Clarification of recent UCI Cyclo-cross mandates

There has been a lot of discussion recently about rules the UCI is enforcing regarding the creation and recognition of cyclo-cross series in the United States. The UCI rule that pertains to series (Article 1.2.026) has been in place for a number of years, however it was not being strictly enforced in the past. The UCI is now enforcing the regulation for series that include UCI calendar events, which means a series that does not include UCI calendar races is not affected and should see no change to their status in 2011.

Cyclo-cross series organizers were informed of the UCI's decision shortly after USA Cycling was notified by the UCI the week of November 29. The UCI's decision to penalize the existing 2010 series in the U.S. that did not apply for UCI series approval was made at the last UCI Cyclo-cross Commission meeting on Nov. 26 and 27.

According to UCI rules, events that were included in a 2010 series of all UCI events, but not with series approval by UCI, will be barred from submitting an event inscription the following season. However, the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission decided to allow the individual events to apply for UCI calendar inscription but they will not be allowed to form the same event series of which they were a part of in 2010.

The UCI Cyclo-cross Commission also introduced some date protection rules including one that bans Category 1 events from occurring on the same day (or weekend) as a UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup event without UCI approval.

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Specific UCI Rule Changes made during the last UCI Cyclo-cross Commission meeting:

Date protection
The primary goal is to protect the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup. This will be enforced by making the following rules:

  • No C1 on the same day as a World Cup
  • No C1 the day before or the day after a World Cup (except with UCI approval)
  In addition, no C2 on the same day as a C1 in the same country (Europe) or identified region in the U.S. But the C1 races in the U.S. should be the biggest events on the Calendar

2011/2012 UCI Pre-Calendar

Series Designation
Series must be approved by UCI according to Art. 1.2.026., in addition Series must not comprise of more than eight (8) rounds.

Series that violated the rules in the 2010-2011 season will be banned as a Series for the 2011-2012 season; according to the rules they should even be banned from next year's calendar. They will exceptionally still be accepted on the 2011-2012 international calendar but as independent/stand-alone events and provided they met the UCI regulations during the 2010-2011 season. But they cannot have a general classification or a leader's jersey linked to their events.

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