ESTPA

East of Scotland Track Cycling Promoters Association

Regulations

 

 

NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP REGULATIONS 2012

  Index

1.      GENERAL CONDITIONS

1.1.         CONTROL

1.2.         ENTRIES

1.3.         SIGNING ON

1.4.         CODE OF CONDUCT

1.5.         PROGRAMME

1.6.         NUMBERS

1.7.         OTHER MATTERS

2.      SPRINT

2.1.         GENERAL

2.2.         THE QUALIFYING TIME TRIAL

2.3.         THE SPRINT MATCHES

3.      INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL

4.      PURSUITS

5.      TEAM SPRINT

6.      SCRATCH RACE

7.      YOUTH OMNIUMS

8.      KEIRIN

9.      MADISON

10.    POINTS RACE


 

1.          GENERAL CONDITIONS

1.1.       CONTROL

1.1.1.    All National Championships shall be run in accordance with the SCU Technical Regulations plus the rules contained herewith. Should any conflicts arise between the SCU Technical Regulations and these regulations, these regulations shall take priority.

1.1.2.    Racing shall be run under the jurisdiction of a Commissaires Panel (minimum of 4) appointed by the SCU.  The SCU shall also nominate a President from the Commissaires Panel.

1.1.3.    The President of the Commissaires Panel shall have sole responsibility to discipline riders due to their conduct or riding during the championships, except as provided in 1.1.5 below.

1.1.4.    The President of the Commissaires Panel shall appoint one of the Panel as judge-referee. The President of the Commissaires Panel may not carry out the task himself. The presence of a judge-referee shall be compulsory for the sprint and scratch races.

1.1.5.    The judge-referee shall solely monitor the conduct of riders in the race and their conformity to racing regulations. On this issue, he shall, alone and immediately, impose penalties and take any other decision required under the regulations.

1.2.       ENTRIES

1.2.1.    All entries shall be sent on the appropriate official entry form, together with appropriate fees, to reach the organiser at least 14 days prior to the event.

1.2.2.    Defending champions shall be permitted free entry to the championship published which they are defending but shall otherwise be required to comply with 1.2.1.

1.2.3.    Where no category restrictions are shown against a Championship then riders of any category shall be permitted to enter as long as they are permitted to compete against such other categories under the rules governing their licence. All other conditions relating to each age or ability categories shall remain in force.

1.2.4.    Should less than 6 entries be received for either of the Senior, Women and respective Junior Championships in the same discipline to be held at the same meeting, the organiser may combine the fields and run the Championship with a combined field. Championships for Youth Boys and Youth Girls may be run with combined fields. Medals shall be awarded to the highest placed riders in each Championship category.

1.2.5.    Up to 4 riders may be nominated for the Team Sprint Championship and these must be notified to the President of the Commissaires Panel no later than 30 minutes before the published start time of the session containing the qualifying round.  Riders competing as part of a team must have entered the Championship meeting in accordance with 1.2.1.

1.2.6.    A competitor may be nominated for several teams but may only compete for one team in any given Championship.

1.2.7.    Entrants for the Madison Championships should state the pairing of riders on their entry form.

1.2.8.    In the Madison Championships, riders may be substituted prior to the event provided that the substitute rider is properly entered for any other Championship in the series and the change is approved by the Commissaires Panel. The substituted rider shall have paid the correct entry fee for the Championship.

1.2.9.    The organisers may select the field for any Championship from the competitors entered.

1.3.       SIGNING ON

1.3.1.    All riders must present their race licence, sign on upon their first appearance at the championships.

1.3.2.    All riders must sign on for each championship. The signing on control shall open at least 1 hour before the published start of a championship and close 30 minutes before the published start of the championship.

1.3.3.    At the close of a championship session, it is the rider’s responsibility to find out when the next session starts and to be present at the appointed time.

1.4.       CODE OF CONDUCT

 

1.4.1.     Any rider, who during a race, obstructs, impedes or blocks the forward progress of another by any means whatever, may be penalised by relegation, disqualification or be fined.

1.4.2.     Any rider who, when overtaking another rider, shuts down and takes the other’s line before having a clear length lead shall be liable to be relegated, disqualified or fined.

 

1.4.3.     Before the last 200 metre line or the start of the final sprint, riders may avail themselves of the full width of the track but must nevertheless leave sufficient space for their opponent to pass and shall refrain from any manoeuvres that could provoke a collision, a fall or cause any rider to ride off the track.

 

1.4.4.     During the final sprint, even if launched before the last 200 metres, each rider shall remain in his lane up to the finish, unless he has at least a clear cycle-length lead and shall not make any manoeuvre to prevent the opponent from passing.

 

1.4.5.     No competitor shall attempt to pass inside the sprinters line when a preceding rider is on or inside the sprinters line.

 

1.4.6.     A competitor passing another must do so on the outside, unless the rider being passed is riding wide.

1.4.7.     The “Blue Band” or “Cote d’Azur” is not considered an integral part of the track and it is forbidden to voluntarily ride upon this section during a race.

1.4.8.     A rider deemed to be failing to defend his chances will be liable to be relegated, disqualified or fined.

 

1.4.9.     All clothing shall conform strictly to the relevant Technical Regulations. Any competitor incorrectly attired shall not be permitted to start.Jerseysof the registered colour and design shall be worn.

