The Union Cycliste Internationale
), the world's governing body in the sport of bicycle racing
, classifies races
according to a rating scale.
The rating is represented by a code made of two or three parts and indicates both the type or style of race (the first part), and its importance or difficulty (the second and third parts). The first part can be an integer
or an abbreviation, and the second part, when present, are usually integers. Both parts are separated by a period or decimal point (.
A higher rated race will result in the successful riders receiving more world ranking
There are two possible codes to rate a road race
: '1' for a single-day race, and '2' for a multi-day (stage) race. They are separated from the second part of the classification by a decimal point. For example, a race rated 1.1 equates to a one-day, category 1 race. Another common example is 2.HC, which denotes a multi-day beyond categorization race (such as, the Tour de Georgia
and Tour of California
There are two possible codes to indicate a mountain bike race
rating: 'E' for a single-day race, and 'D' for a multi-day race. There is no decimal point in a written mountain bike classification.
races are identified by the code 'C'. Again, no decimal point is used in the written form of the classifications.
These codes are used in road racing only: