Official Race RUles
1 – Equipment / Apparel Requirements
1.01 Track bikes are required
1.02 Drop bars, with bar tape, plugged ends and without brake levers are required
1.03 A lock-ring securing the cog is required
1.04 All components of the bike must be in good condition
1.05 Excessively large gear ratios are prohibited (determined on a case-by-case basis at the race directors discretion)
1.06 Lights and reflectors are prohibited
1.07 Time trial wheels are prohibited (Aerospokes, disc wheel, Spinergy, tri-spokes, rims deeper than 90mm, etc)
1.08 Fixed-gear conversions are prohibited
1.09 Timing chips must be installed per instructions provided at check-in and must be returned to Athlete Check-in post race
1.10 Tubular tires must be installed properly with glue in good condition. Tires must not be glued on race day.
1.11 Chains and chainrings must match
1.12 Rear axle must sit entirely within the dropout
1.13 Clipless pedals and shoes are required (pedal/toe straps are prohibited)
1.14 Helmets that meet the US DOT, CPSC standard, or European CEN Certification are required
1.15 Jerseys with sleeves are required
1.16 Headphones are prohibited
1.17 Helmet or chest mounted cameras are prohibited. (Handlebar mounted cameras are allowed)
1.18 Race numbers (bib and/or bike mounted) are mandatory for scorekeeping purposes. Number placement instructions are provided at number pickup
1.19 Bib numbers (if provided) must be pinned on correct side of jersey. (Reference Athlete Communication)
1.20 The race series leader must wear the official RHC series leader skin suit during all competition
2 – Team Rules
2.01 Teams are limited to (6) athletes (per gender)
2.02 Athletes must wear kit that visually matches their teammates
2.03 If a team is registering more than (6) athletes, they must create a B team whose members will score points separately
2.04 Official team names must be provided during the registration process and indicate if the athlete is on the A or B team (if applicable)
2.05 A and B teams must have different visual features on their kit and/or bikes
2.06 Teams may change athletes between series events
2.07 If an athlete switches teams mid-season, the athlete’s team points are not transferable and remain with the original team
3 – Athlete Etiquette
3.01 Athletes must conduct themselves in a manner that is not offensive in any way to fellow participants, spectators, officials or volunteers.
3.02 Athletes must treat all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators with fairness, respect and courtesy.
3.03 Riding the course during set-up is prohibited and can result in a penalty or disqualification.
3.04 If an athlete’s conduct is deemed offensive, a disciplinary action may result in a starting grid penalty, overall series points deduction, expulsion from the race or a ban.
4 – Flags
4.01 Green: An indication that the track is clear and competition is commencing
4.02 Yellow: An indication to a athlete of danger ahead – slow and be prepared to take avoiding action
4.03 Red: An indication that the session is stopped. Please slow immediately and follow marshal instructions
4.04 Blue: An indication to a athlete that they are about to be lapped and must prepare to leave the circuit
4.05 Checkered: An indication to a athlete that the session is complete
5 – Qualifying
5.01 Athletes must arrive at parc fermé (30) minutes prior to the start of their qualifying group and pass through technical inspection
5.02 During a qualifying session an athlete’s single fastest lap time will establish his/her position on the starting grid
5.03 The top (85) qualifying times will transfer directly to the final
5.04 Athletes are responsible for being present for their qualifying session. If an athlete misses his/her session they will NOT be allowed to qualify in another session
5.05 Each qualifying session is (25:00) minutes in length
5.06 The first (10) minutes of each group will be practice with no times recorded
5.07 The last (15) minutes of each group will be timed to set the qualifying order
5.08 The session will be continuous. After practice expires a green flag will signal the start of the timed portion of the session
5.09 Laps that have begun before the 25:00 mark are counted
5.10 All lap times during the session are recorded using timing chips
5.11 Drafting is allowed
5.12 Pushing, pulling, or hand-slinging another athlete is prohibited
5.13 Deliberate blocking is prohibited
5.14 Athletes must maintain an approximate minimum 15mph (25km/h) average speed on course at all times. No excessive soft-pedaling
