IBRA Rule of the Week – This one is for the Ladies
This week I want to cover a rule that is often forgotten, it is about what races folks are allowed to enter based on age, race category, and sex. The Juniors and Masters rules below apply to all riders, but Women have some additional entry rules they should know and take advantage of. Remember, for Juniors and Masters events, the Race Category of the event still applies and may restrict the race age entry, here we go:
Riders may compete in any races for their age or older, subject to category restrictions. So a 14 year old can race in the 15-16, or 17-18 race and beat up on the older kids. This rule does not apply to national championships.
Masters - If the age class is open-ended (e.g. 35+), then they may enter one of the age classes per discipline for which they meet the minimum age. So a 44 year old can race in the 35+ race and beat up on the younger kids, but that same rider can not enter a 35-39 race.
Women - Women may enter any men’s race for which they are eligible by age, category, and any performance requirements. They may also enter categorized races for men that are up to one category lower than their women’s category. For road, track, and cyclo-cross events, category 1 women may enter men’s races up to two categories lower. There are some additional restrictions for National Championships, but lets focus on Iowa events. The following additional rules apply:
Womens Masters -
Women may compete in men’s masters races as follows:
Category 1 and 2 master women may enter men’s events for riders up to 10 years above their racing ages.
Category 3 and 4 master women may enter men’s events for riders up to 20 years above their racing ages.
Alright, have you signed up for any gravel races yet? They are getting closer!
That is all for this week, has anyone seen the sun, and if they have, can they ask it to move closer to the earth…speaking of the sun getting closer, this sunday we spring forward and get one more hour of sun in the evening, that is a sign of spring isn’t it.