Rule Changes From USA Cycling

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by in news, releases

The USCF Board of Trustees met Nov. 6 to discuss and vote on proposed rule changes for the 2011 road, track and cyclo-cross season.

While numerous items were introduced by the Trustee representatives, the most significant legislation passed was the addition of a singlespeed national championship category for cyclo-cross and a rewrite of the rules concerning clubs and teams that shift the focus from sponsored to active clubs.

A singlespeed national championship category will be added to this year’s Cyclo-Cross National Championships with no category restrictions for 2010. The 2011 USA Cycling Rulebook will recognize that clubs may have more than one race team and will allow a rider to be a member of different teams for different disciplines. The most controversial proposals, including a ban on helmet cameras and junior equipment restrictions, either failed or were withdrawn prior to vote.

Below is a summary of amended rules that were passed and will be included in the 2011 USA Cycling Rulebook:

  • *Singlespeed National Championship category added to USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships:
    • Category restrictions will not be used in 2010.
    • The singlespeed category will not have the 33 mm tire width rule, but riders will need to have tires no bigger than 35 mm.
    • The singlespeed category will be required to have a freewheel, one cog and drop bars (no straight bars, no mountain bikes).
  • Registered clubs/teams:
    • Must promote a race to be an active club.
    • Clubs can have multiple teams.
    • Teams may be discipline specific. Riders may race for another team in a specific discipline, i.e. cyclo-cross, even if that team is organized by a club other than his/her licensed club.
  • Women in men’s races:
    • Category 1/2 master women now, along with 3/4 master women, can race with older master men as follows:
    • Cat 1/2 master women can ride with master men up to 10 years older. Ie., a 35 year-old Cat 1 woman could ride with the master men’s group that is open to 45 year-old master men, such as 45+, but could not ride in the master men 50+ class.
    • Cat 3/4 master women can ride with master men up to 20 years older. Ie., a 35 year-old Cat 3 woman could ride with the master men’s group that is open to 55 year-old master men, such as 55+, but could not ride in a 60+ men’s age group.
  • USA Cycling categories in UCI races: A new rule now stipulates default ability categories for riding in UCI races. Ie., To race a UCI road race a male rider must be category 1, a female rider has to be category 1 or 2. See rule 1J15.
  • Women’s Category 4 maximum field limit has been increased to 75.
  • Chip timing has been added to the list of items that may be provided for rider identification.
  • Entry/Identity Fraud: Any licensee entering a race under an assumed name or conspiring to allow another rider to enter a race under an assumed name will incur a one year suspension.
  • Cyclo-cross field limits: Similar to road races, a default field limit of 100 was established if no other field limit has been set by the organizer or the local administrator.
  • *Lapped Riders in Cyclocross: Several ways to handle lapped riders in cyclo-cross are outlined. Riders may be allowed to finish, pulled at the line or pulled using the 80/20 rule.
  • *Cyclo-cross feeding: Feeding in Cyclo-cross races has been established. The default rules include: no feeding in the first two and final two laps of the race and only in the pit lane. Temperature of at least 68 degrees is recommended.
  • Sleeveless Jerseys: Riders may now wear sleeveless jerseys in time trial events.
  • Sprint Seeding: Standard tables will be developed describing how sprint seeding and the sprint formats will occur at National Championships. In masters championships age groups will not be combined in sprint tournaments.
  • Junior Omnium: The International Omnium has been added to junior track nationals.
  • Masters Scratch Race: A scratch race has been added to masters track nationals.
  • Master Women’s Team Pursuit: A 45+ event has been added to team pursuit at masters track nationals.

* denotes legislation that will take or has taken effect in 2010

A complete outline of all the rule changes can be found on the Rulebook portion of the USA Cycling website.

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