Mountain Bike Series Code of
Common Sense and
- The Virginia Series follows all USAC-MTB rules. Click the logo above to the USAC site for
- Not knowing the rules excuses
you not from the rules. As a racer or participant, know the rules (as outlined
herein) or be affected by them regardless.
- Racers must repair their own
bike, during the race, themselves.
- Racers must carry all spare
parts and tools. Receiving kind contributions from other riders or spectators
is not allowed. Racers may pull off the course, return to the pit area and
repair with the racer’s own parts, whereupon the racer must re-enter the
course where the breakdown originally took place. Said racer will notify the
race director or a race official of this process prior to re-entering the
racecourse. Exception: Duo Team members may support their teammate in any way
with parts and aid they carry. Bikes can be swapped, but no bikes other than
the two started on may be used.
- Racers shall complete the race
begun on the same bicycle, with the same wheels (unless spares are carried
along from the start). Old racing maxim: Thouest must run with what thouest
- Racers taking food or water
must not impede the progress of other racers. Racers must not impede other
racers for any reason.
- Racers riding bicycles have
the right-of-way over racers pushing bicycles, or repairing bikes, or
otherwise in-the-way. When practical, racers pushing should yield the best,
ride-able portion of the trail when being passed.
- A racer pushing or carrying
his or her bicycle can overtake a racer riding his bicycle provided that it
does not interfere with the riding racer.
- Riders must alert those they
are passing vocally using the announcements "On your LEFT (RIGHT)!" or "TRACK
LEFT (RIGHT)!" It is the responsibility of the passing rider to overtake
safely and notify verbally. Riders being lapped must yield at the first
reasonable opportunity. Blocking is not a tactic in mountain bike racing.
- When two riders are vying for
position, the leading rider does not necessarily have to yield position to the
challenging rider. However, a rider may not purposely interfere, intending to
impede another rider's progress.
- Food and water can be taken
from anyone, anywhere on the course so long as it does not impede nor
interfere with another racer.
- Short-cutting the course by
any racer will result in disqualification of that racer.
- Foul riding, use of profane or
abusive language and other unsportsmanlike behavior is very bad. Such behavior
may result in disqualification. This includes unpleasant behavior directed at
course officials, volunteers or spectators. The penalty imposed is the race
director’s decision (as with all decisions, calls, and penalties).
- Federal, state, city, and
county laws and ordinances will be abided by at all times. Violations will
result in penalties described under these laws and ordinances.
- Protests may be made by
registered racers only. Protests will be made in writing and delivered to the
race director any time after the end of the race up to 30 minutes after the
posting of the final results. Protests should contain any information that
supports the protest, including description of the incident, witnesses, names,
addresses, phone numbers and signature of protestor. A $25 fee shall be
submitted, in cash, with the protest. The race director, after his own
discovery, will promptly rule on the protest. The fee will be forfeited to the
race director if the protest is denied or refunded if the protest is upheld.
- The race director has the
final say in every ruling.
- Helmets will be worn while
warming-up for, or racing in, any Virginia Championship Commission, Inc.
- Bicycles shall be in good
repair, with both front and back brakes in working order. A bike may be
disqualified from the event for being judged in either poor or unsafe
- Violation of any of the above
rules—or any others as described by common sense or conventional decorum—may
result in disqualification.