UCI Inscription, Points & Prize Purse

The 2019 Breck Epic is an official C1 MTB Stage Race as inscripted by the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI). Men and Women’s Elite categories require an international license (available in advance or on site). All other categories including domestic pros, 1, 2 and 3 will require a USA Cycling license. Annual licenses (international and domestic) are available at a discounted rate for Epic riders in advance of the event via this custom licensing portal.

For a long time we bashed the UCI and USAC. Not gonna apologize. We were right. At the time. And then things and people changed. We (OK, “I”) was literally mid-rant when it occurred to me that the things that I’d had a huge bug up my ass about all these years were being thoughtfully addressed by a new wave of leaders…and that these were people that I actually liked.

They weren’t fixing them immediately, but they were acknowledging them. And then getting down to the very un-sexy work of fixing them. All while a very loud group of folks making no demonstrable effort to effect positive change themselves jeered at them from the sidelines.

I’m old as balls. I just wanna watch my kids play hockey and lacrosse and maybe ride my bike once in a while. It occurred to me that bitching about things was habit forming. And also that being a part of the solution was equally so.

So we quietly set about working with USAC and then the UCI. We want to create the single most important off-road endurance event in North America. We want to document the drama and the sacrifice and then rely upon our content team to help us distribute that message. We want a world class tech, expo and demo area with the globe’s best brands.

Aligning with our sport’s governing bodies seemed like the best way to bring structure and prestige to what we already know to be the best race course in the universe.

So we’re leaning in to help raise mountain biking’s profile. We’re leaning in to tell great stories about amazing people. And we’re partnering with USAC and the UCI because they can help us do that…and they’ve all been pretty awesome.

I’m not gonna tell you not to bitch and complain. But for me, I’m gonna hug those people closer and closer until they’re good and sick of me. And I’m gonna make sure that the Epic’s black flag of anarchy finds a way to co-exist with the stars-n-bars and rainbow flags of our sanctioning partners. We’re better with them…but they’re also better with us.

Plus the insurance kicks ass. It really does.

– USAC is offering a $30 discount for annual licenses. US riders can follow this link to take advantage of that. This discount applies to Pro, Cat 1/2/3 and International (Elite).
– If you’re racing in the UCI category (UCI Elite Women or Men), you’re going to need an international license. Domestic riders can get that through the link, international riders will need to come with their international credentials.
– One-day licenses will be available for ALL domestic and international riders competing in categories 1, 2 or 3. These will cost you $5/day, so $30/week for a 6-day rider. These (along with annual licenses) will also be available on site.

The secured prize purse for the 2019 Breck Epic is $30,000 USD. Like all events that we’ve produced over the past 20 years, payouts are equal between men and women. We should probably market that more…but making a marketing initiative out of what seems like the reasonable, rational and fair thing to do smells funny. At least to us.

Prizes will be awarded 10 places deep in each the mens and womens GC in the UCI Elite categories. Epic will also award daily stage prizes 6 deep in UCI Elite categories.

Riders earning cash awards in excess of $600 USD will receive a 1099-Misc Income form from Breck Epic. Hang on to that. Because Uncle Sam is gonna wanna see it.

All payments will be distributed 30 days post-event (September 15, 2019).


1st $1500 / €1335 $500 / €445
2nd $1000 / €890 $400 / €365
3rd $800 / €712 $300 / €267
4th $600 / €534 $200 / €178
5th $500 / €445 $100 / €89
6th $350 / €312 $50 / €45
7th $275 / €245
8th $250 / €223
9th $225 / €200
10th $200 / €178

UCI POINTS – Men’s and Women’s Elite

PLACE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
POINTS 120 100 80 75 70 65 60 55 50
PLACE 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
POINTS 45 40 35 30 28 26 24 22 20
PLACE 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
POINTS 18 16 14 13 12 11 10 9 8
PLACE 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
POINTS 7 6 5 4 3 2 1