"As a first time EnduroCross rider, I think the Rookie Class is a must, especially for those who are crawl-walk-run type of learners like myself. Even for a more experienced rider, the Rookie Class is still a really good idea since you can get a good look at the track and ride it in a no pressure situation. If you just sign up to race, there is very little practice time for each class, where the Rookie Class is about an hour solid of track time. I had the luxury of taking my time, resting, and not stressing about messing up anyone else's track time. Plus, we had multiple instructors and track workers ready to help when we got stuck, which was often. In open practice in other classes, you are on your own. I feel like most people underestimate how physically demanding EX is and the Rookie Class allows you to ride at your own pace. Overall, I would recommend doing the Rookie Class to any first time EnduroCross racer, regardless of experience and skill level. The instructors give you confidence and it is a very positive, non-judgmental environment. I did okay in some sections while others totally kicked my butt. If I signed up for the Amateur Class, I would have probably been really discouraged when I struggled through the tougher sections and I might question why I even wanted to do the race. But I came away itching to practice more EnduroCross type riding and thinking about racing come next season." - Sean Klinger, 5'8", 210 lb, Novice.