Rock Racing squeaks in as a UCI Continental Team

USA Cycling spokesman Andy Lee contacted Boulder Report‘s Joe Lindsay to say that Rock Racing had “fulfilled all of its obligations for registering as a UCI Contentinal Team in 2009.” One requirement of the UCI Continental license requirement for a team is a bank guarantee for 10% of the riders’ salaries to be provided  by…

A Closer Look At UCI Standings

Yesterday, the UCI issued the first Cyclocross Rankings of the 2012/13 season. These rankings are of prime importance as they dictate the position of rider on the start grid of UCI races. Time to take a close look (once again) at how they are calculated. Last season, the UCI not only returned to a 12-month…

Hincapie Sportswear, BMC and Holowesko Partners Create Professional U23 Continental Team

Hincapie Sportswear, BMC and Holowesko Partners have expanded their support of development cycling by creating a professional Under 23 development team for the 2012 racing season. The new BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Team is registered with USA Cycling as a UCI continental team and is the official development program for the BMC Racing Team. “I strongly believe…

A Closer Look At UCI Standings

Yesterday, the UCI issued the first Cyclocross Rankings of the 2011/12 season causing a surprise to many. The updated rules, which included how the rankings would be calculated, were issued this past summer and were missed by many – including yours truly. The UCI ranking (or classification) is of prime importance because it is used…

UCI Rules Crackdown: No Non-USAC Sanctioned Races For Pros

The UCI continues to crackdown on rules enforcement. In an e-mail obtained by podiuminsight, USA Cycling reminded teams and riders of the UCI rules that limit the races – and number of grand fondo events – that they can do. The bombshell this time is rule 1.2.019 which simply states that pro riders cannot race non-USAC sanctioned races. Updated with comment from OBRA Executive Director Kenji Sugahara.

SpiderTech ready for Pro Continental Season

Team SpiderTech today unveiled Canada’s first ever professional cycling team to achieve UCI Professional Continental status, one level before the Tour de France. Never before has a Canadian team been in pursuit of the Tour de France, considered the highest level in pro cycling in the world. According to Team SpiderTech founder Steve Bauer, Olympic…

Tour Of Utah On UCI Calendar

Entering its seventh year in 2011, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah cycling race has been elevated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to one of the top three professional stage races for road cycling in North America. Organizers will invite 15 domestic and international professional cycling teams to participate and increase prize money…

Tour of the Battenkill Withdraws from UCI

Due to difficulties in finding a title sponsor and a recent announcement by USA Cycling to allow Pro Continental teams at non-UCI, domestic races in the US, organizers of the Tour of the Battenkill Professional Invitational – originally scheduled for April 16 in New York as a men’s UCI 1.2 event – announce the withdrawal…

Team Type 1 Gets Pro Continental Status for 2011

Team Type 1 will race as a UCI registered Professional Continental team for the 2011 season, cycling’s governing body said on Tuesday in an email to the team. “We got the official email today, so it has been really exciting for us around the office all morning,” said Director Sportif Vassili Davidenko. “The whole process…

BMC Racing Team Awarded UCI Wild Card For 2010

The BMC Racing Team learned Monday it has been granted Wild Card status for the 2010 season by the International Cycling Union (UCI). The decision by the UCI’s license committee earns the U.S.-registered professional continental team the right to be invited to races on both the UCI ProTour schedule and the Historic Monuments of Cycling…

Twitter, facebook and blogs for riders on Men’s US & Canadian UCI teams

There’s been a lot of buzz around the presence of cycling on twitter but there are other avenues to follow the cycling world: blogs (yes still) and facebook to start.

Here’s a start of a list for riders on Men’s Pro/Continental teams registered in the USA or Canada (as per the UCI). Leave a comment or tweet me if you know of any others and I will continue to maintain the list – and will put one together for women’s teams.

Cooke Keeps On Fighting

Almost one year ago, after climbing his way to the biggest win of his career on the Queen Stage at the Tour de Beauce, Matt Cooke thought that finally everything was coming together for him. On his second year with the UCI Continental squad, Team Exergy, his future looked bright. A few months later, the…