A race license confirms your racing credentials and participation rights as conditionally set forth through international (UCI) and national (Cycling Canada) race categories.
Races in British Columbia, and in other jurisdictions, will employ different models for segmenting participants into different categories. Some races will feature exclusively age-based categories, others will be ability-based, and some will use a mix of both. Age categories and ability categories are mutually exclusive. Your racing age will determine your age category while your experience and competency, as demonstrated by your results history, will determine your ability category. Therefore, age categories will automatically be adjusted to reflect a racers change in age. However, ability categories can only be changed by Cycling BC (or another licensing authority) and this requires athletes to report their results in order to change categories.
Please note that if age-based categories and ability-based categories are offered at an event, athletes may have the option to enter different categories depending on their licensed categories. For example, if a road race has a “masters” category (aged 35+) as well as Cat 2, Cat 3 and Cat 4 races, an individual with a Masters Cat 3 license will have the option of racing in the masters field or the Cat 3 field.
|Age Categories||Road Ability Levels||Mountain Bike Ability Levels||BMX Ability Levels|
|Youth (U13, U15, U17)||Cat 4||Novice||Novice|
|Elite (23 & up)||Cat 2||Expert||Expert|
|Master (35 & up)||Cat 1||Elite|
Cycling BC will consider results obtained during a rolling 18 month period. For example, in a request submitted in January 2020, we will consider all results from 2019 as well as results from the latter half of 2018. Only results acquired from racing with a UCI licence or Provincial Race License, in UCI licence categories, will be considered. Upgrade requests must be submitted through the CCN website. Incomplete upgrade request forms will not be processed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
For youth riders wishing to request a temporary age-category upgrade, the athlete must submit the following to Cycling BC no less than 3 weeks prior to the event:
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.
An athlete aged 35 years old must decide whether he/she will compete in the Elite or Master category for the entire season. This choice must be made each year at the time of application (1.1.036). The UCI category corresponds to the rider’s choice to race in the Elite or Master category for national and international events*, regardless of age. The choice of Master status shall not be available for riders belonging to a UCI trade team.
*If an athlete aged 35 years old or over and wants to race in the Elite category for provincial events, but wants to race Master for national and international events, he/she must take a Master licence and ask the Provincial Association to produce an upgrade letter to participate in provincial events in the Elite category.
Note: Championship events are based on age group categories as defined by the UCI.
|Note:||The national rider category code reads as follows:|
|1st letter: discipline|
|2nd letter: gender|
|3-5th letters and/or numbers: National category|
|Last letter or number: ability|
|UCI Category||National Category Category||Road||Track||CX||XC||DH||Enduro|
|Youth||Under 13 women||RWU13||TWU13||CWU13||XWU13|
|Under 13 men||RMU13||TMU13||CMU13||XMU13|
|Under 15 women||RWU15||TWU15||CWU15||XWU15||DWU15|
|Under 15 men||RMU15||TMU15||CMU15||XMU15||DMU15|
|Under 17 women||RWU17||TWU17||CWU17||XWU17||DWU17||ENWU17|
|Under 17 men||RMU17||TMU17||CMU17||XMU17||DMU17||ENMU17|
|Under 23||Under 23 women||RWU23||CWU23||XWU23|
|Under 23 men||RMU23||CMU23||XMU23|
|Master||Master women 35-44||RWMA||TWMA||CWMA||XWMA||DWWA|
|Master women 45-54||RWMB||TWMB||CWMB||XWMB||DWWB|
|Master women 55-64||RWMC||CWMC||XWMC|
|Master women 65+||RWMD||CWMD|
|Master men 35-44||RMMA||TMMA||CMMA||XMMA||DMMA|
|Master men 45-54||RMMB||TMMB||CMMB||XMMB||DMMB|
|Master men 55-64||RMMC||TMMC||CMMC||XMMC||DMMC|
|Master men 65+||RMMD||TMMD||CMMD||XMMD|
|Ability codes:||Cat 1||1||Elite||No Code|
|UCI Category||National Category Category||BMX 20”||BMX 24”|
|Challenge 20”||5 years female||BW5|
|Female||6 years female||BW6|
|7 years female||BW7|
|8 years female||BW8|
|9 years female||BW9|
|10 years female||BW10|
|11 years female||BW11|
|12 years female||BW12|
|13 years female||BW13|
|14 years female||BW14|
|15 years female||BW15|
|16 years female||BW16|
|17-24 years female||BW17-24|
|25+ years female||BW25+|
|Male||5 years male||BM5|
|6 years male||BM6|
|7 years male||BM7|
|8 years male||BM8|
|9 years male||BM9|
|10 years male||BM10|
|11 years male||BM11|
|12 years male||BM12|
|13 years male||BM13|
|14 years male||BM14|
|15 years male||BM15|
|16 years male||BM16|
|17-24 years male||BM17-24|
|25-29 years male||BM25-29|
|30-34 years male||BM30-34|
|35+ years male||BM35+|
|Challenge Cruiser 24”||12 years & under female||BCSW12|
|Female||13-14 years female||BCSW13-14|
|15-16 years female||BCSW15-16|
|17-29 years female||BCSW17-29|
|30-39 years female||BCSW30-39|
|40+ years female||BCSW40+|
|Male||12 years & under male||BCSM12|
|13 & 14 years male||BCSM13-14|
|15 & 16 years male||BCSM15-16|
|17-29 years male||BCSM17-29|
|30-34 years male||BCSM30-34|
|35-39 years male||BCSM35-39|
|40-44 years male||BCSM40-44|
|45-49 years male||BCSM45-49|
|50+ years male||BCSM50+|
|Championship Junior||Junior women||BWJ||BCSWJ|
|Championship Elite||Elite women 19+||BWE||BCSWE|
|Elite men 19+||BME||BCSME|
|Masters men 30+||BMMCH30|
|Note:||The ability code is added after the National category code|
Riders with BMX licenses can have ability categories for the 20” class as follows:
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.
Upgrade credit is available only at BC Championship and Regional A-level events.
Upgrade credits are available only at BC Championship, BC Cup, and Regional A level events.
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.
|Cat 4 to 3||25|
|Cat 3 to 2||30|
|Cat 2 to 1||35 pts + letter of recommendation from an NCCP-certified coach|
|AAA – National / International||National Championships, Provincial Championships (championship categories only), UCI races, Superweek Elite 1/2 races||Top 10 (20, 18, 16 … 2)|
|AA – Provincial||BC Cup Series Races, and equivalent USA Cycling Amateur Races (Tour de Bloom, Mutual of Enumclaw, etc.), collegiate races, Superweek 3/4 races||Top 8 (10, 9, 8 … 3)|
|A – Local||Local sanctioned Races (Spring Classics, World Tuesday Night Championships)||Top 5 (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)|
|Road race, criterium, and time trial events all earn equal points.|
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.
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.
Upgrade credit is available only at BC Championship and Regional A level events.
Upgrade points from Cat 3 to 2 and Cat 2 to 1 are only available at BC Championship 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 these 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).