New Zealand pro cycling team, Pure Black Racing, looks to be an early beneficiary of a new classification system introduced this year by the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the association of national cycling federations.
UCI has published what it calls a “fictiti
ous ranking” for the UCI Continental Teams registered in 2011, established on the basis of points obtained by the best riders among their current members during the last season (2009-2010). Under the new system New Zealand’s Pure Black Racing is ranked first in Oceania, followed by two Australian teams, Genesys Wealth Advisers and Drapac.
The UCI issued a statement saying, “This fictitious ranking, which is a true reflection of the sporting value of the 2011 UCI Continental Teams, has allowed us to establish which formations will receive automatic invitations to events on their respective Continental Circuits.”
“We’re pleased with this ranking as it reflects the quality of the team we have put together,” says Pure Black Director of Racing, Carl Williams. “And it means we’ll get more invitations to quality events. It’s also consistent with our results in the Trusthouse Tour of Wellington, which is a UCI event, where we won the team classification by 16 minutes.”
“Though the ranking system has attracted criticism in some quarters, we think it will, in the long term, give the tour a more robust foundation.”
The next big race for the team is the Singapore International Criterium night race on 5 March followed by its first United States Tour event at Redlands.