USA Cycling Announces Final Rule Changes for 2011 (and 2010 Cyclocross Nationals)

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USA Cycling has officially announced the complete rule changes that were passed on November 6th during the Board of Trustees meeting. A number of these rules are implemented this year and will impact the 2010 Cyclocross National Championships in Bend, Oregon next month. We broke the news of the highly-discussed emergency singlespeed cyclocross changes passing and the junior equipment and helmet cam restrictions failing and discussed the reversal on tire widths for masters racers and younger junior racers, but there are more rules that will impact cyclocrossers, including who can race UCI races, field limits sizes, how and when lapped riders can be pulled, which fast women can beat up on men, whether you can kick all the roadies and mountain bikers off your team and make it cyclocross-specific, and perhaps, if you are allowed to wear a sleeveless skinsuit for a start-order time trail if held in frigid Madison in 2012. Check them out with the official summary below. Have an opinion?  Drop it below!

USA Cycling legislation indicates upcoming rule changes

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Nov. 19, 2010) – The USCF Board of Trustees met Nov. 6 to discuss and vote on proposed rule changes for the 2011 road, track and cyclo-cross season. [Ed. note: also the remaining 2010 cyclocross season]

While numerous items were introduced by the Trustee representatives, the most significant legislation passed was the addition of a singlespeed national championship category for cyclo-cross and a rewrite of the rules concerning clubs and teams that shift the focus from sponsored to active clubs.

A singlespeed national championship category will be added to this year’s Cyclo-Cross National Championships with no category restrictions for 2010. The 2011 USA Cycling Rulebook will recognize that clubs may have more than one race team and will allow a rider to be a member of different teams for different disciplines. The most controversial proposals, including a ban on helmet cameras and junior equipment restrictions, either failed or were withdrawn prior to vote.

Below is a summary of amended rules that were passed and will be included in the 2011 USA Cycling Rulebook:

  • *Singlespeed National Championship category added to USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships:

o    Category restrictions will not be used in 2010.

o    The singlespeed category will not have the 33 mm tire width rule, but riders will need to have tires no bigger than 35 mm.

o    The singlespeed category will be required to have a freewheel, one cog and drop bars (no straight bars, no mountain bikes).

  • Registered clubs/teams:

o    Must promote a race to be an active club.

o    Clubs can have multiple teams.

o    Teams may be discipline specific. Riders may race for another team in a specific discipline, i.e. cyclo-cross, even if that team is organized by a club other than his/her licensed club.

  • Women in men’s races:
    • Category 1/2 master women now, along with 3/4 master women, can race with older master men as follows:
    • Cat 1/2 master women can ride with master men up to 10 years older. Ie., a 35 year-old Cat 1 woman could ride with the master men’s group that is open to 45 year-old master men, such as 45+, but could not ride in the master men 50+ class.
    • Cat 3/4 master women can ride with master men up to 20 years older. Ie., a 35 year-old Cat 3 woman could ride with the master men’s group that is open to 55 year-old master men, such as 55+, but could not ride in a 60+ men’s age group.
  • USA Cycling categories in UCI races: A new rule now stipulates default ability categories for riding in UCI races. Ie., To race a UCI road race a male rider must be category 1, a female rider has to be category 1 or 2. See rule 1J15.
  • Women’s Category 4 maximum field limit has been increased to 75.
  • Chip timing has been added to the list of items that may be provided for rider identification.
  • Entry/Identity Fraud: Any licensee entering a race under an assumed name or conspiring to allow another rider to enter a race under an assumed name will incur a one year suspension.
  • Cyclo-cross field limits: Similar to road races, a default field limit of 100 was established if no other field limit has been set by the organizer or the local administrator.
  • *Lapped Riders in Cyclocross: Several ways to handle lapped riders in cyclo-cross are outlined. Riders may be allowed to finish, pulled at the line or pulled using the 80/20 rule.
  • *Cyclo-cross feeding: Feeding in Cyclo-cross races has been established. The default rules include: no feeding in the first two and final two laps of the race and only in the pit lane. Temperature of at least 68 degrees is recommended.
  • Sleeveless Jerseys: Riders may now wear sleeveless jerseys in time trial events.
  • Sprint Seeding: Standard tables will be developed describing how sprint seeding and the sprint formats will occur at National Championships. In masters championships age groups will not be combined in sprint tournaments.
  • Junior Omnium: The International Omnium has been added to junior track nationals.
  • Masters Scratch Race: A scratch race has been added to masters track nationals.
  • Master Women’s Team Pursuit: A 45+ event has been added to team pursuit at masters track nationals.

* denotes legislation that will take effect in 2010

A complete outline of all the rule changes can be found on the Rulebook portion of the USA Cycling website.

USA Cycling’s various Boards of Trustees are made up of a volunteer group of licensees elected by USA Cycling membership. As a part of USA Cycling’s legislative process only Trustees may submit legislation; however items may be suggested by other licensees or by staff as long as the legislation is associated with a Trustee. Trustees may or may not approve of the item submitted, but would like the topic considered by the Board. USA Cycling would like to thank all the licensees who contacted their Board of Trustee representatives to let their voices be heard.



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the thing i didnt notice until just now - the one cog rule - how will this apply to people running the white industries two-cog freewheels? for singlespeeds, this is no different than a flip-flop hub, but by a strict reading of the usac regs, either might be considered illegal on a technicality? i realize this is all seating in a healthy mistrust of the sanctioning body on my part, but its not entirely unreasonable to imagine running into an official too by-the-book for their own good...

Marc D
Marc D

Hey, I'm not giving up my 34s! I love those big fat tires. The UCI will have to pry them out of my dead cold fingers, and so on. In the Masters classes I know I don't have to worry about the 33 thing anyway (you'd be surprised how many local racers thinks this applies to everybody in every race!). Before I forget (55+ my mind is going) thanks for offering to those tubbies off my hands! Nice guys! Well, now I'm going to have to start cutting off all the sleeves off my insulated skinsuits. It's going to be cold for the rest of the season, but the rules are the rules. I've got that one right, don't I? Gee so many changes, that make so little sense ... what's a guy to do?


and it looks like starting next year at nats, singlespeeds, both men and women, will be restricted to cats 1-3. while im kinda ambivalent about a singlespeed national title, im stoked that theres one for women too - but seriously discouraged to see the category restrictions. i know, i know - if youre going to nats, you should be a serious racer blah blah blah - and theres plenty of people out there who think us singlespeeders are all a bunch of jokers in costumes or some such nonsense - bottom line for me is that it always sucks to see about the most inclusive class out there restricted.

Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

Hey Marc,

well, if you're not an elite man, woman, or junior 17-18, use them! or send them to CXM headquarters. we can always use tubulars for wheel testing! and have a potential project for used/flatted tires as well.

Marc D
Marc D

Glad they clarified that sleeveless jersey restriction. The controversy around that subject was tearing me up. Big time. Now what am I going to do with all these 34 Rhinos?

beth h
beth h

Perhaps this is USAC's way of saying that inclusivity has its place, up to a point.

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