 

1.4.10.  Any rider who having signed on, competed and qualified for any subsequent round, quarter or semi-final or final must compete in that next round, quarter or semi-final or final unless he can satisfy the Commissaires Panel that it is impossible to do so. Qualification for another discipline is not deemed as a valid excuse. Any rider who fails to compete having qualified and whom the Commissaires Panel has not released shall be liable to disqualification from part or whole of the Championship Series, fined or other disciplinary measures.

1.4.11.  Any person within the track centre committing acts of public indecency may be disqualified from the Championships.


1.5.        Any offence not specifically penalised and any unsporting behaviour shall be punished by a warning, indicated by a yellow flag, or by disqualification from the race, indicated by a red flag, according to the gravity of the fault. If a rider is relegated in the competition, that relegation may also carry with it a warning, depending upon the gravity, intent and impact of the fault. A rider receiving a second warning, or being relegated for a third time, shall be disqualified. On each occasion the commissaires will indicate at the same time the race number of the faulting rider. The warning and disqualification are relative to one specific competition only.

1.6.       PROGRAMME

 

1.6.1.    The events will be run in the manner set out in the programme except in unavoidable circumstances. Should there be a change to the running order as set out in the programme, for example extra heats or repechages, then this shall be set out on the first communiqué dealing with the affected events.

 

1.6.2.    Should insufficient riders sign on for an event to warrant the holding of the scheduled heats and final, the event may be held as a straight final at the scheduled time of the heat or final. This information shall be set out on the first communiqué dealing with the affected events.

 

1.6.3.    Should bad weather cause a postponement, information of the decision to postpone shall be given over the loudspeakers. The starting time and the starting order shall also be given. Riders should, however, be prepared to ride at any time until racing has been abandoned for the day.

1.7.       NUMBERS

 

1.7.1.    Competitors shall wear the numbers issued by the Organisers. The number shall be attached securely and fixed at least at the four corners. The number must not be folded in any way. No accessory may obscure the number. Except where listed below, competitors shall wear at least two numbers at all times. The two body numbers shall be worn as required with at least 50 mm between the two numbers. If arm numbers are provided they shall be worn on the quarter sleeves with the figures facing to the side. If a single arm number is provided it shall be worn on the left sleeve.

1.7.2.    Competitors in Individual Pursuit, Time Trials, and Team Sprint shall be permitted to start with a single body number worn on the shorts. Riders shall wear two numbers in all events in the Omnium competition.

1.8.       OTHER MATTERS

 

1.8.1.    Riders wishing to protest on any matter must do so in writing to the President of the Commissaires Panel within 15 minutes of the incident.  Notification of intent to lodge a written protest should be made as soon as possible and in any case no more than 5 minutes after the incident. The Commissaires Panel shall consider any written protest and shall inform the protestor of their decision. There shall be no right of appeal against decisions reached by the Commissaires Panel.

1.8.2.    At the time appointed by the Organisers, the first three placed riders or teams in any Championship shall gather at the foot of the podium and participate in all the ceremonies designated by the Organisers. During the victory ceremony, competitors will present themselves in the racing attire similar to that of which they competed in, bare headed, without protective eye wear, head bands or caps.

1.8.3.    During a Sprint Championship, no rider shall be called upon to ride successively till a minimum of 15 minutes has elapsed from his previous effort.  In all other championships, this time shall be extended to 30 minutes.


1.8.4.    For events where restarts may be permitted, the following shall be considered recognised mishaps:

  • a fall
  • a puncture
  • the breakage of an essential part of the bicycle.

All other incidents are regarded as un-recognised mishaps.

1.8.5.    All riders must make arrangements for a spare pair of wheels, together with the tools required to effect replacement thereof to be immediately available in the case of puncture or breakage. The Commissaires Panel shall be the sole arbiter of the appropriate time required to effect any repair.

 

1.8.6.    Youth B and C riders shall only be permitted to ride machines which conform to the following requirements: Wheels shall have a maximum depth of 35mm, have a minimum of 16 and maximum of 40 spokes. Spokes can be round, flattened or oval but must not exceed 10mm in width. Machines with dropped handlebars shall be used. Tri-bars, arm extensions and/or arm pads shall be prohibited.

 

1.8.7.    Riders may carry no object on them or on their bicycles that could drop onto the track. They may not bear or use on the track any music player or radio communication system. In addition, any electronic device with display (for instance speedometer or powermeter) must be hidden to that it cannot be read by the riders.

 

2.          SPRINT

2.1.       GENERAL

 

2.1.1.    The championship shall be divided into two parts. These shall be a qualifying round and the sprint matches proper.

 

2.1.2.    The qualifying round in all sprint championships shall be a flying start 200m time trial. This shall be used for seeding and elimination purposes.

 

2.2.       THE QUALIFYING TIME TRIAL

 

2.2.1.    In all Sprint Championships, for the purpose of seeding, riders shall ride a qualifying time trial over 200m, with a flying start.  Each rider shall be allowed a 2 lap warm-up (1 lap on tracks over 333.33 metres) and shall complete their time in the 3rd lap (2nd lap on a track over 333.33 metres).

2.2.2.    The riders shall take the start in the order determined by the Commissaires Panel.

2.2.3.    The inside of the track in the last 200m shall be made unrideable by means of foam pads or sandbags.

2.2.4.    Riders shall present themselves to the Starting Commissaire in good time before their effort. A starting lane shall be provided so that the next or waiting rider, who shall be held ready to ride onto the track, may move safely onto the track as soon as the preceding rider has passed.


