1. Beginning January 1, 2006 all athletes who wish to be eligible for World Championship qualification and consideration for the Olympic Team will be required to have an “International License” issued by USA Cycling. Elite athletes (elite men and women and junior men and women 17 and 18 years old) will need a USA Cycling issued International License to compete in all UCI calendar events within and outside of the U.S., including World Championships. A BMX athlete will be able to apply for a license by visiting the USA Cycling website at usacycling.org or request a paper application from USA Cycling.
2. Anti-doping – USA Cycling International licensees will be subject to all USA Cycling, UCI, USOC, IOC, WADA and USADA rules pertaining to anti-doping (see www.usantidoping.org) . Athletes will receive information regarding antidoping and their responsibilities at the time that they receive their USA Cycling license. All athletes who attain a UCI ranking of 150 or above will be submitted to USADA for inclusion in the “No Advance Notification” list for out of competition testing. Those athletes will be responsible to keep USADA informed of their whereabouts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
3. National Championship – USA Cycling will sanction one National Championship event that may be used to select some athletes for participation in the Challenge Classes at the 2006 BMX World Championships. Athletes will be permitted to participate in the National Championship if they have USA Cycling issued International Licenses or a USAC BMX Affiliated Organization issued license. However, athletes will be required to purchase a USA Cycling issued International License in order to participate at the World Championships in either the Elite or Challenge classes. The National Championships will be run under UCI rules.
4. National Championship Bids – USA Cycling will send a request for proposals to host the “2006 USA Cycling BMX National Championships”. You will be receiving shortly a bid package from Justin Rogers.
5. UCI Sanctioned Events - Beginning January 1, 2006, all athletes will be required to have a valid USA Cycling issued International License in order to compete at and earn UCI points at all UCI sanctioned events.
6. 2006 International License Fees – For riders age 17 and older (elite and challenge classes), the USA Cycling international license will be $150 and for BMX challenge class riders age 16 and younger, the international license fee will be $75. For 2006, USA Cycling will refund a portion of each international license fee to the affiliate organization(s). See the attached proposal for details on the license refund.
7. Rules, Regulations and Officials - – Beginning January 1, 2006 USA Cycling will oversee the officials’ training and assignments and will assure that UCI rules are being enforced at all UCI calendar events in the United States and any other events in the United States that may lead to selection of World Championships or other “protected” events, which are defined by the USOC Bylaws. As of January 1, 2006, officials will be required to hold a USA Cycling Officials License for any USA Cycling sanctioned event such as National Championships, UCI calendar events and any other “protected” events.
8. Selection Procedures - You will receive when they are completed under separate cover the selection procedures for 2006 BMX World Championship Team selection, Pan American Games Team selection (if applicable to BMX) and U.S. Olympic Team selection. The selection procedures will also be posted on the USA Cycling website (usacycling.org).
9. Governance – BMX will continue to be represented on the USA Cycling board of directors. You will be receiving separately the following:
A. The bid package for the 2006 USA Cycling BMX National Championships
B. Information regarding requirements for becoming a USA Cycling certified official
C. The current UCI rules and regulations
D. Current literature and USADA/WADA anti-doping requirements
E. Selection Procedures – when available
Gerard Bisceglia, CEO