The Off-Road Guide

NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns about racing, please feel free to check out the rulebooks or use the contact page to contact any member of the PNWMA Executive who will kindy answer your question. If you're going to play by the rules, or even strech the rules, than please read the rules.

One of the PNWMA's crowning achievements is it's off-road series. It consists of each club putting on a race under the banner of the PN. The member clubs organize the event following guidelines put down by the PN to make the series uniform. The the PN manages the overall points and awards for the series. 

There are 18 races in the 2010 off-road series with events ranging from Castlegar to Dawson Creek to Bellingham. There are around 400-500 riders involved in the races with eleven classes so each rider has a class they can be competitive in.

In order to race, you need a motorcycle that is capable of race speeds and abuse for two to three hours. You'll also need safety gear since accidents to happen. and you'll need a license. The license you'll need is the PNWMA Competition License, which allows us to track your results for the series, the PN will also post overall results and posters on their website. If you do well you can be eligible for trophies and the coveted winner's jacket given to each first place overall rider in their class. 

The main reason for racing varies for many riders. For some it's the challenge of being the fastest in the woods, for others it's the adrenaline rush, and a few riders understand that "the stopwatch never lies" adding an infallible witness to their right to brag.  But no matter what your reason for ending up on the start line, remember to have fun out there. 

Then check out the posters page for cool events that are coming up and have fun out there. There are also points, posters for non-series events, forms and other publications including rulebooks and license forms posted there. Click on the Posters button.

Rules & Regulations

ORS Classes

PNWMA Class # Age Range NMA
Masters 1000 Open AA
Expert 2000 Open Open A
Vet Expert 3000 30-39 Vet A
Intermediate 4000 Open Open B
Senior Expert 5000 40-49 Senior A
Super Senior 6000 50+ Super Senior
Vet Amatuer 7000 30-39 Vet B
Senior Amatuer 8000 40-49 Senior B
Junior Over 9000 16+ Open C
Women 10000 Open Women
Junior Under 11000 15 & Under 15 & Under

The classes are sorted on skill and age levels. The Over/Under split in the Junior classes is based on the age of the rider. Novice riders 15 and under can ride in the Junior Under class, while Novice riders 5 years or younger can ride in the Under class. The Expert/Amatuer split in the Vet and Senior classes is dependent on skill. Expert and Master's class riders who are 30-39 may race in the Vet Expert, or Senior Expert if they are 40-49 years old.  Intermediate and Junior class riders can race in the Amatuer class. Riders over 50 years old may race in the Super Senior class. While women have the Women's class. Classification in all classes is not bike dependent. It's race what you brought.

For riders racing in the states, please confirm you are racing in the correct class. If you do not race in the correct class, you will be given a finishing position which is the addition of your position and the last place in the correct class. For example, if you're in Vet-Am and you race Vet C (incorrect class) and get a 5th, and there were nine riders in Vet B (correct class), you will be given points for 14th place.


Class Hierarchy

Masters Vet  Expert Senior Expert Women 
Intermediate  Vet Amatuer Senior Amatuer
Junior Open
Junior Under


ORS Points

Position Points Position Points
1st 30 11th  10
2nd 25 12th 
3rd 21 13th 8  
4th 18 14th 7
5th 16  15th 
6th 15 16th 5
7th 14 17th
8th  13 18th 3
9th   12 19th 2
10th  11  20th and over  1

21 or worse = 1 point 
Good samaritan or work points = the average of points collected over the season

The points for the off-road series are then tallied at the end of the year and the best races are counted towards the series totals

A riders best scores of the series are totaled for Series Awards

Also to qualify for points a rider's best scores are totalled. The Appendix B of the Rules and Regulationshas a current listing of the amount of throwaways depending on the class and series that you're racing in.

Rider Number Plates

These are recommended for riders to aid in scorekeeping and identification by spectators. These are not essential. If you do use numbers then please use the last three numbers of your PNWMA license/transponder. There will be no penalty for using other numbers and colors but we ask you to refrain from this to avoid confusion.