2.2.5.    On 250m tracks, riders shall be permitted a total of 3 1/2 laps in which to make their effort. On the crossing of the finishing line with 1 lap showing on the lap counter the bell shall be rung. The timing shall begin when the rider next crosses the 200m line and shall finish at the next crossing of the finish line.

2.2.6.    A rider who suffers a mishap during the time trial shall be permitted a restart. At least five riders shall start before trying again. No rider shall make more than two attempts to establish a time.

2.2.7.    Should two, or more, riders record the same time, they shall be classified according to the best time in the last 100m. In the case that the last 100m time cannot be recorded or if the riders are still tied, the riders concerned will be classified by drawing lots.

2.2.8.    Should a rider who has qualified for the First Round be prevented from riding due to unavoidable circumstances, which shall be noted and approved by the Commissaires Panel, his place shall be taken by the rider who made the next best time in the qualifying time trial, or failing this, should he be unavailable due to unavoidable circumstances duly approved and noted, by the next, etc. No replacements shall be made after the First Round.

2.2.9.    If a rider becomes unavailable due to unavoidable circumstances and informs the Commissaires Panel thereof before the publication of the communiqué showing the makeup of the first round heats, the substitute rider shall be accorded the slowest place in the first round. Should the Commissaires Panel be notified after the publication of the said communiqué of the competitors unavailability, the substitute shall replace the rider in the relevant heat and hence shall not necessitate the redrafting of the First Round make up.

2.2.10.  In all Youth sprint championships, all competitors shall present their machine for gear check after the completion of their heat.

2.2.11.  Any Youth rider whose gear ratio does not conform to the regulations will be credited with the slowest time and placed last.

2.3.       THE SPRINT MATCHES

2.3.1.    On tracks of 333.33 metres circumference or less, the Sprint Championships shall be run over the following distances:

Youths                                                 3 laps

Juniors                                                 3 laps

Seniors                                                 3 laps

On tracks over 333.33 metres in circumference, the distances shall be as follows:

Youths                                                 2 laps

Juniors                                                 2 laps

Seniors                                                 2 laps


2.3.2.    A maximum of 8 riders may qualify from the time trial round, all non-qualifying riders up to a maximum of 16 shall move to a non-championship B Sprint Competition.  If there are 8 or less riders signing on, all qualifiers shall be included in the heats which shall be drawn up by the Commissaires Panel using the following guidelines:

No of riders signed on   Rd 1     Rd 2     1/4        1/2        Final

8                                                           ¨          ¨          ¨         

5 – 7                              ¨                                  ¨          ¨         

4                                                                       ¨          ¨         

3           Round Robin Competition (by means of best of three matched sprints, against
             each competitor)

2                                                                                   ¨

The losing riders in the semi-finals shall ride against each other for the bronze medal.

The losing riders in the quarter finals shall ride against each other to determine 5th to 8th placings.

Matches shall be competed on a best of three basis from the quarter finals onwards, except where the championship is contested as a Round Robin Competition.

The formulation of rounds for the non-championship B Sprint Competition shall be drawn up by the Commissaires Panel, but during all rounds there shall be no rounds which shall consist of best of three match sprints.

2.3.3.    The start shall take place at the finishing line on all tracks.

2.3.4.    The starting position shall be decided by the drawing of lots.  Should the race be run on a best of three basis, each rider shall lead one heat and a further draw shall be made in the case of a deciding heat.

2.3.5.    The rider on the inside of the track, unless overtaken, shall lead at least at walking pace and make no manoeuvre to force his opponent through until reaching the pursuit line on the opposite side of the track. A maximum of two standstills shall be permitted for each race. The maximum period for a standstill shall be 30 seconds following which, the leading rider shall be directed by the starter to continue. If he fails to do so, the starter shall stop the race and declare the other rider the winner of the heat. In a three or four-up race, the race shall be immediately rerun as a two or three-up race, without the relegated rider.

2.3.6.    During a standstill, if a rider rolls back by more than 20 cms., the Starter shall stop the race and order a restart.

2.3.7.    The starter shall, before signalling the start, ensure that:;

  • the lap counters are ready,
  • the bell-ringer is in position,
  • the commissaires on the bends and on the straights are in their places,
  • the finishing judge is in place,
  • the time-keepers are in place,
  • the competitors have numbers properly placed,

2.3.8.    Races shall be started by pistol or whistle.  Two pistol shots from the starter shall indicate a false start or a stopping of the race.

2.3.9.    Once the start is deemed valid by the Starting Commissaire the race shall only be stopped in the event of a mishap, but not even then, should the Commissaire consider that at the time of the mishap, the rider had no further chance.

In a case where a mishap is deemed to be valid, the Commissaires Panel shall decide whether to allow a new start, with or without the competitor responsible for the stoppage, or whether the result had been established.

The commissaires shall not therefore stop the race on a signal from a rider (raising an arm or by any other means) because of such an incident (crash, pulling, pushing etc.).

2.3.10.  Should a rider provoke the stoppage of a race by foul riding, he shall be penalised. The Commissaires Panel shall decide whether to allow a restart with the rider responsible, or whether the result had already been established.

2.3.11.  In the event of a fall deliberately caused by a rider (in a two-up heat), the rider shall be disqualified, either from that ride or the complete match.  The other rider shall be declared the winner even if they have not crossed the finishing line.

