The series is run over 5 weekends every season. The first 4 weekends hold 2 seperate provincial cup events, one on Saturday and one on Sunday for a total of 8 provincial series races. The final weekend holds the series final (often refered to as "grands") on Saturday. Anyone with a full UCI race license can race any of the provincials including the final. You do not have to "qualify" to race.
What does require qualification is the year-end series ranking and awards. In order to qualify for a ranking in your class and a series award you must compete in 4 individual provincial races PLUS race the final for a total of 5 races. If you race more than 4 individual races in the series leading up to the finals (you have up to 8 race opportunities), only your BEST 4 plus the final are counted
The Provincial Championship is a one-day event. It is an age only race, there are no Novice, Intermediate, or Expert abilities. That means, for example, that all 14 year old males would race each other regardless of ability. This is the same way the National Championships and World Championships are run. This event is always held on the Sunday of the Provincial Series final weekend.
In Alberta, all Challenge (amateur) rider classes, with the exception of the "cruiser" classes, are ranked by age, gender and "ability". All new riders will start out thier racing careers as "novice". In order to advance to the next level of ability you must accumulate a certain number of race wins. There are certain criteria for moving up to the next proficiency based on age and gender.
You MUST hold a full race UCI license to move up in abilities, you cannot count wins or move up on a "general" license. For the full explanation and criteria please refer sction 9 of the Alberta Bicycle BMX policy found in our RULES section
You do! It is up to the rider (or parent/gurdian) to keep track of their wins and notify either Alberta Bicycle directly or have thier club's track operator notify Alberta Bicyle for them. Alberta Bicycle has a record of all races and will verify the total with you before issuing the upgrade. You cannot upgrade without verification from Alberta Bicycle. If you fail to notify Alberta Bicycle or your Track Operator that you have aquired the requisite number of wins and continue to race in a class you shouldn't you are subject to disqualification