Number Color

Background Color Class Number Example
Masters (AA) White Red 1000 MST 1
Expert (Open A) Black White 2000 EXP 2
Veteran Expert (Vet A) Black White 3000 VET-EXP 3
Intermediate (Open B) Black Yellow 4000 INT 4
Senior Expert (Senior A) Black White 5000 SEN-EXP 5
Super Senior (Super Senior) White Black 6000 SUP-SEN 6
Veteran Amatuer (Vet B) Red White 7000 VET-AM 7
Senior Amatuer (Senior B) Red White 8000 SEN-AM 8
Junior Open (Open C) Red White 9000 JUN-OVR 9
Women (Women) White Blue 10000 WMN 10
Junior Under (15 & Under) Red White 11000 JUN-UND 11

I've also contacted a couple of local graphics companies and provided them with PNWMA logos, so this way you can add these logos to your graphics kit.

Fees & Tariffs

0.) This schedule has been created on March 1st, 2011.

  1. The funds noted will be the same in either Canadian or American funds unless otherwise noted.

1.) PNWMA Competition License for the Year – Individual:  $30.00

2.) PNWMA Competition License, Weekend – Individual:     $15.00

3.) PNWMA Competition License for the Year – Family:      $40.00

4.) PNWMA Competition License, Weekend – Family:         $20.00

            4.1) A family is defined as a parent and their dependents, under 19 years of age,   residing at one address.

            4.2) A weekend license can be upgraded to a yearly license at the next event.

5.) PNWMA ORS Levy:                                                         $2.00 per rider

6.) PNWMA Non ORS Levy:                                                 $1.00 per rider

            6.1) The funds from Non ORS Levy are solely to be used for land access efforts.

7.) Transponders:                                                                    $10.00

            7.1) $5.00 will be refunded with the return of the transponder.

8.) Non-compliance penalty:                                                  $2.00 per rider

8.1) This is a fine levied if the Executive deems that a gross violation of the PNWMA Rules and Regulations has been made.  The fine is payable to the Host Club.

9.) Club Membership fee:                                                       $75.00

            9.1) This provides contact information event date listing on the paper calendar as well as contact information, dates, and link with poster hosting on the website.

10.) Motorcycle Sport and Event Calendar Advertising:        $150.00

            10.1) This provides advertising on paper calendar as well as on the website            which includes a link.

Other Racing Info


For 2013 We will be trying to focus more on the transponder system. At a race you will have to stop at the lap check, you will be checked manually and electronically at the same time. The manual check is a backup. Please note that transponders will not work if they are touching metal. We strongly suggest attaching the transponder to the center of your chest protector. It will work under shirts and jerseys as well. If you don't wear a chest protector then zap-strapping it to the center of your number plate is an alternative. (But is it a pain to check at the beginning of every race.) The transponders cost $10 and they are good for as long as you race. You can get a refund of $5 if you bring then back at the end of the event. Sportsman classes are not required to have a transponder.


The Regional System

Also the regional idea has been implemented for this year. The idea is to allow racers and option of racing part of the series in a smaller more local format rather than running the entire series. There is still the option of racing for the overall prize and the jacket. With the region, only the regional events are considered for the trophy. However there is no penalty for racing events outside of the region. In fact I highy recommend doing so for practice and the fact that a lot of clubs put on some really good events in some really good riding areas.

A more current listing of Regions is under Appendix A of the Rules and Regulations



This is the easy part. Go to a race and sign up. If it's your first race then, fill out a PNWMA Competition License form and purchase a racing license ($30 Individual / $40 Family) then purchase your race entry fee (Around $40) and then finally pick up your transponder ($10). Then is just a matter of going racing.

Once you've done your first race, then don't worry about the license untill next year, or your transponder (it's good for as long as you race.) Don't forget to check it at registration at every race.

Have an awesome ride and Good Luck!



Land Access- Dirt Politics

Premier Christy Clark announced a BC 5 year tourism strategy last week

Premier Christy Clark announced a BC 5 year tourism strategy last week.

An important part of the strategy is to implement the currently dormant BC Trails Strategy. Quoting the attached government document release, "Implement A Trails Strategy for British Columbia” – an action plan for developing and maintaining a sustainable, world-renowned network of recreation trails for hikers, cyclists, equestrians, cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and summer motorized users."

