Masters Worlds Mechanics in the Pits: Caught in the Tape of License Requirements UPDATED: Rule Book

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Pit crews will be keeping busy this week. ©Brian Nelson

Pit crews need credentials this year at Masters Worlds © Brian Nelson

2013 Masters World Cyclocross Championships racers are required to register their pit crew to be able to work in the pits and help with bike exchanges. Today, some pit crew members found that the cost of volunteering for a buddy was at least $50. Mechanics who went to register with their riders today for Masters Worlds expecting to easily collect a pit pass were surprised by officials requiring  anyone in the pit to hold UCI or USA Cycling licenses, per requirements of the UCI.

However, the enforcement of this requirement – which was not enforced at last year’s World event – was not disclosed to the racers or pit crew prior to the event, nor was the rule expressed in the technical document for the event, which reads as follows:

Pit Requirements:

Pit Passes- Two mechanics per rider will be issued a pass with rider numbers at packet pick up/registration. The name of the mechanic must be registered at that time and only that person will be allowed in the pit. No other personnel shall be allowed in the pit zone.

There is no indication within that text of pit crews being required to have a license. Language on USA Cycling’s Support Application, in contrast, suggests that support crew should be prepared to provide a license at the discretion of the commissairs:

If you are going to be a team manager, coach, mechanic, soigneur, director sportif, etc for a UCI race, you will need a UCI Support Personnel license. Whether or not you will ever be asked for one is up to the commissairs and UCI personnel at the race. You may never be asked for the license. If you do not have the UCI support personnel license, the UCI commissair/official may not allow you in the caravan. USA Cycling cannot be expected to issue a license on short notice. Please submit the paperwork at least 4 weeks prior to the event.

If you are not involved in a UCI event in a team manager or team coach role, you would NOT need a UCI personnel license. This is not a UCI racing license. All UCI licenses expire on December 31 of the year of issuance.

There is, however, a note early on in the tech guide that states as a blanket clause that the race is run with, “UCI Regulations – Please see the UCI website for full regulations. www.uci.ch.”

And this was sent last night, “Communique’ #1: Informational Bulletin” sent on Monday, January 28th.
Mechanics: Mechanics must hold a valid license of a UCI-affiliated federation.

While for some pit mechanics, this wasn’t a huge burden, since they race as well as wrench and will eventually need the racing license this year, for non-racers (or racing mechanics from a region like Oregon where races are OBRA-sanctioned), the fee can be burdensome, especially when caught unaware.

We spoke with a UCI official who explained a bit about the policy. By UCI rules, a UCI World Championship event requires that pit personnel have a mechanic license from the UCI. In this case, they lessened the rules a bit and allowed pit personnel to have a license from “their federation,” meaning a USA Cycling license for US racers. The rules, she stated, are in place in order to have some form of accountability in the case of altercations in the pit.

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25 comments
briscoelab
briscoelab

Yep, it's just an additional cash grab. At least they could have advertised this was going to be enforced ahead of time. 

Julie Popper
Julie Popper

Anyone who wants to say they're me is welcomed to have my USAC mechanic's license.

Zoefitness
Zoefitness

@zoefitness Frankly, it does make sense, albeit a little superfluous.  Carrying a USA Cycling license covers USA Cycling liability.  When carrying a USA Cycling license you "know the rules" of USA Cycling as an entity what is right vs wrong. It does not however, make sense that you would need to purchase an annual license when USA Cycling has a day license option.

David Uphus
David Uphus

The UCI has proved now to be all about the money! If you are not UCI sanctioned (meaning if you don't pay them) you will never bring the professionals to your race. If a professional does they get penalized. Lack of professionals means lack of spectators. And the UCI is all about growing our sport? I think not! There are better ways to provide structure than a dictatorship!

Todd Shank
Todd Shank

complete bullshit!! Another reason for the Oregon OBRA sanctioned races to stay away from UBI/USA Cycling...who are they trying to fool? Do they need money...find another way!!

