Starting in the 2021 Season, still yet to be scheduled due to Covid19, the UCI Supercross World Cup Series will add an Under 23 class to both the mens and womens catagories. The 2021 season will be an ‘intermediate step’ in the transition and will not come with rider or country points to avoid any confusion with Olympic qualification. The 2022 season will begin ‘full implementation’ … meaning points will be awarded.
See below for the specific rule in relation to this new class …
You can view the full set of 2021 updated UCI BMX rules HERE.
Chapter III Specific Rules for BMX Supercross World Cup Events:
6.3.006 Competition categories at a UCI BMX Supercross World Cup event shall be as described in article 6.1.008 where a combined class is made by:
A. Men Elite/ Men Juniors combined category.
B. Men Under 23, consisting of riders in the age range 17 – 22, who elect to enter it instead of the Men Elite / Men Juniors combined category.
C. Women Elite/ Women Juniors combined category.
D. Women Under 23, consisting of riders in the age range 17 – 22, who elect to enter it instead of the Women Elite / Femmes Juniors combined category.
For avoidance of doubt, riders entered in the Under 23 categories mentioned above will NOT earn points in the UCI Individual Rankings during the 2021 season. Riders entering the Under 23 category will be eligible only for prize money as defined in the UCI Financial Obligations. Otherwise, the Under 23 categories will be run in accordance with the UCI Regulations for UCI BMX Supercross World Cup events.
Riders entered in the combined Elite / Juniors category will remain eligible to earn points in the UCI Ranking.
Comment: The two Under 23 categories mentioned above are being introduced as an intermediate step only during UCI BMX Supercross World Cup events in the 2021 season, in order to avoid any possibility of undue influence on the qualification process for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Full implementation of the Under 23 categories for BMX will be done for the start of the 2022 season.