Some Changes in 2023:
In looking at the series over the past years, we don’t see that have NRS title is adding as significantly as we would all like. So stepping more into the background looks like it will be a better option. Noting that this doesn’t impact the racing in any way, each race it its own entity. Please read below to understand a few changes that have been made for 2023.
Who is Eligible?
All NZL riders in the following age groups (as at 31 Dec 2023) are eligible to take part:
U15, U17, U19
While events are encourage to continue to offer an U13 grade to provide an introduction to the sport for this age group, this grade will not be recognised through the national series. Those more competitive riders from this age group are eligible to enter the U15 grade to be considered for national recognition.
Events are also encouraged to open the U19 women’s grade to domestic level U23 riders who are looking for more competition opportunities to continue their participation in the sport and their development. While each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis, consideration will be given if a U23 rider will add and gain value to the experience and supports the objectives of racing in the U19 field. These U23 riders must race in restricted gears, will not be eligible for U19 points or jerseys and may not receive podium prizes depending on the organiser.
If you are an U23 rider who is interested to take part in an NRS event(s) please email us to apply and be considered.
How are age groups calculated?
The series is regarded as the 2023 series and as such ages are calculated as at 31 December 2023.
Each event will offer a minimum of one of the following grades: U15, U17 and U19.
What gearing do I ride?
Gearing will be in line with Cycling New Zealand RTX Rules with riders riding the gear of their 2023 age group (unless you have applied for a derogation - see above)
What licence do I need?
Riders will be required to hold a Sport Membership to compete for their club.
How many races do I have to do?
Riders are encouraged to race one or more events with riders gaining points from their best two results for the overall series recognition.
How are the points awarded?
Points will be awarded for each event in the series using the points system under the points system tab. The overall series winner is awarded to the rider that scores the most series points taking into account their top three best results considered for the overall series recognition. In 2023 the points system has been simplified, we don't believe this will affect the overall outcome.
In the event of a tie for first, the highest-placed rider in the final race of the most recent series race shall take precedence.
Top three overall riders in the series categories (U19, U17 and U15) will be recognised as National Series Champion and podium place getters. There is no recognition for U13; this can be done by each event at their discretion.
At the time of entry, riders will be able to nominate their CNZ affiliated club or CNZ affiliated trade team. There will be recognition of each of these categories throughout the race series.
Series Leader Jerseys:
There will be no series leader jerseys in 2023 and no jerseys awarded at the end of the series, the 2023 series is all about participation. CNZ are trying to simplify the competition in the hope more riders will engage in the series and take part making racing more meaningful.
How do I enter?
Entries are made by the individual to each event as determined by the event organisers. Entries are subject to the terms and conditions of each organiser. All entries into the official events are considered for the overall series points and titles.