2016 Virginia Cycling Association (VCA)
|Cat 1,2 Men||Events open to all USCF Senior Cat 1,2 riders.|
|Cat 3 Men||Events open to all USCF Senior Cat 3 riders.|
|Cat 4 Men||Events open to all USCF Senior Cat 4 riders.|
|Masters 35||Events open to all USCF Masters age 35-44.|
|Masters 45||Events open to all USCF Masters age 45-54.|
|Masters 55||Events open to all USCF Masters age 55-64.|
|Masters 65||Events open to all USCF Masters age 65-99.|
|Women 1,2||Events open to all USCF Cat 1/2 Women.|
|Women 3||Events open to all USCF Cat 3 Women.|
|Women 35||Events open to all USCF Women 35-44|
|Women 45||Events open to all USCF Women 45-54|
|Women 55||Events open to all USCF Women 55-99|
|Women Cat 4||Events open to all USCF Cat 4 Women.|
|Junior 9-10||Events open to USCF Juniors 9-10.|
|Junior 11-12||Events open to USCF Juniors 11-12.|
|Junior 13-14||Events open to USCF Juniors 13-14.|
|Junior 15-16||Events open to USCF Juniors 15-16.|
|Junior 17-18||Events open to USCF Juniors 17-18.|
|Junior Women 09-10||Events open to USCF Junior Women 09-11.|
|Junior Women 11-12||Events open to USCF Junior Women 11-12.|
|Junior Women 13-14||Events open to USCF Junior Women 13-14.|
|Junior Women 15-16||Events open to USCF Junior Women 15-16.|
|Junior Women 17-18||Events open to USCF Junior Women 17-18.|
|Clydesdale||Events open to USCF Men over 200 pounds and women over 165 pounds.|
a. Any rider who upgrades during the year may carry a maximum of 50% of their current points to the next category up to a maximum or 30 points. However, should an upgrading score points in a higher category race, those points are automatically carried up to the new category and do not count toward the 50%/30 pt maximum. For example, a Cat 5 rider that scored points in a 4/5 race may keep 100% of those points.
b. Should a race span multiple BAR categories, points will be awarded to the top fifteen riders regardless of category. This does not apply to Time Trials where the points will times will be rearranged to fit the BAR categories exactly.
c. The above rule also does not apply to Women and Junior races. In junior and women’s combined races with fields smaller than 25 starters, riders will be broken out into their BAR/Omnium category. For example, in a Women's race where no categories are specified and there are less that 25 total riders, points will be broken into Women 1/2, Women 3, Women 4, Women 35, Women 45, and Women 55. Category shall be declared BEFORE the race begins.
d. If the combined junior field size is larger than 20 junior riders, then the field must be split into at least 9-14 and 15-18.
Table 1 Base points for non-championship event Place Base Points 1 30 2 26 3 23 4 20 5 17 6 15 7 13 8 11 9 9 10 7 11 5 12 4 13 3 14 2 15 1
b. State championship events, all road races and all stage races, will be worth 1.5 times the points. For these events, the points will be awarded according to the schedule in Table 2:
Table 2 Base points for championship events: Place Base Points 1 45 2 39 3 34.5 4 30 5 25.5 6 22.5 7 19.5 8 16.5 9 13.5 10 10.5 11 7.5 12 6 13 4.5 14 3 15 1.5
The state championship road race will be worth 2 times the points as shown below in Table 3:
Table 3 Base points for the championship road race: Place Base Points 1 60 2 52 3 46 4 40 5 34 6 30 7 26 8 22 9 18 10 14 11 10 12 8 13 6 14 4 15 2
c. In time trial events where there are multiple USCF categories constituting a single BAR class, the BAR points shall be awarded by ranking in ascending order the times of all the participants in the given BAR class. Example: At the State Time Trial, although medals are awarded to the top three riders in the five year, USCF-mandated intervals, the BAR shall combine the appropriate Master riders as into their respective BAR classes, and rank the riders solely on time, without regard to age within a BAR class.
