The US 10K Classic, set for September 6, is no longer an official USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) event. Previously set as the women’s NRC finale, the race has been removed from the schedule due to a reduction in prize money below USA Cycling’s minimum requirement.
The issue with the prize money was first raised by Beth Bikes. The women’s race, originally on the NRC, is 10km long with a $2000 payout (15 deep) and includes categories pro/1/2/3 and 4; while the men’s pro/1/2 race, not on the NRC, is 100km with a $10,000 payout (20 deep).
As Beth pointed out: “the discrepency between the men and women’s race is glaring enough, but considering it is a women’s NRC race (and not a men’s NRC race…)– that is just insulting and outrageous.”
The USA Cycling 2010 NRC Technical Requirements state that:
- Prize list for the Pro/1 Men’s and/or Cat 1/2 Women’s categories
- Minimum of $15,000 for one day events.
- Minimum of $25,000 for multi-day events.
- If your event will be offering both Men’s and Women’s categories at least one field must meet the minimum prize list as described above with the second field having no less the 50% of the greater prihttp://www.podiuminsight.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=15261ze list.
With the removal of the US 10K Classic, the final NRC event for both men and women will be the 27th Annual Chris Thater Memorial in Binghamton, New York. The women’s criterium will be on Saturday, August 28, with the men’s criterium the following day.
Update: Beth asked important questions:
The prize parity is very important…
….but, the other point is that a 10k road race open to all categories (including beginners!) just is not appropriate for the NRC.
The NRC standings can be close and it would be a shame if things were won/lost by a 6 mile race. (Geez, for Category 4 races to count toward upgrades, road races have to be at least 25 miles….) Having a 6 mile race for the men’s final NRC race in the series wouldn’t fly.
I heard that this race has been on the NRC calendar for years. I am shocked that it hasn’t been challenged on the grounds of its distance. In my opinion, the distance is too short for an NRC race. (and this is coming from a track racer….)
Apparently there are no NRC rules regarding minimum distances.
Do you believe there are rules about categories; that NRC races have to be P/1/2 for women and P/1 for men…. (which this race wasn’t).
Should an NRC race have a minimum distance? Does a rule exist to limit the mixing of categories?I guess the basic question truly is What does it mean to be an NRC race?