The United States Cycling
Other Competitive Cycling organizations can be contacted also:
In order to compete in USCF-sanctioned events (all major races and the District Championships), you must join the United States Cycling Federation. Membership in the USCF insures that the rider will receive most regional race announcements, as well as Cycling USA, the USCF newspaper. The USCF conducts rider training camps, and clinics throughout the year. NOBC members are strongly urged to join the USCF. For an application, contact the Louisiana District Representative:
For Category upgrades from Cat. 5 to Cat. 4 or from Cat. 4 to Cat. 3, you can contact Jackie Anderson . Jackie is an official and is authorized to make those upgrades. To request an upgrade, send (a) a letter requesting an upgrade, which includes a resume of your racing experience or a record of the previous 12 month's placings and (b) a stamped, self-addressed envelope. USCF License: Your current category will be printed on the license. If an upgrade is approved, an upgrade sticker will be returned to you. Upgrades to category 1 require license reissue ($15 fee). Send you request to:
Basic USCF membership costs $45 (2001) and includes a racing license, subscription to the monthly magazine "USA Cycling," supplemental accident and catastropic insurance, a copy of the rule book, and other benefits. Applications are available from the District Representative, directly from the USCF, and from many bicycle stores. USCF members can also have concurrent memberships in NORBA and NCCA using the same application form.
USCF riders are divided up into a number of classes for both men and women according to age. Riders under 18 are classified as Juniors (although they can opt to race as seniors). Riders over 18 are classified as Seniors. Riders over the are of 30 are considered to be Masters (although they too can always race as Seniors). Within a given event, races may be held for a number of age divisions, at the discretion of the race organizers. Most often, there will be a race for Juniors, a number of races for Seniors (according to category), a race for Masters 35 and over, and a race for Women. Larger events will have races for more classes. Smaller events may combine classes into single races.
Each USCF rider is assigned to one of five numbered Categories (Women are assigned to one of four), depending on experience and race results. New members are automatically assigned to Category 5 for Men and Category 4 for Women. Many local recreational riders never seek to advance beyone Category 3. Riders can upgrade to the lower-numbered, more competitive categories based on a combination of experience and race results. In general, categories are as follows:
Category 1: National Caliber atheletes who often compete in
the same races as professionals.
USACycling has specific requirements and procedures for upgrading. You can see the USAC Upgrading Guidelines page, or read the summary that follows. Upgrades from one Category to another are made by the District Representative, Regional Coordinator or his/her delegate. For Louisiana, that would be either Jackie Anderson (Cat. 5 to 4 or Cat. 4 to 3), or George Heagerty. See above for address and contact information. To request an upgrade, a riders sends to the District Rep. his license, a letter requesting an upgrade that includes a resume of his racing experience or a record of the previous 12 months placings, and a return envelope. The USCF rulebook lists a system of points to be used for upgrading that is based on placings and number of entrants. In general, the requirements for upgrading are:
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