d. No BAR points will be awarded solely for medalling in a State Championship beyond those due the rider based on Rule 9(a)-(c).
e. The track championship shall be scored as an omnium of all events.
f. Results are usually provided by the promoters or USCF officials. If two sets of results are submitted, the results supplied by the Chief Referee take precedence. It is the responsibility of the individual rider to ensure that the registrar and other race officials correctly record the placing and team or club name. The promoter shall provide to the BAR administrator, within five working days of the event, copies of the results (15 places deep in each category), start lists, and USCF race report. The BAR administrator will return these to the promoter if so desired. The results should be submitted in the approved USCF/USAC results form. All BAR races must provide results to USA Cycling/VCA within 3 weeks (21 days) after the race. If the promoter fails to do this, the race will not be granted BAR status the following year.
g. A masters rider may "race down" age class and receive BAR points in that particular age class. If a race contains overlapping age classes, the rider must designate to the promoter which age class he/she is competing in. If no declaration is made by the rider it will be assumed he is competing in his own age class (ie a 40 up rider racing in a 30+/40+ race will be assumed to be competing and scoring in the 40+ class unless he specifically designates otherwise).
h. Cat 5 Men are not permitted to ride in Masters Road Races and Criteriums. Cat 5 Men are permitted to ride in Masters Time Trials.
a. The team classification is calculated by the combined overall standings of the top 3 riders from each team in each BAR category. So, for example, in the overall BAR standings for 30+, the top three riders with the highest points will be summed to form the team scoring for the 30+. This will be combined with other categories to form the total team score.
b. The team classification will also be broken out into Top Mens teams, top womens teams, and top junior teams.
c. Riders changing teams in mid season do not carry BAR points earned for their first team to their second team, for the purposes of determining team standings. It is the responsibility of the rider to provide proof to the BAR administrator of the change of teams. Should a rider change teams, their place in the overall standings will not be based on total points but rather on which team the points were scored with. For example, John Smith has 60 overall points but 40 with team ABC and 20 with team XYZ. His points for the team BAR will be based on where 40 points places him in the overall BAR. The same for the 20 points. Should one of these be out of the top three for a team, those points will not count.
d. At each BAR race, the Chief Referee and Chief Judge will be awarded 20 team BAR points. All other officials will be awarded 15 team BAR points. These points will be added on top of existing BAR points and are not subject to rules 10.a, 10.b above. Officials points cannot carry over to a new team if the official changes teams.
e. At each race, the promoting team will receive 20 team BAR points for promoting a BAR race and 15 team BAR points for promoting a non-BAR event. The maximum promotion points a team can accrue is limited to 250.
f. At each individual TT, promoters have the option of adding a Team Time Trial classification. Teams can consist of three (3) or four (4) riders. Time is taken on the third (3rd) rider. The results of this will be added directly to the Team classification. Points will be awarded the same as an individual TT.
a. A BAR jersey will be awarded to the top rider in each class, with one exception. Cat 4 and Cat 5 riders, both men and women, cannot win their respective category two consectutive years. Second and third place winners will be recognized with an award or plaque but will not receive free entry.
b. Free entry in the following year's VCA BAR races is guaranteed to a previous year's winner racing in the same category or age group he/she is the current BAR champion. In the case that the rider upgrades categories, or moves to another Masters age category, free entry will still be provided. Promoters are encouraged, but not required, to provide free entry in VCA non-BAR events.
c. Inorder to be eligible these winners MUST:
d. Only riders that are members of clubs in good standing in the Virginia Cycling Association may win their BAR category, with the exception of junior riders. If a riders is first in a specific category and not a member of a VCA club in good standing, the next rider that is a member of a VCA club in good standing, will be awarded the jersey. The one exception is a new Cat 5 rider or a junior rider who has not yet joined a VCA club in good standing. Riders must not have been suspended for bad conduct by the USAC during the calendar year. Any bad conduct suspension will result in the forfeit of the BAR win.