Thirty-four men’s and women’s domestic elite teams will join 17 total UCI Continental squads in competition for the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) as well as the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) team titles in 2012. Several Southern California based mens and women’s teams have registered: CashCall Mortgage, Spy-Swamis Development Elite Team and Stage 17 Racing are included in the Men’s Domestic Elite Teams, while Cynergy Cycles p/b Missing Link Coaching and NOW and Novartis for MS are included in the Women’s Domestic Elite Teams. Many of America’s top cycling teams, both domestic elite and UCI alike, are set to contest in the 2012 NRC’s kick-off event, the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California March 22-25. The NCC begins the following weekend with the Cigar City Brewing Criterium in Tampa, Fla., on March 31.
Following the February 15 registration deadline, USA Cycling announced the 34 squads that will compete as domestic elite teams (DET). Twenty-three men’s DETs are set to contest the NRC and NCC while 11 women’s DETs will compete for America’s pro-am cycling crown.
On the men’s side the 23 elite amateur DETs will join 13 UCI continental teams and one foreign UCI squad in competition for the men’s NRC and NCC team titles. The 11 women’s DETs will take on two UCI women’s teams for U.S. bragging rights.
The aim of the DET structure is to add a higher degree of consistency and fairness regarding NRC and NCC team point scoring. These DETs will also create a stepping stone to the professional level and will better solidify the position of teams competing at the National Racing Calendar and National Criterium Calendar levels.
Only riders duly registered as part of a UCI or domestic elite team will be able to score team points in 2012. Guest riders will be allowed to ride with a given team at a designated event, with a release from his/her registered club, but will not score any team points. Riders not affiliated with a DET, or riding as guest riders, can however score individual points.
Registered domestic elite teams will be able to add individual riders to original rosters on two designated dates: May 20 and July 20. Points will not be added retroactively.
2012 Men’s Domestic Elite Teams
160over90 p/b Vie 13
Astellas Oncology Cycling Team p/b ABD
Athletix Cycling Benefiting Globalbike
BikeReg.com/Cannondale Elite Cycling Team
California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes/CRCA
Hagens Berman Cycling
IS Corp Cycling Team
Juwi Solar Elite Cycling Team
Kelly Benefit Stratergies/Lateral Stress Velo
Mercy Cycling Team
Mt Borah / Minerva Design p/b Basso
Spy-Swamis Development Elite Team
Stage 17 Racing
Stan’s NoTubes / AXA Equitable
Team Kenda p/b Gear Grinder
Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team
XO Communications p/b Cisco
2012 Women’s Domestic Elite Teams
Cynergy Cycles p/b Missing Link Coaching
FCS/ Rouse p/b Mr Restore
ISCorp Cycling Team
Louis Garneau Factory Team p/b FUJI
NOW and Novartis for MS
Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC
Primal/MapMyRider Women’s Racing