IMPORTANT notice to riders wishing to race Internationally with a USAC license Monday, January 31, 2005
Dear USA Cycling Members,
Over the past few months we have been exploring ways to make it possible for you to use your domestic USA Cycling license in Canada without having to secure an "International License". I am sorry to say that we have been unable to find a satisfactory way to make this happen and still provide you the insurance coverage (both medical and liability) that is necessary to compete on foreign soil.
Both USA Cycling and the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) were in agreement that this would be beneficial to our collective members for domestic calendar events, and are committed to continuing to pursue a solution to this hurdle.
With this in mind, I need to inform you, at this time should you find a promoter willing to accept your domestic license to compete in an event on foreign soil you will be taking a considerable risk. Our insurance carriers have informed us that you will not have any insurance coverage. The CCA has also informed us that their insurance does not cover foreign riders.
In addition, UCI rules require that in order to participate in a UCI sanctioned event you must be in possession of a UCI authorized International license. I strongly suggest that should you choose to attempt to compete on a domestic license, you check with your own insurance company as to the coverage, if any, you will have while out of the United States. Also, should a promoter make representations as to the breadth of their coverage you should require proof of their insurance.
We will continue to pursue a more liberal solution to this issue but until we arrive at one you need to be aware of the existing restrictions.