11 January, 2007

new rules

The Board of Trustees for road, track and cyclo-cross met in Colorado Springs, Colo. the last weekend of October and voted upon submitted legislation regarding road, track and cyclo-cross rules for the 2007 racing season.A complete guide to the new legislation that was voted upon and passed is available on the USA Cycling website, or by clicking here: USA Cycling Rule ChangesPlease note, mountain bike specific rule changes will be distributed in the near future.For your immediate information, some of the most important and significant road, track and/or cyclo-cross rule changes for 2007 include:Junior Gear Restrictions Juniors must now ride their junior gear limit in all races even when competing in races with older juniors and seniors.UCI Legal Bicycle RequirementsUCI legal bicycles will be required as of 2008 for all riders 17 and over (including masters) at all USA Cycling National Championship events, international selection races and USA Cycling National Racing Calendar events.Radio UsageThe rule for radio usage during races has been clarified to eliminate the possibility of riders wearing audio playback devices (Walkmans, MP3 players, etc…) during a race.Definition of Stage RaceThe definitions of "Stage Race" and "Omnium" were clarified. Stage Races may be run on time or points, but for a race to qualify as a Stage Race, riders must finish a stage in order to compete in the next one.Master National ChampionshipsUSA Cycling Master National Championships will be run in five-year age groups across the board for any age group represented. Small fields can be combined for the start, but riders will be scored separately.For complete documentation on these rule changes and more, along with staff comments, click here: USA Cycling Rule Changes. I also strongly encourage you to download an electronic copy of the USA Cycling Rulebook by clicking here: http://www.usacycling.org/forms/USCF_Rulebook.pdf Yours in Cycling,Steve JohnsonCEO

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