Cyclo-cross Category Upgrade Guidelines

  
  


Rider upgrades are handled electronically. You can request an upgrade online through your My USA Cycling account. The request will be sent to the person responsible for your area and/or category. You will need to follow the instructions online and provide the information about your race experience and placings. The information you provide must include the race date, name, type of event, category, number of participants, and placing. If the administrator approves the upgrade, your account will be changed so that when you request a new license, the category will be changed. For road, track, and cyclo-cross category changes, Local Association representatives will also provide stickers for your license if you are not requesting a new one. Note that cyclo-cross Category 1 upgrades require a license reissue.
 

Please DO NOT send your license. Contact your Regional Coordinator via phone or email with questions or circumstances not addressed in the rule book.

Guidelines and Notes by Category

Cyclo-cross categories are upgraded similarly to road upgrades using the system below.

Requirements for Upgrading

Cat 5 to 4: Experience in 10 races is a mandatory upgrade.

Cat 4 to 3: Voluntary upgrade with 10 points. Fifteen points or two wins if the field had at least 30 competitors is a mandatory upgrade.*

Cat 3 to 2: Voluntary upgrade with 15 points. Twenty points or two wins if the field had at least 30 competitors is a mandatory upgrade.*

Cat 2 to 1: Voluntary upgrade with 20 points. Twenty-five points or two wins if the field had at least 40 competitors is a mandatory upgrade.

*Juniors are exempt from this mandatory upgrade

Points awarded for Cyclo-cross Races

 
 

Number of Starters

Placing
5-10
11-20
21-50
50+
1
3
4
5
7
2
2
3
4
5
3
1
2
3
4
4
 
1
2
3
5
 
 
1
2
6
 
 
 
1
 

USA Cycling may add additional requirements for upgrading at their discretion. Any such changes shall be made available on the website.

Cyclo-cross Conversion

Cyclo-cross categories may also be upgraded by conversion from a rider's earned road or mountain bike cross-country category. If during the season a rider upgrades his or her road category or mountain bike category, the cyclo-cross category can be upgraded to match the road or mountain bike category shown below by request of the rider or by request of the administrator. There is no cyclo-cross category 5 for women, so all new female cyclo-cross riders start as category 4.

CX Category Based on Road or MTB Cross-country Category

 
Road Category
MTB XC Category
CX Category
Pro/1
Pro
1
2
1
3
3
2
4
4
3 (women only)
5
5 3 (men only) 5
 

For assistance, please contact Membership Services at membership@usacycling.org or call 719-434-4200.



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