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NCNCA BAR/BAT Program
2010 Rules

Purpose:

    To encourage teamwork and competitiveness by recognizing the Best All-around Rider (BAR) and Best All-around Team (BAT) in each designated category.

Eligibility and Rules:

  • Riders:
    Only 2010 USA Cycling annual license holders residing in the NCNCA territory (Northern California & Northern Nevada) are eligible to earn BAR and BAT points. The USA Cycling license must list "CALIFORNIA NCNCA" as the licensee's "STATE".

    Riders are eligible for points on the date the USAC office processes their membership application. Placings in events prior to a rider's USA Cycling license being processed will not be eligible for points. Be aware that if you renew your license or purchase a new license at race registration, it may take up to 8 weeks for your application to be processed by the USAC office. USA Cycling licenses purchased on-line are usually processed in 1 to 2 weeks.

    Riders with 1-day licenses are NOT eligible to earn BAR or BAT points.

    UCI and USPRO licensed riders are NOT eligible for BAR or BAT points.


  • NEW for 2010! - Category 5 licensed riders are NOT eligible for BAR or BAT points.

  • If a Category 5 or non-USCF licensed rider places in the top ten, the points for that place are not used. Rider placings do not move up to fill in for non-qualified placings.
  • Clubs/Teams:
    Only Clubs that are both USAC Clubs and NCNCA Member Clubs are eligible to earn Team Category points and Overall Team points. USAC uses the terms "USAC Club" and "USAC Club Team". USAC Clubs have the option of having a USAC Club Team(s) associated with the USAC Club. Some USAC Clubs have one or more USAC Club Teams, others do not. As an example, the "Alto Velo Racing Club" is a USAC Club that has two USAC Club Teams associated with it, "Webcor/Alto Velo" and "Webcor-Platinum". The "Left Coast Racing Team" is an example of a USAC Club without a USAC Team associated with it. A USAC Club does not need a USAC Club Team to be eligible for BAT points. The USAC Club as well as its USAC Club Team(s) can earn points because a USAC license holder may be a member of a USAC Club but not listed as a member of its USAC Club Team. It is the License holder's responsibility to make sure the correct USAC Club and/or Club Team is listed on their USAC license. In the above example, Alto Velo Racing Club, Webcor/Alto Velo, Webcor-Platinum, and Left Coast Racing Team, can earn points (if both NCNCA and USAC members).

    If a rider changes Clubs, the points they have earned stay with the Club under which they were earned. Points are not transferable from one Club to another. A riderís Club is not changed until the USAC office processes the change of Club request or the request is submitted to the NCNCA President. It's the rider's responsibility to make sure they are correctly entered in the USCF database as a member of their Club and Club Team (if applicable). Requests for "Change of Club" can be made to president@ncnca.org or by contacting USAC Member Services in Colorado at 719-866-4581 (fax 719-866-4628).    Note: If a correction is made only to list the correct team within a club (not a club change), then all the riders points will be corrected.


  • Events:
    Only the following Road events in USCF permitted races within the NCNCA region will be eligible. Road events include Road Races, Stage Races (general classification only), Circuit Races, Criteriums, and Time Trials.
Men:          Women:
Elite 1/2,   Elite 3,   Elite 4 Women 1/2
Master 35+ 1/2/3,   Master 35+ Cat 4 Women 3
Master 45+ 1/2/3/4 Women 4
Master 55+ 1/2/3/4 Women 35+ 1/2/3
  • Events that are combined but picked separately and the results are posted separately will be counted (example: Master 45+/55+ raced together and the results are posted separately)
  • Only Masters races that use the age designation  "+"  will count for BAR points.   Example, a "Master 35-39" race does NOT count for BAR points.   A "Master 35+" race does count for BAR points because it allows older riders to race down in age.   A "Master 30+" race does NOT count because it does not meet the correct age specification.   Master 45+ and Master 55+ races must include category 1/2/3 riders.   Example, Master 45+ 3/4 races do NOT count for BAR points.
  • Races that include lower category riders will count for BAR.   Example, a "Women" race will count for Women 1/2 even thought category 3 and 4 riders are allowed to race or a "Elite 3/4" race will only count towards "Elite 3" BAR points.
  • Races that include higher category riders will NOT count for BAR.   Example, an "Elite 2/3" race will NOT count towards Elite 3 BAR.   A "Master 35+ 3/4" race does NOT count towards Master 35+ Cat 4.
  • Races that include higher category riders will NOT count for BAR.   Example, an "Elite 2/3" race will NOT count towards Elite 3 BAR.   A "Master 35+ 3/4" race does NOT count towards Master 35+ Cat 4.
  • Points are awarded to the top ten places as shown below. For events with less than 10 riders, points will be adjusted to reflect the field size. (example: a field size of 6 riders, 1st place will earn 7 points).

Field Sizes

10 or more

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

Place

1st

15

13

11

9

7

5

4

3

2

1

2nd

13

11

9

7

5

4

3

2

1

3rd

11

9

7

5

4

3

2

1

4th

9

7

5

4

3

2

1

5th

7

5

4

3

2

1

6th

5

4

3

2

1

7th

4

3

2

1

8th

3

2

1

Points

9th

2

1

10th

1

  • When a rider earns sufficient upgrade points to qualify for a Category upgrade (20 points for a Cat 4 or 25 points for a Cat 3) within the previous 12 month period, the rider will stop earning BAR and BAT points in their current category. The NCNCA Office maintains the rider database of Category 3 and 4 upgrade points and is not associated with the BAR/BAT program. The BARBAT program will be notified by the NCNCA Office when records indicate a rider has qualified for an upgrade. The rider will stop earning BAR and BAT points on the date of the race that the rider earned enough points to qualify for the upgrade. The rider will again be eligible to earn BAR and BAT points at the higher category after their upgrade is processed.
  • BAT points will be calculated by adding together all the individual riderís points from each team to establish a team score for that race.
  • Eligible USCF Championship events will earn double points (maximum 10 places, based on field size as shown above).
      Masters races must use the age designation  "+"  to be eligible.
  • Stage Race placings in the final general classification only will receive double points. Individual stage placings do not earn points.
  • It is the riderís responsibility to verify their placing on the Official results posted at each event within the published USCF protest period. Results cannot be changed once they are final.
  • Events with results that are not posted by the promoter will not be counted.
  • Multi-category races will not be used for points in a higher category if the rider upgrades later in the season. For example, points earned in a Cat 3/4 race while a Cat 4 will not count later toward Cat 3 points if the rider upgrades to Cat 3.
  • Twilight races or Training races will not be eligible for BAR or BAT points.
  • The BAR and BAT points program will start January 1 and end the last Sunday of September or after the last road event of the year, which ever comes first.
  • At the conclusion of the points program, the rider and team with the highest number of points will receive BAR and BAT designations. In the case of a tie, the highest number of 1st place finishes will act as the tiebreaker. If no 1st place then 2nd place finishes will count, and so on. BAR and BAT awards will be announced /presented at the year end NCNCA scheduling meeting.
  • For futher information or questions contact the BARBAT coordinator at barbat@ncnca.org