5.15 Cutting the course with the intention of improving one’s lap time is prohibited
5.16 The use of phones is prohibited at all times on the course during qualifying and racing.
5.17 Ties are decided by each athlete’s next fastest lap
5.18 Athletes must enter and exit the course using the delineated ‘pit lane’
5.19 If not on track, athletes must remain in the parc fermé area during their qualifying session
5.20 Equipment changes are allowed, but must follow the same technical rules as the race
6 – Last Chance Race
6.01 Athletes who qualify in positions 86 – 150 are eligible to compete in the Last Chance Race.
6.02 All qualified athletes must enter the course through the parc fermé area. Entering the course in any other location is grounds for disqualification.
6.03 The starting grid is marked on the roadway. There is a number for each position. 86th qualifier takes the 1st grid position, and the 150th qualifier takes the 65th grid position.
6.04 There is a 2:00 minute, 1:00 minute and a 30 second warning before the race start. Once the :30 second warning is given the race may be started at any time by the race director.
6.05 The Last Chance Race is approximately 30 minutes. The exact amount of laps will be determined at each event based on estimated lap times.
6.06 A lead moto will escort the leader of the race throughout its duration.
6.07 The top ten finishers of the Last Chance Race advance into the main event.
6.08 No prizes are awarded in Last Chance Race.
6.09 The Last Chance Race can be canceled in case of schedule delay (crashes, logistical delays, weather, etc).
6.10 All race rules mentioned below are applicable in the Last Chance Race.
7 – Race Start / Grid Rules
7.01 All qualified athletes must enter the course through the parc fermé area. Entering the course in any other location is grounds for disqualification.
7.02 After all athletes are on the course there is a neutral lap behind a pace vehicle. Athletes are not allowed to pass the pace vehicle.
7.03 The pace lap does not count towards the overall lap count.
7.04 The starting grid is marked on the roadway. There is a number for each position.
7.05 An athletes’ front tire must be within their grid mark
7.06 Athletes must not move off their grid mark until the race is started
7.07 Athletes must start with one foot on the ground
7.08 Track stands are not permitted
7.09 Athletes are not permitted to lean on another athlete or the barriers
7.10 An athlete must start on their exact grid mark. Any athlete found during post race review starting off their grid mark will be disqualified from the results
7.11 There is a 2:00 minute, 1:00 minute and a 30 second warning before the race start. Once the :30 second warning is given the race may be started at any time by the race director.
8 – Laps
8.01 The race is approximately (45) minutes for the men and (40) minutes for the women. The exact amount of laps will be determined at each event based on estimated lap times.
8.02 A lapboard is used to count down each lap.
8.03 The length of the race is subject to change at any time per the race director’s discretion.
8.04 A bell is used to signify the start of the last lap.
8.05 There are NO free laps for mechanicals or crashes.
9 – Primes
9.01 A prime is awarded to the first athlete across the start/finish line at the end of the 1st lap.
9.02 A prime is awarded to the first athlete across the start/finish line at the end of the halfway point.
9.03 A bell will signify the start of the prime lap.
10 – Lapped Athletes
10.01 Course marshals may use a blue flag to indicate an athlete is about to be lapped and needs to exit the course.
10.02 There is a sweeper moto (15) seconds in front of the lead group. When this moto approaches, racers must move away from the race line and exit the course before the lead group catches them.
10.03 If an athlete is lapped by the sweeper moto thier race is over and they must exit the course at the racer egress area.
10.04 Athletes must exit the course in a safe and controlled manner.
10.05 The race director, lead moto, sweeper moto and course marshal leaders signal to athletes when they must exit the course.
