A Closer Look At The NRC – The Teams

Posted on 12. Apr, 2011 by in news

After taking a closer look at the races, it’s now time to examine the changes that impact Team Classification scoring on USA Cycling’s NRC. More specifically, the rules were modified this year to limit which riders and teams can accrue points throughout the year.

As part of the changes, a new type of team targeted at amateur teams, the Domestic Elite Team, was created with a whole set of rules and a registration fee.

Simply put, there are three ways for a team to be included in the NRC Team Classification:

  • register with USA Cycling as a UCI team at any level; no additional fee to participate in NRC team ranking
  • register with USA Cycling as a foreign-UCI team and pay the $250.00 registration fee
  • register as a Domestic Elite Team and pay the $250.00 fee

Any rider that races at NRC events will have his/her points accrued in the Individual Standings but the points will only be accrued in the Team Classification if his/her team is registered with USA Cycling. Guest riders are allowed to ride with a given team at a designated event, with a release from his/her registered club, but will not score any team points.

Confused? Let’s use Jonathan Cantwell of V Australia as an example. He just won the Sunny King Criterium and sits in third, with 100 points, in the NRC Individual Standings. But his V Australia, though registered as a UCI Continental Team in Australia is not part of the NRC registered teams and therefore his team does not show in the NRC Team Classification.

V Australia, racing here at NRC opener Redlands Bicycle Classic, cannot accrue NRC Team Points

V Australia, racing here at NRC opener Redlands Bicycle Classic, cannot accrue NRC Team Points

The teams. A total of 52 teams are participating in the Team Classification with 40 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams. The list includes 23 amateur men’s teams and 8 amateur women’s teams that are now Domestic Elite Teams.

Only two foreign-registered UCI teams are part of the pool: PureBlack Racing, a UCI Continental team registered in New Zealand and Colavita Forno d’Asolo. Racing on two continents, Colavita Forno d’Asolo has chosen to have a UCI Women’s team with 15 riders registered in Italy and a team based in the US. Therefore, they have 23 riders on the roster that can accrue NRC points in the USA.

UCI Continental Teams (Men)
USA Bissell Pro Cycling Team BPC
USA Chipotle Development Team CDT
USA Jamis/Sutter Home JSH
USA Jelly Belly Cycling Team presented by Kenda JBC
USA Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth KBS
USA Kenda/5-Hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder KPC
USA RealCyclist.com Cycling Team RCC
USA Team Exergy XRG
USA Trek Livestrong U23 Team TLS
USA Wonderful Pistachios Cycling WPC
UCI Pro Continental Teams (Men)
CAN Team Spidertech powered by C10 CSM
USA Team Type 1 – sanofi aventis TT1
USA UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling UHC
UCI Pro Teams (Men)
USA BMC Racing Team BMC
USA Team Garmin-Cervelo GRM
USA Team Radioshack RSH
UCI Women
USA Diadora Pasta Zara DPZ
USA HTC-HighRoad Women TCW
CAN Juvederm-Specialized JSD
USA Team TIBCO/To the Top TIB
NRC Elite Teams – Men
USA ABD Cycling Team
USA BikeReg.com/Cannondale Elite Amateur Cycling Team
USA California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
USA Canyon Bicycles Elite Team
USA CashCall Mortgage
USA Chemstar p/b UnitedHealthcare Elite Cycling Team
USA Cleveland Clinic Sports Health-RGF Cycling pb Felt
USA Hagens Berman Cycling
USA Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lateral Stress Velo
USA Mercy Elite Cycling Team
USA Nova Cycle Ports Foundation Inc
USA Nuvo Cultural Trail Cycling Team
NZL PureBlack Racing (UCI) PBR
USA RideClean p/b Patentit.com
USA Ski Utah-MarketStar
USA SKLZ p/b Pista Palace
USA Stan’s NoTubes/AXA Equitable/CRCA
USA Team Globalbike
USA Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop
USA Team Rio Grande Racing Inc.
USA Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team
USA X/O Communications/Battley H-D
NRC Elite Teams – Women
USA ABD Cycling Team
ITA Colavita Forno d’Asolo (UCI) FCL
USA Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized
USA Nova Cycle Ports Foundation Inc
USA Primal/MapMyRide Women’s Racing
USA Rouse Bicycles Elite Women’s Team
USA Team Kenda p/b Gear Grinder
USA Team Rio Grande Racing Inc.

The rules. All teams vying for NRC Team Rankings must follow certain rules.

First is the size and make-up of the team. A team can register up to 25 riders racing with cat1/2 for women or pro/cat1 license for men. UCI teams may register additional “domestic” riders in addition to their UCI roster riders up to the maximum of 25 combined where these riders can be amateur, but must wear the same jersey and will be counted toward the eight-rider maximum. This is exactly what Colavita Forno d’Asolo did. All riders registered must consist of Women’s category 1 or 2 and Men’s pro/category 1 riders only.

For UCI men’s and women’s teams, the UCI-registered riders are subject to UCI rules on age (for example. the majority of the riders must be under 28 on UCI Continental teams). No age restriction for riders on domestic elite teams nor for the domestic riders added onto UCI teams.

Both UCI and Domestic Elite teams have a limit of non-American riders. For UCI Continental teams registered through USA Cycling, 60 percent of the riders must be American citizens with USA. UCI codes. For UCI women’s teams, a plurality of the riders must be American citizens with USA UCI codes (i.e. U.S.A. must be the most represented single nation among the team). For domestic elite teams or domestic riders added onto the UCI rosters, 80 percent of the riders must be American citizens.

Teams can only change their registered riders a few times a year. UCI Teams may only change riders on their rosters following the UCI rules. Domestic Elite teams may change or add domestic riders to their NRC teams twice during the season, which will be at the end of May and the end of July. Changes received by May 20, 2011, will go into effect on June 1. Changes received by July 20 will go into effect on August 1.

Our last NRC post will look at how points are calculated.


One Response to “A Closer Look At The NRC – The Teams”

  1. S

    12. Apr, 2011

    Thanks for that overwiev Lyne. I don’t understand why Fly V didn’t spend the 250 bucks “NRC fee” so they can be listed in the Overall Team Ranking like all the other teams, including the Kiwi’s of PureBlack.

    ….especially, since they WON the NRC in 2010 as a team!

    Weird….you’d think 250 bucks is a tiny cut in a budget of a PRO team, especially when some cat 1-2 teams coughed up that change so they can be listed/ranked among the big guns.

    Who knows…must be some bigger forces/decisions/politics involved on that issue…