Frequently Asked Questions
I do not have a USCF License. May I purchase a license at the event?
You must have a current USAC Member License to race. You may purchase a USAC Annual License ($70.00) or a One-Day License ($15.00).
I forgot my USCF licensed but I raced last week. May I ride today?
Perhaps. The burden of proof is on the rider to demonstrate ownership of a valid USAC license.
I intend to ride two races on one Saturday. Must I complete a waiver for
Yes, you must complete and legibly sign one waver for each race. If your signature is not legible, then please print.
If I get lapped, then may I rejoin the group and keep riding?
Yes. Lapped riders are permitted to remain in the race and all will finish on the same lap as the leaders. With three (3) laps remaining, lapped riders should safely exit the race course.
Is there an Officiated Pit Area?
Yes, in the vicinity of the finish line and on the same side of the road as the Officials desk and/or tent.
In the event of a mishap, is the "Free Lap Rule" in effect?
Yes. Two (2) free laps are granted for each mishap. Please refer to the USA Cycling Rulebook. Riders are also permitted to cut the course to get to the pit while the free lap rule is in effect. A rider who was in a group shall return at the rear of the same group. A rider returning to the race after two free laps shall be ineligible for sprint prizes for one lap thereafter. There will be no free laps granted in the last 8km, 9 laps, of the race.
Can a rider earn USCF Category upgrade points at the Plainville Spring Series (PSS)?
Please refer to the USA Cycling Rulebook. Upgrade points depend on the race distance and field size as specified in the Rulebook. The PSS race distances exceed the minimum race distances. IF the minimum field size races, THEN riders may include upgrade points (i.e. same as PSS series points) in their race resume category upgrade applications.
Criterium Minimum Field Sizes for Upgrade Points:
from 5 to 4 ... 10 riders (PSS minimum is 20 riders, as determined by race organizer)
from 4 to 3, men ... 30 riders, from 4 to 3, women ... 10 riders, from 4 to 3, junior ... 10 riders,
from 3 to 2, men ... 50 riders, from 3 to 2, women ... 20 riders
from 2 to 1, men ... 60 riders, from 2 to 1, women ... 30 riders
If I change team membership part way through the series, then how are my points accounted for?
Please ensure that your new team membership is recorded with USA Cycling and is shown on your license. Plan to wear clothing identifying you as a team member. Points scored with your previous team, stay with that team or your unattached status. All points scored contribute to the Individual Series Championship regardless of team affiliation.
I've earned the Series Leader's Yellow Jersey. Must I wear a race number?
Yes. All of us know who the race leader and therefore it seems redundant. However, at the finish line, officials are focused on reading numbers and not jersey colors. It is also surprising how similar in color and scheme some jerseys are to the Leader's Jersey. Therefore, please wear a race number when wear the yellow jersey.
I identified myself as a member of Team 'A' on the Race Registration form. Why do the Results identify me as a member of Team 'B'?
Your USAC Race Team (e.g. Team 'B') is listed on your Member License and will be recorded on the Results tabulation. Please ensure that your team membership is recorded with USA Cycling and is shown on your license. Plan to wear clothing identifying you as a team member. All points scored contribute to the Individual Series Championship regardless of team affiliation.
Why doesn’t the PSS have a P/1/2/3 Race Category?
Due to the lack of participation, the P/1/2/3 Race conducted in 2006, 2008 and 2009 was cancelled. If there is sufficient interest and commitment in the future then the P/1/2/3 Race may be added back to the schedule.