USAcycling.com is the national governing organization for cyclocross racing. For cyclocross, there are 5 categories. For 2013, new racers start in category 5, while racers that held USAC licenses prior to 2013 will be assigned to category 4. Canadian riders with a UCI license do not need to purchase a 1-day USAC license, but their results do not qualify for USAC points.
Permitting a race through USAcycling provides the benefit to racers of gaining upgrade points for their license. For a promoter, the permit must be issued through a local USAcycling club. Starting in 2014, USAC licensed Race Directors can permit races without a club.
In Buffalo, USAC clubs include: Buffalo51, D’Youville College, Queen City Cyclists, Buffalo Bicycling Club and East Aurora Racing Club. In Rochester, clubs include: GVCC, University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT.)
For a complete list of clubs, visit the USAcycling.com club listing page for New York state.
In addition to issuing a permit, USAcycling can also provide the insurance for an event.