BCORMA supports the government's commitment to this initiative.  I was one of the Provincial representatives who was engaged by the Province to create the Strategy document.

See: &

Okanagan Mixed Use Trails under attack - Have your say!

Subject: RDOS - Trail users Survey

All riders, here is the RDOS Trail users survey for all to complete:
Please note it is in two parts, a Regional survey (Answer once) and a Trail survey, answer about every trail you use.
If we want to continue to have mixed use for the KVR and other trails in the rural areas, BCORMA, ATVBC, and the local clubs needs all of you to complete both the Regional and Trail survey.

If you and your family ride in the Okanagan Valley, use the KVR, or ever hope to ride there, please fill out this survey. 

Get involved!!!!
Terry Wardrop (ATVBC) and myself will be at the RDOS meetings to make sure we get a fair shake.  We need a strong show of support from the community to give strength to our message.

Send it to your fellow summer-motorized friends.  Get them involved.  The more surveys "in favour of mixed use" RDOS receives, the stronger our case will be.


Changes to Resource Road Act coming: need your input

Do you use B.C.’s resource roads for work, recreation, or do you live in or visit rural communities that use resource roads?

If so, help the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations serve you better by contributing to the Natural Resource Road Act Project (NRRA) to improve resource road laws and regulation for the benefit of all users.

Comments are invited on a DISCUSSION PAPER that will help build the foundation for the NRRA.  The principles and proposed policy framework presented in this discussion paper are the starting point for a single, streamlined law that applies to the construction, maintenance, use and deactivation of all resource roads in B.C.

For further information about this opportunity to help shape how we manage resource roads in BC, please visit the project website at

And for a News Release concerning this announcement follow this link:

We have been advised that MFLNRO may seek input from stakeholder working groups once the initial comment period is complete.

If you have comments or questions about this for BCORMA, please post on our forum: Government Policy: Resource Road Act

BCORMA requests that all summer-motorized backcountry recreationalist contribute so he have made input.  Without your input, I can not get action on your input.

Peter Sprague, MSc.
Executive Director

How to Organize a Race

Pacific North west Motorcycle Association

Off Road Racing event Planning Guidelines

Note: This is only a guideline to putting on a race.


Check off tasks that are completed:

Prior to race (3 months):

c       Ensure prior permission for all applicable land access

c       Ensure no active logging in vicinity

c       Ensure your race is listed on the PNWMA’s calendar

c       Obtain Event Insurance from the PNWMA

c       Have an understanding of the PNWMA’s Rule’s and Regulation’s

c       Ensure proper trail sustainability/management practices are utilized i.e. water crossings

o       Contact the Department of Forestry for more information on what is required and specific environmental concerns regarding trail management practices. 

c       Find sponsors to help with the event costs. Approach your local community businesses for donations of cash, prizes, pop ups, arrows, concession, t-shirts etc….

c       Develop and submit to PNWMA a poster advertisement with clear directions to the event outlining rider sign up time, race start time, etc.

c       Order/Purchase arrows. See Arrowing Guidelines for complete overview.

c       Obtain emergency services from a full service provider complete with transport

c       Reserve Porta Johns to assist with waste management. Rule of thumb One Porta John for every 25 attendees.

c       Order participant t-shirts (After sponsorships have been obtained in order to be included in the marketing)

c       Order trophies see PNWMA website to learn how to trophy each class.

c       Select course layout and have a detailed map that outlines the start/finish, A/B splits, the length of each, all applicable check points and road access for emergency services

c       We like to encourage a sportsmen class to introduce new riders to racing, however it is not a speed event and must take place before or after the racers otherwise they must be on a separate course.

c       Also show camping locations on map

Prior to race (30 days):

c       Obtain radios for long range use if possible. Cell phones do not always work. Radios enable medical services to respond faster to the calls of the sweepers and check point volunteers.

c       Obtain and prepare the leather tags that will be zapped to the riders bark busters

o       2 different colours to distinguish A riders from B riders

o       A 3rd colour is required if you are hosting a sportsman course

o       These tags provide a final rider count

o       These tags will also be punched in the remote check points

c       If possible obtain a bull horn microphone or a PA system to do the riders meetings and trophies- projecting your voice over 300 people and bikes is no easy feat.

