US Trials Team Qualification

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    2004 UCI World Trials Championships
    Les Gets, France // Sept. 6-12 2004

    2004 USA Cycling Trials World Championship Automatic Qualification & Athlete Nomination Procedures
    UCI Trials Worlds Registration Information

    REVISED 01/01/04

    Primary Goal: Select and prepare the U.S. athletes most capable of producing medal-winning performances at the World Championships.


    FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
    The 2004 World Trials Championships will be held in Les Gets, France. Athletes who qualify automatically or were nominated by USAC will be responsible to pay all expenses associated with attending and competing at the 2004 UCI World Trials Championships. This includes but is not limited to airfare, transportation, lodging, meals and equipment. If accommodations are available at the U.S. Cycling Team hotel in Les Gets, athletes who did not qualify automatically for the World Championship Team can request accommodations at the U.S. Team hotel. This will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Please send requests to Jiri Mainus via email to jmainus@usacycling.org and jpsnodab@aol.com no later than August 18, 2004.

    Athletes who are members of the World Championship team, who are not staying in the U.S. Team hotel, MUST provide their contact information in France to USAC, including hotel, motel or condominium name, phone number and address. This information must be submitted to USAC by 6:00PM Mountain Standard Time August 25, 2004. Please send via email to jmainus@usacycling.org and jpsnodab@aol.com. Athletes must provide this information for UCI registration.

    USA Cycling will provide logistics (food, housing, transportation, staff, coaching, race entry) for ONLY the athletes and staff who are selected for the World Championships. The World Championships will be managed similar to how the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) manages the U.S. teams at the Pan American Games and Olympic Games. In that regard, USAC will not be responsible for or manage logistics for personal coaches, athletes’ families, spouses, friends or significant others. It will be the responsibility of the athletes or staff to make separate arrangements for housing, food and transportation and they will be responsible for all costs related to any separate arrangements they might make.

    Selection will be based on final, official results from the qualifying events identified as automatic qualifying criteria. Mechanical problems and crashes are a part of cycling, especially in the mountain bike disciplines. Therefore, USAC will not consider an athlete’s position or placing in an event or events at the time the athlete experienced a mechanical problem or crashed as a determining factor for selection.

    These nomination procedures have been developed based on the most recent information supplied by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) regarding the events, athlete participation, team qualification and team size. USA Cycling’s nomination procedures may be subject to change based on the final international and domestic racing calendars and/or updated information from the UCI.

    ELIGIBILITY
    For all events: Elite men; Junior men; Women OPEN - only those athletes who automatically qualify for the World Championships, or are nominated by USAC can represent the United States at the 2004 World Championships. All athletes must be U.S. citizens, have a valid USAC International Racing License and meet all eligibility requirements of USA Cycling, the UCI and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). All athletes must be in good standing with USA Cycling, USOC, UCI and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).




    All athletes who qualify automatically or are selected will be required pay for their own flight/team room and will need to coordinate with JP Sickler at jpsnodab@aol.com for the athlete processing ASAP as the team will be flying to Les Gets on Sep 5. NOTE: You will be required to purchase a USAC International License and a Current US Passport if you do not already have one.

    All athletes and staff nominated to the World Championship team must sign prior to and as a condition of being selected to the team, regardless of whether the athlete’s selection is automatic or discretionary, and abide by USA Cycling’s Code of Conduct (see Attachment A) and any other required USA Cycling member agreements. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the World Championship Team. Failure to abide by these agreements will result in dismissal from the World Championship Team.

    All athletes and staff must abide by all USA Cycling, USOC, UCI and USADA anti-doping regulations prior to, during and after the World Championship competition.

    Per UCI anti-doping regulations, an athlete will be considered ineligible to be nominated or compete at the World Championships if he or she has a “doping fact”, which is defined by the UCI as any athlete who has received notification of a non-negative outcome of the “A” sample from a drug test.

    FINAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NOMINATION DATES
    USA Cycling will announce the athletes who automatically qualified for the 2004 UCI Trials World Championships on June 23, 2004. Those athletes who didn’t automatically qualify but were nominated by USA Cycling will be announced by July 8, 2004.

    ALTERNATE AND REPLACEMENT ATHLETES
    Alternates may be nominated in each discipline. If alternates are named, they will be prioritized and may be selected to replace a qualified or nominated athlete.

    ATHLETE REPLACEMENT POLICY
    Nominated athletes may be replaced if injury or illness (certified by a USA Cycling or USOC physician) prevents them from 100% participation in the World Championships competition. If an athlete is removed by ineligibility, illness or injury, positive drug testing for a banned substance or fails medical control procedures; voluntarily resigns, or is a recipient of USA Cycling, UCI or USOC disciplinary actions, the athlete may be replaced by an athlete who is nominated by the National Coaching Staff using the principles of discretion outlined for each discipline. Any replacement of athletes must comply with UCI regulations and entry deadlines.

