2017 Road Guidelines

2017 WCA Road Series Rider & Promoter Guidelines

 

The following WCA Road Committee guidelines provide information and recommendations for both riders and event promoters. The guidelines are not exhaustive, thus riders and promoters should consult USA Cycling for additional information (e.g., racing category upgrades, event permits).

Wisconsin Cup Individual Points

  1. Points will be awarded only to riders who possess a current annual USA Cycling license (or who purchase a 1-day license) with a Wisconsin address.
  2. Points will be awarded for the following events: Road Races, Criteriums, Individual Time Trials, and Omniums. There will be no points awarded for Team Time Trials.
  3. Every race counts in a rider’s point total; note this is a change from years in which only a certain percentage of races counted toward a rider’s overall point total.
  4. Points will apply only in the category in which they were earned, and will be awarded in the following categories only:

 

Juniors

Women

Men

Junior 9-12 Boys

Women Category Pro 1/2

Men Category Pro 1/2

Junior 9-12 Girls

Women Category 3

Men Category 3/4

Junior 13-14 Boys

Women Category 4

Men Category 4/5

Junior 13-14 Girls

Women’s Category 5

Masters Men 35+ 3/4

Junior 15-16 Boys

Masters Women 35+ 1/2/3

Masters Men 35+ 1/2/3

Junior 15-16 Girls

Masters Men 50+ 1-4

Junior 17-18 Boys

Men’s Category 5

Junior 17-18 Girls

NOTE: Points will be awarded separately for Masters 45+ within the Masters 35+ races; points will not be awarded for Masters 55+.

 

  1. Wisconsin Cup Series Champion jerseys will be awarded to the top finisher in the following categories only:

 

Juniors

Women

Men

Junior 9-12 Boys

Women Category Pro 1/2

Men Category Pro 1/2

Junior 9-12 Girls

Women Category 3

Men Category 3/4

Junior 13-14 Boys

Women Category 4

Men Category 4/5

Junior 13-14 Girls

Woman’s Category 5

Masters Men 35+ 3/4

Junior 15-16 Boys

Masters Women 35+ 1/2/3

Masters Men 35+ 1/2/3

Junior 15-16 Girls

Masters Men 50+ 1-4

Junior 17-18 Boys

Men’s Category 5

Junior 17-18 Girls

NOTE: Points will be awarded separately for Masters 45+ within the Masters 35+ races; points will not be awarded for Masters 55+. Also 2nd and 3rd place overall finishers will not receive trophies.

 

  1. If at the end of the year riders are tied for an overall place, the tie shall be broken according to the omnium rules in the USA Cycling rulebook.
  2. Points will be awarded to the first fifteen eligible finishers using the point schedule below.

 

 

Wisconsin Cup Points Schedule

Place

Criterium

Road Race

Time Trial

Omnium*

1st

35

50

50

50

2nd

25

40

40

40

3rd

20

35

35

35

4th

15

30

30

30

5th

14

28

28

28

6th

13

26

26

26

7th

12

24

24

24

8th

11

22

22

22

9th

10

20

20

20

10th

9

18

18

18

11th

8

16

16

16

12th

7

14

14

14

13th

6

12

12

12

14th

5

10

10

10

15th

4

8

8

8

*NOTE: Individual events that are scheduled as part of an omnium will award points for the omnium only; in other words, points will not be awarded for each individual event in the omnium. The exception is the State Championship Omnium for which points will be awarded only for the individual events (crit, road race, and time trial) and not for the overall omnium.

Wisconsin Cup Team Points

  1. Team points will be awarded only to those teams that are members in good standing of the Wisconsin Cycling Association and USA Cycling.
  2. Riders who do not reside in Wisconsin do not receive points, and therefore are not included in the awarding of team points.
  3. If an unattached rider joins a team, any points earned prior to joining the team do not count in the team’s point total.
  4. Riders who change from one team to another team cannot transfer their points to the new team.
  5. There will be four team championships:
  • Overall championship (total points scored by team riders in all categories)
  • Junior overall (total points scored by team riders in junior races)
  • Women overall (total points scored by team riders in women’s races)
  • Masters overall (total points scored by team riders in masters’ races)

Wisconsin State Championships

  1. There shall be three Wisconsin State Championships (criterium, road race, and time trial) as well as an overall State Omnium Championship.
  2. Only riders who have an active USAC license and whose residence is the state of Wisconsin are eligible for State Championship awards.
  3. For the purposes of the State Omnium, all three disciplines will be scored using the Wisconsin Cup Criterium points schedule (35, 25, 20, etc.).
  4. The sum total of points earned in the three state events will determine the winner of the State Omnium. In the event of a tie, the following tiebreakers will be used to determine the Omnium champion:
  • number of first place finishes in the three State Championship events
  • total WCA Cup points earned (including the three State Championship events)
  1. State Championship medals will be awarded for the State Road Race and State Criterium to the top 3 finishers in the following categories:

 

Juniors

Women

Men

Junior 9-12 Boys

Women Category Pro 1/2

Men Category Pro 1/2

Junior 9-12 Girls

Women Category 3

Men Category 3/4

Junior 13-14 Boys

Women Category 4

Men Category 4/5

Junior 13-14 Girls

Woman’s Category 5

Masters Men 35+ 3/4

Junior 15-16 Boys

Masters Women 35+ 1/2/3

Masters Men 35+ 1/2/3

Junior 15-16 Girls

Masters Men 50+ 1-4

Junior 17-18 Boys

Men Category 5

Junior 17-18 Girls

NOTE: Masters 45+ will be awarded separately within the Masters 35+ races.