Hans Kellner
Hans Kellner

I should have made FUCI hats or shirts for the event. I do know there's a few bikes there with the stickers :)

JeffCozad
JeffCozad

Why wouldn't a $10 one day work instead of an annual?

grocerystorebar
grocerystorebar

it's been in the tech guide as long as i can remember

Brandon Dwight
Brandon Dwight

When we raced Masters Worlds in Mol. Belgium they never obeyed this rule.

andywaterman
andywaterman

I worked in the pits at Koppenberg Cross this year. All that was needed was a wrist band my rider picked up at registration. Simple

Sherri Thompson
Sherri Thompson

BUT you know this is not in the technical guide!!!!!

Sherri Thompson
Sherri Thompson

All information should be found in the technical guide which is required for all UCI races. Athletes should keep themselves informed and this should not be a surprise.

Brad Arnold
Brad Arnold

Because we haven't spent enough money to get to Louisville, for our unpaid, amateur races...

Dean Sauer
Dean Sauer

They're trying to capitalize on who and whatever they can, they outta take the volunteer button down off the website.

MattMoore2
MattMoore2

Usa Cycing is killing cycling with their greed.

mmurray
mmurray

This is inaccurate.  There is no requirement from the insurance company that a license is required to be covered by the liability insurance.  If this were the case then road use authorities and land owners, who are routinely coverred by the insurance, would be require to purchase a license.

RobbieCXM
RobbieCXM

 @grocerystorebar Thanks for your comment! The tech guide for Masters Worlds make no mention of pit crew being required a license; however (per Update above) USAC does state on their website that the UCI requires (but may not ask for) a support license for mechanics--a rare occurrence in the US and, if @andywaterman 's comment is a guide, in Europe as well. The confusion here is not so much in the rule itself, but in the inconsistent enforcement of it. To be clear, USAC is enforcing the rule at the behest of the UCI.  

MattMoore2
MattMoore2

 @mmurray USA Cycling insurance is a joke.  I was injured in a race and was convinced by the event medics to go to the hospital ER to be treated as they said I would be covered by the USA Cycling insurance policy.  After being treated for 7 stitches, I received a bill from the hospital for 1600.00, which I asked them to forward to USA Cycling.  After a month or so, I received the same bill for the same amount from the hospital.  They suggested I call USA Cycling to straighten it out.  I spoke to a representative of USA Cycling who told me that there is a 5,000.00 dollar deductible before they pay anything and that I was essentially SOL.  Do I resent USA Cycling?  You bet!  Money grubbing thieves!

mmurray
mmurray

 @MattMoore2 The catch here is that being a veteran makes one eligible for treatment at the VAH on a space available basis but it is not a medical plan or insurance.  It does not provide coverage for treatment outside of the VA system.

MattMoore2
MattMoore2

 @mmurray Sorry I failed to mention that I am a USMC veteran and am covered by their medical plan.  The only problem at that time was that I needed to be transported to a VA facility to be treated and that was not possible.  So, your insurance cost has nothing to do with me, but again the greedy insurance companies that want to milk every penny out of you and the rest of America.

mmurray
mmurray

 @MattMoore2 Although I won't disagree with the money grubbing conclusion, you are confusing liability insurance and health or accident insurance.  Primarily USAC provides liability coverage which protects race organizers, officials, competitiors, etc. from claims of liability due to negligence.  Liability would not cover your medical expenses unless you claimed that they were due to negligence on the part of some covered entitty and even then usually only after litigating it.  To cover a medical loss you need heatlh or accident coverage.  USAC also provides this but only because the USOC requires that NGBs provide medical coverage for participants during competitions.  The USAC accident policy actuially has a low deductible if you have your own health or accident insurance but it has a high deductible if it is primary insurance, i.e. you don't have your own.  You got dinged for the high deductable because you did not buy health or accident coverage for yourself.  Assuming you are not excluded from purchasing health insurance by a pre-existing condition, you could have bought a high deductible ($10-15,000) policy for a really low price and then your accident would have been covered by USAC's insurance with a low deductible.  Alternatively you could have purchases accident insurance, which covers injuries but not illnesses,.  This is also inexpensive.  Basically, there were easy and cheap ways you could have avoided that loss. I also have to point out that your failure to buy health insurance is one reason why my health insurance costs so much. Thankfully this whole problem will go away in 2014.

53x11
53x11

 @MattMoore2 How much coverage do you actually expect for the $60 dollars a year you pay to USA Cycling?

 

$60 dollars a year for a $5000 deductible is actually great deal. Unless you have entitlement issues.

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