Career - Divisions
There are 3 divisions of profession riders, at different levels:
  • Cya World Tour: this is the flagship division that contains the best teams in the world. They compete against each other during the season in the 28 biggest races of the year. They can also take part in Continental competitions in the .HC and .1 categories, thereby extending their programme of races.

  • Continental Pro: this is the second level in the hierarchy. The division comprises teams that include "Continental" races and, when invited, "Cya World Tour" races in their calendar. Unlike the top level, there is no shared calendar here, but a number of races around the world. The geographical demands of your sponsor will therefore dictate your calendar.

  • Continental: this is the lowest level of professional cycling. Teams compete exclusively within the "Continental" calendar, but don’t take this to mean "easy"! You will often come up against "Continental Pro" teams, and in some cases you may even compete against "Cya World Tour" teams. This division is often a perfect springboard for ambitious young riders.

At the end of the season the 2 bottom teams of the "Cya World Tour" rankings are relegated to the lower division, the Continental Pro. The 2 top teams in the Continental Pro "Superprestige" rankings will be promoted to the Cya World Tour. Continental teams cannot be relegated. To be promoted to the "Continental Pro" division, the team must finish amongst the 20 best Continental Pro and Continental division teams (excluding the 2 teams promoted to the "Cya World Tour") in the "Superprestige" rankings.
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