    AUTOMATIC ATHLETE NOMINATIONS
    The purpose of the automatic nomination criteria is to establish objective standards that will automatically qualify an athlete for nomination to the World Championship Team. In every case, the intent of these criteria is to qualify athletes with the best chances to produce a medal-winning performance at the World Championships. For each discipline, the criteria are listed in ORDER OF PRIORITY, i.e., athletes will receive automatic nominations based first on criterion one (1) then, if start positions remain, on criterion two (2), and so on until either all available start positions are filled or all criteria are exhausted. Any specific qualifying event, e.g. NORBA NCS, UCI World Cup, and etc. must be run in its entirety according to pre-race publications to be eligible for consideration in automatic qualification. If one or all of the events are not run in their entirety, the athlete who is declared the winner of that event or events will not be automatically qualified for the World Championship team.

    DISCRETIONARY ATHLETE NOMINATIONS
    The purpose of discretionary athlete nomination is to allow USAC the ability to recommend the best physically, psychologically and technically prepared athlete in order to produce medal-winning and/or top-eight performances at the World Championships. Based on the context of the situation, the USA Cycling National Coaching Staff will evaluate which athletes can be nominated to the team in order to field the strongest, most sound and unified team for the World Championships. The discretion shall be based on the criteria applicable to the respective event. The principles of discretion that apply to each discipline are listed after the automatic qualifying criteria in each discipline.

    IMPORTANT – FOR ALL DISCIPLINES - Athletes who want to be considered for discretionary selection MUST send a petition to JP Sickler – Trials Team Mgr, requesting consideration to be nominated to the World Championship team based on discretion. The petition must address why an athlete should be considered for nomination based on the “2004 USA Cycling Trials World Championship Athlete Nomination Procedures” for each event and/or discipline. All petitions must be received by no later than 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday July 1, 2004. Petition forms will be available on the USA Cycling website (www.usacycling.org). Petitions should be sent by mail ONLY to 93 E. Sussex Way, Fresno, CA 93704, attention JP Sickler – U.S. World Championship Trials Team.

    The USA Cycling Selection Committee will review and approve all automatic/discretionary athlete nominations.



    ELITE MEN

    20” Maximum of 5 start positions
    26” Maximum of 5 start positions
    Automatic Qualification (in order of priority):

    1. Any US rider who finished in the top eight (8) in the Elite Men Trials event at the 2003 World Championships. The eligible athlete must continue to demonstrate a consistent level of top-eight (8) capability during the 2004 racing season. The fitness level will be monitored based on results from World Cup events, National Championships and other USA Cycling designated competition. If an athlete can’t or won’t participate in designated activities or events, he may forfeit his automatic selection.

    2. Any U.S. rider with a top ten (10) finish in a 2004 UCI Elite International level trials event by June 22, 2004. Refer to table below for specific events. The positions will be filled based on the placings (highest to lowest) until all qualified riders have been nominated or there are no more start positions available. Ties will be broken based on highest cumulative World Cup-level placings prior to June 22, 2004.

    Freizeit 2004 Trial Indoor Saarbrucken, GER 20/26 Feb 27-29
    Coupe de France #1 TBD 26 April 18
    Coupe de France #2 TBD 26 May 22-23
    UCI Trials World Cup #1 Graz, AUT 20/26 June 11-13

    3. Top-two (2) US riders in 20” and 26” UCI Trials rankings, as of June 22, 2004, only if they are ranked in the top-20.

    4. Top-two (2) US riders in Pro 20” and Pro 26” from the designated National Level Competitions listed below.

    Mt Snow NORBA NCS Mt Snow, VT June 19-20
    *UCI Trials Rules WILL be in use for all National Team Selection classes.



    Discretionary Athlete Nominations – If start positions remain unfilled after the above automatic nomination criteria have been applied, additional athletes may be nominated based on the following principles of discretion.

    1. A history of strong performance in international and national Elite Trials competition. UCI World Cup results will be the first priority. Athletes must have finished, at a minimum, in the top twenty (20) in a 2004 UCI specified event by June 22, 2004.

    2. Recent improvements in international and national Elite results. UCI World Cups and NORBA NCS will take priority, in that respective order.

    3. 2003 World Championship results.



    JUNIOR MEN

    Junior Men (born 1986,’87 or ‘88):
    20” Maximum of 5 start positions
    26” Maximum of 5 start positions
    Automatic Qualification (in order of priority):

    1. Any US rider who finished in the top eight (8) in the Junior Men Trials event at the 2003 World Championships. The eligible athlete must continue to demonstrate a consistent level of top-eight (8) capability during the 2004 racing season. The fitness level will be monitored based on results from World Cup events, National Championships and other USA Cycling designated competition. If an athlete can’t or won’t participate in designated activities or events, he may forfeit his automatic selection.