2.3.12.  In the event of a rider failing to appear in a two-up heat, the other rider, in order to be declared the winner, must be present at the starting line but need not cover the distance.

2.3.13.  No rider may effect a “standstill” or overtake an opponent on the blue zone once the sprint has started.

2.3.14.  In all Youth sprint championships, all competitors shall present their machine for gear check after the completion of teach ride.

2.3.15.  Any Youth rider whose gear ratio does not conform to the regulations will be placed last in the heat that they have competed in.

3.          INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL

3.1.        Individual time trials shall be held over the following distances;

Seniors                                                 1000m

Junior (Men)                                          1000m

Junior (Women)                                       500m

Women                                                   500m

Youth                                                     500m

3.2.        The starting order shall be determined by the Commissaires Panel other than that the defending Champion shall start last.

3.3.        Heats shall normally consist of two riders starting on opposite sides of the track, except for the last 10 riders to compete in the Seniors Championship who shall start singly. During the two up heats the Commissaires Panel shall endeavour to match two riders of equal standard.

3.4.        The Commissaires Panel may decide to start any Championship with a single rider on the track throughout the competition.


3.5.        Starting procedure: either paragraph (a) or (b) shall apply but all competitors within an event will start by the same method.

(a)        An official shall hold the rider at the start.  The same official shall serve for all the competitors taking part.  Another official shall be specifically employed to see that each competitor leaves from the correct starting point, i.e., that the forward edge of his front wheel is vertically above the starting point.  START: The rider will be asked to indicate when they are ready.  The starter will fire a gun to indicate the start and the rider will be released by the official.  The rider must be held and not given a push.  Infringement of this regulation will entail a false start. The timing mechanism will commence on the gun.

(b)        An official will place the rider’s bicycle into a starting gate so that the forward edge of his front wheel is vertically above the starting point and the rear wheel will be clamped by the gate’s brake mechanism.  START: The rider will be asked to indicate when they are ready.  The start will be effected either by firing a gun or by an electronic countdown.  The bicycle will be released from the starting gate and the timing mechanism will start, either when the gun is fired, or on the final electronic bleep.

3.6.        In the case of a false start the rider shall restart immediately. In the case of a mishap, the rider shall wait until at least five other riders have started before trying again. A rider may only be permitted to have a total of 2 starts.

3.7.        In the event of a tie between two or more competitors, the riders shall be placed equal (time to be taken to 1/100 of second).

3.8.        All competitors shall compete in the same session.  If, for any reason whatsoever, the event cannot be completed, the whole event shall be re-run.  Any times recorded in the first session shall be disregarded with respect to the championship.

 

3.9.        The blue band shall be made un-rideable on the bends by means of foam pads or sandbags.

3.10.      In the Youth championships, all competitors shall present their machine for gear check after the completion of each ride. Failure to do so will result in elimination from the Championship.

3.10.1.  Any rider whose gear ratio does not conform to the regulations will be disqualified from the Championship.

 

4.          PURSUITS

4.1.        Pursuits shall be held over the following distances;

Senior                                       4000m

Women                                      3000m

Junior (Men)                               3000m

Junior (Women)                          2000m

Veteran                                      3000m

Youth                                         2000m

 

4.2.        The guiding principle shall be to find 4 competitors to constitute the finals.

To find these 4 competitors a First Round shall be run taking into account only the time of each competitor.  In order to do this, two competitors shall ride simultaneously in order to establish their times over the distance.  Any rider caught up may continue to cover the distance to record a time but must not take shelter or pace from, or attempt to repass the leading rider once caught.

4.3.        In the First Round, in the case of two riders recording the same time, the time for the last lap will be taken into account (the best time giving the advantage).

4.4.        The Commissaires Panel should attempt to place together two competitors of approximately the same ability (strong with strong, weak with weak, but without matching the two presumed to be the best). 

4.5.        In all stages the fastest rider shall start last and in the home straight.

4.6.        The blue band shall be made un-rideable on the bends by means of foam pads or sandbags.

4.7.        Starting procedure: either paragraph (a) or (b) shall apply but all competitors within the event will start by the same method.

a)          An official shall hold each rider at the start.  Another official shall be specifically employed to see that each competitor leaves from the correct starting point, i.e., that the forward edge of his front wheel is vertically above the starting point.  START: each rider will be asked to indicate when they are ready.  The starter will fire a gun to indicate the start and the rider will be released by the official.  The rider must be held and not given a push.  Infringement of this regulation will entail a false start. The timing mechanism will commence on the gun.

(b)         An official will place the rider’s bicycle into a starting gate so that the forward edge of his front wheel is vertically above the starting point and the rear wheel will be clamped by the gate’s brake mechanism.  START: The rider will be asked to indicate when they are ready.  The start will be effected either by firing a gun or by an electronic countdown.  The bicycle will be released from the starting gate and the timing mechanism will start, either when the gun is fired or on the final electronic bleep.

4.8.        During the first half lap of the First Round, in the event of a mishap, the race shall be stopped and restarted immediately. After the first half lap the race shall not be stopped, the rider concerned dropping out and the other rider continuing to complete the distance and to record a time. A rider who is victim of a mishap shall be permitted to ride again at the end of the First Round, either alone against the watch or matched against another rider in the same situation.

4.9.        At the start, each competitor shall be placed on the inside of the track directly opposite his rival, (and as far as possible in the middle of the straights, exactly in line).

