Competition Rules

Eligibility

The Nature Valley Pro Chase program is open to amateur cyclists (defined below) who will be 18 years or older on June 8 (the first day of the pre-race camp), who are legal residents of the United States and D.C. and who hold racing licenses with USA Cycling. Men must hold Category 1 licenses while women must hold Category 1 or 2 licenses at the start of the qualifier race.

Riders are not eligible if the team shown on their racing license intends to participate in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, unless the team's application has been rejected.  Teams can receive an early decision from the Nature Valley Grand Prix organizers if one of their riders is a candidate for an invitation.  Entries are subject to rejection at any time (including during the event) by the Minnesota Bicycle Festivals, Inc (Organizer) for any reason whatsoever. The reason for rejection may include, but is not be limited to, unbecoming conduct and violations of the rules and regulations in the Nature Valley Grand Prix technical guide.


Amateur Status

Eligible riders may never have been members of UCI-registered teams.  They also must not be current members of a men's Domestic Elite Team.  

Men's Domestic Elite Teams:  While not eligible for the Nature Valley Pro Chase, the top finisher In each qualifier race who is a member of a men's Domestic Elite team, will receive a free entry to the Nature Valley Grand Prix.  These free entries are non-transferable and can only be used if the Domestic Elite team is attending the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

Women's Domestic Elite Teams:  Members of women's Domesitc Elite Teams are eligible for the Nature Valley Pro Chase, if their team of record is not attending the Nature Valley Grand Prix.


Entries

Rider invitations will be issued following the six Nature Valley Pro Chase regional selector events.  To be eligible, riders must inform the selector race organizers that they would accept an invitation to race for the Nature Valley Cycling Team at the Nature Valley Grand Prix before the start of that selector race. For omniums, riders who have not participated in the previous races may inform the organizers that they would accept an invitation prior to the first race in which they do participate.
 

Invitations

Following each race, eligible riders will be ranked according to their order of finish or order on the omnium/GC, depending on the scoring of the event. Invitations will be extended to the top eligible man and woman from each list by the Nature Valley Cycling Team.

To accept an invitation, the invited rider must register using RedPodium.com, must pay the entry fee for the Nature Valley Grand Prix and must complete and submit the Media Information Form within one working day of the invitation. Once that deadline has expired, the invitation will be withdrawn and extended to the next rider on the list. Should the invitation remain open one week after the event, the Nature Valley Cycling Team reserves the right to make a coach’s selection.  The Nature Valley Grand Prix entry fee will be reimbursed when the rider reports for participation at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

Organizers are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or otherwise undeliverable mail, or entries that cannot be processed due to phone, network, electronic or computer hardware or software failure, or technical failures of any kind.
 

Regional Qualifier Cancellation Policy

If any of the regional qualifiers are cancelled for any reason, no invitations will be issued for that race.
 

Coach’s Selection

The Nature Valley Cycling Team reserves two roster slots for the women’s team, which it may fill at its sole discretion. Any unclaimed invitations for either the men's or women's teams (see above) may also be filled by the Nature Valley Cycling Team at its sole discretion.
 

Nature Valley Cycling Team Participation

The Nature Valley Cycling Teams that participate in the Nature Valley Grand Prix will be considered to be composite teams. All riders must obtain release letters from their clubs of record and must provide them to the Nature Valley Cycling Team management so that they may be presented at registration. Riders failing to provide valid release letters will not be allowed to participate in the Nature Valley Grand Prix and will not be eligible for any of the benefits of that team membership

Members of the Nature Valley Cycling Team must wear team-issued jerseys and shorts or other team-issued clothing on any Nature Valley Grand Prix race venue, during any stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix or during any public appearance.

Members of the Nature Valley Cycling Team are subject to all rules and regulations in the Nature Valley Grand Prix technical guide and the USA Cycling rulebook.