Ahead of the return of World Cup racing after its summer break, riders are being vocal about organisational issues that have seen Adam Brayton forced to miss the racing due to a lack of points as no ranking points are offered for semi-finals.
After the UCI decided to change the XC World Champs start order
at the last-minute this week has brought up more problems for the UCI and the ESO.
The latest problem plaguing the 2023 race season is the news that no ranking points are being given to riders who qualify and race in the semi-finals. The most prominent casualty of this strange oversight is Adam Brayton who currently sits 55th in the overall series standings but only has 18 UCI ranking points. While the semi-finals offer riders series points for their position no UCI individual ranking points are offered. Even though a rider in the semi-finals has been inside the top 60 fastest riders that weekend and been given live broadcast time they are apparently not worthy of ranking points.
The 2023 rules state that a rider must have at least 40 points in the UCI DHI individual rankings to enter a World Cup event. A rider who features on one of the fee-paying teams can still enter without the required ranking points. It is worth adding here that while Adam Brayton currently only has 18 UCI ranking points, he was able to secure two top-40 race finishes so far this season.
Current UCI World Cup entry requirements.
Following Adam Brayton's announcement on social media many riders have jumped to his defence with the suggestion that these rules are only making things harder for privateer racers to succeed. Wyn Masters' always insightful track walk video
from Andorra saw a few of the top riders share their thoughts on the points issues and more ahead of this week's racing, we have included some quotes below.