RE: [USAICO] 17-18 only UCI races
If only one or two jr’s show up for the UCI 17 to 18 class will their points be counted (ie is there a minium field size?)
How would we amend our permits to add a 17-18 UCI class?
What would be the license requiments?
From: USAICO@yahoogroups.com [mailto:USAICO@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Adam Myerson
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 3:03 PM
Subject: [USAICO] 17-18 only UCI races
There is a new ranking for next season for the 17-18 juniors, where they are
able to score UCI points, and their ranking will be used to stage events.
This is fairly crucial for our international juniors when they compete at
World Cups and World Championships.
We have avoided doing UCI junior races in the past, because it required the
17-18's to have their own start slot and not share the course with any other
classes. We've always felt that it was better race if it was a 16-18
category, and we've seen that has been true over the past few years. Now it
might come at the expense of a small handful of our top 17-18 riders.
My question here is whether any of you would consider running a dedicated
17-18 class at your event. I think for many organizers, it's nearly
impossible. There are simply not enough hours in the day to add another
start, and the turnouts are so large in some of the B and C classes that it
would be financially disastrous to cut them to make room for 20 juniors.
However, some of you may have the sponsorship dollars to afford a move like
that, or perhaps don't have the huge turnouts in your lower categories and
are still able to combine those classes to make room for the juniors.
Further, for those who could pull it off, it would certainly add another
draw or possibility for marketing, as many of the top juniors would
prioritize those races with separate starts.
There are other downsides, of course. The US is a big country, and the last
thing we wanted to see was a points chase for rich kids flying around
collecting UCI points like pros. That may be inevitable to a degree, but
Marc, Geoff, and I have been discussing this at length, and we think the
first step is simply polling the organizers and see who might be interested.
From there, I'm willing to go back to the UCI and see if it's possible to
add the Junior race to your inscription still at this late date. I think
it's a compromise they should be willing to make, considering the new points
systems was only proposed in February, and ratified recently.
Reply to the list for discussion, or to me directly simply to express your