USA Cycling Style Guide

  
  


Purpose

To establish and ensure that documents emanating from USA Cycling personnel reflect organizational brand, image and policy, including Associated Press style

To serve as a guideline for all USA Cycling writers and editors of existing style and presentation

To improve consistency and efficiency within and among documents emanating from USA Cycling personnel, especially when more than one writer is involved or when a document will be translated

To remind the writer of style (Associated Press as well as USA Cycling) decisions for each project, when one writer works on several projects that have different style requirements

Event Names

When referring to a USA Cycling national championship, follow the formula below:

YEAR Sponsor (if applicable) USA Cycling EVENT National Championships

e.g. 2013 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships

If there is an official sponsor of a national championship event, the sponsor should be placed after YEAR and before USA Cycling. If the event is officially presented by an entity, that should be at the end of the event name accordingly.

USA Cycling National Championships

  • USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
  • USA Cycling Elite BMX National Championships
  • USA Cycling Amateur BMX National Championships
  • USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships
  • USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships
  • USA Cycling Amateur & Para-cycling Road National Championships
  • USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships
  • USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships
  • USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships
  • USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships
  • USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships
  • USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships
  • USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships
  • USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships
  • USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships
  • USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships
  • USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships

*Mountain bike may be shortened with MTB if necessary.

Collegiate

Divisions: On first mention, Division should be spelled out followed by roman numeral I or II. On subsequent mentions, DI and DII are acceptable.

Conferences: On first mention, the conference name should be spelled out: “South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference” followed by the abbreviation in parentheses (SCCCC). Each Conference is named for the region followed by the words Collegiate Cycling Conference.

The conference names are as follows:

  • Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • Inter-Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • Southwest Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • Western Collegiate Cycling Conference

Abbreviations

Spell out all phrases on first use. Use the abbreviation in parentheses if it will be used again, or if it is a brand we want to promote, like National Racing Calendar or Pro MTB Cross-Country Tour — e.g. National Racing Calendar (NRC).

The abbreviation USAC should never be used in a press release or event report. When copy needs to be shortened, certain words or phrases may be abbreviated.

Acceptable Abbreviations

  • Criterium (Crit)
  • Cyclo-cross (CX)
  • Juniors (Jrs)
  • Mountain Bike (MTB)
  • Mountain Bike Cross-Country (XC)
  • Mountain Bike Cross-Country Eliminator (MBE)
  • Mountain Bike Four-Cross (4X)
  • Mountain Bike Short Track Cross-Country (STXC)
  • Mountain Bike Downhill (DH)
  • Time Trial (TT)
  • Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)

Calendars

On first mention, all USA Cycling calendars should state full name beginning with USA Cycling, i.e. USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar.

  • American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC)
  • Road Development Race Series (RDRS)
  • National Criterium Calendar (NCC)
  • National Racing Calendar (NRC)
  • National Track Calendar (NTC)
  • Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT)
  • Pro Mountain Bike Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT)
  • Pro Mountain Bike Ultra-Endurance Tour (Pro UET)
  • Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX)
  • Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC)

USA Cycling Professional Associations

  • Coaches Association
  • Professional Officials Association
  • Race Directors Association

USA Cycling Programs

  • Coaches Program
  • Collegiate
  • Local Association
  • Mechanics
  • Officials
  • Race Directors

USA Cycling Board of Directors: Capitalize board of directors when it is part of a proper name: “the USA Cycling Board of Directors”. Lower case when used alone or before the proper title: “the board of directors of USA Cycling”.

Sport Committees: Capitalize all words of a committee when it is part of a proper name: “USA Cycling’s Road Committee”. Lower case when used alone or before the proper title: “the road committee of USA Cycling”.

The Seven Sport Committees

  • Road Committee
  • Mountain Bike Committee
  • Professional Committee
  • BMX Committee
  • Collegiate Committee
  • Track Committee
  • Cyclo-cross Committee

Word List

Cross-Country: hyphenated whenever referring to the mountain bike discipline
Cross-Country Eliminator: hyphenated in the style accepted by the UCI
Cyclo-cross: hyphenated in the style accepted by the UCI
Olympian: according to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), there is no such person as a “former” Olympian. An athlete who ever was or currently is a member of any Olympic Team is referred to as an Olympian
Four-Cross: hyphenated in the style accepted by the UCI
Juniors: UCI uses “Juniors” and we comply with UCI in everything else
Olympic Games or London Games: “Games” is a proper noun and is therefore always capitalized
Para-cycling: hyphenated in the style accepted by the UCI
Paralympics/Paralympian: one word, not hyphenated as per the USOC
Race Director: not “promoter” or “event organizer”
Short Track Cross-Country: NOT hyphenated as is the style accepted by the UCI
Singlespeed: one word, no-hyphen when describing the discipline of racing
Stars-and-Stripes jersey: capitalizing “Stars” and “Stripes”, with hyphens
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