Prior to race (7 days):

c       Ensure A/B splits are marked effectively, we recommend it be manned to ensure racers are on the correct course

c       Consider the length of each loop and establish remote gas if more than 60km?

c       Establish check points where cheating or cutting of course is possible

c       Ensure your staging area for the race start can accommodate 200+ riders and a safe area for spectators

c       Plan areas for the computer sign up table and the wand check point. The score board must also hang from a pop up

c       Have a waste management plan for all the leftover garbage, arrows and signage to be removed

c       Ensure you have enough volunteers for race day. All check points, active roads with bike crossings, sweepers, manual score keepers, sign up helpers and wand person. If you have a sportsman loop you may require additional volunteers to operate both at the same time

c       Concessions are not required but can provide extra revenue for the club

Prior to race (24 hrs up to race start):

c      Ensure you have adequate tables, chairs, pop ups, generator 2000kw, fuel and extension cords to operate the automated points system

c      Inform participants about any active fire bans

c      Put up all remaining signage

c      Set up staging area for race start

c      Pit row, gasoline ally- fire extinguishers, absolutely no smoking here

c      Locate PN Race Director to coordinate a pre-ride of the course, to check dangers, ease of riding for all classes, course markings, etc.

c      Place all volunteers with appropriate communication devices in their locations

Race day:     

c      Prior to race start do a final sweep of the course to ensure the same conditions as the pre-ride

c      Keep all dogs on leashes!!

c      Ensure you have adequate sweepers during and after event cut off

After race:

c      Ensure every racer/rider is accounted for i.e. every leather tag has been returned

c      Ensure that leather tags have all proper remote check punches

c      Post the results for all classes finished racing

c      Host the event awards

c      Ensure no trace of campers and racers are left behind- pack it in, pack it out!!

Trail Passes- BCORMA

Support your trails: 2013 BCORMA Platinum - Insured and Bronze Trail Passes are now available

BCORMA's 2013 Trail Passes are now available.  Cost is the same as last year, and make sure you will continue to have great places and trails to ride.  Keep "Little Johnny" riding.  Support your trails.

Get a 2013 Trail Pass today at our BCORMA Store or at your local BCORMA club event.

Purchases of BCORMA 2013 Trail Passes supported any number of trail projects across BC. Bridge re-building, trail signage, parking lot graveling, fixing root steps, Club trail project days, creating new sustainable trail, and repairing access roads.

2012 Trail Passes fund volunteer trail stewards' shovels, saws, gas; trail signs, maps; and BCORMA's fight to ride.

All funds stay in the dirt bike community.


2013 Platinum - Insured Trail Passes - 3rd party insurance coverage, no matter what machine you are riding that day.  Oasis has agreed to provide $1 million 3rd party insurance for the rest of 2011 and 2012 for the price of one year. Included is our Platinum Trail Pass that puts more funds back into our trails.

Need more information?

Give Peter, our Executive Director, a call or email us.
@ (250) 412-3444

Help BCORMA build dirt bike trails and ensure access:

Check out Dave Norona's BCORMA Trail Stewardship video explaining what BCORMA is all about.


BCORMA and the best riding in the world

Thanks to everyone, BCORMA and our clubs spent over $2.4 million on trails stewardship in 2009 & 2010 to give you better parking, new bridges, fixed up or new trails, new maps, signs to help you find your way around, and generally a great time riding.

We have it all here in British Columbia for the local and visiting rider. Incredible vistas while riding dual-sport, National caliber MX tracks, 1000's of km of single-track from the dense temperate rain forest of the Coast to the grasslands of the Interior. Six foot ferns to 200 ft spruce and fir, northern desert to Rocky Mountains to mossy coastal rock, open Forest Service Roads to expert level trials terrain, we got it all.

Government estimates we have over 550,000 km of trail and old forestry roads in the Province, with the vast majority open to responsible off-road motorcycle riders. Do your part and show them we care about our trails, the environment, and other users. We have some of the finest riding in the world. Lets keep it.

Above all, enjoy this fine old planet, and don't forget to smile. And buy the trail-stewards a beer next time. They put their heart into this for you to enjoy.