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OBRA vs USCF(5 posts)

Jul 31, 2001 7:19 AM
A question for you Oregon riders - Do upgrade points scored in OBRA sanctioned races count towards upgrades on your USCF licence? If not are there a bunch of cat 1/2s in Oregon who have to compete as cat 5s whenever they race out of state? Why does Oregon sanction their own races rather than the USA Cycling? Thanks.

Regional vs. USA CyclingBipedZed
Jul 31, 2001 7:42 AM
Points earned with a regional organization such as OBRA will not automatically count towards your USCF license. You will have to petition for an upgrade(by supplying race results) directly with USCF either by contacting your regional coordinator or during license renewal.

In Colorado, racing is dominated by ACA (American Cycling Association) and there are very few USCF races in this region. There has been lots of backlash against USA Cycling in past years due to race promotion costs, licensing costs, insurance, management, etc. that led to the creation of many regional organizations to circumvent USA Cycling.
Aug 2, 2001 7:37 AM
I have been told that the creation of ACA came about [primarily] because the USCF refused to allow Colorado to be it's own region.

I'm not sure if all of this regional sanctioning body stuff is good for the sport on a local level. I'm sure it's good in some ways (i.e. what BPZ mentions above), but here in Colorado we rarely see any pro teams entering races. We'll get the odd straggler who's out for a training ride, but no teams are interested in riding ACA events.
Seems like a painMCB
Aug 2, 2001 9:52 AM
It seems to me that for most riders, it means that they now have to shell out for the regional license as well as the USCF (and NORBA for many). Plus, riders within Oregon (or wherever) don't get the benefit of the national ranking system and must travel out of state to compete if they want a ranking. And it makes upgrades a PITA. Of course, I could be all wet 'cause I haven't joined OBRA yet.

BTW, is the OBRA license good for road and off-road racing.
Aug 8, 2001 8:24 AM
You not getting enough competition? Personally, I would rather race in a one-day race that cost $25 rather than $40. License fees aside, having raced in both Colorado and Oregon (and USCF) for a number of years, I feel that the regional licensing system is much better; more races...More prizes....Entry fees less. I would rather see the money go to the majority of people who race rather than to big teams...sponsors need to provide the paychecks, not other racers in lower classes. I think that USCF is great for large scale national races and some stage races, but regional systems are filling the gaps (and doing it well) for the masses.