The cyclocross promoters of the Puget Sound region are coming together to present a five race USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross series. This series will offer important USA Cycling Cyclocross ranking points.
Registration and Entry Fee information is listed on individual websites for each race in the series. No Season Pass is being offered.
Categories will be run per USA Cycling guidelines offering the following categories for Men and Women: 5, 4, & 3. Races will be offered for Collegiate Men and Women at the last three races. Category 1 & 2 Men and Women race in the “Open” races. All category riders can enter an Open races.
Juniors can race in Category and Open races or the following age group races:
- Boys 13-16
- Girls 13-16
- Boys 10-12
- Girls 10-12
Masters can race in Category and Open races or the following age group races:
- Cat 4 Master Men 35+
- Cat 4 Master Men 45+
- Cat 3/4 Women 35+
- Open Women 35+
- Open Women 50+
- Cat 3 Master Men 35+
- Cat 3 Master Men 45+
- Open Men 35+
- Open Men 55+
- Open Men 60+
Race Age and Eligibility
USAC Rule 1A14. A rider’s racing age for cyclocross is determined by the year in which the current season ends with the world championships (in this case, 2019). Take 2019 and subtract the year you were born. This is your racing age. For example, if you were born in December of 1990, your racing age is 29 (2019-1990=29)
Determining a Racer’s Category
Riders are assigned by USA Cycling to one of the following categories with smaller numbers representing increasing rider proficiency and ability: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. New USA Cycling members are assigned to Category 5 and can progress to Category 1 based on race results and a formal upgrading system.
Cyclo-cross categories may also be upgraded by conversion from a rider’s earned road or mountain bike cross country category. If during the season, a rider upgrades his or her road or XC category, the cyclocross category can be upgraded to match the road or XC category per USAC Rule 15.6(d).
If a rider has not previously held a USAC Membership and has raced a category higher than 5 in unsanctioned races (MFG Cyclocross and Cross Revolution) the rider may use results from previous unsanctioned races to bring their USAC category in parity with what they have been riding in unsanctioned races. The procedure for this type of upgrade is laid out on the Washington State Bicycle Association website.
In order to be accurately scored, bib numbers and timing chips must be worn properly – timing chips on helmet and bib number on the correct side for the day (left or right) and clearly visible to the judges at the finish line.
It is your responsibility to display your bib number properly as you may not be scored if we cannot read your bib number or timing chip.
If you have more than one series bib number because of losing one or racing multiple categories, it is your responsibility to wear the one that you checked in with at registration
If you are racing two different races within the series, you will be issued two bib numbers and two chip numbers. IT IS REQUIRED that you wear the correct bib and chip number. Our scoring system will not recognize your chip or bib from your other category.
Please ensure that ponytails, hydration packs, etc. do not cover your bib number
When crossing the finish line please do not sit-up or raise your hands to otherwise prevent us from reading your bib number
If for any reason we cannot determine who you are by your bib number you will not be placed in the race
You will not be scored if…
- Your timing chip is poorly placed and can’t be read – mount it on your helmet (examples at registration)
- You do not wear a series bib number AND your timing chip
- You wore your “other category” chip and/or bib number
- You wear a bib number from a different race series
- We can’t read your bib # because it’s upside down, on the wrong side, poorly placed, etc
Overall Series Standings
- Overall series standing will be scored for all categories except Cat 5 Men & Women
- All five races in the series count toward the overall series standings
- The final race of the year is scored for single points in the same way as all other races
- If you upgrade to another category in the middle of the season, points are not carried over
1st through 25th places receive points as follows:
Ties will be broken by greatest number of wins, or, if still tied, by the placing in the final race.
Results Review Protocol
All protest of results must be filed with USAC Officials at the finish line within 15 minutes of results being posted on site. Officials will review requests.
Races will be governed by USA Cycling rules for cyclocross, rider conduct, and equipment regulations. It is the rider’s responsibility to know these rules. All rules and regulations will be enforced by USAC officials. Helmets are required by rules in the USA Cycling rulebook.
All racers must have a current USAC Membership or purchase a USAC One-Day Membership at the time of registration. USAC Memberships can be purchased at www.usacycling.org.
Start Order Procedure
The top sixteen riders in the series standings will be placed in the front two rows. From the 3rd row on, riders will be staged randomly. This order will be mixed up from race to race.