 

  1. State Championship medals will be awarded for the State Time Trial to the top 3 finishers in the following categories:

 

Juniors

Women

Men

Junior 9-10 Boys

Women Category Pro 1/2

Men Category Pro 1/2

Junior 9-10 Girls

Women Category 3

Men Category 3

Junior 11-12 Boys

Women Category 4 and 5

Men Category 4 and 5

Junior 11-12 Girls

Masters Women 30-34

Masters Men 30-34

Junior 13-14 Boys

Masters Women 35-39

Masters Men 35-39

Junior 13-14 Girls

Masters Women 40-44

Masters Men 40-44

Junior 15-16 Boys

Masters Women 45-49

Masters Men 45-49

Junior 15-16 Girls

Masters Women 50-54

Masters Men 50-54

Junior 17-18 Boys

Masters Women 55-59

Masters Men 55-59

Junior 17-18 Girls

Masters Women 60-64

Masters Men 60-64

Masters Women 65-69

Masters Men 65-69

Masters Women 70+

Masters Men 70+

NOTE: For Masters 70+, awards will be given to each five-year age group represented.

 

  1. State Championship jerseys will be awarded for the State Road Race, State Criterium, State Time Trial, and State Omnium, to the top finisher in the following categories:

 

Juniors

Women

Men

Junior 9-12 Boys

Women Category Pro 1/2

Men Category Pro 1/2

Junior 9-12 Girls

Women Category 3

Men Category 3/4

Junior 13-14 Boys

Women Category 4/5

Men Category 4/5

Junior 13-14 Girls

Masters Women 35+ 1/2/3

Masters Men 35+ 3/4

Junior 15-16 Boys

Masters Men 35+ 1/2/3

Junior 15-16 Girls

Masters Men 50+ 1-4

Junior 17-18 Boys

Junior 17-18 Girls

NOTE: Masters 45+ will be awarded separately within the Masters 35+ races.

Race Day Results and Awards

  1. Results will be posted in the registration area approximately 5-15 minutes after each race ends.
  2. Racers may petition USAC officials for corrections to results up to 15 minutes after results are initially posted.
  3. Results are final for awarding prizes 15 minutes after they are posted. Riders who have failed to protest within the time limit waive any right to prizes.
  4. Prizes can be claimed in the Registration Area from the Race Promoter.
  5. A podium ceremony will be held for each race shortly after the results are official.

Race Organizer Requirements

  1. The promoting organization shall be a member in good standing with the WCA and USA Cycling.
  2. The event organizer will obtain a race permit from USA Cycling as well as any other local permits/permissions required.
  3. All USA Cycling rules will govern said races.
  4. Event organizer must notify area residents that an event is taking place.
  5. The race organizer must supply sufficient volunteers (e.g., corner guards, registration) to run a safe and well-ordered event.
  6. The race organizer must provide food and drinks for officials.
  7. The race announcement must state “Wisconsin Cycling Association” and contain the Wisconsin Cycling Association logo.
  8. The race announcement must be posted to the WCA website at least 30 days prior to the event. The notice must conform to all guidelines of USAC (Standard Race Announcement).
  9. Event organizers are responsible for paying the WCA surcharge: $2 per rider for 200+ entries and $1.50 per rider for 1-199 entries. There is a $150 minimum for criteriums and individual time trials to help offset the cost to the WCA for items such as finish line services, championship jerseys and medals, etc., which the WCA subsidizes for every member team.
  10. The WCA surcharge will be waived for road race events in an effort to increase the number of road races as well as to defer the greater cost associated with putting on road races (such as law enforcement).
  11. Event organizers are responsible for paying the USA Cycling rider surcharge (see USAC rulebook, Schedule of Fees, for surcharge amount).
  12. Event organizers are responsible for paying the officials at the conclusion of the event (see USAC rulebook, Schedule of Fees, for payment amounts).
  13. Event organizers must hold a podium ceremony for the top three places in each race category.
  14. Event organizers should use the following race schedule for criteriums.

 

Time                             Category                                                                             Duration

8:00 am                       Cat 5 Clinic (optional)                                                   25 min

8:30 am                       Cat 5                                                                                      20 min

9:00 am                       Junior Under 15                                                               20 min

9:30 am                       Cat 4/5                                                                                 40 min

10:20 am                    Junior 15-18                                                                      25 min

10:55 am                    Cat 3/4                                                                                 45 min

11:50 am                    Women Cat 4/5 & Jr Girls 15-18                              25 min

12:25 pm                    Master 35+ 3/4                                                                45 min

1:20 pm                       Masters 50+ 1-4                                                               50 min

2:20 pm                       Women Open & Master’s 35+ Women                  50 min

3:20 pm                       Master 35+ 1/2/3                                                           60 min

4:30 pm                       Pro 1/2/3                                                                           60 min

 


 

Summary of Major Changes

 

The following is a summary of the major changes to the road season guidelines relative to past season guidelines.

 

  • Every race counts in a rider’s point total toward the Wisconsin Cup overall series; note this is a change from years in which only a certain percentage of races counted toward a rider’s overall point total.

 

  • Individual events that are scheduled as part of an omnium will award points toward the Wisconsin Cup overall series for the omnium only; in other words, points will not be awarded for each individual event in the omnium. The exception is the State Championship Omnium for which points will be awarded only for the individual events (crit, road race, and time trial) and not for the overall omnium.

 

  • Wisconsin Cup overall series points will no longer be awarded for the Masters 55+ category since there is now a separate Masters 50+ category.

 

  • State Championship jerseys will only be awarded to winners in the regular season WCA racing categories (not every 5-year age range).

 

  • Addition of the Woman’s Category 5 class. This year it will be run in conjunction with the Women’s Cat 4. Points will be broken out, and overall winner’s jerseys for Cat 4 and Cat 5 Women will be awarded.

 

  • 2nd and 3rd place overall series points finishers will not receive trophies.