New Eligibility Qualifications for CX Elite, Masters, U23 and Junior Nationals
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Posted 22 October 2014 - 04:52 PM
This affects some locals as these requirements are being put in place for this year's CX Elite and Masters Nationals:
The following Nationals eligibility requirements came directly from the CX Committee. It's not USAC staff making this up without guidance. The goal of the CX Committee is to see the best riders competing for the Elite Nationals Title rather than "first come first serve" on pre-registration, or needing to implement qualification heats to get into the Finals. It is also important to have Masters categories be filled with riders who don't have time to train for Elite racing. For these reasons, (and others) the committee set down these pre-qualification rules for 2015:
Eligibility to register in the Elite races must be achieved in one of two ways: A) any rider ranked in the top 90 in the ProCX standings as of December 12, 2014, or any rider with UCI points. If a rider enters the top 90 of the ProCX standings after December 12, 2014 and before online registration closes, they are then eligible. However, any rider that subsequently falls out still retains their eligibility.
ELITE/MASTERS REGISTRATION RESTRICTION
Riders are NOT allowed to compete in both Elite and Masters categories. They must choose between one of those two divisions. These riders may still, however, enter any singlespeed and/or non- championship categories.
JUNIOR/U23 REGISTRATION RESTRICTION
It should also be noted that riders in the Junior and U23 age groupings are to race age graded races, not Elite (which technically is 23+). The exception is the Women Elite/U23 combined event (for 2015) which is open to 19+. This should lead to stronger Junior and U23 fields, and a stronger development of junior riders in the US.