Rules at the HSBC UK National Downhill Series Presented by GT Bicycles.
Incorporate those laid out in the current British Cycling hand book, further additions as listed below. These are the rules that National Series Events insist on at each of their races.
Penalties are shown in brackets ( ). Please note if you are withdrawn from the event, disqualified or unable to race then there will be no refund, transfer or any payment regards costs involved of attending the event or loss of income.
Friday 16:00 we will hold a course inspection with the Chief British Cycling Commissaire and the Race Director. Any recommendations will be implemented by 18:00 for the start of the official course walk. We reserve the right to change the course at any time through the event.
British Cycling Commissaires: A minimum of three BC Commissaires will be present at the BC sanctioned events.
The course will be covered by National Series marshals all aged 21 years of age or older. They will have red and yellow flags, hi-viz vests, radio communications and be briefed each morning.
1.0 By entering the National Series event you agree with the following rules and conditions and those laid down by British Cycling where applicable. By breaking any of the rules you will incur the applicable penalty.
1.0.1 By entering the National Series event you understand and agree that you participate in this race entirely at your own risk, that you must rely on your own ability in dealing with all hazards and that you must ride in a manner which is safe for yourself and all others. You agree that no liability whatsoever shall be attached to the promoter, promoting club, meeting sponsor(s), British Cycling, or any official or member of British Cycling or member of the promoting club in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by you in or by reason of the race, however caused.
1.1 If the medics advise the race organisers that due to medical reasons a rider should be withdrawn from the event: The rider will have their number board removed and they will be withdrawn from the event. The withdrawn rider will not be eligible for a refund or a transfer.
1.1.2 If you witness a rider receiving a head impact and suspect the rider may be concussed, please notify the Commissaire at the finish line and identify the rider in question.
1.2 If the race organisers believe a rider is not capable to tackle the race course they reserve the right to withdraw the rider from the event on grounds of their safety and that of the other riders, spectators and members of the National Series team. The withdrawn rider will not be eligible for a refund or a transfer.
1.3 If a rider feels they are unable to ride or race the race track then they may withdraw themselves. The withdrawn rider will not be eligible for a refund or a transfer.
1.4 Whilst attending the podiums, all riders must wear their race kit or a copy of. Neck braces must not be worn on the podium. (Not invited onto the podium).
1.5 Re-Runs will only be permitted by the British Cycling Commissaire after a red flag has stopped your race run. Please note that catching a rider will not constitute a re-run.
1.6 Only riders racing are able to communicate with the start marshal or the British Cycling Start Line Commissaire.
1.7 If you have an issue with your start line order, please contact a British Cycling Commissaire who will be based in the finish arena.
2.1 To compete in the final race run, all riders must start their seeding run and cross the start line. You do not have to cross the finish line. You will be added near or at the front of the race category for your race run.
2.2 All riders must sign on before they practice on the course (Unable to ride or race).
2.2.1 Riders must attach their assigned transponder to the rear end of their right-hand fork leg near the base. (Unable to practice or race).
2.2.2 Riders during practice and racing must only ride with the transponder assigned to them at race registration. (Disqualified).
2.3 Riding the course without being entered (one year ban from any National Series Event).
2.4 Failure to sign on before registration closes Saturday at 11:00 (Unable to ride or race).
2.5 Riding the course outside of designated practice and race times (Unable to ride or race and to receive a one-year ban from any National Series Event).
2.6 Competitors must have completed two full runs on the course by the end of practice (Unable to race).
2.6.1 Competitors must start with one foot on the ground at the start line if there is no designated start post to lean against. Competitors are not allowed to hold onto the start shelter or seek any assistance in starting.
2.6.2 Riders to race in the finals must at least start their seeding run on their bike. They will then be seeded at the start of their category for race runs in a random order with any other riders who wish to do their race run even if they never completed their seeding run and crossed the finish line.
2.7 No defacing of number boards. The number boards remain the property of National Series Events until the end of your race season at the National Series (£5.00 to replace your front number board.).
2.8 Noise reduction at 22:00. Music and generators to be switched off.
2.9 The use of headphones, earpieces or any communication devices in either official training or racing at mountain bike events is prohibited. (Disqualified). British Cycling rule 5.7.11
3.0 Helmets must be a full face and of a one-piece design. Slimmed down ‘Enduro’ full face helmets are not allowed.
3.1 Helmet strap undone first time on course or secondary taped areas (Disqualified from Sundays race run).
3.2 Helmet strap undone second time on course or secondary taped areas (Disqualified from riding or racing for the remainder of the weekend, number board removed and returned to registration).
3.3 Helmet strap not properly attached first time on course or secondary taped areas (Held in finish arena until British Cycling Commissaire speaks to you).
3.4 Helmet strap not properly attached second time on course or secondary taped areas (Disqualified from Sundays race run).
3.5 Helmet strap not properly attached third time on course or secondary taped areas (Disqualified from riding and racing for the remainder of the weekend, number board removed and returned to registration).
3.6 Walking up the marked out course or secondary taped areas either with or without your bike on inside of the race course tapes (Disqualified).
3.7 Stood in any section of the race track or secondary taped areas during practice or racing (Disqualified).
3.8 Not wearing of a helmet within the race course tapes (Disqualified).
3.9 Skin suits or lycra shorts may not be used during timed race runs. Peaks must be correctly attached to your helmet as the manufacturer intended (Disqualified).
