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2017-18 SoCalCross Prestige Series Riders Guide

A. Governing Rules & Regulations

The SoCalCross Prestige Series strives to follow the highest professional standards with regard to safety, the standardization of rules, scoring, rankings, results, start order, and course set-up guidelines. SoCalCross Prestige races may be permitted under the authority and sanctioning rules of the UCI, USA Cycling and the North American Bicycle Racing Association, and shall abide by the rules specific to that sanctioning body. It is the responsibility of all racers to read this guide.

1. Categories

The Series will offer the following categories:

  1. Elite Men A CX 1–4
  2. U23 Men CX1-4  (CX age under 23)(race day prize list eligible with Elite Men A plus U23 prize list)
  3. Men B CX 3-5
  4. Men C CX 4-5
  5. Elite Women A CX 1–4
  6. U23 Women CX1-4 (CX age under 23) (series scoring, race day prize list combined with Women A)
  7. Women B CX 3-5
  8. Women C CX 4-5
  9. Single Speed Men A CX 1-5
  10. Single Speed Men B CX 3-5
  11. Single Speed Men C CX 4-5
  12. Single Speed Women CX1-5
  13. Masters Women 35+ CX 1–5 (CX age on 12/31/2018)
  14. Masters Women 45+ CX 1–5
  15. Masters Men 35+ A CX 1–4
  16. Masters Men 35+ B CX 3-5
  17. Masters Men 35+ C CX 4-5
  18. Masters Men 45+ A CX 1–4
  19. Masters Men 45+ B CX 3-5
  20. Masters Men 55+ CX 1–5
  21. Masters Men 65+ CX 1–5
  22. Junior Boys 9–14 CX 1-5
  23. Junior Boys 15–18 CX 1-5
  24. Junior Girls 9–14 CX 1-5
  25. Junior Girls 15–18 CX 1-5
  26. Youth Boys age 6–9 (current year calendar age)
  27. Youth Girls age 6-9 (current year calendar age)

(Single speed definitions shall follow the rules set by the permitting body, e.g., USAC, NABRA, etc.)

2. Cyclocross Racing Age

A rider’s racing age in cyclo-cross is his age on December 31st of the year that the cyclo-cross season ends.

The cyclocross season begins September 1st of this year and ends on the last day of February of next year.  

Therefore, your CX racing age for the 2017-2018 season is your age on December 31, 2018. Riders under the age of 6 are not permitted to race other than Kiddie Cross.  

The following terms refer to specific age groups. Racing  Age Group Class 6- 9 Youth 9-18 Junior 19-22 Under 23 23-29 Elite (i.e. senior) 30+ Master *The only exception is that for the minimum age for a licensee of 6 years old, this refers to chronological age, not racing age.

Category

Age

Birth Year

Youth *current calendar age

6-9

2007-2011

Junior 9-14

9-14

2004-2009

Junior 15-18

15-18

2000-2003

U23

19-22

1996-1999

Master 35+

35 or Older

1983 or earlier

Master 45+

45 or Older

1973 or earlier

Master 55+/65+

55/65 or Older

1963/1953 or earlier

*A CX age 9 year old youth may race in the Youth or Junior category.

3. Annual and One-Day Licenses for USA Cycling sanctioned races

All racers, with the exception of Category 5 Men and Women, must have an annual USAC license. Cat 5 Men and Women may purchase a USAC one-day license for $10 online or at each USAC race. Youth who race in the Youth Category have a special license available LICENSE info can be found HERE

4. Prestige Series Mandatory Category Upgrades for Cs & Bs

Mandatory category changes and upgrades are based on earned series points based on the rider’s finishes in Prestige Series races. Men/Women racing C category shall face a mandatory upgrade after reaching 60 Series points or three wins, and are no longer eligible to earn series championship points in the C category (see the SoCalCross Prestige Series Points chart below).  Cs upgraded to level B will take 30 earned series points with them to their level B race category.  Cs who have reached a mandatory upgrade but still choose to race C shall not continue to receive championship points, nor will any points earned go to the rider’s Team Rankings.

The upgrade policy shall apply to level B racers who have earned 100 points or five wins to level A in the Men, Women, Masters, and Singlespeed categories.  A mandatory upgrade, however, shall apply only to Master’s level 35+B to 35+A and to Master’s 45+ B to 45+A.  All other B to A category upgrades are voluntary.  

All racers upgrading can take up to 50 accumulated series points with them into their new category.  

Series Upgrade points are tabulated each week, posted on the SoCalCross web site, and are effective for the following race date.  Upgrade points shall be calculated from each race day’s final results.  When a racer has reached a mandatory upgrade, he/she shall be notified via email and a list of Up Graded riders will be posted at race sign-in each week.

