(Adults, Masters, and Juniors)
Racers at the San Diego Velodrome are divided into four different categories by primarily experience and skill, and secondarily by fitness. This helps keep racing balanced, safe, and fun for everyone, from beginner to advanced racers. Advanced racers belonging to Category A and B race at TNR, while new racers belonging to Category C and D race at FNR.
TNR and FNR races are not USAC sanctioned events, and do not result in upgrade points for your USAC race license.
After becoming Racing Certified by attending our Introductory Class, new racers typically start at development race series FNR as Category D and advance to levels C, B, and finally A, as they gain race experience.
Racers with Experience at Other Velodromes
Racers with prior track racing experience will be assigned a category at Race Director's discretion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to racing and include USAC license number and track category (if applicable) and/or location and description of track racing experience.
Upgrades and Downgrades
The Race Director has the ultimate authority in deciding to upgrade or downgrade a rider. Riders in any category may be upgraded or downgraded at any time based on Race Director’s discretion.
Category D (equivalent USAC Novice/5)
Entry-level category. Riders must complete SDVA official Introductory Class or Junior Program, or have a USAC track Cat 4 license with Race Director pre-approval, or USAC road Cat 4 license and 2 hours instruction with an SDVA approved coach and Race Director pre-approval. Contact email@example.com for pre-approval.
Upgrade to Category C (equivalent USAC Track Category 4)
Demonstrate sufficient skill and fitness as determined by Racing Director, and complete one full season of racing Category D with finishes in the top 3 in more than 5 session of racing with a minimum field size of 10. Early upgrade to Category C may be granted by the Race Director based on skill and fitness demonstrated by the racer, please discuss with the Race Director at the event.
Upgrade to Category B (equivalent USAC Men’s 3-4 and Women’s 3)
Minimum 5 top 3 places on 3 separate race days in C Category with a minimum field size of 10, and sufficient fitness and skill as determined by the Race Director, or USAC track Cat 3+ and Race Director pre-approval, or USAC Road Cat 2+ and 2 hours instruction with an SDVA approved coach and Race Director pre-approval. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pre-approval. New Category B racers please check in with the Race Director the day of the event prior to start.
Upgrade to Category A (equivalent USAC Men’s 1-3 and Women’s 1-2)
Minimum 5 top 3 races finishes on 5 separate race nights with a minimum field size of 10. Sufficient speed and skill as determined by Race Director, or USAC track Cat 3+ and Race Director pre-approval, or USAC Road Cat 2+ and 2 hours minimum instruction with SDVA approved coach and race director pre-approval. Contact email@example.com for pre-approval.