A total of 34 Domestic Elite Teams registered with USA Cycling for the 2012 road season. These teams, along with the USA registered UCI Continental squads, will be in the running for the team standings for both the National Racing Calendar (NRC) and the National Criterium Calendar (NCC). Any rider that races at NRC and NCC events will have his/her points accrued in the individual standings but the same points will only be accrued in the team classification if his/her team is registered with USA Cycling.
For example last year, Jonathan Cantwell finished fourth overall in the NRC individual standings but his V Australia squad does not show up in the team classification because they didn’t register (nor pay). In 2011, Francisco Mancebo won the NRC individual men’s classification while BISSELL Pro Cycling topped the team classification. Colavita/Forno d’Asolo dominated on the women’s side with the team standings victory and Janel Holcomb claiming the individual standings. What do riders and teams get for winning the classification? Press releases and that’s it.
To be considered a Domestic Elite team, a pro/am team or in other words a team not registered with the UCI at any level, had to pay $250 and register its riders with USA Cycling by February 15. Also UCI teams that are not registered in the USA would need to go through the same registration if they want to be listed in the Team Standings.
Guest riders will be 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. Though registered domestic elite teams will be able to add individual riders to original rosters on two designated dates, May 20 and July 20, their points will not be added retroactively to the team’s standings.
The NRC and NCC men’s team classifications will take into account 23 Domestic Elite teams and 12 UCI continental teams while 11 Domestic Elite and two UCI Continental teams will vie for the women’s team standings. USA Cycling also stated that a foreign UCI squad is also registered in the men’s team standings but did not provide the name of the squad.
As the rules stand, UCI Pro Continental teams are not allowed to race non UCI events except for criteriums on the UCI criterium calendar which includes all NCC events. So, the the UCI ProContinental registered in the USA teams can also compete for the NCC team classification. Of note, UCI ProContinental can get a UCI dispensation to participate in NRC events which UnitedHealthcare received last year for Nature Valley Grand Prix.
|2012 USA Cycling Men Domestic Elite, UCI Continental and UCI ProContinental teams|
|Domestic Elite||UCI Continental|
|160over90 p/b Vie 13||BISSELL Pro Cycling|
|Astellas Oncology Cycling Team p/b ABD||BMC Hincapie Sportswear Development Team|
|Athletix Cycling Benefiting Globalbike||Bontrager Livestrong Team|
|BikeReg.com/Cannondale Elite Cycling Team||Chipotle Development Team|
|Bissell-ABG-NUVO||Competitive Cyclist Racing Team|
|California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized||Jamis/Sutter Home|
|CashCall Mortgage||Jelly Belly Cycling Team|
|Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes/CRCA||Kenda/5-Hour Energy Cycling Team|
|ELBOWZ Racing||Team Exergy|
|Gateway Harley-Davidson||Team Mountain Khakis/Smartstop|
|Hagens Berman Cycling||Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies|
|IS Corp Cycling Team||Wonderful Pistachios Cycling|
|Juwi Solar Elite Cycling Team|
|Kelly Benefit Stratergies/Lateral Stress Velo||UCI ProContinental|
|Landis/Trek||Team Type 1-Sanofi|
|Marc Pro-Strava||UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team|
|Mercy Cycling Team|
|Mt Borah / Minerva Design p/b Basso|
|Spy-Swamis Development Elite Team|
|Stage 17 Racing|
|Stan’s NoTubes / AXA Equitable|
|Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team|
|XO Communications p/b Cisco|
|2012USA Cycling Women Domestic Elite and UCI Continental teams|
|Domestic Elite||UCI Continental|
|Cynergy Cycles p/b Missing Link Coaching||Exergy TWENTY12|
|FCS/ Rouse p/b Mr Restore||Team TIBCO/To the Top|
|ISCorp Cycling Team|
|Louis Garneau Factory Team p/b FUJI|
|NOW and Novartis for MS|
|Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies|
|Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC|
|Primal/MapMyRider Women’s Racing|
|Team Kenda p/b Gear Grinder|
For the 2012 road season, USA Cycling split out the criteriums to create a new 19-event NCC calendar, with the NRC now including only 11 events.