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Upgrades and downgrades

The below is an extract from our Technical Rules, the full document can be found here.

CHAPTER T3 - UPGRADING


2. (a) Newcomers to the sport will be granted an A4 licence. Holders of an A4 licence may only compete with other A4 licence holders with the exception of handicap races and the National Masters Road Race Championships. Notwithstanding in events restricted to Juniors, Masters or Women, A4 licence holders may compete with other category riders. Those returning to the sport after an absence will normally be granted an A3 licence, however this may be reviewed following an application to the National Grading Officer.

(b) An A3 rider who has amassed 10 points in 2015 or in any following calendar year, this includes the points carried from the previous year, will be upgraded to A2 with zero points.

(c) An A3 rider with less than 10points at year end will carry the points earned through to the following year.

(d) An A4 rider on amassing 15 points, cumulative across years will be upgraded to A3.

(e) Category A3 or A2 riders may opt to upgrade by one category on their first licence application for the season.

3. (a) A junior on reaching senior grade will be categorised as A3 unless they have amassed 30 points or more in their last year as a junior in which case they will be graded as an A2 rider. At the discretion of the National Development Coach a junior who has amassed 50 points or more in their last year as a junior may be graded A1 or a member of a UCI team A+.

(b) No junior will be upgraded beyond A3 without written permission from the National Development Coach. See also T4.A2.2 and T4.A3.6.

(c) An A2 rider on amassing 15 points this includes points carried from the previous year in a calendar year will be upgraded to A1 with zero points.

(d) An A2 rider with less than 15 points at year end will carry all points earned through to the following year.

(e) An A2 rider may apply to the National Grading Officer for a downgrade to A3 with 5 points if they fail to score 6 points in a full season at A2. Downgrades will be at the discretion of the National Grading Office (grading@cyclingireland.ie) taking account of the rider's known ability. Such requests must be made prior to the 28 th February.

(f) An A1 rider may apply to the National Grading Officer for a downgrade to A2 with 7 points if they fail to score 6 points in a full season at A1. Downgrades will be at the discretion of the National Grading Office (grading@cyclingireland.ie) taking account of the rider's known ability. Such requests must be made prior to the 28 th February.

4. (a) Riders in the year of their 40th birthday and each year thereafter may apply for Masters designation on their licence.

(b) Masters riders in their 46th to 49th year and irrespective of their category may apply, on their first licence application for the relevant licence year, for an A2 or A3 licence with zero points brought forward. Such riders are subject to automatic upgrades during the licence year on reaching the relevant points threshold.

(c) Masters riders in their 50th or greater year and irrespective of their category may apply, on their first licence application for the relevant licence year, for an A2 or A3 licence with zero points brought forward. Such riders are exempt from automatic upgrades during the licence year unless requested by the rider on reaching the relevant points threshold.

(d) Masters riders in their 60 th or greater year and irrespective of their category may apply, on their first licence application for the relevant licence year, for an A2, A3 or A4 licence with zero points brought forward. Such riders are exempt from automatic upgrades during the licence year unless requested by the rider on reaching the relevant points threshold (e) Women, on their first licence application for the year, may opt for an A4,A3 or A2 licence. In any event women will not be upgraded beyond A2 but are otherwise subject to the rules for upgrading and downgrading.

5. Upon reaching the necessary points for upgrading, the riders will submit their licence and number to Cycling Ireland for re-issue with their new category.

6. Commissaires have the power to withdraw a rider's licence if his points total is in excess of that required for upgrading and to submit it in accordance with rule T3.5 above.

7. When a rider reaches the appropriate points total for re-grading the rider will be deemed to be re-graded from that point in time.

8. When a grading dispute arises, this may be submitted to the National Grading Officer for resolution.

9. Former International riders will normally be issued with an A1 licence. However on representation to the National Grading Officer he may be re-graded as A2 or A3.
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