Hey im farely new to cycling and I was wondering if anyone could explain the UCI codes, I understand that they are the classes of the cyclists but can anyone explain the order etc?
Not sure if you're looking for the different classifications of teams, or actual races - as neither are particularly descriptive.
For races, my understanding is it goes like this:
Historic (big ones like the Tour, Giro, etc outside Pro Tour classification)
2.H.C. and 1.H.C (2 meaning multi-day event, 1 meaning single day event)
2.1 and 1.1
2.2 and 1.2
2.3 and 2.3
I can't remember off-hand how far it goes down... I want to say .6, but not certain. The various classifications of races have different guidelines of what level of teams can ride them, and also (I think?) the ratio of representation at the various levels.
There used to be a universal points system for all these races - scaled to the level of the race, but I don't have a good enough grasp to explain the current scenario(s).
For Teams, the levels are:
Pro Tour (Division 1)
Continental Professional (Division 2)
and Continental (Division 3)
Why the UCI couldn't come up with a third name that was completely different, instead of Continental Pro and Continental, is beyond me.
Pro Tour level gets a team automatic entrance into Pro Tour races, however, most of the biggest races fall outside this level. I think there is an agreement in place... not sure, but Pro Tour status may not necessarily get your team into the Tour, Giro etc.
After fallowing the sport for 25 years, that's about as clear as I can make it, while remaining truthful.
I think I have to curl up in a fetal position now. Thank you, UCI!