4.0 “Tear Off” lenses on goggles are prohibited. A system where the transparent plastic lenses are retained within the device and are not discarded is allowed.” We will allow riders to run a single tear-off to protect their lense. We will ask that they cut the extended handle off. British Cycling rule 5.6.1 Riders must respect the countryside and ride only on the official route. The rider must avoid polluting the area and must not leave any waste or litter.
4.1 Under suspicion of theft, the police will be called and you will be detained until their arrival. Anti-social behaviour, vandalism, riding mini-bikes, motorbikes, driving recklessly at the event (Disqualified).
4.2 Acts of violence, intimidation or vandalism (Life time ban).
4.3 You are not allowed to run your own uplift at any point over the race event, that includes the Thursday and Friday prior to the race weekend (one year ban from any National Series Event).
4.4 No drone helicopters/planes are permitted at the event. (Racing will stop and you will be asked to leave the site). Further information is listed HERE.
4.5 Protection: We ask you to follow the guidelines laid down by British Cycling: British Cycling strongly recommends that riders wear the following protection: • Back, elbow, knee and shoulder protection made of rigid materials. • Protection for the nape of the neck and the cervical vertebrae. • Padding on shins and thighs • Broad full-length trousers made from rip-resistant material incorporating protection for the knees and calves, or broad-cut shorts made from rip-resistant material plus knee and calf protectors with a rigid surface. • Long sleeved shirt. • Full finger gloves • Eyewear. Note: The Federation makes no warranties or representations regarding the adequacy of any Standard or the fitness for the purpose of any brand of protective clothing and will not accept any claims arising from the use of any particular item of protection.
4.6 No chainsaws to be permitted onsite, no matter if the chain or arm has been removed.
5.1 Anti-doping: Riders participating in National Events shall be subject to In-Competition testing. Any rider including any rider who has abandoned the race shall be aware that he/she may have selected to undergo testing after the race and is responsible for ensuring personally whether he/she is required to appear for sample collection. To this end, the rider, immediately after finishing or abandoning the race shall locate and proceed to the place where the list of riders who are required to appear for sample collection, is displayed and consult the list. A list of Riders who are required will be posted at the Finish Line and also outside the Anti-Doping Control Office. We will provide a secure location for anti-doping following the guidelines.
5.2 Uplift Procedure: Tractors, trailers, coaches, gondolas and 4x4s will be used to transport riders and bikes up the hill. Riders will be separated from their bikes and will be required to wear their helmet on their head at all times (except in gondolas, coaches and mini buses). We will provide an uplift marshal at the pick up point. We aim to lift a minimum of 200 riders per hour.
5.2.1 Riders are responsible for loading, securing and unloading their bikes in a safe and timely manner. The National Series is not responsible for: the theft or loss of bikes; damages incurred to bikes while on the uplift; damages to bikes during loading or unloading; or injury to the rider during loading or unloading a bike. Riders will be responsible for any damages or injuries to third parties caused by the rider or bike while loading or unloading the bike, or failing to secure the bike on the rack correctly.
5.2.1 The National Series advises you to check your bicycle is fit and suitable to be attached to each uplift. Please note for the uplift at Nevis Range, in Fort William, bikes are attached to the seat externally to the gondola.
5.3 The Organisers reserve the right to amend the race course without prior notice to participants.
5.4 In the event of inclement weather, the Organisers reserve the right to delay the commencement of the race.
5.5 Should the inclement weather persist after delay, the Organisers reserve the right to change the race distance, race format or cancel the race without any refund of registration fees.
5.6 Petrol Generators:
- Spare fuel must be.
- The minimum amount required for the event.
- Stored in a green (unleaded) or red (leaded) petrol storage container with secure closure.
- Stored in a secure place.
- Stored out of direct sunlight and ignition sources.
- A fire extinguisher of the correct type (Powder or CO2) must be provided.
- There must be suitable signage e.g.:
- Keep out.
- No smoking or naked flame.
- Fire hazards.
- It must be barriered off from unauthorised access including:
- The public.
- Event personnel who have no reason to approach generator.
- Generator must be positioned in an appropriate place i.e.
- A well-ventilated, outdoor location.
- Out of public areas and traffic routes.
- Not adjacent to tents, marquees etc..
- Exhaust discharging in a safe direction.
- Who will enact controls? The person in charge of the generator.
- Who will monitor controls? The event village manager.
- How will they monitor controls?
- Confirm operator’s method (either written or verbally to satisfy them that the operator is competent).
- Inspect installation of the generator (site electrician should sign-off electrical connections).
- Check the refuelling operation (either by arrangement with the operator or on a spot-check basis).
5.7 Protection of forests and woodland in paramount. Before attending each event we would kindly ask you to ensure your bike and kit is clean and free from dirt/mud.
5.8 Electric bikes are not permitted during practice or race.
5.9 The uplift route is exclusively for official event vehicles only and is not a way for anyone to access the tracks.
This list is nonexhaustive.
You will have to wait in the finish arena until the appointed British Cycling Commissaire comes to speak to you regards any of the above. Please be aware that the British Cycling Commissaire may well be up the course and you may have to wait some time before they are able to speak to you, thus losing you valuable practice time and you even missing your race run.
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