UCI Category Upgrade Policy

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN UPGRADE REQUEST

Only results from the current year are eligible for upgrade consideration once your licence has been issued. If your licence has not yet been issued, you may apply for an upgrade with results from the previous year–race results obtained prior to this will not be considered. Only results acquired from racing with a UCI licence, in UCI licence categories, will be considered. Upgrade requests must be submitted through the CCN websiteIncomplete upgrade request forms will not be processed.

For youth riders wishing to request a temporary age-category upgrade, fill out the temporary upgrade form available here.

Upgrade requests will be processed once weekly–upgrade requests must be submitted by 5 pm Wednesday, through the form above, to be considered.


See below for discipline-specific upgrade criteria.:

BMX
CYCLO-CROSS
MOUNTAIN BIKE
ROAD
TRACK
YOUTH


Athletes are required to race in their designated categories and will collect points as a result of top place finishes, as outlined below. Riders may only upgrade one category per race season. Exemptions will be considered by Cycling BC on a case-by-case basis.

Decisions concerning upgrade requests are final. However, in exceptional cases, appeals can be made by emailing membership@cyclingbc.net to request that your upgrade be reconsidered. All appeals must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an NCCP-certified coach, supporting your upgrade request.

We are working with clubs and race organizers to provide more opportunities for BC riders to participate in races meeting the standards for UCI category upgrades. To this end, Cycling BC is pleased to announce the creation of a province-wide points system that will bring together all levels of events to support a cumulative ranking and upgrade system. See the document outlining these changes here.


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UPGRADE CRITERIA

FOR RIDERS AGE 30+

Changes between Master and Elite are only possible at the time of annual license renewal. Mid‐season changes between Elite and Master are not possible.

Riders aged 30 and up should choose the age category he/she would compete in at Provincial and National Championships: either Elite or Master. Riders who have chosen the Master category are only eligible for the Master provincial championship title, and riders who have chosen the Elite category are only eligible for the Elite provincial championship title.

Status as a Master or Elite rider applies to all cycling disciplines in which the rider participates.

BMX

20″ CATEGORIES

Riders with BMX licenses can have ability categories for the 20” class as follows:

Males:

  • Novice: Riders new to the sport; they have less than 10 race wins. One of the “Challenge” categories.
  • Intermediate: Riders with some experience; these riders have less than 25 wins as an intermediate. One of the “Challenge” categories.
  • Expert: Highly skilled amateur riders. One of the “Challenge” categories.

Females:

  • Novice: Riders new to the sport; they have less than 25 race wins. One of the “Challenge” categories.
  • Expert: Highly skilled amateur riders. One of the “Challenge” categories.

Within the 20” bicycle class, categories are determined first by the rider’s age group, and then by their ability category as described above. Riders must upgrade when they earn the number of race wins described in the lists above.

Cyclocross

Upgrade credit is available only at BC Championship, BC Premier Series, and Regional A level events.

  • To move up a category riders must have two wins or three top five placings.
  • If there are fewer than five riders in a category, only the top two will receive upgrade credit.
  • Riders can only upgrade one category per race season
  • Upgrade credit can be considered from high-sanctioned out-of-province races at the discretion of Cycling BC. In order to be considered, out-of-province races must a possess a similar category format to that of Cycling BC Regional A, BC Premier Series, or BC Championship level races and have commissaires/officials.

Mountain Bike

Upgrade credits are available only at BC Championship, BC Premier Series, BC Cup, and Regional A level events.

  • To move up a category riders must have two wins or three top five placings.
  • If there are fewer than five riders in a category, only the top two will receive upgrade credit.
  • Riders can only upgrade one category per race season.
  • Upgrade credits may be considered from high-sanctioned out-of-province races at the discretion of Cycling BC. Out-of-province races: In order to be considered, out-of-province races must a possess a similar category format to that of Cycling BC Regional A, BC Premier Series, or BC Championship level races and have commissaires/officials.

Road

Upgrade points will be calculated starting in 2017. Points will not be retroactively applied to races prior to 2017.

Only results from the current year are eligible for upgrade consideration once your licence has been issued.

Category
Points required
Cat 4 to 3 25
Cat 3 to 2 30
Cat 2 to 1 35 pts + letter of recommendation from an NCCP-certified coach
Sanction
Level
Races
Points*
National/International Nationals (Championship categories), BC Superweek Cat 1/2 Top 10 (30, 27, 24 … 3)
AAA BC Championships & Premier Series, Superweek Cat 3/4 Top 10 (20, 18, 16 … 2)
AA Regional Races (ie. Spring Series) & Masters fields Top 10 (10, 9, 8 … 1)
A Local Races Top 5 (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
Road race, criterium, and time trial events all earn equal points.
  • Points will only be allocated to races which are officiated by licensed, certified commissaires, and which are run with UCI ability categories. Results from self-seeded races do not count towards upgrades.
  • If the starting field size is less than double the number of positions awarded points in the above table, points will be limited to half of the field, rounded down (ie. AA race, 11 starters, points awarded to top five finishers, as follows: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6).
  • If gender categories are combined into one field for a race, points will be calculated separately for each gender race category.
  • If ability categories are combined into one field for a race, points will be calculated for finishing position within the field; ability categories will not be separated out for upgrade points calculations.
  • Upgrade points may be awarded for results in high-sanctioned out-of-province races at the discretion of Cycling BC. In order to be considered, out-of-province races must a possess a similar category format to that of the appropriate Cycling BC sanction level, and be officiated by licensed commissaires.

It is acknowledged that some riders will serve as domestiques and ride in a more competitive race while others will chase points in a less competitive race. This does not impact the upgrade policy.

Downgrade Policy:

Enforced downgrades can occur if no points are collected within a 24-month period.

A rider can choose to downgrade at the beginning of the season prior to purchasing their licence. Any rider requesting to downgrade will be subject to review and approval by Cycling BC.

Track

Upgrade credit is available only at BC Championship, BC Premier Series, and Regional A level events.

Upgrade points from Cat 3 to 2 and Cat 2 to 1 are only available at BC Championship, BC Premier Series, and Regional A level events

Upgrade credit from Cat 4 are available in any race where more than 10 riders are in the field. However, results for said upgrades will be based only on Omnium Standings for that race (i.e. 1st in a Belgium Win & Out at the BVC’s Friday Night Race series will not count as one win, however an overall Omnium win at a Friday Night Race will count).

  • In order to be eligible to upgrade from Cat 4, a rider must show results from at least 2 different velodromes.
  • Riders can only upgrade one category per race season, unless decided otherwise by Cycling BC under special circumstances. Riders who wish to upgrade more than one category in a season must apply to Cycling BC. Application should include a reference from an authorized NCCP coach/individual from the rider’s home velodrome and provide support (ie. results) as to why the additional upgrade is deserved.
  • All other categories require two wins or three top five placings to move up one category.
  • Upgrade credit may be considered from high-sanctioned out-of-province races at the discretion of Cycling BC.  In order to be considered, out-of-province races must a possess a similar category format to that of Cycling BC Regional A, BC Premier Series, or BC Championship level races and have commissaires/officials present.

 

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