Road riding and racing is where the world of cycling all began. More than just a fun physical activity, early cycling was all about transportation. However, it wasn’t long before people began racing their bicycles, and a sport that continues to be enjoyed by millions around the world was born.
Today, the sport of road riding and racing is alive and well in BC. There are many ways to be involved, from riding alone, or with friends, to racing or even riding recreation-oriented mass participation events. Road racing is a diverse sport, with several different competition formats. Some favour long distance endurance riders, while others favour sprinters and climbers.
The four types of Road Races that require the ability to incorporate strength, fitness, strategy, precision and endurance to achieve success include:
In BC, there are 4 different ability category (cat) levels for male and female road riders. Most races offer all of these categories, though some may be combined together for the purposes of racing.
Provincial RIDE Licence holders do not have an ability category, and therefore can’t upgrade, as they race in a Novice category at Provincial and Regional races.
Riders without a UCI licence in the last 5 years must register for Cat 4.
Riders with a UCI licence in the last 5 years must register with the category that they had on their last UCI licence, unless they are applying for an upgrade.
Riders may apply to upgrade to the next highest ability level when they register for their licence, or part way through the season. However, they cannot downgrade in the same season once they have upgraded. Riders must have held a UCI licence in the last season to be eligible for an upgrade.