As we line up for the first race of the Suburu Cape Town WC XCO MTB Cup Series, here are some of the more common race rules that should be understood and adhered to:
1. A rider must present his/ her Cycling SA licence at registration in order to compete. Any rider who
cannot present an annual licence must purchase a Day Licence for each day of that event. For the National Series and National Championships, riders are NOT PERMITTED to ride with a day licence; only a Cycling SA licence is allowed.
2. A rider who is not in possession of an annual Cycling SA licence, will not be eligible for Regional and/or
3. Each rider is classified according to his/her age on December 31st of the current year.
4. Footwear shall be fully enclosed.
5. Wearing of a helmet is mandatory.
6. Eye protection if strongly recommended.
7. Rider’s bike board must be properly fixed and Race number clearly displayed at all times.
8. Riders must complete the entire distance of the race and the responsibility for following the official route
lies with the rider.
9. A rider is not permitted to take any shortcuts or to omit a circuit or take other advantage of a similar
nature against opponents.
10. If a rider exits the route of the course for any reason, he/she must return to the course at the exact same
point from which he/she exited.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE and FEEDING
11. A rider may receive technical assistance along the course from a fellow competitor but not from
anyone outside of the course.
12. Technical assistance and / or feeding shall only be given in the feed / technical assistance zones.
13. Riders must ensure that they do not interfere with or restrict the movement of other competitors
while in the feed / technical assistance zone.
14. The rider must follow the course at all times and may not backtrack or short cut to reach the Feed / Tech
15. No rider may turn back on the course to reach a Feeding / Tech assistance zone. Once past the
Feed / Tech zone, a rider must follow the course until the next Feed / Tech zone before receiving external feeding or external technical assistance. NO BACK TRACKING IS PERMITTED.
16. Only within the Feed / Tech assistance zone itself, may a rider turn back. But the rider may not
obstruct other competitors in doing so.
18. Water bottles being discarded by riders in the feed zone will be done so in a safe manner,
and the throwing or tossing of water bottles at any time is forbidden.
CODE OF CONDUCT , UNSPORTING BEHAVIOUR and OBSTRUCTION
19. A rider must act in a polite manner at all times and permit any faster rider to overtake without
obstructing. Overtaking rider to call ‘track please’.
20. A rider must not use offensive or abusive language during the race, act in an anti-sporting manner, be
disrespectful to the officials or ignore the race regulations.
21. Jersey pulling, pushing or pulling another competitor and / or leaning on another competitor are
22. Obstruction of any rider in the final sprint, unsporting conduct toward another rider with the intention of
restricting movement, taking a short cut, substitution for another rider, taking both hands off the handlebars in the final sprint – may result in relegation or disqualification.
23. Radio links: The use of radio links or other remote means of communication with riders during the race is
24. Penalties can be imposed according to the nature of the offence and one or more of the following can
- Relegation of position
- Time or points penalty
25. The anti-doping rules of the UCI and of Drug-Free Sport SA will apply, and the drug testing and
anti-doping measures will be conducted according to the rules of both these organizations, and as they pertain to mountain biking.
PLEASE NOTE: This is shortened version of CSA MTB XCO rules. Full version available on www.cyclingsa.com and it’s each rider’s responsibility to familiarise him/herself with it.