National Cross Country Series - Regulations

National Cross Country Series - Regulations

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Series Regulations for the National Cross Country Series.

National Cross Country Series Points Scoring

The first 40 finishers in each category will receive series points as follows:

60, 56, 52, 49, 46, 43, 40, 38, 36, 34, 32, 30, 28, then reducing by one point per place to 40th place.
A riders best four scores will count towards the overall points result. In the event of a tie on points, priority will be given to the highest finisher in the final round, or the most recent round if none of the tied riders contest the final round.

 

National Cross Country Series Gridding

All starts at National Series events shall be gridded.  In allocating gridding positions the following principles shall apply:

1.    For the first event in the series:

a.    For Elite & Junior men and women, in accordance with the latest UCI world individual rankings, followed by the final series standings of the previous season, followed by the final national rankings of the previous season, and then at random.

b.    For all other categories, in accordance with the final series standings of the preceding season, followed by the final national rankings of the previous season, and then at random.

c.    In addition, the following riders may be incorporated into the gridding:

i.    In the Youth boys and girls races: any rider from the top 6 of the final Juvenile national series standings of the previous season who is now in Youth.

ii.    In the Junior women & men’s race: any rider from the top 6 of the final Youth national rankings of the previous season who is now a Junior.

iii.    In the Elite/Expert/Sport men’s races: any rider from the top 6 of the final Junior national rankings of the previous season who is now in any of these categories.

iv.    In the Veteran 40-49 race: any rider from the top 30 of the final Elite national rankings and top 10 of the final Expert national rankings of the previous season who is now a Veteran.

v.    In the Veteran 50-59 race: any rider from the top 30 of the final Veteran national rankings of the previous season who is now a Veteran 50-59.
vi.    In the Veteran 60+ race: any rider from the top 20 of the final Veteran 50-59 national rankings of the previous season who is now a Veteran 60+.

2.    For subsequent events in the series:

a.    For elite & junior men and women, in accordance with the most recent UCI World Individual Rankings, followed by the latest series standings, followed by the latest national rankings, and then at random.

b.    For all other categories, in accordance with the latest series standings, followed by the latest national rankings, and then at random.

3.    For any event in the series, the following riders may, at the discretion of the Chief Commissaire, also be incorporated into the gridding, or have their gridding position adjusted, but shall not be placed in the first two rows:

a.    A rider whose national ranking is significantly higher than his/her series ranking.

b.    A rider who has previously ranked in the top 5 in the same category as entered, but due to injury or non-participation is no longer ranked at this level.

c.    A rider who has previously ranked in the top 5 in a lower age category, but who is returning to the sport after a period of absence.

4.    The application of these principles and of any variation in gridding position applied under articles 1c) and 3 above, shall be at the discretion of the Chief Commissaire, except that, where applicable, the supremacy of the UCI rankings shall not be overridden. The decision of the Chief Commissaire shall be final.

5.    All riders shall be called up to the start line between 5 and 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the race, according to the size of the field.

6.    Any rider who misses the call up to his/her allocated gridding position may be gridded at the back of the field.

7.    Any rider who seeks to claim a gridding position higher than that allocated shall be gridded at the back of the field, and may incur further penalties (see British Cycling rules and regulations handbook). In the case of a UCI category, the penalty will be equivalent to 100 Swiss Francs (Art. 12.1.040.48)

Grant Ferguson in action at the 2017 HSBC UK | National Cross Country Series

Regulations

Once the winner of a series category crosses the line to finish, all other riders in the same category shall finish their race when they next cross the line. Lapped riders should not complete additional laps, but will be classified according to their position after those riders in the same lap as the winner.

In the event that the Commissaire President opts to apply the 80% rule, eliminated riders will be classified according to their final position at the appropriate number of laps.

Riders who abandon, who fail to cross the line after the category winner, or are not classified under the 80% rule, shall not be classified.

Where the course presents "A" and "B" line options, riders should take the line according to their ability. Participants who opt for the "A" line must not deliberately dismount, run or walk through the feature.  Those who do so may be subject to time penalty or disqualification.

Jason Boutell in action at the 2017 HSBC UK | National Cross Country Series

UCI world ranking points

Any rounds are placed on the UCI calendar will accrue class 2 UCI ranking points for the elite men’s and elite women’s categories.

The first 10 finishers in the elite men’s and elite women’s races will receive points as follows: 30, 20, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1.

The first 10 finishers in the junior men’s and junior women’s races will receive points as follows: 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2.. 

National championship races also accrue UCI points as follows –

Senior Men/Women – 100, 90, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 5
Under-23 Men/Women – 50, 35, 25, 15, 5 (added to elite ranking)
Junior Men/Women – 40, 30, 20, 10, 5

Entry refunds

No refunds shall be offered once the closing date has passed. Other refunds are subject to the discretion of the organiser and will be subject to a minimum administration fee of £1.