Categories and Upgrades
2019 Upgrade Policy
Nearly all of our events are permitted through USA Cycling. Our training nights and clinics, as well as select race events, are permitted through ATRA. Check out all of the events we permit on our event calendar.
USA Cycling uses categories to classify the ability of a rider. Read more about USA Cycling's track categories here (note: all points from the previous year carry over for upgrades). When riders advance to higher categories, it is called upgrading. Because we believe in safety above all else, we use a slight variation to USA Cycling's upgrade process.
Requirements for upgrade from category 5 to category 4
The Northbrook Cycle Committee in conjunction with the ERV track officials and the ICA has updated the process for category 5 to category 4 upgrades.
In order to upgrade a rider must participate in the following options:
1. Attend the Fundamental Track Clinic on 5/11 + one additional cat 5 eligible event (see below).
2. Attend four cat 5 eligible events.
Cat 5 eligible events include the following:
Monday Structured Training (4/22-8/26) **new racers are encouraged to attend Mondays**
Women’s Introductory Track Clinic (5/5)
Sprinters Dream Omnium (5/25, 6/22, 7/20)
MEN: Cat 5 Thursday night (5/16 or 5/23)
WOMEN: Any Thursday night in the combined category 4/5 women's field
2019 ICa Upgrade spreadsheet - UPDATES PENDING
To improve the upgrade process we have created an upgrade spreadsheet in conjunction with the ICA and USAC officials.
Once you have reached the requirements for upgrade, your name and row will be highlighted in green. If you have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All upgrades should be submitted through the USA Cycling website. Upgrades to the higher categories will follow the USA Cycling protocol listed in the USA Cycling guidelines.