5. Category Changes and Series Championship Points

When a rider changes categories (or upgrades) during the season, a maximum of 50 points earned from the prior category shall carry over with the rider into the new category.  All other series points remain in the respective categories they were earned in.  All points earned during the race series, however, shall apply to a rider’s Team Rankings (see below for details).

6. Series Points and Series Championship Points

Series Points are based on how each racer finishes in that field’s final results of the day in the categories they raced in. (See chart below under Individual Rankings & Series Points.)  Note, a racer may race in more than one category. The racer with the most points in their respective race category at the end of the season is the Series Champion of that race category. An individual series championship is based on a racer’s points earned in his/her BEST 8 FINISHES. 

7. Team Ranking Points & Team Names

Racers may race in more than one race category to earn series points.  The series points earned by individual team racers in all categories they raced in during the series are used for team rankings and are based on the combined points of ALL their team members earned points in all the categories they raced in. The team with the most combined earned points in ALL race fields team members raced in for ALL races during the season wins the Series Team Championship.

To accumulate Team Ranking Points, racers must put their team name on their entry form so that points earned from that day’s results will count towards their team’s accumulated points.  Team rankings will be updated weekly off the final results and will be posted on the SoCalCross web site. For your team to receive team points your Team Name must show on final results of the day. Note: All teams must have ONE designated team name for the accuracy of tabulations.  

8. Individual Ranking & Series Points

All race categories will rank riders in the series according to the points earned based on the SoCalCross Prestige Series Chart finishing order below. For the last scheduled race of the series, series points are based on 1.5 x the points available.  Riders must be present at the series final to receive overall series prizes.

The best 8 finishing results for each rider will be used to calculate their individual series ranking including the final race.  In the case of a series points tie, the finish order from the last race will be used to rank tied riders. For example, if a racer races in the last scheduled race of the series and ties another racer who raced, or did not race the last race, then the finishing order will determine the winner. Standings are calculated weekly and posted on the SoCalCross results page.

For Series Elite Men A, Elite Women A and U23 categories, no points will be awarded on UCI race dates to comply with UCI regulations (UCI 1.2.026) and to allow riders to race in the UCI fields without risking their Prestige Series Standings.  All other categories are eligible to receive Prestige Series points on those days.

SoCalCross Prestige Series Points Chart

Places 1-10

Points

Place 11-20

Points

1st

21

11th

10

2nd

19

12th

9

3rd

18

13th

8

4th

17

14th

7

5th

16

15th

6

6th

15

16th

5

7th

14

17th

4

8th

13

18th

3

9th

12

19th

2

10th

11

20th

1

9. Results Location & Protest Period

Results shall be posted at a specific place at the race venue.  The results location will be indicated at sign-in and staging.  Results will be processed as correct and as soon as possible, and when posted, shall have the time of posting written on them.  When results are posted they will be announced on the speaker system.  There is a 15 minute Protest Period once results are posted.  Protests will be handled at the timer/scorer's tent at the Finish line.  It is up to the individual racer to check the race results before their results become final after the Protest Period.

C. Racing

1. Pre-Registration

All riders are encouraged to pre-register to save time and race day registration fees.  When you pre-register there will be a completed printed race day registration form and all you have to do is to sign the form.  

Discounted multi-race season passes are available online or can be purchased at registration..

2. Race Day Registration

Registration for all events will be available on race day.  An additional fee may apply to race day registration.  Except for UCI races, race day registration closes 20 minutes before the published start times of each race.  UCI race day registration closes 1 hour before the published race start time.

When you complete registration you will receive a race number (or numbers).  Left/Right side placement is dependent on the race day finish set-up. Pins will be provided to pin on your number.  Always ask what side the number is to be pinned on or refer to the registration table at the race for correct side placement.  Attach your number “right-side up” on the designated side!  (An exception is made for the superstitious who may receive the #13 and put it upside down.)  You should attach your number so that it is parallel to the ground when in the riding position.

3. Timing Chips

During registration you will receive a timing chip.  The chip number will be noted on your registration form.  The timing chip must be secured by the velcro strap to either ankle. Ankle placement is the most consistent placing for accurate lap times and seamless bike swaps in the pit.  Do NOT place the timing chip on your bike (e.g., on the stem), as it will not read properly.   Please return the timing chip promptly when your race is over, unless you have a Season VIP - Personal Pro chip.  There will be a $50 replacement fee assessed for lost and unreturned chips each season. Chip return boxes will be clearly marked.