    2. Any U.S. rider with a top ten (10) finish in a 2004 UCI Junior International level trials event by June 22, 2004. Refer to table below for specific events. The positions will be filled based on the placings (highest to lowest) until all qualified riders have been nominated or there are no more start positions available. Ties will be broken based on highest cumulative World Cup-level placings prior to June 22, 2004.

    Freizeit 2004 Trial Indoor Saarbrucken, GER 20/26 Feb 27-29
    Coupe de France #1 TBD 26 April 18
    Coupe de France #2 TBD 26 May 22-23
    UCI Trials World Cup #1 Graz, AUT 20/26 June 11-13


    3. Top-two (2) US Juniors in 20” and 26” UCI Trials rankings, as of June 22, 2004, only if they are ranked in the top-20.

    4. Top-two (2) US Juniors in Exp 20” and Exp 26” from the designated National Level Competitions listed below. Juniors must compete in Expert class ONLY for team selection.

    Mt Snow NORBA NCS Mt Snow, VT June 19-20
    *UCI Trials Rules WILL be in use for all National Team Selection classes.



    Discretionary Athlete Nominations – If start positions remain unfilled after the above automatic nomination criteria have been applied, additional athletes may be nominated based on the following principles of discretion.

    1. A history of strong performance in international and national Junior trials competition. UCI World Cup results will be the first priority. Athletes must have finished, at a minimum, in the top twenty (20) in a 2004 UCI specified event by June 22, 2004.

    2. Recent improvements in international and national Junior results. UCI World Cups and NORBA NCS will take priority, in that respective order.

    3. 2003 World Championship results.






    WOMEN

    Women (born 1989 or earlier):
    20”/26” Maximum of 5 start positions
    Automatic Qualification (in order of priority):

    1. Any US rider who finished in the top eight (8) in the Womens Trials event at the 2003 World Championships. The eligible athlete must continue to demonstrate a consistent level of top-eight (8) capability during the 2004 racing season. The fitness level will be monitored based on results from World Cup events, National Championships and other USA Cycling designated competition. If an athlete can’t or won’t participate in designated activities or events, she may forfeit her automatic selection.

    2. Any U.S. rider with a top ten (10) finish in a 2004 UCI Womens International level trials event by June 22, 2004. The positions will be filled based on the placings (highest to lowest) until all qualified riders have been nominated or there are no more start positions available. Ties will be broken based on highest cumulative World Cup-level placings prior to June 22, 2004.

    Freizeit 2004 Trial Indoor Saarbrucken, GER 20/26 Feb 27-29

    3. Top-placed (1) US Woman in Women OPEN from the designated National Level Competitions listed below. Women must compete in Women OPEN class ONLY for team selection.

    Mt Snow NORBA NCS Mt Snow, VT June 19-20
    *UCI Trials Rules WILL be in use for all National Team Selection classes



    Discretionary Athlete Nominations – If start positions remain unfilled after the above automatic nomination criteria have been applied, additional athletes may be nominated based on the following principles of discretion.

    1. A history of strong performance in international and national Women trials competition. Athletes must have finished, at a minimum, in the top twenty (20) in a 2004 UCI Women Trials Competition by June 22, 2004.

    2. Recent improvements in international and national Women results. UCI competitions and NORBA NCS will take priority, in that respective order.

    3. 2003 World Championship results.
     
  2. trialscoach

    trialscoach New Member

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    I've been told that these are difficult to understand...thats because I mirror the mtb team procedures so those guys never think they work harder than us to make the team. Basically says you can qualify for the team with a top-10 in europe or you have to finish top-2 at Mt Snow. Also lays out the criteria we look at for additional nominations(used to be called coaches selections).
     

  3. Darren

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    does Canada have something like this? Does Canada even have a team?
     
  4. WhiteRavenKS

    WhiteRavenKS Well-Known Member

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    nope. they dont right now.
     
  5. Elan

    Elan steve french

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    what is going on in vermont/? lets get some video footage of this les gets crap too eh?
     
  6. WhiteRavenKS

    WhiteRavenKS Well-Known Member

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    vermont- mt snow event, team qualifier. les gets france will hold the worlds this year- one of the sickest dh race courses there too... so nice. i doubt i will go to worlds this year but you can bet yo' caboooose i will have a camera going...
     
  7. tomacropod

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    I will go - I'll be having an all-expenses paid driving holiday around southern France then - I guess a couple of days camping up at Les Gets is doable !

    - Joel