4.10.      A false start shall be indicated by the starter giving a double pistol shot if they consider that a rider started too soon, was pushed, or that the start was not according to the rules in some other way.

A rider who causes two false starts in the First Round shall be eliminated.

A rider who causes two false starts during the finals, loses the final.

 

4.11.      At no stage of the championship will a rider be permitted more than two starts due to mishaps.

4.12.      The commissaires shall immediately verify the cause of any stoppage. Stoppages shall be signalled by the starter giving a double pistol shot.

4.13.      The first and second fastest qualifiers will contest the final and the third and fourth fastest qualifiers will ride against each other for the bronze medal.

4.14.      All other riders in the first round shall be placed according to their recorded times. 


4.15.      Should a rider who has qualified for the finals be prevented from riding due to unavoidable circumstances, which shall be noted and approved by the President of the Commissaires Panel, their place shall be taken by the rider who made the next best time in the First Round, or failing this should they similarly be unavailable owing to circumstances duly approved and noted, by the next etc.

4.16.      In the event of there being less than four riders gaining a time in the First Round the fastest two riders will contest the final and the bronze medal will be awarded to the third rider, should there be one.

4.17.      Only one person shall be entitled to take up position at the track side to indicate to a rider their position in relation to their opponent.

4.18.      A rider shall be considered caught when the faster rider’s chainset is level with that of the slower rival.

4.19.      During the finals, a single shot signals the end of the race when each rider crosses their finish line having completed the distance or, in the final or 3rd/4th place ride off, when one rider catches another.

4.20.      Finals

In the event of a mishap in the first half lap, the race shall be stopped. It shall be restarted immediately by both riders.

In the event of a mishap before the final kilometre (half kilometre for 2000 metres), the race is interrupted and the riders shall restart from their positions within a maximum period of 5 minutes:

  • the leading rider on the line of the last half lap which he completed
  • the other rider shall start at a distance before the opposite line calculated by the Commissaires Panel on the basis of the time that he was behind at his last completed half-lap.
  • the riders shall ride the distance remaining as at the last completed half lap before the mishap.

 

The final time shall be obtained by adding the partial times.

 

Inside the final kilometre (half kilometre for the 2000 metre distance):

If the leading rider suffers a mishap, the result shall stand and he shall be declared the winner. The average speed at the last completed half lap shall be used to calculate the final time to be awarded.

4.21.      On tracks whose length does not permit a number of complete laps corresponding to kilometres, precautions shall be taken to mark out exactly the first and last kilometre.

4.22.      In the case of a dead heat at the finish, the riders shall be placed according to the better time made during the last lap, followed by the penultimate lap, etc. i.e. the rider who has the fastest last lap shall be given the advantage.

4.23.      A lap counter shall be installed on each finishing line, each competitor thus having his own.

4.24.      In the Youth championships, all competitors shall present their machine for gear check after the completion of each ride. Failure to do so will result in elimination from the Championship.

4.24.1.  Any rider whose gear ratio does not conform to the regulations will be disqualified from the Championship.

5.          TEAM SPRINT

5.1.        The championship shall be run over 3 laps of the track.

5.2.        Each team shall consist of 3 riders, all of whom must be members of the same club.

5.3.        The composition of a team may be changed whenever a fresh round is to begin.  The selection can only be made from the persons nominated prior to the qualifying round.

5.4.        The guiding principle shall be to find 4 teams to constitute the finals.  In order to find these 4 teams, qualifying heats shall be run against the clock.

 

5.5.        The composition of the finals shall be made up with the 1st and 2nd fastest qualifiers competing for Gold and Silver with the 3rd and 4th fastest qualifiers competing for Bronze.

5.6.        Championships medals will be awarded, in addition to the three riders who compete in the finals, to any rider who has competed in at least two rounds. Only members of the team who compete in the finals shall be entitled to take part in the victory ceremony.

5.7.        Teams not qualifying for the finals shall be placed according to their qualifying times i.e. 5th fastest qualifier shall be place 5th in the competition etc.

5.8.        A team failing to take their place in the finals will not be replaced by another.  Default by a team will lead automatically to a walkover for its rival team, which need not cover the distance but only be present on the starting line.

5.9.        During the qualifying round, two teams may be placed on the track simultaneously.  The commissaires should attempt to put two teams of approximately the same strength together (strong with strong, weak with weak but without matching the two presumed to be the best).

5.10.      At the start, each team shall be placed on the inside of the track at points diametrically opposed to one another on the track (as far as possible in the centre of the straights, exactly in line).

5.11.      The riders shall start in a straight line across the track or at a maximum of 45 degrees, with the inside rider being inside the sprinter’s line.  One metre shall be left between each rider and his neighbour.  The rider on the inside shall be held by a commissaire or a mechanical starting gate.

5.12.      Starting procedure: either paragraph (a) or (b) shall apply but all teams within the event will start by the same method.

a)          An official shall hold each rider at the start.  Another official shall be specifically employed to see that each competitor leaves from the correct starting point, i.e., that the forward edge of his front wheel is vertically above the starting point.  START: each rider will be asked to indicate when they are ready.  The starter will fire a gun to indicate the start and the rider will be released by the official.  The rider must be held and not given a push.  Infringement of this regulation will entail a false start. The timing mechanism will commence on the gun.

