1. What is a license?
A license is the identity document used to verify that you are a member of a Cycling Federation affiliated with the UCI (the International Cycling Union). Assuming that you are a member in good standing and are not suspended, it gives you the right to participate in bicycle races in the categories and disciplines listed on the license. Possession of a license also proves that you carry liability insurance in case you cause property damage or injuries to others while racing.
2. Why do I need a license?
You need a license for the following reasons:
It is not possible to participate in any bicycle race without a valid license, of the type most suitable for how you want to participate.
3. What should I do with my license when I receive it?
After you receive your license card, do the following:
4. What happens if I don’t bring my license with me to a race?
You must present your license at sign-in at every race, whether you have pre-registered on-line or not. This is important to verify your identity and your presence at the race. If you do not have your license card with you, for races in BC it may be possible to identify you with your driver’s license compared against a membership list.
However, not all races will have a Cycling BC membership list present; it is possible that if you don’t have your license with you, you may be denied entry to the race, especially if the race is outside of BC.
5. I’ve lost my license. What do I do?
Contact the Cycling BC office as soon as possible (email@example.com or 604-737-3034). A replacement card can be issued; the lost license replacement fee is $25.
6. What kinds of license are available?
Cycling BC sells several different kinds of license, as follows:
UCI International License
This license allows you to compete anywhere in Canada or the World, in the race category for each cycling discipline listed on your license.
This license allows you to compete in the citizen category at any race in BC, in the cycling disciplines listed on your license card. You are also able to use this license to enter club level races.
Single Event License
This license is intended for people who aren’t members of Cycling BC who do not have a UCI International license or Citizen license. It is sold at the time the person registers for an event, and is valid only for the event for which it was purchased.
Club Membership / Associate Membership
It is possible for someone to join a club affiliated with Cycling BC without directly joining Cycling BC itself. Such people are not licensed. They are only insured for and able to participate in rides and club level races held by the club that they have joined. If they wish to race at any other event, they must purchase first purchase one of the license types described above.
7. What can I do with a UCI License?
With a UCI license, you can enter races in the disciplines and categories listed on your license anywhere in the world.
For races held within BC, the UCI license allows you to advance through the different ability categories for the disciplines in which you race, once you demonstrate the skill and fitness necessary to do so (see the section on categories and upgrades for more information).
Also, for races that use age categories instead of ability categories, the UCI license is the only license that allows you to race in your age category.
8. What can I do with a Citizen License?
With a citizen license, you can enter provincial and regional level races in the citizen category for any of the disciplines listed on your license. The citizen license is only valid within BC. For club level races, you can enter whatever category you like, with the permission of the club organizing the race.
However, a citizen license has some limitations.l With a citizen license, you can’t enter your age category in races that are run with age categories. Also, you do not have the possibility to advance to more difficult ability categories as your skill level and fitness level rises. In order to do this, you must instead have UCI International License.
9. What can I do with a club membership?
You can participate in rides and club level races held by the club that you have joined. If you wish to participate in provincial or regional level races, or races or rides held by other clubs then you must also have either a Citizen License or UCI International License.
10. Can I belong to more than one club or team?
Yes. However, only the club or team with which you are primarily affiliated will be listed on your license card. Club or team of primary affiliation is determined by the type of license you buy. For example, if you purchased a road license with mountain bike as an add on, and are a member of both a road team and a mountain bike club, then we would consider road to be your primary discipline; the road team would be the team or club listed on your license.
11. How can I get a license?
You can apply for a license on-line, via Cycling BC’s web site (www.cyclingbc.net) or in person at the Cycling BC office via a paper form. Some types of license, such as single event licenses can be purchased at the time that you register for a race.
12. I’m having a technical problem with Cycling BC's on-line registration system. What should I do?
Cycle Component Network is Cycling BC’s on-line registration service provider. They have designed and programmed the registration system that we now use. If you have a question concerning licenses or membership that this FAQ does not answer, please contact Cycling BC directly.
If you are having some kind of technical issue with the registration system, please contact CCN directly via e-mail or telephone (see their web site for contact information: http://www.cyclecomponentnetwork.com); they provide excellent customer service and can help you with any technology problem you’re having related to the registration system.