2014 Series Information
2014 Categories (some are new in RED)
Men’s PRO/1/2/3 – Open to USA Cycling CX annual licensed riders in PRO/1/2/3 ONLY. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License in either PRO, 1, 2, and 3. CAT 4/5 riders are not eligible for this category/race. No one day licenses available for this category.
Men’s 3/4 – Open to USA Cycling CX annual licensed riders in CAT 3 and/or CAT 4 ONLY. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License in CAT 3 or 4. No one day licenses available for this category.
Men’s 5 – Open to USA Cycling CX annual licensed riders in CAT 5 ONLY. This is the USAC 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 $15.00
Master’s Men 35+ – Open to USA Cycling CX categories (CAT 1, 2, 3, or 4) Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License. Must have racing age of 35 years and older. No one day licenses available for this category.
Master’s Men 40+ 4/5 – Open to USA Cycling CX categories (CAT 4, or 5) Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License CAT 4 or CAT 5 riders may purchase a USA Cycling one day license for $15.00. Must have racing age of 40 years and older.
Master’s Men 50+ – Open to USA Cycling CX categories (CAT 1, 2, 3, or 4) Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual Racing License. Must have racing age of 50 years and older. No one day licenses available for this category.
Juniors Boys – 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 $15.00.
Singlespeed – Available to all USA Cycling categories CX men and women racers (CAT PRO, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Or you can purchase a USA Cycling one day license for $15.00.
Women’s PRO, 1/2/3 - Open to women USA Cycling CX annual licensed riders in CAT 1, 2 or 3. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual License. No one day licenses available for this category.
Women’s 3/4 – Open to women USA Cycling CX annual licensed riders in CAT 3 or CAT 4. Must have current, valid USA Cycling Annual License to race as a CAT 3 or CAT 4 women may purchase a USA Cycling one day license for $15.00.
Juniors 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 $15.00.
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, 2015. This rule is based upon the year in which 2015 World’s Championships occur – which is in January 2015.
2014 AZ CROSS Category Start Times/Duration/Prize Purse
2014 Race Schedule, Race Duration and Prize Purse by Category
Category Race Time Race Duration Minimum Prizes (Cash? Merchandise?)
Men 5 9:00 a.m. 30 minutes Medals /Merchandise
Master’s Men 40+ 4/5 9:00 a.m. 30 minutes Medals/Merchandise
Men PRO/1/2/3 9:40 a.m. 60 minutes Cash 4 deep
Junior Boys 10:50 a.m. 30 minutes Medals/Merchandise
Women 3/4 10:50 a.m. 30 minutes Medals/Merchandise
Junior Girls 10:50 a.m. 30 minutes Medals/Merchandise
Master Men 35+ 11:30 a.m. 40 minutes Cash 4 deep
Master Men 50+ 11:30 a.m. 40 minutes Cash 4 deep
Singlespeed 12:20 p.m. 45 minutes Medals/Merchandise
Women PRO/1/2 /3 12:20 p.m. 45 minutes Cash 4 deep
Men 3 /4 1:15 p.m. 40 minutes Medals/Merchandise
Individual races/promoters may offer additional races, categories and/or expanded prize purses. The above are the categories that qualify for Series points and the Series Championship.
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.
2014 Series Points
1.5X Series Points will be offered at:
- Cyclovia Cyclocross
- University of Arizona CX
Double Series Points will be offered at:
- AZ CROSS Series Finals Cross Roads Park December 20.
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 40+4/5 /Master 50+ racers may NOT transfer Series points to any other Series categories.
TREK CX State Championship race (Sunday December 21) is NOT PART OF THE Series Overall Points.
2014 Series Rules
(as of January 1, 2014)
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.
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 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 2014 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.