A reminder to all ‘aging’ racers – USAC has changed the definition of ‘racing season’ as it relates specifically (and only) to Cyclocross season. Because national and world competitions are held in January and February of the following year, your ‘Cyclocross Racing Age’ is the age you will be on the December 31st following the end of Cyclocross Season.
What does this mean practically? Well, everyone’s ‘Cyclocross Racing Age’ for the NEOCX Series is actually your age as of December 31, 2012. Confused? Well, don’t be – here are the excerpts from the USAC rule book that will clear it all up for you…
1A30. A rider’s racing age shall be his or her age on December 31 of the current year except in cyclocross. A rider’s racing age in cyclocross is his age on December 31st of the year that the cyclocross season ends. All references to age of riders, race age groups, or age class shall be interpreted as referring to racing age.
1A33. The cyclocross season begins September 1st of one year and ends on the last day of February of the following year.
Your road racing age may have been 34 in 2011, but for Cyclocross season it is 35 – congratulations, you are now a Master!
All riders should update their racing age accordingly at the next race.
For those who thought they were racing age 34, 44 or 49 based on a December 31, 2011 date, please send a note to the series organizer so he can try to make sense out of the overall results as submitted by the first two races.