(b)         An official will place the inside rider’s bicycle into a starting gate so that the forward edge of his front wheel is vertically above the starting point and the rear wheel will be clamped by the gate’s brake mechanism.  START: The rider will be asked to indicate when they are ready.  The start will be effected either by firing a gun or by an electronic countdown.  The bicycle will be released from the starting gate and the timing mechanism will start, either when the gun is fired or on the final electronic bleep.

5.13.      A false start shall be indicated by the starter, by means of a double pistol shot, if they consider that the start did not take place according to the rules i.e. should any rider start before the shot or any rider other than the inside rider start first.

5.14.      At no stage during the championship will a team be allowed more than two starts due to a mishap.

5.15.      The rider who starts on the inside of the track shall lead for the first lap.  At the end of the lap, the leading rider must move away from the racing line within 15 metres either side of the start line and allow the remaining two riders to pass.  The second rider must lead for the second lap and, at the end of the lap, must move away from the racing line within 15 metres either side of the start line.  The third rider will then complete the distance.

5.16.      The lead rider may not be relieved by another rider until 15 metres before the end of the lap they are to lead or remain in the lead for more than one lap plus 15 metres.  Any team contravening this regulation will be disqualified, except in the case of a rider being involved in a recognised accident or mishap.

 

5.17.      The finish will be signalled by a pistol shot.

5.18.      In the case of a dead heat in any round, where the teams record the same time, the team who records the faster time for the last lap shall be given the advantage, or should these times be the same, the second last and so on until a decision is possible. If no decision is possible, the Commissaires Panel shall decide if a re ride is necessary to decide positions or whether equality of placing can be given without detriment to either team.

5.19.      During the qualification heats, should any team suffer a mishap, the team shall have a restart at the end of the qualifying round.

5.20.      In the finals, if a team suffers a mishap, the race shall be stopped and restarted. If the team suffers a further mishap during its subsequent ride it shall be relegated.

6.          SCRATCH RACE

6.1.        The Championships shall be held over the following distances: -

 

 

  Qualifying Heats

 

Final
Senior (Male) 10km 20km
Women 5km 10km
Junior (Male) 10km 20km
Junior (Women) 5km 10km
Youth A 5km 10-12km
Youth B 3km 5-8km

6.2.        The commissaires shall decide according to the number of participants and the size of the track whether the race shall be run in a single heat or in a number of elimination heats.

6.3.        The commissaires shall decide how many riders from each heat shall qualify for the final.

6.4.        The winner shall always complete the appropriate distance of the race. Lapped riders may rejoin the field. Lapped riders need not fulfil lost laps, being placed in relation to the winner. The bell shall be rung to indicate the last lap for all riders.

6.5.        In the case of a recognised mishap the rider involved may be granted neutralisation during the number of laps closest to 1300 metres.  The rider must rejoin the race in the same relative position to the field as at the time of the mishap.  Neutralised riders may not return to the track within the last kilometre.

6.6.        If rain or some other eventuality, stops the race, it shall be completely re-run if less than half distance has been covered at the time of stoppage. If at the time of stoppage more than half distance has been completed then the race shall recommence at half distance. The race will be stopped by the firing of a double pistol shot.

6.7.        Should several riders fall, the race may be neutralised. This will be indicated by the showing of red and yellow discs or flags and by announcement over the loudspeakers. The race will be restarted with the riders in the same positions, relative to the leader, that they were in at the moment of the fall.

6.8.        Riders who are overtaken by the main bunch shall immediately leave the track.

6.9.        The commissaires may withdraw riders who commit or cause to be committed, acts to the detriment of other riders.

In the case of collusion between riders, the commisaires may disqualify the riders concerned.

6.10.      Riders who fail to complete the competition shall be excluded from the final placing.

6.11.      In the Youth championships, all competitors shall present their machine for gear check after the completion of each ride. Failure to do so will result in elimination from the Championship.

6.11.1.  Any rider whose gear ratio does not conform to the regulations will be disqualified from the Championship.

7.          YOUTH OMNIUMS

7.1.        These Omnium Championships shall be open to riders of the appropriate category and organised without regard to ability.

7.2.        The Omnium shall be a single competition consisting of three events which shall be run over a single day in the following order:

  • 1500m Pursuit
  • Sprint
  • 500m Standing Start Time Trial

7.3.        The total number of points gained during the events shall decide the result of the Omnium. The winner of each event shall be awarded one point; the second placed two points and so on in each event. The winner of the Championship will be the rider who, after competing in each and every event has the lowest points total. In the case of a tie on points, the rider with the lowest cumulative time in the time trial events shall be awarded the higher place in the championship.

7.4.        Any rider failing to attempt to start in one of the events shall not be allowed to start in the subsequent events but shall be considered to have abandoned the competition and shall be listed in the final classification as ‘DNF’ (did not finish).

7.5.        The 500m Standing Start Time Trial shall be organised in accordance with Championship Regulation 3, Individual Time Trial.

7.6.        The 1500m Pursuit shall be organised in accordance with Championship Regulation 4 Individual Pursuit with the exception that the Championship shall be decided over a single ride.

7.7.        There will be no Qualifying Time Trial in the Sprint and the Commissaires Panel shall prepare a seeding list and formula to be used for the Sprint.

7.8.        The arrangement of heats for the Sprint shall rest with the Commissaires Panel.

7.9.        The conduct of competitors in the Sprint Competition will be governed by the conditions of Championship Regulation 2, except insofar as the distance of the event shall be 1 lap for Youth C and 2 laps for Youth B (1 lap for both on tracks of 333.33 metres circumference or more).

