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Please review and confirm with velodrome staff to determine your TRACK RACE CATEGORY prior to sign-in/registration of our non-sanctioned ROCK HILL RACES. Velodrome staff reserve the right to deny requested TRACK RACE CATEGORY for non-sanctioned ROCK HILL RACES.
ALL RIDERS (Cat 4 and above) who participate in our USA Cycling sanctioned track races MUST have in their possession an active annual USA Cycling license AND qualified to race at a velodrome - NO EXCEPTIONS. TRACK RACE DESIGNATION AND CATEGORY UPGRADES MUST BE APPROVED BY USA Cycling. Please determine and confirm your TRACK RACE CATEGORY prior to sign-in/registration of races.
Required Track Bike Specifications:
Minimum Bottom Bracket height 11.25" from ground to center of spindle. Maximum Crank Arm length 170mm.
Track bikes and equipment are subject to inspection. Failure to meet set specifications will result in exemption from racing.  
A Grade

To be an A rider you should be able to go to most velodromes and be competitive in their premier programs. Bike handling should never really be in doubt and you should feel like you can stick with most top riders at any given time. To race as an A, your USAC racing license should be a 1, 2 and in a some cases Cat 3. Average pack speed: 30+mph. Sprints 40+mph.


B Grade
B riders should be experienced riders with good bike handling skills but need a little more fitness and/or riding tactics to race in A group. Average pack speed: 25+mph. Sprints 35+mph. USAC Category 3 and experienced Cat 4 riders.


C Grade
C group riders should be newer racers with good bike handling skills and a developing knowledge of track rules and etiquette. This group will contain riders aiming to move up to the B level and those looking for good racing without the pressure of battling a field of riders seeking an upgrade to the A group. It is also a place where experienced riders can help newer riders improve their tactics and become better racers. Average pack speed: 22+mph. Sprints 30+mph. USAC Category 4 riders.


D Grade – Beginner Racer
Every track certified rider who has completed 1 Basic Racer Program session moves into our D or Beginners racing category - No exceptions. This group races on Wednesday nights. It is designed for every rider who has recently been cleared to race and/or for anyone who feels that they need more track experience before racing against more seasoned riders (USAC Cat 4 riders).
This group will serve as a valuable place to learn the basics of track racing and sharpen your riding skills. To upgrade to the next level (USAC Cat 4) and race USAC sanctioned races, you must race at least 10 Rock Hill Races and demonstrate enough skill to move to the next level.  This process is necessary for your safety, as well as, the safety of other riders which is always our primary concern.
Rock Hill Velodrome Track Upgrades:
Non-USAC track upgrades are processed by the Velodrome Manager using the following criteria:
  • Beginner Rider/D to C: Complete 1 Basic Racer Program session plus 4-6 Rock Hill Races and demonstrate enough skill to move to the next level.
  • C to B: 4 race days and 84 points or Velodrome Managers discretion.
  • B to A: 4 race days and 105 points or Velodrome Managers discretion.
Points are a total of points per night of racing, not omnium points or overall YTD pts. Each race is scored 7,5,3,2,1. Masters points do not count toward your upgrade. It is the responsibility of the rider to keep track of their own resume to be submitted once you have reached your needed points. No written resume, no upgrade.
USAC Track Upgrades