USACycling_ProCX-smUSA Cycling recently released the 2016-17 Professional Cyclo-Cross Calendar (Pro CX) along with an updated points structure for the season.

The Pro CX is an annual series of cyclo-cross races sanctioned by USA Cycling. Made up of 24 UCI-inscripted Category 1 and Category 2 races, the Pro CX features the premier cyclo-cross events in America and uses an overall ranking system to determine the best individual male and female ‘cross racers over the course of the season.

“The growth of cyclo-cross in America is extremely encouraging for our sport,” said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. “The revised 2016-17 Pro CX is designed to identify the top ‘cross athletes and create a cohesive domestic calendar for fans and teams alike. We look forward to shining a brighter light on the calendar and bringing cyclo-cross to the forefront of the American cycling scene this fall.”

The 2016-17 season kicks off on Sept. 10-11 at the Rochester Cyclo-Cross Weekend in Rochester, N.Y., and concludes with the Highlander ‘Cross Cup in Waco, Texas, on Dec. 17-18. The Pro CX will be contested among the elite men and women and features 11 races for U23 men and four races for junior men.

Based on feedback from the racing community and the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross Sports Committee, a revised points schedule and tabulation method will be implemented for the upcoming season. The new structure offers triple points for Category 1 events and limits points to a rider’s top eight Category 1 and Category 2 results. Riders also have the option to earn points from up to three Cyclo-Cross National Calendar (CXNC) events. The CXNC recognizes top domestic events and provides them with the opportunity to achieve UCI recognition. Those races that seek UCI inscription and inclusion on the Pro CX must first be part of the CXNC for at least one year. Race Directors interested in participating in the CXNC have until August 8 to apply for consideration for that calendar.

The new system aims to address concerns expressed by riders that the extensive number of events included on the Pro CX calendar made attending all of the races in order to contend for the overall title difficult.

Jamey Driscoll won the Pro CX series title, but couldn't contest for the 2015 National Championship. © Cyclocross Magazine

Jamey Driscoll is a former winner of the Pro CX series title. © Cyclocross Magazine

The 2016-17 calendar will also benefit from additional media coverage with the addition of a dedicated press officer who will deliver coverage to all C1 and C2 events with the goal of providing event directors support in the form of outreach to local, non-endemic and endemic media, and following the season-long narrative of the Pro CX.

“This change was implemented after soliciting feedback from Elite cyclo-cross racers and the Cyclo-Cross Committee,” said Micah Rice, Vice President of National Events. “With their input, we have allocated the prize purse offered in previous years toward creating a Pro CX media push. This will help amplify this top-tier calendar and all of the events within it, hopefully providing a valuable service to race directors, their events and the athletes participating in the Pro CX.”

USA Cycling Pro CX (ProCX) Cyclocross Race Calendar - 2016 / 2017

Sept. 10Rochester CyclocrossRochester, NY1
Sept. 11Rochester CyclocrossRochester, NY2
Sept. 17Nittany Lion Cross Breiningsville, PA2
Sept. 17Trek CXC Cup Waterloo, WI2
Sept. 18Nittany Lion Cross Breiningsville, PA2
Sept. 18Trek CXC CupWaterloo, WI1
Sept. 21Clif Bar CrossVegas UCI World CupLas Vegas, NVWC (No Pro CX Points)
Sept. 23Jingle CrossIowa City, IA2
Sept. 24Jingle Cross UCI World CupIowa City, IAWC (No Pro CX Points)
Sept. 25Jingle CrossIowa City, IA1
Oct. 1KMC Cyclo-cross Festival*Thompson, CT1
Oct. 2KMC Cyclo-cross Festival*Thompson, CT2
Oct. 8Charm City CrossBaltimore, MD2
Oct. 9Charm City CrossBaltimore, MD1
Oct.15CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of GloucesterGloucester, MA2
Oct.15US Open of Cyclocross*Boulder, CO2
Oct. 16CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of GloucesterGloucester, MA2
Oct. 16US Open of Cyclocross^Boulder, CO2
Oct. 22The North Coast Gran Prix of CyclocrossCleveland, OH2
Oct. 22DCCXWashington DC2
Oct. 23The North Coast Gran Prix of CyclocrossCleveland, OH2
Oct. 23DCCXWashington DC2
Oct. 29Pan Am Continental Cyclo-cross Championships*^Covington, KYCC (No Pro CX Points)
Oct. 29HPCXJamesburg, NJ2
Oct. 30Cincinnati - KingsCX*Mason, OH1
Oct. 30HPCXJamesburg, NJ2
Nov. 5Derby City Cup*Louisville, KY1
Nov. 6Derby City Cup*Louisville, KY2
Nov. 12Cyntergy Hurtland, a Tulsa Tough ProductionTulsa, OK2
Nov. 12Cycle-Smart Northampton InternationalNorthampton, MA2
Nov. 13Cycle-Smart Northampton InternationalNorthampton, MA2
Nov. 19Supercross CupStony Point, NY2
Nov. 19CXLA Weekend: Los Angeles*^Los Angeles, CA2
Nov. 20Supercross CupStony Point, NY2
Nov. 20CXLA Weekend: Los Angeles*^Los Angeles, CA2
Dec. 3Ruts N' GutsBroken Arrow, OK1
Dec. 3NBX Gran Prix of CrossWarwick, RI2
Dec. 3Major Taylor 'Cross Cup*Indianapolis, IN2
Dec. 4Ruts N' GutsBroken Arrow, OK2
Dec. 4NBX Gran Prix of CrossWarwick, RI2
Dec. 4Major Taylor 'Cross Cup*Indianapolis, IN2
Dec. 10North Carolina Grand PrixHendersonville, NC2
Dec. 10Resolution 'Cross CupDallas (Garland), TX2
Dec. 11North Carolina Grand PrixHendersonville, NC2
Dec. 11Resolution 'Cross Cup Dallas (Garland), TX2
Dec. 17Highlander 'Cross CupWaco, TX2
Dec. 18Highlander 'Cross CupWaco, TX2
Notes:This schedule is SUBJECT TO CHANGE. 
   |    The Pan Am Continental Cyclo-cross Championships and Clif Bar Cross Vegas UCI World Cup do NOT award Pro CX points.
*Designates events that have UCI races for junior men.
^Designates events that have UCI races for U23 men.

2016/2017 USA Cycling Pro CX Scoring

PRO CX PlaceMen's Elite/Women's Elite C1Men's Elite/Women's EliteElite C2Men's Elite/Women's EliteElite CXNC