UCI race classifications

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world's governing body in the sport of bicycle racing, classifies races according to a rating scale.

The rating is represented by a code made of two or three parts and indicates both the type or style of race (the first part), and its importance or difficulty (the second and third parts, lower being harder). The first part can be an integer or an abbreviation, and the second part, when present, are usually integers. Both parts are separated by a period or decimal point (.).

A higher rated race will result in the successful riders receiving more world ranking points.

Road racing edit

UCI race classifications are denoted as follows:

The first part of the code denotes whether the race is one-day '1', or a multi-day (stage) race '2'. The second part of the code indicates the race ranking.[1] From highest to lowest these are;

'.UWT' (UCI World Tour) or '.WWT' (Women’s World Tour),




For example, a race rated 1.1 equates to a one-day, category 1 race.[2] A race classification ‘U’ (e.g. 2.2U) denotes an U-23 race and ‘NCup’ (e.g. 1.NCup) a Nations Cup race involving national teams or ‘mixed teams’.

Code Description Examples Participation[3][4]
UCI World Tour-races Tour de France,
Tour of Flanders,
Tour de Suisse,
UAE Tour
UCI WorldTeams (compulsory participation).
UCI professional continental teams need a wild card
In events covered by article 2.15.154: National team of the organising country
UCI Women's World Tour-races Strade Bianche Donne,
La Flèche Wallonne Féminine,
Giro Donne,
Simac Ladies Tour
UCI Women's World Teams (compulsory participation)
One-day race
Stage race
Arctic Race of Norway
Tour of Utah
Tour de Langkawi
Tour of Slovenia
Tour de Yorkshire
Deutschland Tour
Vuelta a San Juan
UCI WorldTeams (max 70%)
UCI professional continental teams
UCI continental teams (of the country the race is in)
National teams (of the country of the organiser)
UCI foreign continental teams (max. 2)
One-day race
Stage race
Le Samyn
Tour de Taiwan
Tour of Slovakia
Tour of Thailand
UCI WorldTeams (max 50%)
UCI professional continental teams
UCI continental teams
National teams
One-day race
Stage race
Tour de Normandie,
International Syrian Tour
UCI professional continental teams of the country
UCI continental teams
National teams
UCI foreign professional continental teams (max. 2)
Regional and club teams

Mountain biking edit

The mountain bike discipline includes the following events comprising the formats listed below:[5]

Code Description









Cross-country: XC (Chapter II cross-country events)

Cross-country Olympic: XCO

Cross-country marathon: XCM

Cross-country point-to-point: XCP (point to point)

Cross-country short circuit: XCC (Short Track)

Cross-country eliminator: XCE

Cross-country time trial: XCT (Time Trial)

Cross-country team relay: XCR (Team Relay)

Cross-country stage race: XCS (Stage races)




Downhill: DH (downhill) (Chapter III downhill events)

Downhill individual: DHI

Downhill marathon: DHM

4X Four cross: 4X (Chapter IV four cross events)
END Enduro: END (Chapter IVa enduro events)

Cyclo-cross edit

All cyclo-cross races are identified by the code 'C'. Again, no decimal point is used in the written form of the classifications.[6]

Code tables edit

Code Meaning
JO Olympic Games (Jeux Olympiques)
JR Regional Games (Jeux Régionaux)
CM World Championships (Championnat Mondial)
WT World Tour
GT Grand Tour
CDM World Cup (Coupe du Monde)
PRO ProSeries (Beyond Category)
CN National Championships (Championnats Nationaux)
CC Continental Championships (Championnats Continentaux)
CMM World Masters Championships (Championnats du Monde Masters)
1 Category 1
2 Category 2
3 Category 3

References edit

  1. ^ Conti, British (13 January 2020). "Race classifications: an explainer". thebritishcontinental.co.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Race classifications: Written By: British Conti". The British Continental Website. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  3. ^ As in UCI Europe Tour
  4. ^ UCI Cycling Regulations, Part 2 Road Races, 2.1.005
  5. ^ "UCI CYCLING REGULATIONS – PART 4 MOUNTAIN BIKE" (PDF). Union Cycliste Internationale.
  6. ^ "Regulations". www.uci.org. Retrieved 5 January 2022.

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