Participation in the World Championship race will no longer be subject to the qualification by the time trial but must refer to the ranking of their country and, for the first 16 of the UCI rankings Elite Men , the individual rankings, as mentioned, in the previous year. For Elite Women the number is reduced to the first 8 of the rankings. All riders qualifying for the event will do a timed run to determine seeding but all riders will compete from at least the moto stage.
For Junior Men and Women , reference is made only to the ranking (Junior) of the nation. The ranking of the countries will be distinguished between Elite and Junior, and will consist of the points of the three best athletes for males and 2 for the best athletes in the women’s rankings.
The total number of riders admitted to the World’s in Elite Men is 112 : of these, 96 will be determined by the ranking of their respective nations, the remaining 16 will be the first of 16 Elite Men UCI rankings.
As for the Olympic qualification was determined by a table showing the number of athletes who can lead a nation based on the position in the ranking:
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE FORMAT
The three qualifying heats and the next round will be made based on the results of the Time Trial and Superfinal the Time Trial for riders who took part.
Elite Men – the 96 riders qualified with the ranking of the countries will perform their three qualifying heats divided into 12 heats of 8 riders (96). The field will be halved going into the next round (1/8 finals) down to 48. The 16 riders who qualified on the basis of individual rankings enter the race in 1/8 finals and do not have to qualify through the moto’s. The 1/8 finals (first round proper) are therefore composed of 8 gates of 8 riders. From there, the race continues with the traditional rounds of final quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
Elite Women – the criterion is the same, adapted to the different number of riders: the qualifying heats for the 36 riders qualified with the ranking nations (6 gates of 6), quarter-finals where you enter the 8 qualified riders into the mix from the individual ranking list.
Junior Men – here we have only 96 riders qualified with the ranking nations, and the race begins with three rounds consist of 16 gates of 6 riders qualify 4 from each moto. 64 for which you will have 1/8’s with normal format through to the final.
Junior Women – as per JM, with different numbers: run with 4 x 8, semifinals and final.
Great Britain finished 14th in the Men’s country ranking for Elite, which means we qualify 3 riders to the World’s and these riders are selected by the BC coaching team. With the squad all performing well in St.Etienne last month it will be an interesting few months seeing who stays consistent and healthy for team selection.
Jr Men finishing 25th only qualified 1 place for team GB. The obvious choice would show Quillan Isidore as the only potential UK rider in the class in New Zealand.
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