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Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 10:17 AM
Subject: NWCYCLING: New Rule Change 2007
There is a new rule change for 2007 that affects ALL riders who are in the
Junior age bracket, whether they are racing in Junior races or not (e.g., an
18 year old racing in the Cat 3 race). The rule change, along with an
explanation of how this will be handled by the officials, and the reason
behind the rule is given below. Please read this in entirety, and inform any
riders you know who fall into this age bracket of the change. You can expect
this at every race in the country.
1J6. Junior Gears. The maximum chaingear ratio for Junior riders is based on
age and discipline. Blocked gears will be allowed, except in National
Championships. All tests for compliance (road and track) shall be done using
the "roll-out method." There is no restriction for cyclo-cross. For road and
track the limits are:
17-18: 7.93 meters (26')(52x14)
15-16: 6.78 meters (22'3")(48x15)
13-14: 6.36 meters (20'10.5")(48x16)
10-12: 6.00 meters (19'8")(48x17)
***********THE IMPORTANT PART TO NOTE****************
The gear limit for a rider is determined by the age of the rider and the
discipline, AND APPLIES IN ALL EVENTS IN THAT DISCIPLINE - EVEN WHEN OTHER
ENTRANTS MAY NOT HAVE THE SAME (OR ANY) LIMIT.
Note that the gear ratios listed are merely suggestions - the distance
rolled out is the governing standard.
***********THE REASON FOR THE RULE********************
No, it has nothing to do with "protecting the rider's knees". The gear
restrictions are meant to assist in "leveling the playing field" when you
have the massive differences in growth and development. This rule has been
inserted as an executive decision because USA Cycling is concerned that our
Juniors that reach the upper ranks don't know how to spin. It becomes
difficult for them to identify the Juniors who can compete against their
peers at the National and International level using the given gear
restrictions. They want all the Juniors, no matter which category they are
riding against, to be competing on these restricted gears so they know how
to race on them no matter what the level of competition.
***********HOW THIS REGULATION WILL BE ENFORCED **************
All races (other than Master races) will be required to have rollout for 18
and under, regardless of the category. In general, rollout will be somewhere
near the finish line, but a "courtesy rollout area" may be available
Rollout will not be required before every race, but all 18 and under riders
will be REQUIRED to go through the rollout IMMEDIATELY after the race. This
means BEFORE going back to the car or leaving the finish line area. Leaving
the area is equal to a FAIL.
Exceptions: There are NONE. What this means is that the Junior aged riders
will need to address this in one of two ways:
1) Use the correct gear ratio. The riders will need to provide their own set
of wheels to the Neutral support, and become responsible to ensure the wheel
they get meets the gearing requirement.
2) Block out the higher gear cogs that would cause them to fail rollout.
Blocking gears would make it less of a risk in case of needing a wheel
Consequences: The penality for failing rollout is disqualification. No
placing, no prize money, no WSBA BAR points.
How rollout is done:
Two marks are put on the ground 26 feet apart.
The bike is put in its highest gear and placed with the crank arms over the
first mark in a vertical position. Tires must be fully inflated.
The bike is rolled backwards straight towards the other mark until the crank
arms have completed a full revolution.
If the crank arms do not complete a full revolution in this distance, the
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