10.06 Athletes refusing to exit the course are disqualified and banned from all future Trimble Racing events.
10.07 The race director has the final say over pulling athletes out of the race.
10.08 If a single rider is about to lap the field, the first chase group may be allowed (at the race directors discretion) to complete the race. The chase group will be shown the green flag at the course egress and start/finish line to signal that they are allowed to continue racing.
10.09 If the first chase group is allowed to finish the leader will not be permitted to join or pass the chase group. The leader will remain behind the lead moto for the remainder of the race.
10.10 If the first chase group is approached from behind by the leader with more than 3 laps remaining the race director may shorten the race distance and will present the chase group with a minimum of 3 laps to go. Any change in laps will be shown on the lap counter and will be announced. A bell will be rung to signify the start of the final lap.
11 – Possible Race Stoppage
11.01 If the race must be stopped for any reason, the race director and course marshals will indicate the race stoppage by waving the red flags around the circuit.
11.02 Athletes must line-up before the start/finish line at the spot designated by the Race Director.
11.03 Best efforts will be made to reestablish gaps of more than 5 seconds on the lap before the red flag.*
11.04 If the race is stopped within the last 3 laps it will be restarted with 3 laps to go.
11.05 Athletes must remain calm and cooperate with race officials.
11.06 No outside interference from team managers, friends, or sponsors.
11.07 Athletes who have crashed in the incident may be allowed to reenter the race at the race directors discretion.**
11.08 Athletes may not replace any equipment during a red flag.
*athletes should self-organize into which group they were in. Call-ups will then be conducted to separate the groups.
**athletes who need prolonged medical attention will not be allowed to restart. The race director will follow advice from the medical staff.
12 – Post Race Podium
12.01 If an athlete finishes in the top (5), wins a prime and/or is announced as the Top Antagoist they must report directly to the podium area immediately after the men’s race.
12.02 The podium ceremony starts immediately after the finish of the men’s race.
12.03 Any athlete arriving late or skipping the podium presentation forfeits all prizes.
12.04 Athletes must pick up the prizes immediately after the podium ceremony.
12.05 Race kit is mandatory for the podium.
12.06 Athletes are prohibited from bringing their personal bicycle onto the podium.
13 – Safety Considerations
13.01 The race is fast and the corners are tight. Athletes must give each other room to slow down for the approaching corners.
13.02 It is important for athletes to hold a predictable line through the corners and give their competitors room.
13.03 Skidding into corners is not advisable. Athletes must keep their rear wheels rolling as much as possible. Athletes skidding dangerously into corners will be removed from the race.
13.04 Athletes must hold their line and are not allowed to block competitors attempting to pass.
13.05 Athletes must exercise caution when passing slower competitors who have not exited the course. Lapped athletes tend to be unpredictable and may not ride a straight line.
13.06 The course is completely closed to traffic.
14 – Medical Support
14.01 There is an EMS team in position to respond to any injuries sustained during qualifying and the race. Reference the event map for location of the medical tent.
14.02 There are ambulances on duty if transport to a hospital is needed.
14.03 Athletes must ride within their ability. Getting lapped is better than ending up in the hospital.
15 – Anti-doping
15.01 Athletes are not allowed to have any current or past doping charges against them.
15.02 Athletes agree they will not commit a doping violation as defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
15.03 Athletes declare that they are not currently serving a doping violation and/or do not have a pending or unresolved doping charge.
15.04 Athletes confirm they have never in their athletic career taken “banned substances” without a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
15.05 Athletes confirm they have never served a doping violation.
15.06 Athletes verify that any drugs they are taking or might consider taking are not on the “banned list” and further verify that they do not consume any substances or products which contain “banned substances” — this includes over the counter medications and prescription drugs.
15.07 Athletes agree to submit to drug testing at any RHC event.
15.08 Any athlete who violates the above Anti-Doping rules will be banned from all future Trimble Racing events.
16 – Championship Points
16.01 The top (25) finishers in each RHC score points towards the series championship, according to the following scale: