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Cyclocross Governing Bodiesgigmike
Oct 15, 2003 6:15 AM
What got me to wondering is a response to an earlier post I made re. disc brakes and a fellow who found out the UCI is banning disc brakes in their races next season. Is bike racing like golf or tennis where there are int'l rules and then the national associations tweak them?

In domestic races who's rules take precedence or is there any difference? In Seattle, or any other domestic series, are we to follow the USCF rules or UCI, and is there any difference? It's a newby question, but I don't want to make a big mistake in buying a bike I can't race for fun.
re: Cyclocross Governing Bodiesclimbo
Oct 15, 2003 7:06 AM
you only need to follow UCI rules in any UCI race (of which the US has lots around the country this year). USCF doesn't really have any CX rules on equipment etc, you can use road, cross or MTB's at this point in time so there is no need to be concerned about a restriction on equipment any time soon.

Many local promoters try to keep to UCI rules on course design etc. but equipment is a run whatever you want at this point.
re: Cyclocross Governing Bodiesdlbcx
Oct 15, 2003 7:08 AM
If you race in the Elite Men, Elite Women, Juniors or U23 catagories then the UCI regulations apply. Also, if you do these races, you have to get an international license, which is another $50 or so added to standard $50 that USA cycling charges. Also, in UCI races, you are limited to a cross bike w/ drop bars and the tires can't be wider than 35mm.
Otherwise, Masters, B's and C's are under USA Cycling where you can race a mtn bike (w/o bar ends, of course), cross bike, etc.
Don't know about banning discs makes sense but I can see how it can happen. When I did the Nat's in SF, I raced in 30-39 group, which had 150 guys on the course so you can imagine the traffic jam. Musta got hit 3 or 4 times with somebody's wheel and/or bike before the first barriers.
re: Cyclocross Governing Bodiesflyweight
Oct 15, 2003 7:19 AM
You've pretty much got the right idea.

In a nutshell races fall into 3 categories:
1) UCI sanctioned: these have the most rules with everything from course width to start times set by the international governing body of cycling. You'll see these races listed as "Category 2" or "Category 3" Even at these races local reps can tweak the rules in the races that don't count for anything (B & C classes)

2) USCF races: not as many rules and probably the least common. USCF rules are very close to UCI rules. Only the top contenders need to sweat the details on the difference in rules.

3) Local races: in theory they adhere to USCF/UCI rules but in reality they take plenty of exceptions, especially in course design and allowing hand-ups of water.
CX-racing with discs and flatbars is called MTB! (nm)phatlizard
Oct 16, 2003 6:34 AM