"In looking ahead to next year’s racing season, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that 2009 licenses go on sale beginning Dec. 1, 2008 ... However, as a result of a significant increase in insurance claims and premiums, we will be forced to increase our insurance surcharge by an additional $1.00 per race day to $3.00 per day for all sanctioned competitive events. This increase is a direct result of rising insurance costs driven by a 125% increase in claims compared to 2006. In addition to the increase in our medical insurance premium, we are also facing a 15% increase in our liability premium for 2009 ...Via www.usacycling.org
The introduction of new mountain bike categories for the 2009 racing season also warrants some clarification of the license requirements for our off-road members. The traditional Beginner, Sport, Expert and Semi-Pro categories have been replaced by numerical categories 3, 2 and 1. The Pro category will remain unchanged; and you Semi-pro riders will have the option of registering as either Pro or Category 1 when you renew your license for 2009. To take advantage of this automatic upgrade to the Pro category, Semi-Pro members must purchase an annual license between Dec. 1, 2008 and Nov. 30, 2009. This automatic upgrade will only be offered during the 2009 season, therefore if a current Semi-Pro member does not purchase a 2009 racing license, he will automatically default to Category 1 status for the 2010 racing season. At that point, regular upgrade procedures will apply. Category 3 and 2 riders can continue to race on a one-day license, though in many cases, holding an annual USA Cycling license can earn competitors a discount on entry fees at the discretion of the race promoter."
Monday, December 01, 2008
USA Cycling License Changes for 2009
Some rate increases and more information about the new MTB categories for 2009: