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). 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 WorldTour-races Tour de France,
Tour of Flanders,
WorldTour teams (ProTeams) are obliged and entitled to start.
UCI Professional Continental teams need wild card.
One-day race
Stage race
Arctic Race of Norway
Tour of Utah
Tour of Turkey
UCI ProTeams (max 70%)
UCI professional continental teams
UCI continental teams (of the country the race is in)
National teams (of the country of the organiser)
One-day race
Stage race
Tour de Yorkshire
UCI ProTeams (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
Regional and club teams

Mountain biking[edit]

There are two possible codes to indicate a mountain bike race rating: 'E' for a single-day race, and 'D' for a multi-day race. There is no decimal point in a written mountain bike classification.


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)
CM World Championships (Championnat Mondial)
WT World Tour
GT Grand Tour
CDM World Cup (Coupe du Monde)
HC Hors Class (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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