UCI Releases 2011 Rule Changes & Elite Team List

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12/16/2010 3:22 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/16/2010 3:54 PM

The UCI released a list of "Elite" Gravity Teams today and several 2011 rule changes.

2011 "Elite" Gravity Teams:
• Scott 11 (SUI)
• Commencal (GBR)
• Yeti Cycles Races Team (USA)
• Suspension Center (SUI)
• RSP 4 Cross Racing Team (AUT)
• Santa Cruz Syndicate (USA)
• Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain (USA)
• Trek World Racing (ESP)
• Chain Reaction Cycles / Nuke Proof (GBR)
• MS Evil Racing (AUT)
• Commencal Superiders (FRA)
• Alpine Commencal (AUT)
• Lapierre International (FRA)
• Monster Energy – Specialized – Mad Catz (USA)
• Norco World Team (GBR)

The release of this list confirms that Chain Reaction is switching from Intense to Nuke Proof frames for 2011. It's also interesting to see the Mad Catz name reattached to Monster/Specialized.

We know that these teams must submit a completed roster, sponsor list, and jersey designs to the UCI by January 15. As such, I think it's safe to say that we can expect to see some big announcements very soon.

Regarding rule changes, it's obvious that some of them changes were influenced by the off-road survey conducted in September. If you're really interested, you can read the full rule book here (changes are in red).

Major changes include the following:

Downhill
• Downhill events are open to all riders riders aged 17 or over.
• UCI points are awarded in relation to the rider’s time and not to their category. This applies to all races on the international calendar, including world championships, continental championships and national championships.
• Anyone who is found to have altered the course has his/her accreditation removed or, in case of a rider, is disqualified (DSQ).
Helmet cameras are not permitted during qualifying rounds and finals. The riders are responsible for securing the fixation of the helmet cameras in order to avoid any danger. The UCI can decide to allow a helmet camera during finals but only for the usage of the TV production company. Metal/permanent fixtures to attach the helmet cameras are not allowed, tape and velcro are allowed.
• Riders must display their handlebar number while training as well as their back number during the qualifying round and the final.

Four Cross
• Riders who are DNF, DSQ or DNS in the qualifying round cannot enter the main event.

General
• The official ceremony takes place immediately after each race involved. Riders arriving later then 5 minutes after they finished their race are fined.
All riders within a UCI MTB Team are obliged to wear clothing that has identical major sponsor placement, layout an overall look, although the colours of men and women’s outfit can be different. In this case two designs must be submitted.
• There is no longer a provision stating that National Champions must wear his/her Nation's jersey, at least in gravity events (so Gwin my be off the hook).


What do you think about the rule changes? Anything you find controversial?

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12/16/2010 3:57 PM

man, i sure hope there's no national jersey rule in place.

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12/16/2010 7:55 PM

I didn't quite understand the rules regarding leaving the course, but what about in reference to Gwinny's off course experience last year at Champery I think it was? Any changes there?

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12/16/2010 11:41 PM

mmmmm, seems that the list lost some big names like GT.....

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12/17/2010 9:52 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/17/2010 10:03 AM

Post_Scriptum wrote:

mmmmm, seems that the list lost some big names like GT.....

To clarify, only the top 15 teams from 2010 were invited. One of them declined, so they extended the offer to whoever was 16th last season. Any teams not appearing on this list will simply be classified as UCI teams, and they won't get the preferential treatment the elite teams do.

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12/17/2010 10:17 AM

bpatterson6 wrote:

I didn't quite understand the rules regarding leaving the course, but what about in reference to Gwinny's off course experience last year at Champery I think it was? Any changes there?

This is the only clause that mentions leaving the course:

If a rider exits the course for any reason, he/she must return to the course at the same point from which he/she exited. If the president of the commissaires panel deems that the rider gained advantage, the rider is disqualified (DSQ).

Note that the second sentence is a new addition, which should give them more leeway.

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12/18/2010 8:58 AM

Major changes include the following:

Downhill
Downhill events are open to all riders riders aged 17 or over.


Couldn't find this in the rulebook! So you don't need a pro license for world cups anymore?

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12/18/2010 11:13 AM

adrenalineracer wrote:

Major changes include the following:

Downhill
Downhill events are open to all riders riders aged 17 or over.


Couldn't find this in the rulebook! So you don't need a pro license for world cups anymore?

99.9% sure you still need a UCI elite license.

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12/20/2010 11:45 AM

So no more 20 point rule to get in?

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12/20/2010 6:39 PM

gvaughan3 wrote:

So no more 20 point rule to get in?

Depends... See rule 4.5.003 in the rulebook.

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