British Cyclo-Cross Rankings Explained

British Cyclo-Cross Rankings Explained

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Information about how the British Cycling cyclo-cross rankings work.

Full racing licence

To gain any ranking points, a rider must hold a Full Racing Licence issued by British Cycling at the time of the event in which they participate.

Members of other national federations, non British Cycling members, or British Cycling members with only a Provisional Racing Licence, do not qualify for ranking points. Find out more about full racing licences.

How the British Cycling cyclo-cross rankings work

Grant Ferguson

1. Rankings are produced for both male and female riders in the following categories: senior open, veteran 40-49, veteran 50-59, veteran 60+, junior, youth under-14, youth under-16.

2. All rankings start from zero at the beginning of the cyclo-cross season.

3. Qualifying events are those which take place between 1 September and the end of February.

4. The senior open rankings include any junior or veteran rider who gains overall points in races open to seniors.

5. The youth, junior and veteran rankings are all discrete categories.

6. Events may be upgraded, downgraded, added or removed at the discretion of the cyclo-cross Commission. Events run on a handicap basis do not qualify for ranking points.

7. Only British Cycling Full Racing Licence holders will qualify for points, but if non-qualifying riders finish in points scoring positions the schedule will not be adjusted as a result.

The points allocations for all categories to be used for the 2018-2019 season are as follows:

Place Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Band 6   Place Band 1 Band 2 Band 3
1st 200 100 40 20 6 3   16th 36 16 5
2nd 160 80 34 16 4 2   17th 34 14 4
3rd 140 70 30 12 3 1   18th 32 13 3
4th 120 60 26 9 2     19th 31 12 2
5th 110 55 23 7 1     20th 30 11 1
6th 100 50 20 5       21st 29 10  
7th 90 45 18 4       22nd 28 9  
8th 80 40 16 3       23rd 27 8  
9th 70 35 14 2       24th 26 7  
10th 60 30 12 1       25th 25 6  
11th 55 27 10         26th 24 5  
12th 50 24 9         27th 23 4  
13th 46 22 8         28th 22 3  
14th 42 20 7         29th 21 2  
15th 39 18 6         30th 20* 1  

Domestic events (other than National Trophy and National Championships)

Band 3 (double points) – category A. (Regional Championships, other events designated Cat. A status).
If there are less than 20 eligible riders in any category the points scale shall default to Band 4; if there are less than 10 eligible riders in any category the points scale shall default to Band 5; if there are less than 5 eligible riders in any category the points scale shall default to Band 6.

Band 3 (single points) – category B. (Regional league events - unless granted Cat. A status). If there are less than 20 eligible riders in any category the points scale shall default to Band 4; if there are less than 10 eligible riders in any category the points scale shall default to Band 5; if there are less than 5 eligible riders in any category the points scale shall default to Band 6.

Band 4 - category C. (Non-league ranking events). If there are less than 10 eligible riders in any category the points scale shall default to Band 5; if there are less than 5 eligible riders in any category the points scale shall default to Band 6.

NB: the above applies to all categories.

British Cycling National Trophy Cyclo-cross Series

Ffion James

Band 2

Senior/Elite

Band 3 (double points)

Youth U16, Youth U14, Junior, Veteran 40-49, Veteran 50-59, Veteran 60+.

British Cycling National Cyclo-cross Championships

Ian Field

Band 2 (double points)

Senior/Elite

Band 3 (triple points)

Youth U16, Youth U14, Junior, Veteran 40-49, Veteran 50-59, Veteran 60+. 

NB: The system of defaulting to a lower points scale according to entries will also apply to these National Trophy and Championship events. Where the published scale offers multiple points, the lower scale used will award points at the same multiple rate.

International events

Helen Wyman

Band 1 (double points)

Elite men, elite women and junior men world championships.

Band 1 (single points)

Elite men, elite women and junior world cups and continental championships, under-23 world championships (points allocated to senior rankings).

Band 2 (double points)

Under-23 world cups and continental championship (points allocated to senior rankings).

Band 2 (single points)

Category 1 UCI race for elite men or elite women.

Band 3 (single points)

Other UCI race for elite men, under-23 men, junior men or elite women.