Pre- Race and Race Day Information Sheet

Pre- Race and Race Day Information Sheet

If you are either new to cross or a seasoned regular, sometimes it is nice to have a little bit of information about the race day and how things work in Lincolnshire Cyclo-Cross for the coming season. We hope this answers a few questions you may have about the day. If you have not already, please take a closer look at the British Cycling website for a full and comprehensive set of rules and regulations for racing Cyclo-cross in Britain. 

**There are some important changes for the 2018-19 season regarding Juniors and women race format, race day timings and  the addition of a new under 9s race. Please read these changes which, for ease of locating, are highlighted in red in this document ** 

I don’t live in Lincolnshire, can I compete? 

You don’t need to live in Lincolnshire to compete in the races, but you will not be eligible for points for the County Championship or Trophy Day Series. You will, however, be able to race and take away individual prizes on the day of the race (should you finish in the prizes of course).  

League Registrations

League points are only awarded to those riders who either live in Lincolnshire (including north lincs) or ride 1st Claim for a British Cycling Affiliated Cycling club whose registered admin address is in Lincolnshire.

If you meet this criteria, and want to gain points during the season in the Championship and Trophy Day Series, you will need to register via the website. When you register, you will also be allocated a number for the season. Registrations close on the 15th September 2018. The administration work around the registrations and points is a very long task. In order to assist in the smooth running of this and to ease the task of inputting league points, registrations will close before the first race of the season. A list of registered riders will be published on the website. 

What if I miss the registration deadline? 

Unfortunately, you will not pick up points for the season. The registrations have been open since May and we have given reminders on Facebook, the website and our mailing list. You can still race but will not accumulate league points.

Which race do I complete in? 

You can only compete in the race for your age category. No veterans can decide they wish to compete as a Senior. Similarly, Under 12’s may not decide that they want to ride up into the Youths. There are absolutely no exceptions to this rule. 

RACE DAY INFO

Signing on – I am pre- registered. 

Signing on will close 15 minutes before each race starts. Registered riders will have already been allocated a number for the season which won’t change each week. The numbers will be assigned in alphabetical order to make it easier for you to find your own name and number. There is only one exception; the current Lincolnshire Champion in each category will be assigned the Number 1. 

You will just need to pay your race entry fee, sign the sheet and collect your number and timing chip. IMPORTANT – These numbers and chips are NOT yours to keep, they MUST be returned to signing on at the end of the races. Please wear the chip on your left ankle (to avoid it interfering with your drivetrain) and ensure it is secure. Please do not cut the strap in any way. You will be required to provide your British Cycling Race Licence; without it, you will be required to fill out a day licence form and pay an additional £3 (this is for insurance purposes)

For 2018-19 we have had to impose riders limits on a few races for safety reasons. Priority will always be given to registered league riders with any spare places being given on 1st-come-1st-served basis to guest riders. Your name will be placed on a reserve list and 30 mins before race start the entry will be opened to riders on this list. Please check social media on race day before travelling to avoid disappointment.

Signing on – I am not pre-registered. 

Signing on will close 15 minutes before each race starts.  You will need to sign onto a separate sheet dedicated to on the day riders. You will be allocated a race number for the day. It is important that you fill out ALL the information on the sheet including your emergency contact number. Even if you are a regular day rider PLEASE complete the form fully at EACH race -  we do not save information throughout the season (each race is run by a different organiser) You will be required to provide your British Cycling Race Licence; without it, you will be required to fill out a day licence form and pay an additional £3 (for insurance purposes)

You will just need to pay your race entry fee, sign the sheet and collect your number and timing chip. IMPORTANT – These numbers and chips are NOT yours to keep, they MUST be returned to signing on at the end of the races. Please wear the chip on your left ankle (to avoid it interfering with your drivetrain) and ensure it is secure. Please do not cut the strap in any way. 

For 2018-19 we have had to impose riders limits on a few races for safety reasons. Priority will always be given to registered league riders. You are not guaranteed a ride just because you are registered. Any races with limits will be advised via our communication channels prior to race day if possible. You are advised to sign on as early as possible to ensure you get a ride. Any spare places will be offered to guest riders from 30 mins before the race start. We are hoping this will only be imposed on a couple of races

Entry Fees

  • Under 9 + Under 12 = £3 (no race licence required)
  • 
Youth (U14+U16) = £5 (no race licence required)
  • 
Juniors, Seniors, Vets = £15 with BC licence, £18 without BC licence (includes £3 day licence)

Race Day Timings

  • 9.00 Venue Open, sign on open, course open for practice*
  • 10.15 Youth (U16 + U14) Race Start
  • 
11.00 Under 9 Race Start * NEW CATEGORY*
  • 
11.20 Under 12 Race Start

  • 12.15 Vet Men (V40+V50+V60) Race Start

  • 13.30 Senior & Junior Men Start
  • 
13.32 Ladies Start (Senior L+ Junior L + Vet L)*

Practice timings at the discretion of the organiser / commissaries. See below…

Race Durations



Race durations are approximate as they are affected by the field size and ability spread in each race. If you are at the tail end of a category it is likely you will race for longer, unless you are lapped.

