USA Cycling Series & Calendars Overview
USA Cycling works with race directors from across the country to create various calendars and series that feature bike racing across several disciplines and ability levels. Inclusion on these calendars often includes event support, rankings tabulation and additional promotion. Visit our National Event & Calendar Bid Process page to learn more about adding an event to a particular calendar.
Created in 2012 to showcase the country's top criterium-only events, the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) recognizes the best crit racers on American soil by employing a season-long rankings system that identifies overall men's and women's individual and team series leaders.
The USA Cycling Road Development Race Series, which marked its 20th year in 2012, has provided opportunities for aspiring junior riders across the United States. Through the cooperation and hard work of event organizers and their staffs, the program has evolved into a nationally-recognized junior and espoir-aged race series. The number of designated events has increased each year, from only 12 races in 10 states in 1993 to more than 120 events nationally.
The Pro MTB Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT) offers cross-country Olympic-style (XCO) and short-track cross-country (STXC) racing. Six of the nine Pro XCT events in 2013 are UCI-sanctioned, allowing Elite (pro) riders the opportunity to earn valuable UCI ranking points. Pro teams registered as either a UCI Trade Team or USA Cycling Domestic Pro MTB team are also eligible for professional team rankings.
The Pro MTB Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) offers downhill (DH) racing. Individual rider rankings will be offered for the Pro category. The gated events, such as dual slalom and four-cross (4X), may also be offered at some of the 10 stops on the 2013 Pro GRT. Series points are given to top finishers at each event and used to determine the individual men’s and women’s standings that rank the best downhillers competing in the U.S.
Through its five-stop calendar, the Pro MTB Ultra-Endurance Tour (Pro UET) will offer various disciplines of racing for endurance athletes. Individual rider rankings will be offered for the Pro/Solo category in 6-hour, 24-hour, marathon, and ultra-marathon events around the country. The top-10 ranked riders in the Pro/Solo category for both males and females will have the bragging rights to a top-10 number plate at each event.
The American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) series was created in 1996 to recognize, support, and provide top-level regional racing opportunities for racers of all abilities. AMBC competitions are excellent places for riders to try the racing scene for the first time or seasoned athletes to test their skills against their fellow racers. All AMBC events offer cross-country racing, with some events also including downhill, dual slalom, four cross, short-track cross-country, and/or observed trials competitions. In 2013, the Alison Dunlap Junior Race Series (ADJRS) will be combined with the AMBC, allowing for increased junior development opportunities across the country. With the discontinuation of the stand-alone ADJRS, the AMBC will look to increase its focus on development as it evolves as a race series.
Created in 2012 to feature the country's preeminent velodromes, the USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC) recognizes the best track cyclists in the U.S. The calendar employs a season-long rankings system where points are awarded to the top ten finishers in four sprint events (match sprint, keirin, team sprint, and time trial) and five endurance events (points race, scratch race, individual pursuit, team pursuit, and Madison). At the end of the calendar, a male and female winner will be named for both the sprint and endurance categories.
The USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) features the premier cyclo-cross events in America and uses an overall ranking system to determine the best individual male and female ‘cross racers over the course of the season. The Pro CX calendar includes all of the UCI-inscripted category 1 and 2 races in the country, and includes the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships.
The purpose of USA Cycling's Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC) is to recognize top domestic events and provide them with the opportunity to achieve UCI recognition. Those races that seek UCI inscription and inclusion on the Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) must first be part of the CXNC for at least one year.
This Article Published July 13, 2011 For more information contact: