Who is Eligible?
All NZL riders in the following age groups (as at 31 Dec 2022) 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.
If an U13 rider in 2021 wants to try to gain some bonus points in 2021 for when they are an U15 in 2022, they will need to ride up as an U15 in 2021. No points can be awarded to any rider racing as an U13.
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 intent, objectives and of the racing 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 2022 series and as such ages are calculated as at 31 December 2022.
Each event will offer a minimum of one of the following grades: U15, U17 and U19.
For 2021 Bonus Events; riders are able to race in their 2021 age group with any points gained from these races taken with them to their 2022 age category.
What gearing do I ride?
Gearing will be in line with Cycling New Zealand Road & Track Rules with riders riding the gear of their 2022 age group (unless you have applied for a derogation - see above)
What licence 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 2022. For events prior to 1 January 2022 a 2021 licence is accepted. For events post 1 Jan 2022 only a 2022 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 2022 NRS series will commence in October 2021 and will conclude at 30 October 2022.
Riders are encouraged to race one or more events with riders gaining points from their best two results for the overall series recognition.
The two 2021 events (AEC Novice Tour & Yunca Tour) are considered as bonus races and any points earned from both of these races will be additional to your top two 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 overall series winner is awarded to the rider that scores the most series points taking into account their top two best results (plus any bonus points from the two 2021 events) considered for the overall series recognition.
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, CNZ affiliated trade team or CNZ Hub. There will be recognition of each of these categories throughout the race series.
The 2022 NRS will include Living the Values awards which are designed to recognise those riders who may not have made the podium but supported and demonstrated the values and objectives of this series through their riding, behaviours and sportsmanship.
Series Leader Jerseys:
The 2022 NRS will include series leader jersey which will be awarded for those who are leading the series to wear at the next event. This will be for the NRS Yellow, Green and KOM/QOM jerseys. Riders will get presented these at the start of the event, to be worn for the duration of that event (unless they get into a tour jersey, of which would take precedence and the NRS jersey would not be worn). The rider wearing the NRS series leader jersey would not change from stage to stage, only from event to event. The rider must return this jersey at the conclusion of the event, and a CNZ representative will award this jersey at the next event. At the conclusion of the NRS Series the jerseys will be awarded and the riders with the highest number of points for the series will then keep the jersey.
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.