Sanctioned Events

Cycling BC sanctioning is an official designation approving and licensing cycling events in the province of British Columbia consistent with UCI and Cycling Canada rules and regulation. Organizers who sanction their events with Cycling BC are committed to following the rules and regulations of the sport, to fair play, and to providing a safe environment for racers and spectators alike. As leaders in the community, organizers, clubs, volunteers, and race officials are working together to grow the sport of cycling in our province through sanctioned events.

For all sanctioned events, riders and organizers are covered under Cycling BC’s insurance policies. All sanctioned races must have timing and commissaires present to ensure safe racing and to ensure that national racing guidelines are respected. Riders must hold a current BC RACE licence in order to race in all categories other than novice/beginner.  Riders holding a Provincial RIDE licence as well as rider who purchase 1 day event licenses (if available) may race in novice/beginner categories only. Given that these conditions are met, results from sanctioned events are eligible for licence category upgrades, according to the upgrade policy, available here.

There are three levels of sanctioning: Local (A), Provincial (AA), and National (AAA).

A Level Sanctioning

A Level sanctioning is best suited to local events or club races attracting racers primarily from the local community. These events are open to riders outside of the host club or organization.

A Level sanctioned races appear on the Cycling BC calendar, and provide the opening stages to development for local riders. These races should be officiated by a minimum of two licensed commissaires and electronic timing is strongly recommended, although not required.

Local level races are eligible for two classifications of validation from Cycling BC: CBC sponsored or club accredited.

CBC sponsored local level races will have commissaires assigned and provided at the expense of Cycling BC. These races are automatically eligible for upgrade points for participants.

Club accredited, local level races will be responsible for providing their own certified commissaires from within their club membership. The quantity of the commissaires must be suitable for the number of riders participating and, in the case of road racing, the number of groups on the road at 1 time. The chosen commissaires must be approved by Cycling BC in advance in order for these events to be eligible for upgrades points for participants.

 

For road races, if results are submitted as required, Level A sanctioned races will accrue points for overall provincial points tracking for places 1-5 (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)

AA Level Sanctioning

AA Level sanctioning is best suited to regional events produced to a higher level attracting athletes from across BC.

AA Level sanctioned events must provide professional timing services and be officiated by a minimum of three licensed commissaires provided by Cycling BC. These races are eligible for selection to host provincial race series such as the BC Cup Series. Organizers participating in such series are eligible for support from Cycling BC event staff as well as access to Cycling BC event equipment. In addition to inclusion in the Cycling BC provincial race calendar, promotional support pre- and post-race is offered through Cycling BC.

For road events, if results are submitted as required, a higher value in points are awarded for overall points tracking. Points for overall provincial standings are awarded to the top 8 places (10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3)

AAA Level Sanctioning

AAA Level sanctioned races are suited to the highest level of competition, attracting Provincial, National and International attendance.

AAA Level sanctioned events must be officiated by a minimum of four licensed commissaires provided by Cycling BC. National level races will often be co-sanctioned by Cycling Canada and the UCI. In such cases, these federations may also require national or international commissaire assignments in addition to those provided by Cycling BC. These races are prioritized for selection to host Provincial Championships. Organizers participating in such series are eligible for support from Cycling BC event staff as well as access to Cycling BC event equipment. In addition to inclusion on the Cycling BC provincial race calendar, promotional support pre- and post-race also offered through Cycling BC.

All AAA level sanctioned races must have timing and commissaires present to ensure safe racing and national racing guidelines are respected.

For road events, if results are submitted as required, points are awarded for overall provincial standings. Points for Level AA tracking are awarded to the top 10 places (20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2)

Upgrades

Results from all sanctioned races are eligible for consideration for UCI category upgrades, provided they follow the requirements listed above, and provided that results are submitted to Cycling BC by the race organizer. To view the upgrade policy, click here.

Sanction Your Event

Please contact Cory Ostertag at cory@cyclingbc.net for information about sanctioning/registering your event for 2019.

Submit your expression of interest form