The FWQ Tour consists of a series of events with different point values from 1* to 4*. The season starts the 20st of April and ends the 19th of April the following year. The FWQ ranking consists of the 3 best results of each rider during the season. Riders can participate in an unlimited number of events.
The minimum age is 18 for all FWQ events. No exceptions will be made. The cut-off date is May 31st of each year. A rider turning 18 years old before or on May 31st will compete on the FWQ Tour. A rider turning 18 on June 1st or after will still compete in FJT the following season.
FWQ riders have to register online on the FWT website www.freerideworldtour.com for all FWQ events. Registrations will around 7 weeks prior to the event and will close around 4 weeks before the event.
For all FWQ 2*, 3* and 4* events, riders will be accepted bades on their current seeding list ranking. For FWQ 1* events, a first-come first-serve inscription system will be used.
Riders will receive a confirmation email that they are selected or not for the event they registered for. (4 weeks before the event). Riders can cancel their registration at any time and at no cost before the registration period finishes. Once registration closes, invited riders then have 3 days to cancel their inscription if they do not wish to compete. Past 3 days, credit cards will be debited and the rider will be inscribed and confirmed. If a rider cancel his registration, the next rider on the list (seeding list or date), who tried to register, will receive an email confirming that he has 3 days to cancel his registration. The same process will repeat itself until the event is full.
Depending on the number of spots available per event, an even percentage of riders who tried to register will be confirmed for the event. If a category has hardly enough registrations to have the minimum number of riders at the start, a higher percentage of riders from this category will be accepted.
If a category doesn’t reach the minimum number of registrations (for example 8 SNB W registered for 10 spots), the event organizer shall distribute the remaining spots to the other categories. If a category doesn’t reach a minimum of 4 registrations, the category is cancelled and the starting spots will be redistributed to the other categories (see chapter “Cancelled Categories”).
If the event is not full once the normal registration period ends, all registered riders will be invited and registrations will be re-opened. Riders inscribing during this period will be confirmed right away and credit cards will be debited immediately until the event is full. In that case, riders will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and no longer according to the seeding list ranking.
To help us select athletes out from the hundreds of applications, we will use the world wide seeding list. On this list, a rider’s result stays for 52 weeks before disappearing. The seeding list consists of the 3 best results of each athlete during the last 52 weeks. The seeding list is ranking riders as follow:
Frozen points riders are inserted accordingly or see chapter “Injuries/Pregnancy and Frozen Points”.
At the end of the inscription window, the FWQ organizer follows the seeding list to fill up his spots accordingly until he reaches the maximum number of athletes he can host. Riders who are not ranked high enough and thus might have a hard time entering 4* or 3* events will have to go and score high points on lower level events to move up the rankings.
In order to compete at one or all events, every rider, including Wildcards will have to acquire their yearly license. There are two different types of FWQ license:
FWQ one-event license: Region 1 (10 €), This license has to be purchased by riders who wish to compete in only one event per year. If a rider who purchased a one-event license wishes to compete in more events, he/she will have to upgrade to a season license (only paying the difference). This one-event license offers the following services: • Generating a unique number per athlete, avoiding spelling mistakes on starting lists and rankings. • Automated registration window for all FWQ events on FWT website. • Rider’s results in the seeding and ranking list.
FWQ season license: Region 1 (40 €), This license has to be purchased by riders who wish to compete in two or more events. This season license offers the following services: • Generating a unique number per athlete, avoiding spelling mistakes on starting lists and rankings. • Automated registration window for all FWQ events on FWT website. • Rider’s results in the seeding and ranking list.