Nationals call ups are based on UCI points. The USGP no longer has qualifying spots for Worlds. That's probably a big part of the reason why we are seeing a second national series emerge.The Sundance Kid said:If the GP is still a qualifier for Nationals call-ups and Worlds team selection it will still get real good fields. I'd like to think this will help the quality of the fields for the NACTPC (terrible name they picked) without hurting the USGP, but we shall see.
Every one of the races for the new series are existing UCI races that generally turn out a very competitive field. Most of the big guys are already going.cxrcr said:While still trying to be an optimist, I see this as causing nothing but problems down the road. The UCI process in the US is a joke, as there are too many races that really don't rise the occasion but still have the cash to plunk down for a UCI permit every year.
I understand where you are coming from on the UCI points and a second series. My main concern is that in the madness of growth of cross in the U.S. we don't just have a bunch of crack pot series show up. With good promotion and organization there is no telling how far this can go.Vegancx said:Nationals call ups are based on UCI points. The USGP no longer has qualifying spots for Worlds. That's probably a big part of the reason why we are seeing a second national series emerge.
Frankly, I'm psyched to see a second national series.
One of the problems is that the US is a really big country. Travel to national races is tough financially and physically. The top level guys (Trebon, Wickes, Johnson, etc.) are traveling to the big races because they know they need to race against the best competition. But the USGP series brought out a lot of second tier racers who traveled to the series too. I wonder what the new series is going to do about that.bwcross said:What does everything think would make for the most ideal way to organize all of the UCI events currently out there?
Not to be wishywashy but, I've kind of always thought a regional curriculum would work out well for cross. So many from each region in each cat/age group get invites to Nats, there's of course alternates in case invited riders decline to go.PeanutButterBreath said:The US is far too large to support a meaningful national CX series.
doing regional selection is tough. Cross isn't an evan distribution of talant. You've got a few hot beds and a lot of non-existant scenes.Albino said:Not to be wishywashy but, I've kind of always thought a regional curriculum would work out well for cross. So many from each region in each cat/age group get invites to Nats, there's of course alternates in case invited riders decline to go.
Each region sets their own calendar. If you're border line by location and can race two regions then great, but points don't cross regions.
I would be more than happy to say I finished 10th or even 20th in my region rather than 50th or 60th at Nats. It seems to be a more reasonable accomplishment for more of the riders that pay their own way.