The 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between 4 and 15 April 2018. For Mountain Biking, only the Olympic Cross-country (XCO) discipline will be contested.
Cycling South Africa Mountain Bike Commission’s existing performance criteria already addresses most aspects of qualification for Games, but the updated Selection Policy (Version 5 dated 1 April 2017) includes the newly added specific CWG requirements.
Please familiarise yourselves with the updated selection criteria – the CWG 2018 updates are listed below for ease of reference:
17.04 Commonwealth Games [CWG] 2018
17.04.001 The primary selection criteria, and number of male and female riders, will be determined by the specific criteria as laid down by SASCOC and in any agreements between SASCOC and Cycling SA;
17.04.002 In terms of the cycling discipline types and quotas of the Commonwealth Games Association, only XCO will be contested at the 2018 CWG. Quotas are restricted to a maximum of 3 Women and 3 Men, and only to riders of 19 years and older in 2018;
17.04.003 Only current Under-23 and Elite riders in 2017, will be considered for selection. This means that current 2017 Juniors will not be considered for CWG 2018 selection;
17.04.004 To be considered for selection, riders will need to be ranked within the Top 10 in the Commonwealth [CW] countries as based on the UCI World Rankings as they stand on 30 June 2017;
17.04.005 In addition in terms of performance, and in competition against riders from other CW countries, riders need to achieve average lap times within 5% of the leading CW rider on at least one occasion. Where several riders meet this level, the provisions in 8.03 above will apply*;
17.04.006 While all the provisions of 17.04 above will apply strictly, the secondary selection criteria will be the same as those that apply to the SA Team Selection in 2017. This includes the basic requirements in 3.0 above, the Performance Criteria as listed in 7.0 above and the nominated Selection Races in 10.01 above*;
17.04.007 SASCOC retains the sole right for the final announcement of the CWG Team. Approval of selection is entirely at the discretion of SASCOC. Successfully following and attaining the necessary qualification in line with the selection criteria is not a guarantee of attendance at CWG, as that decision rests solely with SASCOC.
*Refer to online document: 2017 Selection Criteria for the SA Mountain Bike Team and High Performance Squad V05
Source: Cycling South Africa