A season-long points series will decide which under-19 cyclists from New South Wales will earn the chance to race in Europe next year.
Last year, Cycling NSW announced a partnership with TWC Maaslandster Zuid-Limburg to allow up to three male under-19s to race with the Dutch squad each year. Cycling NSW can now reveal that three female under-19 riders will race with Watersley Race & Development Cycling Team.
It was hoped that this development opportunity could commence in 2021. However, the ongoing global pandemic has forced the start to be delayed until next year.
Cycling NSW is pleased to announce that the Rauland U19 Road Series will determine which six junior cyclists receive this international development opportunity in 2022.
The Rauland U19 Road Series consists of nine road cycling events, including individual time trials, road races and criteriums. Competitors will earn points based on their placings in each event, with their best four events counting towards their points tally.
The top three men and women will receive Cycling NSW’s endorsement for the European development opportunity, including $1,500 financial assistance.
The rules of the Rauland U19 Road Series are set out below, with the NSW Under-19 Criterium Championships in Broke on 18 April being the first event.
Cycling NSW is close to finalising an agreement with a Dutch women’s development team to formalise the arrangement for under-19 women.
Men and women will race separately and score points separately.
In each event, riders receive points as follows:
Each rider’s best four results will be added together to make up their final points total.
Ties in points totals between two or more riders will be broken by:
The top three men and top three women will be endorsed by Cycling NSW to participate in a self-funded placement with a development road cycling team in Europe in 2022. Cycling NSW will provide $1,500 in financial assistance towards their trip.
Second-year Under-19 riders will be eligible even though they will no longer be in the Under-19 category in 2022.
To be eligible for prizes, riders must be members of Cycling NSW clubs and residents of NSW. (Non-NSW riders will still score points and be shown in the standings).
Click to view standings after Round 3