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In the UCI press release announcing that Cyclocross Worlds are headed to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2022, the governing organization also announced several rule changes affecting Women’s racing.

As with other changes such as the move toward pay equality, the rules are phased in over the next several years.

The new rules and their implementation dates include:

2019 – 2020 — National Federations may add a Women’s Junior category to their National Championships. The athletes in question will receive the same number of UCI points as their male counterparts.

2020 – 2021 — It will be possible to add Women’s Junior events to the UCI International Calendar and at Continental Championships, with the same number of UCI points being awarded as in Men’s Junior events.

2020 – 2021 — Women’s Elite World Cup races (which bring together women aged 19 years and older) will now last 50 minutes (the same as Men’s U23 races).

2021 – 2022 — It will be compulsory for events on the UCI International Calendar and National Championships to include a Women’s Junior race.

2021 – 2022 — Races for Women aged 19 and above will now last 50 minutes, in all events.

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Stay tuned for more on how these rule changes will affect racing here in the U.S. and abroad.