So you say you’re a masters racer who wants to race cyclocross worlds but isn’t sure where to begin? Fear not, USA Cycling has released eligibility guidelines for racers interested in participating in the 2012 Masters World Cyclocross Championship. Text of the press release outlining the guidelines follows:
Eligibility guidelines for 2012 Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships set
June 3, 2011 (Louisville, Ky.) – The eligibility guidelines for participation in the 2012 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships, scheduled for Jan. 12-15 in Louisville, Ky., have been announced.
Eligibility Guidelines as follows:
- Rider must be of cyclo-cross racing age of 30 or older.
- Riders who appear in the UCI cyclo-cross rankings or have earned UCI points in the 2011-2012 season are ineligible for the Masters World Championships.
- Riders who participated in the UCI Elite Cyclo-cross World Championships, Continental Cyclo-cross Championships or any UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup during the 2011-2012 season are ineligible to compete at Masters Worlds.
- Any rider who has been a member, during the 2011-2012 season, of a team registered with the UCI in any discipline is ineligible for the Masters World Championships.
- There will be no ability category restrictions in order for riders to compete.
All racers will be required to hold a 2012 International Racing license. For U.S.-based Masters age racers unaccustomed to this requirement, USA Cycling recommends beginning the application process as soon as the 2012 licenses will be available for purchase on December 1, 2011. The international license allows riders to compete in domestic road, mountain bike, cyclo-cross and track events; therefore riders will not need to purchase a separate domestic license for the 2012 season.
International Licensing Process
The application process requires several steps including a signature on the international license athlete release form and proof of nationality. Riders will need to make sure the signed waivers and proof of citizenship are submitted to and processed by USA Cycling well in advance of the event. If these are not received and processed, the rider will be ‘pended’ in the system and will not be allowed to compete.
What are the additional steps?
1. Once the international license has been purchased online at www.usacycling.org, riders will be prompted to download, sign and submit the athlete signature page. This may be submitted to USA Cycling via fax, email (scan) or postal mail.
2. Provide a copy of your birth certificate or valid passport for proof of citizenship. If a rider is just renewing their international license, they do not need to provide a proof of citizenship if it’s already on-file with USA Cycling.
Qualifying and Field Limits
The UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships have a UCI-mandated field limit of 80 riders.
For fields with greater than 80 registrants the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission has determined that short heats will be installed, with a limit of 60-70 riders per heat and a maximum of eight heats, and a ‘repechage’. Start order for the World Championship final will be according to the results of the heats.
Start Order / Call-Ups / Finals Qualification
1) Call ups for all qualifying races will be random draw.
2) For fields greater than 75 riders a three-lap heat race will be contested. The number of heats will be determined by the total number of riders registered. In the heats, riders will be called up by random order in the same method as mentioned above.
The finals will be raced with 80 riders with five coming from the Repechage. The Repechage is open to all racers who did not qualify for the Finals coming out of their qualifying heat.
3) For the World Championship Final, riders will be called up by their order of finish in their heats (all first riders of the different heats, all second riders of the different heats and so forth).
4) A second final – or Consolation Final – will be raced to determine finishing places 81-onward.
The random draw will be conducted on-site at registration. The rider who draws number 1 will be called up first and so on. Riders will draw their own numbers.
“The UCI and USA Cycling have been working diligently to establish fair and clear guidelines for the 2012 and 2013 Masters Worlds,” said race director Bruce Fina. “This is an entirely new animal. With ever-growing Masters fields in the U.S., all involved realize that these events will pose unique challenges that the races have not faced in Europe in terms of field sizes and eligibility. The UCI is rightfully concerned with protecting the integrity of the world championship jersey and title and its technical execution. All parties agree these qualification and eligibility guidelines are the best way to be fair to racers from the U.S. and across the world while still recognizing that this is a world championship event and affording it a degree of respect and recognition for the competition that sets it apart from most mass participatory events.”