8.          KEIRIN

8.1.        The event shall be run over the following distances:

Track Length No of Laps Pacer (Laps to finish)
250m 8 2.5
333m 6 2
400m 5 1.5

            Where the track size does not meet the above criteria, the principles adopted shall be that the race shall be run over the nearest number of complete laps to 2000m and the pacer shall leave the track at the nearest ½ lap between 600 and 700m before the finish.

8.2.        A maximum of 28 riders shall compete in the competition. Where more than 28 riders are entered and signed on, priority to compete shall be given in the following order (ascending order of placing in each category):

  • Those placed in the top 12 from the last held championship
  • Those placed in top 8 in the last held sprint championship

Should there remain unfilled places after the above, these shall be allocated by the drawing of lots.

8.3.        Should less than 4 riders sign on, the event shall not be run.

8.4.        The Commissaires Panel shall draw up the competition formulae based on the following principles:

No of riders signed on   Rd 1     ½ Finals            Finals

15 – 28                           ¨          ¨                      ¨         

7 – 14                             ¨                                  ¨         

4 – 6                                                                  ¨         

8.5.        The finals (comprising final and minor final) shall comprise no more than 6 riders in each heat.

8.6.        The pacer shall ride within the sprinter line, starting at 30 kph and shall gradually increase speed to 50 kph which should be achieved at least 4 laps to go (250 m tracks). He shall leave the track as directed by the Commissaires, in principle 600-700 metres before the finish.

Race procedure

8.7.        The starting positions of the riders shall be determined by drawing lots. The riders shall be placed side by side in that order on the pursuit line, the sprinters’ lane being left free. The riders shall be held, but not pushed, by assistants.


8.8.        The start shall be given when the pacer approaches the pursuit line in the sprinters’ lane. Unless another rider voluntarily takes that position, the rider who drew No.1 shall follow immediately behind the pacer for at least the first lap, failing which the race shall be stopped and that rider disqualified. In the restart, the rider who drew No.2 shall follow immediately behind the pacer.

8.9.        The riders shall remain immediately behind the pacer until such time as the pacer leaves the track.

8.10.      In the case of one or more riders pass the back wheel of the pacer before he leaves the track , the race shall be stopped and rerun without the rider(s) at fault who shall be disqualified.

8.11.      The race shall be run according to the Sprint Regulations.

8.12.      The race will be stopped if one or more riders are at fault or behave in an unsporting manner while being placed behind the derny. The race will be rerun without the rider(s) at fault who will be disqualified.

8.13.      A restart will take place immediately if a mishap occurs within the first half-lap.

 

9.         MADISON

 

9.1.        The Championships shall be held over the following distances: -

 

 

  Qualifying Heats

 

Final
Junior (Men) 10km 20km
Youth A   8km 15km

 

9.2.        The maximum number of teams permitted on the track shall be 16 on a track of 333.33 metres or less and 20 on a track greater than 333.33 metres.

 

9.3.        Teams shall be two riders wearing the same jersey design. Riders in each team shall wear the same number but of different colours.

 

9.4.        A first group of riders, formed of one rider of each team, take their places at the start.

 

A second group of riders, formed of the other riders of each team, shall be lined up along the opposite outside balustrade.After one neutralised lap, a flying start shall be given to the first group of riders, by mean of a pistol shot.

 

During the neutralised lap, the second group of riders must remain motionless.

 

9.5.        There must be one rider of each team in the race at all times. Riders may relieve each other at any time during the race.

 

9.6.        Changing shall take place below the stayers line and as near to the inside edge of the track as practicable. Relieved riders must take up a position outside the stayers line as soon as it is safe and practicable. Changing shall be by one rider drawing level with the other and touching to denote relief. The touch may be a push or handsling. Wireless changes are forbidden.

 

9.7.        The winners of the race shall be the team who have gained the most laps on the other teams. If two or more teams are on the same lap, the team who has won the most sprint points during the race shall determine the result. Should there be equality in laps and points, the winners shall be the best-placed team in the final sprint

 

9.8.        The race shall end when the leading team has completed the distance. Lapped riders need not fulfil lost laps, and shall be placed as so many laps behind the winners.

 

9.9.        There will be sprints for points every 5kms, with the first four teams over the line gaining 5, 3, 2 & 1 points respectively.

 

9.10.      Teams that rejoin the field, after gaining or losing laps, shall be eligible for sprint points.

 

9.11.      Should one member of a team suffer a puncture or mishap, he will be allowed to rejoin the race. However, his partner should immediately join in the race at the position of the rider who has suffered the mishap and continue in the race.

 

9.12.      Should both members of a team fall together, that team shall be entitled to a number of free laps nearest to 1000m. On retaking the track one of the team shall take up the position in the race that the team occupied before the accident.

 

Neutralised team-mates or teams may not return to the track within the last kilometre. Should both team-mates fall simultaneously in the last kilometre, or should this last kilometre start within the allowed neutralisation period of a recognised mishap for the team and it is not able to return prior to the start of the last kilometre, these neutralised teams shall appear in the final placings depending on the laps won or lost and the points won up to the moment of the mishap.

 

9.13.      In the case of a fall involving over one-half of the teams (calculated on the basis of one rider per team), the race shall be stopped and the commissaires shall determine the duration of the interruption. A new start shall be taken and each team shall retain the laps won or lost at the moment of the fall.

