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Changes to World Masters Selection Policy
26 Feb, 2013


Recently the UCI have changed the format for the Masters World Championships (www.uciworldcyclingtour.com).

 

These used to be held in Austria and anyone could attend if they entered and paid their own way.

In 2011 the UCI brought in a format that sees a number of qualifying events held around the world with athletes who finish within a certain percentage of the winners earning the right to start in the final event, which is the World Championships.

The UCI have informed us that for countries where there is no qualifying event that a wildcard system is in place whereby 5 male and 5 female athletes (ten riders in total) can be selected by the National Federation.
 
Riders who are unable to attend any of the other qualifying events in Australia or globally, are eligible for wildcard selection.
 
The BikeNZ Road and Track Council have endorsed the selection process whereby wildcards will first be allocated on the basis of finishing positions in their respective grades at the Club Road National Championships.
 
We appreciate that there are differences in grades or bad luck may play a part in the final result, however, we believe this to be fairer than any other option considered. The world championships are a pinnacle event and should have a relationship with performance. Those people that we select should be the best able to represent New Zealand.

Riders will be selected on basis of finishing place in their respective grade at the Club Road National Champs. For example, a rider who finishes 3rd in their grade will be selected ahead of a rider who finishes 5th in their grade. All grades are treated as being equal with places being the relevant criteria. If there are a number of riders all tied on the same place greater than the five spots available we will make the selection based on a ballot draw.

We would like to emphasise that this is a Wildcard selection policy only and that for those riders who wish to ensure they can compete at the world championships, the best way to achieve this is to participate in one of the qualifying events.
 
Riders wishing to be considered for selection should contact Ross Bartlett (ross.bartlett@bikenz.org.nz) prior to Friday 3rd May.

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