The UCI Track Commission has clarified its position on rider eligibility for Team Pursuit and Team Sprint events. While there isn't a specific article stipulating the integration of an older rider in a team of another age category, the Commission stated that a team might enter an older rider in a team, as long as the majority of the team participants' ages are in the relevant age category.

Thus, in Team Sprint, two of the three riders must be the correct age of the age category, and in Team Pursuit, at least three of the four riders must be within the proper age group. A maximum of one rider in each team may be older than the age category.

Depending on entries, the age categories could be regrouped to include several age groups. In that case, the same rule applies: the majority of riders must be within the defined category. Only one rider on the team is permitted to be above the age category of the team.

Riders are required to compete for their Nation.

All riders planning on competing in the Team Sprint event at Masters World Championships should take note of the updated UCI regulations related to rider positioning on the track. The lead rider must first cross the pursuit line and pull off above the sprint line no later than 15 meters beyond the pursuit line.

Also, pushing between members of the same team is strictly forbidden. Failure to comply with Team Sprint regulations could result in relegation or disqualification. Please refer to pages 31-36 of the UCI regulations handbook: http://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/Rulesandregulation/16/26/54/3-PIS-20170701-E_English.PDF.

UCI World Masters Championships are typically organized in age groups of five years (e.g., 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, etc.). These categories can be divided into age groups of less than five years or regrouped with adjoining age groups based on the number of participants in each event. One single classification shall be drawn up.

There will be no separate race for an age group if there are less than six participants in individual events, or less than 12 participants in a mass start event (e.g., the points or scratch races), or less than 6 participants in other events.

For team events, a majority of the riders of a team shall have the same age group. Only one rider maximum in each team may be older than the age group.

For women, we will be adding two categories for Team Events: 35-54 and 55+. Riders will compete in one of the two categories based on their age classification. The majority of the team must be within this age classification (see rule above). So, two of three riders must be in the correct age category.

Medal ceremonies will be held only for categories with at least six participants. If fewer entries, age group categories can be combined for a single medal ceremony for the established age category.

It is important to note that six is the benchmark. For example, if there are six riders in men's 65-69 and six in men's 70-74 categories in a combined points race (12 in the race), we will hold two separate medal ceremonies for the two categories.

In previous World Championships, mass start events have included multiple age categories, with a single championship event but separate medal ceremonies for the established age categories.

This will be clarified once entries for the World Championships are confirmed.

The competition will begin with a qualifying round consisting of a 200m flying start time trial to organize seeding for the sprint competition. Only the top 12 times in each category qualify for the sprint rounds. The remaining riders will be placed according to their seed times.

The competition format will be as follows:

                                    1/8 Finals:       6x2 —> 1=6
                                    Repechage:    2x3 —> 1=2
                                    1/4 Finals:       4x2—> 1=4  (Best of 3)
                                    1/2 Finals:       2x2 —> 1=2 (Best of 3)
                                    Finals:             2x2 —> 1=2 (Best of 3)

In the 1/8 finals, there will be six match sprints with two riders each, determining six winners to move on to the 1/4 finals. The repechage round will have two heats of 3 riders to determine the remaining two riders to move on to the 1/4 finals.

All finals from this point on will run as best of three. The 1/4 finals will feature four heats of two riders to determine the final four riders to compete in the 1/2 Finals. Winners of the 1/2 Finals will compete in the Gold/Silver round, while the remaining two will compete for Bronze. Check out UCI regulations for more info: http://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/Rulesandregulation/16/26/54/3-PIS-20170701-E_English.PDF.

All riders 35 years old and older are entitled to participate in the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships (Article 3.9.001 of the UCI Code).

Riders should note that to compete at the Master's World Championships, all riders must hold a specific master's license.

The UCI License now must contain a UCI ID, not the country birthdate code you indicate. This consists of an 11 digit code issued by the licensing federation, and if it is missing, it should be requested before the event.

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