  • U9 - 10-12 mins

  • U12 - 12-15 mins

  • Youth - 30 mins

  • Vets M - 40 mins

  • Ladies - 40 mins
  • 
Juniors - 40 mins
  • 
Seniors - 60 mins

Practice Laps

You can practice / warm up on the course but only when there is no other event taking place. If you are caught warming up on the circuit around the other competitors or before all competitors in the previous race have finished, you may receive a warning by the commissaires or a disqualification from your event. There is of course some common sense applied here as you may join the course where the final few riders are nearing the finish. Please be sensible and respect all other riders before you start your sighting laps. It is also important that you do not cross the finish line with your chip timing tag on during another race. This will interfere with the programme and result. Please keep away from the finish area during other races, especially if you have your chip timing tag on already.

The Start 

All races are a mass start with all entrants starting at the same time. Please try to be around the start area 10-15 minutes before the advertised start time. This will allow the commissaires to begin the process of gridding. This is essential for the safety of the riders during the start. Gridding is completed by the commissaires who will call riders up by name. If you don’t hear your name and are gridded towards the back, please be respectful. If you are caught sneaking up, you may be placed at the very back or even disqualified. If you did not agree with your gridding position, you need to speak with the commissaire after the event. Gridding is worked out based upon your results from the current season and the previous season. 

Being lapped and lapping 

Please remember that this is a race and the lead riders are racing for victories and Championship points for overall victories. If being lapped, you are required to surrender the racing line and let them through as quickly as possible – this is a British Cycling rule for Cyclo-cross. Similarly, riders lapping need to be respectful and polite. Lapping riders should call out clearly and in good time which side they will be passing on (i.e. “on your left” means that I will be passing you on your left so please move right).



These calls should be given in good time and not when a few meters away and approaching at speed. When being lapped in tight areas sometimes it is better to stop to that side if there is somewhere safe and appropriate to do so. Speeding up won’t help as the leaders are moving much quicker. Don’t worry about your competitor ahead as they will soon have to stop for the leader too. Please remember that you all need to be polite. Any foul language being heard could result in a disqualification. 

Lapping riders should not expect the person they are lapping to simply evaporate !!  There is inevitably a time delay between you polite request to pass and the person being able to safely get out of the way. Bullying a rider out of the way is NOT ACCEPTABLE. We are all in this together and have paid for a fun and safe race. PATIENCE please ! Also a rash / risky move could end the race of both riders. Similarly riders who are being lapped have to do the best to get out of the way quickly so as not to affect the race result. Co-operation and respect at all times please

General etiquette 

Swearing or offensive language is not acceptable. We are racing where the public often walk, and there are many people watching. It is not pleasant. 

Please keep hold of gel/bar wrappers. If it fits in your pocket when it’s full then it fits when it’s empty ! If you are caught littering on the circuit will receive a warning from the commissaires and risk further punishments if caught again. We rely heavily on the goodwill and co-operation of many landowners. If we don’t look after their land we will not be allowed to come back. 

Updates/Social media 

We have a Website, mailing list and Facebook page. We will keep people posted using these. Should you wish to contact us, please use the email link on the website. The Facebook page is there to keep people updated and may be used for general queries too. The Facebook page is not a place to voice any concerns or make any complaints. Any posts made in this way which are offensive or argumentative will be removed. The Facebook page is for sharing updates and passion for CycloCross.. 

Any last minute updates that need to go out on the weekend of a race or on race day will ONLY be posted on facebook. Whilst this is not ideal it is the easiest communication method  for race day as it can be accessed from a mobile phone in a field by the organiser / committee (The mailing list and website are run by a 3rd party). Please check facebook before travelling for any updates.

Results and league points 

Results will be published on the chip timing website D3Racetec  (usually) on the Sunday evening and they will be published on our website in the week. Updating the league points is a fairly time consuming job. This will be done as quickly as possible and we will inform you when it has been updated and published. Please be patient with us while we sort the results and league points out and get them published. Who to contact if you have a results query please fill out the details HEREThis must be done by Tuesday following the race to enable them to look into it that week. (we have a manual backup system at each race in case of any technical issues) If you have a query regarding league points, please use the link on the website for league points queries. 

General Queries

For any other queries please use the contact us page on the website HERE

 

Happy Racing and PLEASE REMEMBER TO HAND IN YOUR RACE NUMBER AND TIMING CHIP AFTER EACH EVENT!


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