No one applies to the UCI for their licence surely - everyone has a UCI number on their licence, but obviously only a very few will ever get UCI points. Do you become a UCI licenced rider when you get UCI points? Is it the intention to get them? Ie those racing Elite in NPS 1 where UCI points were on offer? Those racing in all categories because there were UCI points on offer?
- If you are an 'Elite' categorised racer, you still apply for your licence through British Cycling (or your National federation), but your licence is issued in partnership with the UCI. This normally means an increase in price of about 50%, and the privilege to race in any UCI race worldwide in your discipline.
UCI points are a little separate. You can only gain these by racing in UCI races, and gaining a certain position. NPS races give points for the top 10. 10th place (if its the same as the USA) gets 5 points, and you need 20 points to race a world cup. Points are valid for 18 months from when they were achieved, meaning you need to keep topping up your pot to keep racing world cups.
If anyone is interested in a very good perspective about why we should be concerned about all this, please read Chloe Woodruffs' take on it all:
She is an aspiring world cup racer in the US, and will really suffer if these things dont change.