

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the IMBA National Enduro Series categories?
Pro Men, Pro Women, U21 Men, U21 Women, Masters 40+ Men and Masters 40+ Women
Who gets a Pro ranking?
Only racers who have registered for the Pro class will be included in the Pro ranking.
Who gets a U21 ranking?
Only racers who are under 21 (20 or younger) as of December 31st of this year who register for the most competitive amateur category (Expert). The one exception is the Northstar event where U21 riders from both the Expert and Open classes will be ranked (based on time).
Who gets a 40+ ranking?
Only racers who are 40 or older as of December 31st of this year who register for the most competitive amateur category (Expert). The one exception is the Northstar event where 40+ riders from both the Expert and Open classes will be ranked (based on time).
Can I participate if I don’t race in one of those categories?
For sure! Each of these races is a standalone event (or part of their own series) in addition to being part of the IMBA National Enduro Series. So anyone can race, but only people racing in IMBA NES categories will be eligible for a series overall ranking.
Is there a minimum number of races I need to attend to get an IMBA National Enduro Series ranking?
No. As long as you are racing in one of the series categories (Pro Men, Pro Women, U21 Men, U21 Women, Masters 40+ Men or Masters 40+ Women) you will automatically receive points for any top-30 finish at any of the IMBA National Enduro Series rounds and will be included in the series overall ranking.
Do I need a license to get an IMBA National Enduro Series ranking?
No. As long as you are racing in one of the series categories (Pro Men, Pro Women, U21 Men, U21 Women, Masters 40+ Men or Masters 40+ Women) you will automatically receive points for a top-30 finish at any of the IMBA National Enduro Series rounds. You do need a license to get EWS Qualifier points though (see the next question).
How do I get EWS Qualifier points?
To qualify for EWS Qualifier points, you must purchase an EMBA license BEFORE the race. You can do so here: EMBA License
Can I drop a race?
Yes, series results will be based on a rider’s top five race results.
What happens if there’s a points tie in the overall?
In the case of a points tie for the overall, the rider with the better result from the most recent race will be considered the winner.
Who chooses the race courses?
Each individual promoter chooses their own courses.
How is the IMBA National Enduro Series different from the NAET?
The IMBA National Enduro Series is a national enduro series, including only races within the United States (international racers are, of course, welcome to join in on the fun). The goal is to crown a U.S. national series champion. The NAET is a continental series and includes races in Canada and Mexico.
How do I register?
Registration opens at different times, based on the individual promoters. Once registration is open, the schedule page will include a link. We’ll also be letting you know on social media when registration is coming up, so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Do I have to qualify to race Round 5 (National Championships)?
No, anyone can compete at USA Cycling National Championships provided they are a U.S. Citizen and have an annual USA Cycling license (see next question).
Do I need an annual USA Cycling license to race Round 5 (National Championships)?
Yes. However, USA Cycling has offered a $40 discount on the race entry fee for racers who are following the IMBA National Enduro Series. This will help offset the cost of an annual license. Contact info@nationalenduroseries.com for details.
How are points awarded?
Points are awarded to the top 30 finishers in each IMBA National Enduro Series category: Pro Men, Pro Women, U21 Men, U21 Women, Masters 40+ Men and Masters 40+ Women. The point breakdown is as follows:

Result Points Result Points Result Points
1st 300 11th 81 21st 28
2nd 250 12th 73 22nd 24
3rd 215 13th 66 23rd 20
4th 185 14th 60 24th 17
5th 160 15th 55 25th 14
6th 140 16th 50 26th 11
7th 125 17th 45 27th 8
8th 112 18th 40 28th 6
9th 100 19th 36 29th 4
10th 90 20th 32 30th 2
Why this points system?
Check out this page for more details on the points system.
What’s the Pro payout?
The top three Pro Men and Pro Women in the series overall will receive payout as follows:
1st – $3,000
2nd – $2,000
3rd – $1,000
This is in addition to the pro payout of each round, which is determined by the individual promoter.
Racers must attend the series finals to qualify for a check.
If I’m in the top-three, do I have to attend the finals to get a check?
Yes. While you will still get an overall ranking, you will not get a check unless you attend the series finals. You don’t have to race (if, for example, you are injured) but you do have to attend the award ceremony.