UCI Continental Men's Teams

UCI Men’s Teams
Welcome to the homepage for the 2006 UCI Continental Teams. On here you will find all of the information we have on the logistics of forming, registering, and maintaining a UCI Continental Team. In case you have navigated here by accident, this information is specific to what the UCI has defined as a UCI Continental Team. Until 2005, this would have been called a UCI Division (or Tier) III Trade Team. These teams make up the bulk of our international teams. The other names you will hear are UCI Professional Continental Team (ex Tier II) and UCI ProTour Team (ex Tier I). These latter two types of teams are managed directly by the UCI and the material here is not applicable to them.

We also manage the UCI Women’s Teams, but we have a separate page for them. Click here to be redirected to the Women’s Team Page.

Well, let’s get to it then! You can either scroll through this entire document or click on the individual items in the list below to be taken to that section. Items shown in purple are defined or further explained in the glossary. Items with active links look like this, and indicate you can click on it to get to that document or page immediately.

I hope you find this information useful. If you ever need assistance with any aspect of your team process, please do not hesitate to contact me. One of the benefits of being on a UCI continental team is that you have a dedicated USA Cycling Staff contact. While I would not claim to be reachable 24/7, it is pretty close to that. I can be reached at:

sfarrell@usacycling.org - You can call me at my direct work number, which is 719-866-3364, or on my cell phone at 719-229-0732.

What’s on this Page?

1. Team Composition and General Principles


Note that for the majority rule with respect to the number of US riders, the UCI interprets that to mean that US riders must be the highest number from a single country. For example, if you had 8 riders, you could have 3 US riders, 2 from France, 2 from Canada, and 1 from Belgium.



Once a rider is on your team, he can ride in two kinds of races – UCI races anywhere in the world or National races in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Riders on Continental Teams do not need Foreign Permission Letters to ride abroad.

The UCI rules were very specific in 2005. There were NO MIXED TEAMS allowed in international races at the elite level. Therefore your riders can only ride an international race in two ways – as a regular member of your team or as a member of the US National Team when it is participating as such in the race. This is only allowed if your Continental Team is not riding the race. If you have foreign riders on your team, they would be subject to the same rule. For example, if you have a Mexican rider on your team, he may ride an international race as part of the Mexican National Team, but only if your Continental Team is not participating.

It is important to remember that being on a UCI Continental Team DOES NOT mean you are automatically selected for any particular race, except for the US Professional Championships. Each UCI event is by invitation only. A UCI race organizer must meet UCI rules when extending invitations to their events, and since these rules include a minimum number of non-American teams, there may not be enough space in certain races for each American Continental team. Depending on the level of race and the location, the organizer will be choosing between UCI Pro Tour teams, UCI Professional Continental teams, UCI Continental teams, National Teams, and Regional/Club teams. Each team must contact the race organizer to secure an invitation.


The UCI has imposed strict limits on how and when team rosters can be changed. The official roster change period is June 1, 2006 to June 25, 2006. Any changes will require a new audit and review process.

In addition to the normal roster changes in this period, there are three other ways your roster can be changed:

  • At any time during the season, you can add a rider if that rider meets all criteria and has never had a contract with a UCI team before.
  • If a rider has been inactive for 6 months due to illness or injury and has not been on a different UCI team in 2006, that rider can be added to your roster outside of the June 1-25 window.
  • As of August 1, 2006, you can add two U23 riders to your roster. Note that USA Cycling must submit those names to the UCI BEFORE August 1st. These U23 riders cannot have been on another UCI team in 2006.

OCTOBER 10, 2005 -- Preliminary paperwork and information is available by USAC to teams wishing to register a UCI Continental Team for 2006.

OCTOBER 31, 2005 -- USAC must submit list of teams that it intends to register to the UCI. This means that at a minimum, we need to know the name of the team. If we submit a team called Billy Joe’s Bike Shop/Raleigh/Target to the UCI by this date, we may be able to register a team on December 20 that is called Billy Joe’s Bike Shop/Della Santa/Fred’s Bank. However, if no part of the team name is the same, it may be rejected by the UCI. Therefore you would be well advised to have your primary sponsor lined up before you commit to this process.

