So you love mountain biking and want to make a contest event. Are you unsure of where to get started or what to think about? Below you will find information on how to organize and market a mountain bike competition. It helps you get started and give you some information to consider. Here's what you need to think about.
1. Select a place to take a contest.
2. Get permission to drive at the desired location. You may consider contacting the landowner, the municipality and or the police. An oral approval for having the competition at the specified location may be due, but it is better to get it in writing.
3. Think about the competition:
The distance and or the length of the competition
Decide on the competition categories that you will offer.
Planning the start times for each group? Faster riders usually start before slower riders. Do you need medical support on site the day of the competition?
4. Try safe sponsors to help you keep your costs down and be prepared to offer sponsors something in return. As an example, you can put their logo on flyers, a banner or on a website etc.
5. Make a racing aircraft and distribute it to bike shops, schools and send it out via email. Also submit it to bike classified sites. Make sure the flyer contains:
Location and directions to the event
Categories and competition distance
Last possible time to register
6. Think about the other things:
How many volunteers do you need?
Order race number
Get water, Gatorade, food
Order start / end and or market banners
Work with law enforcement as needed
Prepare a press release that will be sent out 30 days in advance
Reserve extra equipment you need - table, awning, PA system etc.
7. Develop a worklist and train your volunteers. The more you communicate with your volunteers, the more organized your event will be. You can't do it yourself.
On the day of the competition stay calm and know what you need to do. Everyone is there to have fun so enjoy your day. When mountain bike race Don't forget to walk the track and make sure there is no debris on the track.