2013 Series Categories
Men’s Open – open to all CX USA Cycling licensed riders – Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License in either PRO, 1, 2, 3, 4. CAT 5 riders are not eligible for this category/race. NO one day licenses available for this category.
Men’s 3 and 4 – Combining USA Cycling CX categories for Series Championship. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License in either CAT 3 or CAT 4. No one day licenses available for this category.
Men’s 5 – Category for new CX athletes. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License or CAT 5 riders may purchase a one day license for $10.00
Master’s Men 35+ – Open to all USA Cycling CX categories (PRO, 1, 2, 3, 4) Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License or CAT 5 riders may purchase a USA Cycling one day license for $10.00.. Must have racing age of 35 years and older.
Master’s Men 50+ – Open to all USA Cycling CX categories (PRO, 1, 2, 3, 4) Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License or CAT 5 riders may purchase a USA Cycling one day license for $10.00. Must have racing age of 50 years and older.
Juniors (Boys and Girls) – Must have a racing age younger than 19 – available to all ages 10 to 18. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License or purchase a USA Cycling one day license for $10.00.
Singlespeed – Available to all USA Cycling categories CX racers (CAT PRO, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) or purchase a USA Cycling one day license for $10.00.
Women’s Open – open to all CX USA Cycling licensed riders – Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual License in either PRO, 1, 2, 3 or CAT 4 women may purchase a USA Cycling one day license for $10.00.
Individual races/promoters may offer race categories in non-Series categories, who will not receive Series Points or be posted in Series Standings.
USA Cycling CX racing age is determined by how old you will be on December 31, 2014. This rule is based upon the year in which 2013 World’s Championships occur – which is in January 2014.
2013 Race Schedule, Race Duration and MINIMUM Prize Purse by Category
AZ Cross Series Category Race Time * Race Duration Minimum Prizes (Cash? Merchandise?)
Men’s Open 11:50 a.m. 60 minutes Cash 4 deep (when 8 or more racers START- less than 8 only 1st place money)
Men’s 3 and 4 10:20 a.m. 40 minutes Cash 4 deep (when 8 or more racers START- less than 8 only 1st place money)
Men’s 5 9:00 a.m. 30 minutes Medals /Merchandise
Master’s Men 35+ 9:40 a.m. 35 minutes Cash 4 deep (when 8 or more racers START- less than 8 only 1st place money)
Master’s Men 50+ 9:40 a.m. 35 minutes Cash 4 deep (when 8 or more racers START- less than 8 only 1st place money)
Junior Men 11:10 a.m. 30 minutes Medals/Merchandise
Singlespeed 9:00 a.m. 30 minutes Medals/Merchandise
Women’s Open 11:10 a.m. 30 minutes Cash 4 deep (when 8 or more racers START- less than 8 only 1st place money)
Individual races/promoters may offer races, and/or expanded prize purses.
* check individual venue schedule to verify start times and categories.
Promoters reserve right to combine categories and only offer prize purses if minimum registration (8) numbers are attained. Categories with 8 or less racers, will receive payouts/medals/merchandise to first place only.
2013 Standard Daily Race Schedule- check individual venue schedules to be sure
Race Time AZ Cross Series Category Race Duration
9:00 a.m. Men’s CAT 5 / Singlespeed* 30 minutes
9:40 a.m. Master’s Men 35+/ Master’s Men 50+* 35 minutes
10:20 a.m. Men’s CAT 3 and 4 40 minutes
11:10 a.m. Women’s Open/ Junior Men* 30 minutes
11:50 a.m. Men’s Open 60 minutes
- Race together but scored separately
2013 Series Points
Double Series Points will be offered at:
Cranky CX Globe, Flagstaff XX, Storm the Beach Tucson, and SMA Smackdown Tucson, and Series Finals December 20 @ Crossroads.
Racers will earn points for placing 1st through 10th place. The AZ Cross Series Champion for each category will be the racer who collects the greatest number of points (no race drops).
Racers upgrading middle of season will be allowed to take half (50%) of their Series points to their upgraded race category. For instance, for a 8 race series, racers must upgrade before the before the fourth race to take their points with them.
