USA Cycling cuts NRC, NCC races, updates points systems

The U.S. domestic calendars lose five events, implement new points systems

BOULDER, Colorado (VN) — USA Cycling updated its National Racing Calendar and National Criterium Calendar on Monday, cutting five events across the two series.

The NCC lost races in Colorado and Pennsylvania, while the NCC lost events from its calendar in New York and Philadelphia.

The Tour of Vail Criterium and the Bucks County Classic Criterium were cut from the NCC schedule. The Tour of Vail Criterium was scheduled for August 17 in Vail, Colorado, and the Bucks County Classic Criterium was scheduled for September 15 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Three events were also removed from the NRC: the Tour of the Battenkill, the American Cycling Open and the Keystone Open. The Tour of the Battenkill was scheduled for April 14 in Cambridge, New York. The American Cycling Open was to be held on June 2 and the Keystone Open on July 7, both in Philadelphia.

According to USA Cycling, the edits were made by request from the individual race directors after the status of each event changed.

USAC also announced a new points distribution structure: The points tables have been modified to reflect a new structure of earning points on the NRC and NCC.

In 2013, NRC points vary according to UCI or non-UCI inscription as well as multi- or single-day status. Points are also available to the top three riders in a stage for a multi-day race and to overall winners of the king of the mountains and sprint classifications.

In the NCC, points will be awarded based on a two-tier system. A list of criteria created with input from teams and race directors will be used to determine which events earn tier one or tier two status.

“The new points structures of the NRC and NCC came about after conferring with the professional and domestic elite teams as well as the race directors who attended our November race director’s summit,” said Micah Rice, USA Cycling’s vice president of national events, in a press release. “Our hope is that this new structure will create a clearer and fairer event classification moving forward.”