DECEMBER 2, 2005 -- This is the FINAL DATE applications will be accepted by USAC and our auditor, Waugh Associates. Applications received after this date will not be processed and will not be submitted to the UCI. Auditing Fees are due on this date. Mail packets to Waugh and Goodwin, LLP, 1365 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 105, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

DECEMBER 20, 2005 -- USAC must submit all completed Continental Team registration paperwork to the UCI by this date. All other fees are due on this date.

MARCH 31, 2006 -- Bank Guarantees from the 2005 season due back to teams will be mailed by USAC on this date.

JUNE 1 – JUNE 25, 2006 -- All 2006 UCI roster transactions will take place during this period.

AUGUST 1 -- Addition of U23 riders to roster must be submitted by USAC to the UCI by this date.

The following table gives the fees involved in this process, who they go to, when they are payable, and how they should be sent:


Payable to



$ 750

Waugh & Goodwin, LLP

December 2, 2005

Certified Check

$ 4000

USA Cycling

December 20, 2005

Certified Check or wire transfer

6000 CHF

Union Cycliste Internationale

December 20, 2005 *

Wire transfer





* Note that the fee to the UCI should not be sent until you receive approval from USAC.

In addition to these fees, there is also a Bank Guarantee of either $5500 or 10% of the total salary package of your riders and staff, whichever is greater. If you are a first time team, this bank guarantee will be in the form of a certified check or wire transfer. If you are a returning team, there is a procedure for rolling over your guarantee from last year, as explained in detail in the FAQ.

The following are the proper steps for registering a UCI Continental Team:

A. Familiarize yourself with the UCI regulations regarding continental teams. Your existence as a team is based on these rules, which can be found in their entirety on the UCI website, www.uci.ch (click rules). The most relevant chapters are also provided for you here as PDFs. They are Chapter 1General Regulations, Chapter 2Road Racing, and Chapter 12Discipline. In addition, you can download these abbreviated rules specific to Continental Teams.

B. Compile the following for mailing to Waugh & Goodwin, LLP (auditor) by certified mail (must be received by December 2nd, 2005):

  • Certified Check for $750 to cover auditing services
  • Copies of signed sponsor contracts over $ 5000
C. E-mail Shawn Farrell at USAC (sfarrell@usacycling.org) to inform him of your team’s mailing to Waugh & Goodwin, LLP. At the same time, attach your complete rider and staff roster for USAC to review.

D. Waugh & Goodwin, LLP will provide you with a total amount due to USA Cycling to cover your bank guarantee. Mail a check for that amount made out to USA Cycling to the attention of Shawn Farrell by certified mail (Must be received by December 20, 2005). At the same time, mail a check to USAC for the $4000 fee.

E. Compile signed International license applications and mail them by certified mail to USAC attn: Shawn Farrell. (NOTE: USPRO Licenses CANNOT be purchased online)

F. Waugh continues to review the documents and once they meet all the UCI regulations, they’ll send an auditors report to USAC, and notify you.

G. If the bank guarantee is in order when the auditors report arrives, USAC will notify the UCI of your team’s successful completion of the registration process.
H. When the UCI lists your team on their official roster on the UCI website, the process is complete.

I. When the team is listed on the UCI roster, USAC will process the rider and support staff licenses. One copy will be mailed directly to the license holder, and the other copies will be mailed directly to the team director.

J. If you make roster changes, the new rider contracts and $125 per rider added must be sent to Waugh and Associates prior to the end of the June 1-25 window. Note that the audit must be completed and the new riders submitted to the UCI by this date.

For 2006, the UCI has allowed each National Federation to set the bank guarantee amount and rules for its use. As such, USAC will continue to charge Continental Teams for a bank guarantee in the amount of 10% of their rider contracts, or a minimum of $5,500.00 USD. The bank guarantee can be satisfied in one of two ways – by certified check or wire transfer.

If you wish to use your 2005 bank guarantee on file with USAC toward your 2006 team, you may do so after submitting signed copies of the Bank Guarantee Release Letter included here. This letter, if signed by all 2005 riders and team staff, will release the 2005 bank guarantee money for the team’s use in 2006. If the bank guarantee on file with USAC is less than $5,500.00, the team will be billed for the difference by USAC.

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