Who is Eligible?
All NZL riders in the following age groups (as at 31 Dec 2021) are eligible to take part.
U13, U15, U17, U19
AUS riders will be accepted into the events with licencing requirements to be confirmed in conjunction with Cycling Australia however will not be eligible for series points or overall recognition.
How are age groups calculated?
The series is regarded as the 2021 series and as such ages are calculated as at 31 December 2021.
Each event will offer a minimum of one of the following grades U13, U15, U17 and U19.
For the 2020/2021 series there is a derogation available for riders wishing to race in their 2020 age group prior to 31 Dec 2020. In this case a rider must contact the organiser to adjust their entry as they will automatically placed in their 2021 category. Points gained from any races in this 2020 age category will not be rolled over to their 2021 age category. The rider will be eligible for any recognition gained through these races at the end of the series. i.e. If a second year U17 rider wishes to race U17 in 2020 and gains 400 points these will be counted to the U17 recognition in 2021. If they then race in U19 in 2021 races they will start accumulating points from 1 Jan 2021.
No derogation will be available for this years Vantage Criterium National Championships (ie you must race in your 2021 age group).
This derogation will be revised for 2022.
What gearing do I ride?
Gearing will be in line with Cycling New Zealand Road & Track Rules with riders riding the gear of their 2021 age group (unless you have applied for a derogation - see above)
What licence do I need?
U19 riders must hold a Cycling New Zealand Youth licence – all other grades are eligible to race on either a Cycling New Zealand Schools licence or a Cycling New Zealand Youth Licence - except for the National Championship events, ALL riders will be required to hold a Cycling New Zealand Youth Licence (a schools licence alone will not be accepted. Click here to find out more about Schools Licences or click here to purchase either licence.
For events prior to 31 Dec 2020 a 2020 licence will be accepted (however your age group will be calculated as at 31/12/2021). For events post 1 Jan 2021 only a 2021 licence is accepted.
How many races do I have to do?
The 2020/2021 NRS series will commence in October 2020 and will conclude at the Age Group Road National Championships in April 2021.
Riders are encouraged to race one or more events with riders gaining points from their best two (2) results for the overall series recognition which will be awarded at the conclusion of the Age Group Road National Championships.
The Zwift E-race is considered a bonus race and any points earned from this races will be additional to your top two (2) road events.
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 categories and points available will be confirmed on the event organisers website. The final GC placings will be awarded as determined by the organiser.
The overall series winner is awarded to the rider that scores the most series points taking into account their best two results from the series (plus any bonus points from the Zwift race).
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 3 overall riders in the series in the U19 and U17 categories will be recognised as the National Series Champion and podium place getters.
The Top 3 overall riders in U13 and U15 categories will be recognised at each event however there is no national recognition as these categories are focused on participation and the development of racing skills.
At the time of entry, riders will be able to nominate their CNZ affiliated club, CNZ affiliated trade team or CNZ Hub. There will be recognition of each of these categories throughout the race series.
There is also provision for Cycling New Zealand, Chief Commissaire or event organiser to recognise riders who finish off the podium. As example would be “Most combative” or “Living the values” at either the event or at the overall presentation.
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 titles.
What is the Esport Bonus Race?
The series will commence with a Road Race conducted on Zwift in October. This race is considered a ‘Bonus Race’ and does not count as your ‘two races’ for points. See the Race 1 tab for more information.
Gearing and weigh in for the Esport Bonus Race:
There is a requirement for all riders to sign up to Zwift Power which will make visible their weight and if there are any major discrepancies we reserve the right to review post-race and adjust the results accordingly. However, there is a high expectation that our riders will take part in this bonus race with integrity and honesty. This is a bonus race for a junior domestic series and the points on offer reflect the bonus status, versus the points on offer for non-virtual racing. All riders are expected to ride their road and track gearing appropriate for their age group.