4.Course preview

There will be a break between races for racers to pre-ride the course.  The course preview will be open once the race wave leader crosses the finish for the win and upon direction of a race official.  (All racers on the course finish on the first waves winner’s lap.)  Previewing course riders must enter the course past the Finishing area at a designated point and proceed in the direction of course travel.  Do not pass anyone that is currently racing and pull over for someone who is still racing.  While pre-riding the course never cross the finish line.

5. Pre-Staging Area, Start Grid, Call-up & Staging Order

The race announcer will announce staging to racers before their start time.  It is the responsibility of an individual racer to be on time for their start. There will be a clearly marked Pre-Staging Area near the start.  Stay in that area before your field is called up.  Staging for the start will be at the designed Start Grid. Call-up staging order will be based on the series racers rankings for that field.  Do not enter the start grid before call-up or told to do so by the Starter. To avoid crashes Do Not overlap wheels in the grid.  In the case of races with multiple field waves there will be a break between each wave for their respective call-ups and start.

6. The Pit 

A double entry bike pit or two separate pits will be on the course.  Always enter the pit in the direction of course travel at the Pit Entrance and always Exit the pit in the direction of travel.  If a racer has passed the entry of the Pit Entrance but has not yet passed the Pit Exit for that direction, racers may come back to the Pit Entrance. Dismount and return to the Pit Entrance on foot.  Riding backwards on the course or short-cutting through the pit will result in an automatic disqualification.  

Your equipment in, your equipment out.  Using another racers or teams equipment without permission is strictly prohibited.  In the event of neutral service, using any equipment provided (e.g., wheels, bikes, etc.) is not prohibited.  Riders are encouraged to label the wheels they leave in the pit area. Please remove any equipment left in the pit promptly after your race.

7. Finish

All racers finish on the race wave leader’s finish.   Lap cards at the finish line will be displayed for racers to see as they pass indicating “laps to go” based on the leading wave’s race leader’s laps to go. The announcer will try to announce “laps to go” as well.  A bell will be sounded for the start of last lap.  

It is the racers responsibility to pay attention to how many laps there are to go.  Please clear the course in a safe manner as soon as possible after finishing so staff can prepare for next race.  At some races a lapped racer may be pulled if officials decide. If you do not finish (DNF) due to a mechanical or other reasons please come to timer/scorer's table/tent and let them know so they have an accurate account of who finished.

8. General

Stay on course while racing.  Under normal conditions, do not cut the course when course tape is down due to crashes, wind damage, or other reasons.  For safety do not ride in reverse or against the direction of race travel during a pre-ride or a race.  Allow faster racers to pass when clear to do so.  In the event something unexpected happens during a race (e.g., a medical emergency, a course obstruction, inclement weather, etc.) listen to/watch race staff for directions on what to do with regard to the incident.

D. Other

1. Course Crossings  

Please use designated marked course crossings.  Always look both ways before crossing regardless of the direction of course travel.  Avoid damage to the course tape if crossing the course at a non-crossing section. Avoid “surprising racers or pre-riders when you cross the course.  Staff working on course repairs or building shall exercise caution.  Likewise, racers should exercise caution when staff are building or repairing the course.

2. Trash

Do Not Throw Trash on the ground or on the course or around the racing venue.  Deposit all trash in the appropriate containers.  Please respect the parks and course venues we race in so in the future we may return.

3. Feeding

Feeding is permitted by the Chief Referee in accordance to USAC handbook, rule 4A15.  Exceptions may be made by the Chief Referee as to where and when feeding may take place. Normally there is no feeding permitted in the first two and final two laps of a race, and all feeding is to take place in the pit lane.  UCI allows racers to enter the pit and retrieve a bottle from their second pitted bike.  The Prestige Series abides by these USAC rules. However, the Prestige Series recognizes that using the pit area as a dual function area (i.e., for feeding and pitting) can cause problems.  Therefore, in non-USAC sanctioned Prestige Series races, an exception may be made to allow feeding at other designated areas besides the pit. Note: riders are allowed to carry bottles or ride with a hydration system (e.g., Camelbak) during the race.

4. Helping with Course Take-Down.

Cyclocross is ultimately a community endeavor. If at all possible, racers and spectators are encouraged to help staff “take-down the course” after the race has finished.  This may mean helping to collect course tape, stakes, banners, barriers; helping to take down pop-ups, a fly-over, the finishing stand, the podium; helping with loading equipment, supplies and with general clean-up, etc. Helping with course take-down is greatly appreciated! Contact dot@socalcross.org if you are interested in getting more involved.  

LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT SEASON!

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