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UCI Race classifications(5 posts)

UCI Race classificationsFender
May 7, 2003 8:15 AM
What is the difference between UCI race's classified as 2.5 or 1.3? What is the criteria to classify a race as 3.4 or whatever 1.0

Thanks!
re: UCI Race classificationsmohair_chair
May 7, 2003 8:38 AM
A 2.5 race is a stage race for lower categorized riders and teams, such as espoirs and under-23. You can tell that because the 2 stands for 'stage race' and the 5 is a relatively low rating. I believe Division 1 teams are prohibited from doing races below a certain ranking, so no fear of US Postal or Telekom showing up to sandbag a 2.5 race.

The highest rating is HC, hors categorie, which is supposed to be a very hard race. Then it goes 1, 2, 3, etc., getting progressively "easier." A top level stage race like Paris-Nice is a 2.HC race. So is Tour of Romandie, Tour of Switzerland, Dauphine Libere, etc. There are also Grand Tours (i.e., Giro, Tour de France, Vuelta), which are considered separate from the 2.x ranking.

One-day races always start with a 1, such as 1.1 or 1.3. There are 1.HC races as well. Like Grand Tours in stage racing, World Cup, Olympic, and World Championship races fall outside the 1.x rating, but are rated higher than 1.HC.

Women's races always have three digits, but one of the digits is meaningless. They just want to keep the men and women separate.

You can find all this information and lots more in the UCI rules: http://www.uci.ch/english/about/rules/ch02_road.pdf
re: UCI Race classificationsTJeanloz
May 7, 2003 8:47 AM
You are mostly correct, though I'm not aware of a rule which prohibits a D1 team from racing any race, regardless of how low it is catagorized. It usually isn't worth their while, because UCI points are inversely proportional to race ranking. Sea Otter is a 2.5, and I'm quite sure they've had D1 teams compete. Races that are designated for juniors only are likely to get a x.8 ranking - to ensure that juniors don't rack up a lot of UCI points racing against each other. However, if there were a D1 junior or espoir, he would be able to race the x.8 race.
re: UCI Race classificationsmohair_chair
May 7, 2003 9:05 AM
According to the rules, participation in a class 5 (1.5 + 2.5) race is limited to "TT/Is (except the Top Clubs) from the country of the organiser, TT/II, TT/III and other entities."

TT meaning "Trade Team" or Division. I don't know how US Postal was allowed to race Sea Otter according to this rule, because it was in the Top Club based on the 2002 year end rankings. Maybe it only matters where you are ranked at the time of the event. USP has probably fallen out of the Top Club in the team rankings, or was out when Sea Otter was run.
re: UCI Race classificationsnoveread
May 7, 2003 10:27 AM
Actually, no D1 teams are allowed to race class 5 (1.5/2.5) except those of the race organizing country (except top club D1 teams are never allowed). No D1 or D2 team, period, can race class 6 (1.6/2.6). It is in the rules, they are specificically excluded.

As far as Postal racing Sea Otter, perhaps having a Domestic Squad allowed for some leway? And as far as determining if a team is elligible to race a given class of race, it is determined by the team's ranking as of Jan 15th.

What I find interesting is no class 4. I am assuming they dropped this class to give a bit of separation between the "pro" races and the "amateur" races.

Noveread