Short Course Series Info

Pilgrim Sands Trail Riders – Short Course Series 2017

Series Information

The Pilgrim Sands Short Course Series is intended to provide a fun, safe racing opportunity. All racers must be members of the Pilgrim Sands Trail Riders, membership available at Sign-in or elsewhere on this website.

The Short Courses are a hare scramble-type race that typically features a 2- 3 mile arrowed and ribboned course on woods trails that may also include a motocross track or a grass track depending on the venue. Each class runs two 40-minute heats, one in morning and one in the afternoon. Riders are assigned to classes based on a combination of their ability and what bike they ride (check at Sign-In if you’re not sure which class to run, more info below). Each class has its own row at the start (check the signs at the start line), and the front row goes off when the starter waves the green flag. Every 30 seconds after that, another row will be green-flagged. Forty minutes after the first row starts the checkered flag will come out at the finish line, symbolizing the end of the heat. The white flag, representing ‘one more lap’, will come out a few minutes before the end of the heat. Depending on when you come through the scoring area, you may or may not see a white flag. The results for each heat will be posted at the Sign-in tent about 15 minutes after the end of the heat.


Classes are based on a combination of a rider's ability and the motorcycle they are riding. Riders should enter the appropriate class based on their ability. In order to promote rider safety and fair competition, PSTR reserves the right to move a rider to a higher ability class at its discretion (sandbaggers beware).

  • Big Wheel - Age 9-17, 80-106cc two-stroke or up to 150cc four-stroke, front wheel of 19"
  • Mini - Age 7-17, 65-106cc two-stroke or up to 150cc four-stroke, wheels no larger than 17"
  • Women - Female rider on any motorcycle
  • Vintage - Any rider on a motorcycle 1979 or older
  • Evolution - Any rider on a motorcycle manufactured after 1979 and at least 25 years old
  • C Lite - Novice rider on a two-stroke 0-225cc or four-stroke 0-250cc
  • C 250 Smoker - Novice rider on a two-stroke 226-250cc
  • C Heavy - Novice rider on a two or four-stroke > 250cc
  • C Vet - Novice rider 30 years old or older
  • C Senior - Novice rider 40 years old or older
  • B Open - Intermediate rider on any bike
  • B Vet - Intermediate rider 30 years old or older
  • B Senior - Intermediate rider 40 years old or older
  • AA - Expert rider with AA status from other series
  • A All-Stars - Expert rider
  • A Senior - Expert rider 40 years old or older

Procedure

  • Go to the Sign In table, and fill out an event entry form. If you aren't a PSTR member, you will have to join ($40 for the calendar year).When you join PSTR, you will be issued a rider number and a transponder. Each class has its own range of rider numbers so be sure you fill out the entry form accurately.
  • Pay your entry fee ($35 or $45 depending on class). You will receive a paper bracelet to indicate you have entered and paid. You will receive helmet stickers with your riding number on them.
  • Put the bracelet on your wrist. Put the transponder on the underside of your helmet visor. Put your helmet stickers on the side and back of your helmet. Put your rider number on your front number plate (if you don't have numbers, you can obtain them at Sign-In or Tech Inspection).
  • Bring your bike and helmet to Tech Inspection (near Sign-In) where we'll check your numbers and check to ensure your transponder is functioning correctly. If you pass, you'll get a colored zip-tie which will grant you access to the Start Line area.
  • Get to the Start Line about 10 minutes before the scheduled Heat start.

Schedule (approximate)

  • Sign In - Opens at 8:30 a.m.
  • Heat 1 - Big Wheel, Mini, Women, Vintage/Evo - 9:00 a.m.
  • Heat 2 - All C classes - 10:00 a.m.
  • Heat 3 - All A and B classes - 11:00 a.m.
  • Heat 4 - Big Wheel, Mini, Women, Vintage/Evo - 12:00 a.m.
  • Heat 5 - All C classes - 1:00 a.m.
  • Heat 6 - All A and B classes - 2:00 p.m.

Heat/Wave Order

Heats Wave Order Class Numbers
1, 4 First Big Wheel 101-199
1, 4 Second Mini 201-299
1, 4 Third Women 601-699
1, 4 Fourth Vintage, Evolution 1-99
2, 5 First C Lite 1-99
2, 5 Second C 250 Smoker 101-199
2, 5 Third C Heavy 201-299
2, 5 Fourth C Vet 301-399
2, 5 Fifth C Senior 401-599
3, 6 First AA 501-599
3, 6 Second A - All Stars 601-699
3, 6 Third B Open 101-299
3, 6 Fourth B Vet 301-399
3, 6 Fifth A Senior 401-499
3, 6 Fifth B Senior 501-599


All events are scored electronically, using the PSTR transponders.

Within each class, the rider's placing in each heat contributes to their overall finish within the class, ties will be decided based on the finish in the second heat. Riders must complete at least one lap in either heat to earn Championship Points. Event results will be posted at the event, usually about 15 minutes after each heat. Results become final fifteen (15) minutes after they are posted after the second heat. The final event results will be posted on the PSTR website.

Series Championship

A year-end championship award is presented for each class. An additional award is presented for any class that has more than fifty total participants within a series year. Series standings are posted on the PSTR website and are updated after each event. Points toward the championship are awarded as follows:


1st  -  11
2nd  -  9
3rd  -  8
4th  -  7
5th  -  6
6th  -  5
7th  -  4
8th  -  3
9th  -  2
10th  -  1



  • A. Membership and Permission: All riders participating must be a member in good standing in the Pilgrim Sands Trail Riders (PSTR). If the rider is under the age of majority, he/she must bring a parent or legal guardian to Sign-In to sign a Minor Release Form.
  • B. Protective Equipment: All riders must wear an adequate safety helmet, proper eye protection, and heavy boots.
  • C. Entry Forms/Waiver of liability: All riders must fill out a PSTR entry form and sign a liability waiver.
  • D. Pit Racing: Persons riding hazardously (wheelies, riding faster than a walking pace, etc.) in the parking area will be disqualified and ejected from the event.
  • E. Leaving the Course: Riders must stay on the intended course as marked by arrows, course ribbon or fencing except when traversing double marked sections where the rider must remain between markers. A rider leaving the course can only continue in the meet by returning to the point where he left the course. A rider who has cut the course shall be disqualified.
  • F. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Any rider who exhibits unsportsmanlike conduct will be disqualified. This is in the sole discretion of the Trail Boss and the Event Referee.


  • A. Numbers: Riders must display their PSTR racing number on the front number plate (numbers must be at least 2”) and on their helmet.
  • B. Sound: There will be no formal sound test, but any motorcycle deemed obnoxiously loud by the Event Referee will be disqualified.

First Timer to the Short Courses?

You will need:

  • Parking Fee – varies by event location, check event flyer.
  • PSTR membership - $40.00 yearly single or family.
  • Cost of race – $45.00 for AA, A, B, C heats and $35.00 minis, big wheel and woman.

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