 

9.14.      Any team retiring shall inform the Commissaires Panel immediately.

 

9.15.      The sprints shall be conducted with respect to, and in accordance with the Section 1.4 Code of Conduct. Infringements shall be dealt with, and may be punished by warning, downgrading, deduction of points or disqualification from the race.

 

9.16.      Should it become necessary to terminate the race before two-thirds distance has been covered, the race shall be re-run. Should termination occur after two-thirds distance, the result shall stand as at the time the race was stopped.

 

9.17.      The Commissaires Panel may withdraw teams who fall 10 laps behind.

 

9.18.      Feeding shall take place from outside of the track.

 

9.19.      A bell shall be rung to indicate one lap to go before a sprint.

 

9.20.      In the Youth championships, all competitors shall present their machine for gear check after the completion of each ride. Failure to do so will result in elimination from the Championship.

9.20.1.  Any rider whose gear ratio does not conform to the regulations will be disqualified from the Championship.

 

 

10.      POINTS RACE

 

10.1.      The final placings in a Points Race are determined according to the number of points won by riders during intermediary and final sprints, the final sprint and laps gained.

 


10.2.      The Championships shall be held over the following distances: -

 

 

  Qualifying Heats

 

Final
Junior (Men) 15km 25km
Junior (Women) 10km 20km
Youth A 8kms 15kms

 

10.3.      The Commissaires Panel shall decide whether the event shall be run as a straight final or if eliminatory heats are required. If heats are required the Commissaires Panel shall decide the composition and number of qualifiers from each heat.

 

10.4.      On tracks of 333.33 metres and over intermediate sprints will take place after each number of laps nearest 2km. On tracks less than 333.33 metres the sprints will occur every 10 laps.

 

10.5.      In all sprints, the first four riders to cross the line will be awarded 5, 3, 2 & 1 points respectively.

 

10.6.      Any rider that gains a lap on the main field will be awarded points according to the size of the track. For tracks less than 250 metres 15 points will be awarded, for tracks between 250 metres and 399 metres 20 points awarded and for tracks 400 metres and over 25 points awarded.

 

10.7.      The winner of the race shall be determined by

The total number of points awarded;

The position in the final sprint.

 

10.8.      A rider or riders are considered to have lapped the field and awarded the laps gained points when they catch up with the last man in the main group. The definition of the “Main Group” lies solely with the Commissaires Panel.

 

10.9.      Should a rider subsequently lose the lap gained he shall also lose the points awarded.

 

10.10.   Any rider or riders lapping the field shall cease to be the “Head of the Race” when they catch up with the last rider in the main group. The “Head of the Race” is then taken over by the rider or riders at the front of the main group or any rider or riders attempting to lap the field. i.e. The riders who are making the going. The “Head of the Race” are the leaders on the track but the “Race Leader” shall be the rider or riders who have won the most points.

 

10.11.   A bell shall indicate the start of a sprint lap and must always be on the “Head of the Race”.

 

10.12.   A rider lapped during a sprint lap shall not be eligible for points during that sprint.

 

10.13.   The final lap shall be that of the race leader. Riders need not fulfil lost laps but will be classified with respect to points gained and lost.

 

10.14.   Other than in regulation 10.16 any rider who fails to complete the race shall not be included in the result, irrespective of any sprint points gained.

 

10.15.   In the case of a fall or a puncture, a rider will be allowed the number of laps nearest to 1.3km to rejoin the race. The rider shall rejoin the race in the same relative position to the field as at the time of the mishap.

 

10.16.   Neutralised riders shall not return to the track within the last kilometre. Should this last kilometre start within the allowed neutralisation period of a recognised mishap, and the riders not able to return prior to the start of the last kilometre, these neutralised riders shall appear in the final placings depending on the points accumulated prior to the mishap.

 

 

10.17.   The Commissaires Panel may neutralise the race should it be considered necessary. The race shall be re-started with the riders in the same relative position as at the time of the commencement of the neutralisation.

 

10.18.   Should it become necessary to terminate the race before two-thirds distance has been covered, the race shall be re-run. Should termination occur after two-thirds distance, the result shall stand as at the time the race was stopped.

 

10.19.   The Commissaires Panel shall have the right to withdraw riders who fall too many laps behind or who are impeding other riders.

 

10.20.   The sprints shall be conducted with respect to, and in accordance with the Section 1.4 Code of Conduct. Infringements shall be dealt with, and may be punished by warning, downgrading, deduction of points or disqualification from the race.

 

10.21.   It shall be a breach of these regulations for riders to combine or conspire improperly to affect the course of the race.

 

10.22.   Riders lagging behind the main field and caught by a rider or riders who have broken away from the main field, should drop in behind the leading riders and may not assist the leading riders in any way. Failure to do so may incur immediate disqualification.

 

10.23.   A rider(s) who breaks away from the main field is not entitled to help from any rider or riders who are deliberately lagging behind the main field with the intention of assisting the rider(s) to gain an advantage. The lagging rider(s) should drop in behind the leading rider(s). Failure to do so will incur immediate disqualification of the lagging rider(s) and may incur a penalty to the riders assisted.

 

10.24.   Lagging riders are not entitled to gain sprint points until they have regained or rejoined the main group.

 

10.25.   In the Youth championships, all competitors shall present their machine for gear check after the completion of each ride. Failure to do so will result in elimination from the Championship.

10.25.1. Any rider whose gear ratio does not conform to the regulations will be disqualified from the Championship.

 

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