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National Road Series

Road & Track
1 October 2020 - 19 April 2021

Cycling New Zealand

events@cyclingnewzealand.nz

07 823 0716

The National Road Series (NRS) will be made up of a series of existing events delivered by clubs and event organisers around New Zealand (and two bonus E-Sports races) and will cumulate with the Vantage Age Group National Championships in April.

It is an initiative of Cycling New Zealand and was created to nationally recognise events that support meaningful racing opportunities to riders. This will be achieved through a coordinated calendar of events that offer appropriate distances, appropriate recognition through the grades and a focus on skills development specifically for the junior riders.

The focus for 2020/2021 is on coordinating and supporting junior racing (U13 – U19) with the intent for elite racing to be included in the future.

This series is considered a 2021 event and age groups are calculated as at 31/12/2021 (please see FAQ for more) with U13, U15, U17 and U19 categories been recognised in the overall recognition.

Cycling New Zealand’s objectives for the establishment of the NRS is to create a road series which:

  • Provides a cohesive and coordinated calendar of events across the country
  • Provides safe and fair event experiences for riders
  • Provides targeted and appropriate racing opportunities for junior riders
  • Provides an opportunity for schools cyclists to transition into national racing
  • Develops strong and mutually respectful relationship between stakeholders

Cycling New Zealand will oversee the overarching administration of the series with applications are now been accepted by Event Organisers wishing to be considered for the Series (see more under Event Organisers tab).

The series will commence with a Road Race conducted on Zwift.

The date, course, distance and grades will be announced shortly. 

Riders are responsible for their own Zwift subscription and required equipment.

To be eligible riders will need to register their attendance via an entry link (to be advised) and be signed up to Zwift Power.  

Entry is free (but registration is required).

More details to come.

Race 2 will be a Time Trial conducted on Zwift.

The date, course, distance and grades will be announced shortly. 

Riders are responsible for their own Zwift subscription and required equipment.

To be eligible riders will need to register their attendance via an entry link (to be advised) and be signed up to Zwift Power.  

Entry is free (but registration is required).

More details to come.

Events will be able to apply to be part of the series with the intent to have a range of events that are accessible and support a cohesive and coordinated calendar.

The focus for 2020/2021 is on coordinating and supporting junior racing (U13 – U19) with the intent for elite racing to be included in the future so applications will be accepted by events and races offering one or more of the following grades (events that offer one of these grades, as well as elite racing, will still be considered however series points and recognition will only be available for the grades specified below:

Eligible events can offer other categories but must offer a minimum of one of the following grades for a minimum of one gender (i.e. an event can include masters or elites but also offer a U19 grade in either or both genders can apply for the U19 race to be included in the series)

2020/2021 accepted grades in either male or female - U13, U15, U17 or U19

Events selected to be included will be required to participate in the Cycling New Zealand Event Certification programme which will provide a level of assurance to stakeholders that the event understands and complies with the relevant laws, and regulations and utilises best practice event management.

Acceptance to the NRS is not guaranteed. To meet eligibly criteria events must at a minimum:

  • Support the intent of the series
  • Meet the criteria of the Cycling New Zealand event certification programme
  • Accept only riders with a Cycling New Zealand licence or schools licence
  • Offer one or more of the series age group categories in one or more of the genders
  • Ideally be placed between October and April
  • Offer appropriate distances and racing for each category

The event organiser is responsible for the overall delivery of the event. They will be issued with a ‘Partnership Agreement’ to sign which outlines their responsibilities which include (but not limited to):

  • To be responsible for the overall organisation of their Event
  • Maintain the highest standards and industry recognised best practice for general event organisation
  • To apply for and ensure all health and safety documentation and implementation is compliant and meets the requirements of Cycling New Zealand Event Certification
  • The date, specific events and distances to be agreed with CNZ that enables the principles of participation and accessibility, as well as providing a competitive and stimulating competition environment
  • To run the event in accordance with the CNZR&T rules and regulations

For more information on the role and requirements from Event Organisers and the role of Cycling New Zealand, please contact events@cyclingnewzealand.nz

Applications are now open for events wishing to be considered for the 2020/2021 National Road Series.  Applications closed 15 August 2020. Click here to apply.

Series Points will be updated following each race here. Please see the Event Organisers website for individual race results.

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.

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 license do I need?

Riders will be required to hold a Cycling New Zealand Youth or Schools Licence* Noting age categories are calculated as at 31 Dec 2021.

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.

*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.

 

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 E-races are considered bonus races and any points earned from these 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 following points system. 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.

National Championships RR & TT

Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

Points

300

225

185

150

125

105

90

75

60

55

45

35

30

25

15

10

6

4

3

1

 

Race Classification (GC) – Tour and One day Races

Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

Points

200

150

125

100

85

70

60

50

40

35

30

25

20

15

10

5

4

3

2

1

 

Stage Classification - Tour

Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

Points

50

30

20

15

10

5

 

Sprint & Climbers Classification - Tour

Position

1

2

3

4

5

Points

25

15

10

5

3

 

E-Sport RR & TT

Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Points

15

13

11

9

7

5

4

3

2

1

 

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 events).

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 are the E-Races?

The series will commence with a Road Race and a Time Trial conducted on ZWIFT in September (dates, courses and distances to be announced). These are considered ‘Bonus Races’ and do not count as your ‘two races’ for points.  See Race 1 and Race 2 for more information.