UCI race classifications

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), 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, lower being harder). 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 points.

Road racing[edit]

The first part of the codes to rate a road race is '1' for a one-day race, and '2' for a multi-day (stage) race. They are separated from the second part of the classification, the ranking, by a decimal point. 'HC' (beyond categorization, from French hors catégorie) is the highest ranking category, followed by '1' and then '2'. For example, a race rated 1.1 equates to a one-day, category 1 race.

Code Description Examples Participation[1][2]
WT UCI World Tour-races Tour de France,
Tour of Flanders,
Tour of California,
Tour of Turkey
UCI WorldTeams (compulsory participation).
UCI professional continental teams need a wild card
In events covered by article 2.15.154: National team of the organising country
One-day race
Stage race
Tour of Croatia
Arctic Race of Norway
Tour of Utah
Tour de Langkawi
Tour of Slovenia
Tour de Yorkshire
UCI WorldTeams (max 70%)
UCI professional continental teams
UCI continental teams (of the country the race is in)
National teams (of the country of the organiser)
UCI foreign continental teams (max. 2)
One-day race
Stage race
Le Samyn
Tour of Slovakia
UCI WorldTeams (max 50%)
UCI professional continental teams
UCI continental teams
National teams
One-day race
Stage race
Tour de Normandie
UCI professional continental teams of the country
UCI continental teams
National teams
UCI foreign professional continental teams (max. 2)
Regional and club teams

Mountain biking[edit]

The mountain bike discipline includes the following events comprising the formats listed below:

Code Description









Cross-country: XC (Chapter II cross-country events)

Cross-country Olympic: XCO

Cross-country marathon: XCM

Cross-country point-to-point: XCP (point to point)

Cross-country short circuit: XCC (Short Track)

Cross-country eliminator: XCE

Cross-country time trial: XCT (Time Trial)

Cross-country team relay: XCR (Team Relay)

Cross-country stage race: XCS (Stage races)




Downhill: DH (downhill) (Chapter III downhill events)

Downhill individual: DHI

Downhill marathon: DHM

4X Four cross: 4X (Chapter IV four cross events)
END Enduro: END (Chapter IVa enduro events)


All cyclo-cross races are identified by the code 'C'. Again, no decimal point is used in the written form of the classifications.

Code tables[edit]

Code Meaning
JO Olympic Games (Jeux Olympiques)
JR Regional Games (Jeux Régional)
CM World Championships (Championnat Mondial)
WT World Tour
GT Grand Tour
CDM World Cup (Coupe du Monde)
HC Hors Classe (Beyond Category)
CN National Championships (Championnats Nationaux)
CC Continental Championships (Championnats Continentaux)
CMM World Masters Championships (Championnats du Monde Masters)
1 Category 1
2 Category 2
3 Category 3


  1. ^ As in UCI Europe Tour
  2. ^ UCI Cycling Regulations, Part 2 Road Races, 2.1.005

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