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The United States Cycling Federation



The United States Cycling Federation is the national governing body for bicycle road racing in the United States.

The USCF, the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA), the National Collegiate Cycling Association (NCCA) and Pro Cycling, together comprise USA Cycling. Presently, the NCCA is a program under the USCF. The USCF is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), and is an affiliated member of the International Cycling Union (UCI), which governs most international cycling competitions. Most bicycle road racing clubs and cyclists in the U.S. belong the the USCF, which holds annual National Championships competitions, maintains rules for competitions, certifies officials and coaches, conducts training workshops, etc. Most competitive road cyclists hold USCF Racing Licenses, which indicate to which class and category they belong. Bicycle races are usually divided up according to these age-based classes and experience-based categories, and riders strive to achieve results and gain experience in order to justify upgrading to more competitive categories.

You can access the USCF rulebook, Standard Entry Blank and Release Form, License Application Form, and a number of other USCF-related items directly from the USA Cycling Website.


The USCF can be contacted directly at:
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Phone: (719) 578-4581
Fax: (719) 578-4596

Other Competitive Cycling organizations
can be contacted also:
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Louisiana USCF District Representative

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:


George Heagerty
USAC Southeast Regional Coordinator
228 385-2414 ph/fx
228 437-6377 cell

2258 Club Moss Cir.
Biloxi, MS. 39532

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:

Jackie Anderson
P.O. Box 853
St. Francisville, LA 70775

For Information about events in other districts, you can contact Other USCF District Representatives via the USCF Website.

Membership

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 Classes and Categories

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.
Category 2: Advanced riders with several successful seasons of experience.
Category 3: Intermediate riders with one to three years of experience.
Category 4: Novice Riders in their first or second seasons.
Category 5: New Licensees and 1-day licencees.

Upgrading

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:

  • From Cat. 5 to 4: 15 points to upgrade by results OR experience in 10 mass start events.
  • From Cat 4 to 3: 15 points in any 12 month period OR experience in 25 "qualifying" races with a minimum of 5 top-ten finishes, OR 30 points in a 12 month period is an automatic upgrade.
  • From Cat 3 to 2: 30 points in any 12 month period, OR 60 points in 12 months is an automatic upgrade.
  • From Cat 2 to 1: 30 points in any 12 month period, OR 60 points is an automatic upgrade.


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