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Age Categories

Age Categories

The primary aim of TLI Cycling is to provide the framework for a racing cyclist, of any age, to be able to compete with his/her peers. Therefore all competitors compete only against others in the same age category. Events may be organised with age categories grouped so that no one category feels disadvantaged by being in a group of younger contestants, or as a handicap. The important thing is that the entrants age category is reflected on the result sheet, and if possible in the prize list.

In any race, the age category of the entrant is determined by his/her age on the date of the event. Therefore an entrants age category may not be that as shown on the members memebership card if their age has changed since the card was issued. However the website online event entry system recognises the entrants age and allocates the correct age category accordingly.

To allow females to compete on an equal footing TLI Cycling operates a 'unisex' age category system. Females are allocated an age category which for senior and veteran ladies is generally three bands above that of a male competitor of the same age. e.g. A female aged 30 to 39 is designated as a 'C' category and would be directly competing in the same age group as males aged 50 to 54 who are also assigned as a 'C' category. Organisers should therefore not have to organise female-only races or offer 'first female' prizes as the males against which they are directly competing are already handicapped by virtue of their greater age. Organisers should also take care not to organise events on a simple 'Over 40' or 'Over 50' basis as this may not correctly recognise the category status of female riders.

Entrants under the age of 14 years are not allowed to compete on the public highway unless the event is a Time Trial and then only if they have attained the age of 12 years.

Age categories are as follows: -

AgeMaleFemale
Aged 6 and over until 31 December of year in which 8th birthday fallsYE
From 1 January in year which 9th birthday falls to 31 December in year which 10th birthday fallsYD
From 1 January in year which 11th birthday falls to 31 December in year which 12th birthday fallsYC
From 1 January in year which 13th birthday falls to 31 December in year which 14th birthday fallsYB
From 1 January in year which 15th birthday falls to 31 December in year which 16th birthday fallsYA
OR: On turning 16 riders have the option to continue riding either as a 'YA' or as a 'J'.
Riders aged 16 or 17 on the day of the raceJJ
Riders aged 18 - 29 on the day of the raceSB
Riders aged 30 - 39 on the day of the raceMC
Riders aged 40 - 44 on the day of the raceAD
Riders aged 45 - 49 on the day of the raceBE
Riders aged 50 - 54 on the day of the raceCF
Riders aged 55 - 59 on the day of the raceDG
Riders aged 60 - 64 on the day of the raceEH
Riders aged 65 - 69 on the day of the raceFH
Riders aged 70 - 74 on the day of the raceGH
Riders aged 75 plus on the day of the raceHH