The 2019 Utah Cyclocross Series is nearly upon us, with the first race of the season scheduled for Saturday, September 14 at the Ogden Cyclocross Park. The series will consist of 13 races this year, including a long-form 30-mile gravel-cross race in Cedar City on November 16 (details TBA) in addition to 12 traditional cyclocross events.
The organizers of the Utah Cyclocross Series will also be promoting the Utah State Cyclocross Championship at Soldier Hollow (site of the cross-country skiing and biathlon events at the 2002 Winter Olympics) on November 9. The Utah State Championship will be held separately from the Utah Cyclocross Series.
For 2019, UTCX is partnering with USA Cycling, and all races will be sanctioned allowing riders to earn points towards category upgrades and for seeding purposes at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. This means that racers will need to have a license in order to race, but there are a couple of options available.
If a rider has never held an annual license, one-day licenses will be available for $10.00 when registering at the venues.
If a rider is planning on racing the majority of the series, a discounted annual license (valid through December 31, 2019) will be available through USA Cycling for $50.00. Since licenses do expire at the end of each calendar year, racers can also bundle their 2020 license for a total of $130.00, which will also allow them to enter any USA Cycling sanctioned road, mountain, or gravel events through December 31, 2020. Both options are only available through the USA Cycling website.
2019 Utah Cyclocross Series Schedule
Annual passes for the entire Utah Cyclocross Series can be purchased through Bikereg at https://www.bikereg.com/utcx-season-pass for $265 for adult categories, or $65 for junior categories. Eight-race passes are also available $220 for adult categories, or $40 for junior categories at https://www.bikereg.com/utcx-8-pass. All pre-season pass registrants will be automatically entered a 2020 Cannondale CAADX Tiagra.
Since the Series organizers recognize that many experienced local riders may technically hold a lower USA Cycling category due to a lack of opportunities to upgrade in the past, all A-level races will be open to riders from Cat 1-5, B-level races to riders from Cat 3-5, and C-level races to riders from Cat 4-5. Riders will also be able to petition the Utah Cycling Association (the local administration for USA Cycling) for upgrades to an appropriate USA Cycling Cyclocross category. The organizers and officials do reserve the right to upgrade riders from Cat-C to Cat-B and/or Cat-A as appropriate. Sandbagging isn't cool.
Check UTCX.net for more information.
Thanks to longtime UTCX Official (and fan) Steven Sheffield, racers can also subscribe to the UTCX Schedule Calendar through this link. Any changes should automatically sync to your calendar application.