With fields getting bigger and bigger in non-UCI categories, USA Cycling has been struggling to find a fair way to do call-ups for the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. Methods such as time trials, order of registration and random drawings were used but for 2012, a new ranking system will be used.
In years past, starting position was determined by a set of rules, with National Champion first, then UCI points (for Elite, U23 & 17/18), then top 2 to 8 from the previous year and finally order of registration. Last year, the starting position of each race was determined by the racer’s time in an individual cyclocross time trial performed the day prior to race day, after which the previous stated rules were followed.
In order for this work, results from all cyclocross races need be submitted accurately and in a timely manner.
And this should mean that non-USAC cross race results will not be taken into account in the new ranking system,
From USA Cycling:
Cyclocross will be the first USA Cycling National Championship to use the remodeled rankings system to resolve call-up order for all race divisions other than junior 17-18 and elite. Following member feedback, this method of seeding aims to offer the most equitable and concise call-up procedure possible.
USA Cycling’s new rankings system is set for public launch September 1, 2011. The rankings system will use an innovative algorithm to rank riders based on their results compared to other competitors rather than using an arbitrary event value. The new system will allow riders to achieve a ranking, based more on how well they race rather than how often. Rider rankings will be derived from an individual’s average of his/her top three results within a rolling 12 month period. More details on the revamped rankings program will be released in the coming weeks prior to the debut of the new system.