Competitive Membership Information

Competitive Membership Information

Important information for Competitive Cyclists

Event (One Day) Licences and Member renewals

For Open Road Racing the Event Licence (or One Day Licence) has been scrapped for the beginning of the season and from August, Limited Competition licence holders may avail of a One Day Licence for participation. Please ensure you have renewed in good time before the first race of the year in March. We begin posting licences in January and the system opens in late November of the previous year for renewals so there is plenty of time to renew. Please note that the turnaround time for postage can take up to 2 weeks, it is normally 1 week. If you do not have your licence at sign-on you will be refused participation by the Commissaires.

If your club has yet to affiliate or meet the minimum requirements for an affiliated club (i.e. 6 registered members to include Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer), your licence will be held back from postage until the club meets these regulations. If you don’t have a licence, back and frame numbers on race day you cannot take part.

If you receive enough points to upgrade during the season and are waiting on the new licence and back numbers to arrive, you can race in your upgraded category with your old numbers but must tell a commissaire at sign on that you are awaiting an upgrade. Alternatively a Commissaire may give you temporary numbers for a small deposit at sign-on. Upon receipt of the new back numbers, frame number and licence card, please return the old ones to the office as they are now void.

Event licences are still available for Off-Road Cross Country, Downhill, Enduro, Cyclo-Cross, TT’s, BMX and Leisure events all year round apart from National and Provincial Championships. They are not available for any Track events.

National Championships Eligibility (Masters and IRL Nationality)

We have a number of Masters National Championships for which riders need to have the correct Rider Category in order to enter.

M30 Men

If you turn 30 in the calendar year or are in your thirties and wish to take part in some of our Masters 30 Championships, please ensure you select M30 when you renew your membership. You may still take part in SENIOR championships where no equivalent M30 championship takes place. Make sure you have a UCI category of Elite selected with M30 to take part in SENIOR Champs 

M40 Men

If you turn 40 in the calendar year or have yet to switch from SENIOR, please make sure you select M40 when you renew your membership to take part in any M40 championships. If you wish to ride the Rás, International Track GP or any Elite UCI events you may do so with the combination of M40 and Elite UCI Category.

M50 & M60 Men

These are automatically selected for you once you reach the qualifying age

Masters Women

There are no specific Masters Women rider categories however once a female rider turns 40 in the calendar year she is eligible for the Masters Women prize in the National Road Race and TT Championships

IRL Nationality

According to UCI rules (Page 29 - 1.2.028), riders must choose IRL if they wish to compete in Irish National Championships. They must hold either an Irish passport, or a British passport/birth certificate with their place of birth showing Northern Ireland.

If you are born in Northern Ireland and have GBR as your Nationality you may apply to switch nationality. We must send such applications off to the UCI to be verified. This can take over a month. Please note that once you make the switch you cannot change back. Please get in touch with the office if this applies to you at: contactus@cyclingireland.ie

A3 National Championships

M40, M50 & M60 licence holders are not eligible for the A3 SENIOR championships. Only Riders with SENIOR or M30 Rider Categories can take part

Road Racing Points, Upgrades & Downgrades

Below are the upgrade thresholds for the Full Competition categories;

A4 to A3 = 13 points

A4 riders carry their points forward each year

A3 to A2 = 15 points

A3 rider’s points are halved upon renewal

A2 to A1 = 20 points

A2 rider’s points are halved upon renewal

A1/A+ rider’s points are zeroed each year

JR (A3) to JR (A2) = 90 points for first year Juniors and 60 points for second year Juniors

JR (A4) to JR (A3) = 13 points

JR A2/A3 rider’s points are zeroed each year and they start back at JR (A3). JR (A4) riders carry their points forward

If an A1 or A2 rider has failed to score 6 points in a previous season they may apply for a downgrade with 5 points on their licence. You must apply to the National Grading Officer at grading@cyclingireland.ie before the 28th February each year

Please see Chapters T2 & T3 of the Cycling Ireland Technical Rules for further information

International Licence

If you wish to race abroad you will need to purchase an International licence for an extra €20 during registration or as a standalone purchase during the year. This licence will provide you with extra insurance cover to race in foreign countries.


Did you know that if you have an accident in a race or out training you are covered for personal accident and third-party liability via your membership? Please see http://www.cyclingireland.ie/page/membership/insurance for further info

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