2021 NSORRA Hare Scramble Rule Book
Each year, the NSORRA race committee reviews the previous race season to improve our members’ experience and the series as a whole before revising the scramble rulebook.
2020 proved to be a challenge for everyone due to COVID, but it also saw a large increase in event attendance. These “stress tests” show us areas we need to address, to keep things running smoothly, efficiently, safe and fun. With a need to reorganize the classes for better balance, it was time for the rule book to be revisited and updated.
Rulebook like a Code of Conduct
The rule book is like a code of conduct that both NSORRA and race participants abide by, so it’s important that all members who participate in the race series be familiar with it.
This year we made significant changes around rider classification, class structure, and length of time the afternoon classes run. The new rider classes and race times have been adjusted in an effort to stabilize the classes and competition.
Number plates colours adjusted
We adjusted some of the bike number colour requirements (Super Mini and Expert/Pro class) which will be enforced going forward, for riders to be quickly identified on the course and start lines. This increases the speed at which we can get things organized and helps riders know who they’re racing while on the course and who to flag off at the end.
We assigned one number for one racer to eliminate the confusion created by duplicate numbers and changed the protest process, making it much more user-friendly. https://nsorra.ca/article/one-racer-one-number (Note: We are starting from scratch for bike numbers this season. Please email email@example.com to reserve your bike number.)
Our goal is to align the race series with how a traditional hare scramble is generally defined and run. It is something we will continue to improve upon as the series continues to evolve.
2021 NSORRA Hare Scramble Rulebook link:
Geoff Munt, who put together the 2021 rulebook and wrote this blog, grew up riding dirt bikes in the Annapolis Valley while camping with family and friends and racing in the local ice racing series held on the lakes around the city. He got away from dirt bikes not long after turning 16 and finally came back to them about seven years ago, which is when he tried his first hare scramble at South Alton. Not long after becoming an NSORRA member, Geoff served a two-year term on the board and has consulted and served on the race committee ever since. He is also an active sweeper at hare scramble events.