2011 NRC Requirements and Procedures for Event Organizers

The following is a summary of rules and procedures applicable to National Racing Calendar (NRC) races in 2011.

Prize Lists

  1. Prize list for the Pro/1 Men’s and/or Cat 1/2 Women’s categories are as follows:
    • Minimum of $15,000 for one-day events
    • Minimum of $25,000 for multi-day events
  2. If your event will be offering both Men’s and Women’s categories, at least one field must meet the minimum prize list as described above with the second field having no less than 50 percent of the minimum prize list above.
  3. If there is a change in prize money totals or allocation procedures, USA Cycling must be notified immediately. USA Cycling reserves the right to remove events that lower their posted prize list after being accepted on the NRC.

Riders and Teams

Selection of Riders and Teams

  1. NRC races are invitational races by nature. The organizer can select the riders and teams to be invited assuming they stay within USA Cycling and UCI rules.
  2. However, all NRC races must allow all USA Cycling-registered UCI Continental teams in good standing to enter their race. Only in extreme circumstances will USA Cycling allow an NRC event to exclude such a UCI Continental team member that registers before the deadline, assuming that the race has not reached the field limit. Please contact USA Cycling if you feel you need to exclude someone.
  3. NRC criteriums that have been added to the UCI criterium calendar are allowed to invite UCI ProTeams and UCI Pro Continental Teams. However, they are not required to invite these teams. Please refer to UCI rules Part 2, chapter 7 for detailed rules on this.

Rider Categories

  1. All riders competing in the NRC men’s race must be category 1 or Pro. For the NRC women’s race, riders must be cat 1 or 2. Riders participating with foreign UCI licenses must have their federation’s equivalent category. USA Cycling reserves the right to work with a promoter to make exceptions as they see fit.

Team Composition

  1. All NRC races are “team limited” races. The team limit is a default maximum of eight riders, but a race organizer may enforce a lower limit. No team or club may enter more than one team in an NRC race. In case of dispute, the determination of whether two teams are separate or not is made by USA Cycling per rule 1J5.
  2. U.S.A.-based professional teams often have part of their roster designated as their “domestic riders.” These riders do not appear on the UCI rider list, but for the purposes of NRC races, they may race as part of the professional team and wear the pro team jersey, still respecting the total team limit.
  3. A team may have “guest riders” subject to other USA Cycling rules. Note that guest riders score no team points as described below.

Team Scoring

  1. The top three riders of each team in each event score points for their team.
  2. The total team points for a given race will be the sum of the individual points for the top three scoring riders, including stage win bonuses (see Points Table Appendix)
  3. Only the officially registered riders of a team may score points for the team NRC rankings.
  4. If a team has a guest rider who would have scored points as one of the top three riders, that rider will score no points, but the next best placed scoring rider will be counted.
  5. Only teams officially registered with USA Cycling may compete for NRC team rankings. These teams will comprise:
    • UCI teams registered through USA Cycling (no additional fee applies)
    • UCI teams registered through another federation that have also registered with USA Cycling for the purpose of competing in NRC races ($250 fee for registering their rosters)
    • USA Cycling Domestic Elite teams that register with USAC for the purpose of competing in NRC races ($250 fee to register their rosters)
    • For criteriums on the UCI criterium calendar, UCI ProTeams and Pro Continental Teams are eligible to compete. For details on the guidelines to compete, please refer to the UCI rules: Section 2, chapter 7.


  1. The Chief Referee(s) for all NRC races will be assigned by USA Cycling, and will be at least a National Commissaire except in unavoidable circumstances. USA Cycling will cover the fees, per diem, and travel expenses of the Chief Referee(s) assigned by USA Cycling. The race organizer will cover housing of the Chief Referee(s) and the fees and expenses of the other officials. In a situation where a stage race is NRC status for both men and women, USA Cycling may assign both the men’s Chief Referee and the women’s Chief Referee and cover fees and travel for both.
  2. When the race is both an NRC race and UCI race, USA Cycling will assign the entire crew. The Chief Referee will usually be assigned by the UCI.
  3. USA Cycling will assign the Chief Judge for all NRC stage races and Omniums, and this person will be at least a level A official except in unavoidable circumstances. These fees are the responsibility of the race organizer.
  4. USA Cycling must approve the rest of the officials’ crew prior to the final assignment of officials, which will be made according to the system in place in the local association of the event. Shawn Farrell (USAC Technical Director) will work with the race organizer to oversee this process.
  5. For stage races, if both the men’s race and women’s race is on the NRC, a separate CR and CJ must be assigned to handle the women’s event, with the same minimum rank of officials for those two positions. If the race includes a series of local categories as well, enough extra officials must be assigned to allow the NRC crews to concentrate on the NRC. Omniums and single-day road races may also have to follow this guideline depending on the nature of the event.
  6. Officials assigned by USA Cycling are paid according to the Schedule of Fees and the NRC/Championship/UCI scale. All officials not assigned by USA Cycling will be paid according to the A-race scale.

Technical Services

  1. All NRC races must use frameless photo finish run by a professional operator. For time trials, electronic timing must be used.
  2. For road events, at least two neutral service cars must be provided and operated by qualified drivers and mechanics

Road Closures

  1. All criteriums must be run on completely closed courses (no coned off lanes)
  2. All road races must be run on either a completely closed course or utilizing a rolling enclosure effected by sufficient law enforcement officers who have been trained in the operation of such a rolling enclosure (i.e. no centerline rule for NRC races)
  3. All time trials must be on courses closed to all vehicles except race-related traffic


  1. The National Racing Calendar and the USA Cycling logo should be included on all collateral materials used to promote the event. All logos are available for download on our Tools and Resources page. Please note the “text-inside-wheel” logo has replaced the old logo! All USA Cycling guidelines and standards must be adhered to.
  2. The USA Cycling logo must be represented on the start/finish truss (upper right and left corners), fence signage (a minimum of two banners within 50 meters of the finish line), and awards backdrop (one USAC NRC logo in each square meter) for all NRC events.
  3. The USA Cycling NRC logo should be included on all National Racing Calendar event web pages and must include a link to USA Cycling’s website (www.usacycling.org).
  4. We ask that you make announcements on-site declaring your event’s participation in the 2011 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar
  5. The top five riders in the NRC standings as of the Tuesday before the NRC event should be called to the start line before the remainder of the field is allowed to roll up. If any of the top five riders are not present, the five top-ranked NRC riders who are at the event will be called to the start line.

Results and Standings

  1. Results must be submitted to USA Cycling in the USAC standard electronic format for each day of competition. Results from all NRC races are due in their entirety no later than 10 a.m. ET the day after the race. For questions regarding result submission please contact the USA Cycling results and rankings manager at rankings@usacycling.org.


  1. Photos: To allow for timely release of a media alert on the updated NRC standings, one photo that USA Cycling may use MUST be sent to our Communication Department the evening of the competition’s conclusion. Also include any race highlights. Assuming the race organizer has submitted their results and photo, the USA Cycling Communications Department will send a press release to update the NRC rankings and recap the weekend of racing.
  2. Pre-event Releases/Race Info: Please also send any pre-event press release/race information
  3. TV/Broadcast Info: Please send any television/web broadcast info
  4. Social Media: Please send us any social media info that pertains to your race, as well as link to, follow and participate in social media.

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For questions regarding photo submission or media relations, please contact USA Cycling Communication Director Andrea Smith at asmith@usacycling.org.

This Article Published January 24, 2011 For more information contact: