The mystery continues.
On November 9, 2008, USA Cycling confirmed to cyclingnews that Rock Racing applied to continue as a UCI Continental team for the 2009 season, which means that they must comply with all UCI and USACycling rules regarding Continental teams.
Some of the interesting UCI regulations are: (in section 2.17.004):
- The national federation shall at its sole responsibility grant a UCI continental team licence to the teams of its choice and under such conditions as it shall determine, while respecting the regulations of the UCI and the present chapter in particular.
- Composition of the team: at least 8 and no more than 16 riders of the elite men’s and under 23 categories only. The team may, with the consent of its national federation, include a number of additional riders specialising in other cycling disciplines (e.g. track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike) on condition that the riders in question have figured in the top 150 places of the UCI individual classification of the discipline in which they specialise over the course of the year prior to the date of registration of the team by the national federation.
- Age of riders: the majority of riders shall be aged under 28 years (this age limit may be lowered by the national federations, e.g. such that the majority of riders might be aged under 26 years).
USA Cycling specified the regulations regarding the additional riders on its website:
- In addition to the 16 rider maximum, a team may have a maximum of four extra riders who are specialists in other endurance disciplines, such as track (scratch, points race, pursuit, madison), mountain bike (XC, marathon), or cyclocross, provided that these riders were in the top 150 of the UCI Classification for that discipline sometime last year.
Today, Rock Racing announced its 2009 roster which consists of 25 riders: Rahsaan Bahati, Chris Baldwin, Alex Boyd, Austin Carroll, Glen Chadwick, Baden Cooke, Michael Creed, Freddy Cruz, Ivan Dominguez, Danny Finneran, Jose Manuel “Chepe” Garcia, Cesar Grajales, José Enrique Gutiérrez, Tyler Hamilton, Sergio Hernandez, Sterling Magnell, Francisco Mancebo, Caleb Manion, Ian Moir, Víctor Hugo Peña, Fred Rodriguez, Oscar Sevilla, David Taner, David Vitoria and Justin Williams.
And of those riders, 11 are under the magic age of 28. So unless there’s been an unannounced change in the rules, this team does not meet the definition of a UCI Continental team.
Is there going to be a Team Rock team again? Last year, Cruz, Finneran and Moir were registered and raced on the track with Team Rock. But these three riders are all under the age of 28 and are probably needed to meet the rules.
So who’s in and who’s out of the Continental team?