Master’s 35+/Master 50+ racers may NOT transfer Series points to any other Series categories.
State Championship race is NOT PART OF THE SERIES Overall. SERIES CONCLUDES ON DECEMBER 20, 2013.
2013 Series Rules
All AZ CROSS Series races are held under USA Cycling permit and therefore all USA Cycling Rules of racing apply. Visit www.usacycling.org to review the Rulebook.
Race Schedule. Please double check to insure your start time at each Series race. All start times will be posted on www.azcross.com
Race Results. There is a 15 minute protest period after preliminary results have been posted by the USA Cycling (USAC) Official. Any race result protests must be filed within this period with the USAC Official – any decision made by the USAC Official is final. No results will be modified/changed/edited after race results are posted as final. Please check race results on race day – do not go home and then check. Results and Series Standings will be posted online at www.virtualroster.com
Staging Procedures. No more than 10 minutes before the scheduled race start time of each race all racers must report to staging area. Please make sure you are in the staging area at least 10 minutes before your race start. Racers will be staged based upon Series points after Race #1. USAC Official will give you brief race instructions – pulling procedures, race duration, etc. Please listen carefully as sometimes things change from what has been published. In the Women’s Open and Junior categories, the juniors will be staged in front of the women. There will be a 10 second delay between category starts. In the CAT 5 and Singlespeed categories, the Singlespeed will be staged in front of the CAT 5. There will be a 10 second delay between category starts. Categories race together but are scored separately.
Race Start. All Series races will be started by the USAC Official and on a whistle. Racers will be given a two minute warning, one minute warning, and a 30 second warning. The start may occur at any time after the 30 second warning.
Series Champion. Series Champions in each category will be awarded by the total points accumulated. In case of tie, final race result is the tie-breaker. Series Championship awards – merchandise, and medals.
Q: What Category should I race?
A: If you are a new racer, then your category should be CAT 5 (men) Cat 4 (women). One day licenses are sold for $10.00 in those categories only. All other categories must have a current, valid USA Cycling Annual License to race in the AZ Cross Series.
Q: Do I need a USA Cycling license to race?
A: Yes. If you are a CAT 5 (new racer) and you do not have a USAC License, you may purchase a one day license on-site for $10.00. Masters, Juniors, and Singlespeed are not categorized and may race on a one day license available for $10.00 If you are above CAT 5 men and CAT 4 women, you must purchase an Annual Racing License through USA Cycling. Annual License are available at $60 ($30 for Juniors). Please refer to www.usacycling.org for complete licensing information.
Q: What’s the difference between Men’s Open and Men’s CAT 3/4?
A: Men’s CAT 3/4 is only open to licensed riders possessing a USA Cycling CAT 3 or CAT 4 license. Men’s Open category is available to any and all USA Cycling licensed riders in Pro, CAT 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Q: What is a sandbagger?
A: Sandbaggers are those racers who win by enormous margins over their fellow competitors. Usually sandbaggers are found in CAT 4 and CAT 5 fields. AZ CROSS does not control or issue upgrades, or do we force racers to upgrade. Category upgrades are requested and approved through AZ Cycling – Don Melhado. Check with USA Cycling for the latest on upgrades – there are changes for the 2013 season.
Q: Does AZ CROSS send race results to USA Cycling? Upgrade points?
A: Yes, each race promoter is responsible to send final race results to USA Cycling within 24 hours of race day.
Q: Can I pre-register?
A: Absolutely! Online registration is available at www.arizonareg.com Entry fees vary by venue, double check online registration closing dates, and avoid the $10.00 increase for day-of on-site registration.
Q: What forms will I have to fill-out?
A: All Series races require you to sign in person a USA Cycling Release Form. Any Juniors must have a parent/guardian present to sign the Release.
Q: Can I use a mountain bike?
A: Yes. Under current USA Cycling Rules mountain bikes are allowed in cyclocross races. NO BAR ENDS.
Q: Can I race a tandem?
A: No. AZ CROSS does not offer a tandem category.
Q: Are races measured by distance or time, or laps?
A: All AZ CROSS Series races are measured in time. The rider who completes the most laps in the race duration wins. Think of the published race duration as the minimum not the maximum.