I saw this article on Cyclingnews.com that says the USAC and the UCI have made the NRC criteriums open to some PRO riders. It says that Pro Tour riders and Pro Continental riders can compete as long as they follow the UCI criterium rules.
This article at Velonews.com suggests that this new rule will allow Pros to ride NRC criteriums.
But, I didn’t see any places listed on the USAC website or Cyclingnews.com that was going to allow US criteriums to deviate from the UCI Criterium rules. The rule that is going to be hard to get around, which will either exclude Pro riders or 50% or the Elite riders, is the following-
2.7.006 An organiser may not contract a rider from a UCI ProTeam unless if at least 50% of riders participating belong to a team registered with the UCI. The organiser’s national federation may increase this percentage.
If I’m reading this right, either 50% of the field has to be riders from UCI registered teams or they can’t race. So, the NRC races are going to have to be either 50% Pro riders to have the Pro riders ride or the race has to be exclusively Elite and D3 riders only. I don’t see any other choice.
Maybe I’m missing something here. What? So, if this is true, some riders aren’t going to be racing. Either Elites or Pros.
Did the USAC/UCI negotiation do anything for bike racing in the United States? I think not.