This fall has seen unprecedented growth in cyclocross here in Colorado. It is fantastic to see so manyracers entering the sport and see many riders moving up through the ranks. This growth has also causedsome issues as well. Brian Graves of Frites en Mayo and the ROL Neutral Mechanics program summed itup best this past weekend by stating, “Sadly, we are victims of our own success” As a result of thisgrowth and it’s corresponding issues, ACA will be looking at some major changes to the structure of thecyclocross race weekend for 2011. The current primary goals for the 2011 season will be:1. Subdivide the SM35+ Cat 4 in some fashion (frequently 100+ racers)2. Separate the SM 45+ from SW Open3. Allow for clear, distinct course inspection timesAdditionally, starting this weekend, the officials at ACA races will be instituting some changes based onfeedback from riders, officials and promoters. These changes are interpretations based on current rulesand policies that can be found in theACA RulebookandPolicy Manualand have been reviewed by the
ACA Technical Committee.
First, in order to address the issue of warm ups and course previews:
"Based on rules 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168- At the discretion of the Chief Referee, racers arepermitted to preview the course at the following times:1.
When the leader finishes his/her race racers may preview by following the last rideron course until 5 min before the next scheduled race start.2.
After the final rider starts his/her race racer may preview following that last rider for1-2 laps (see below)This means riders previewing may only do so behind the last rider and in front of the raceleader. The course will be closed to non-racers after 2 laps have been completed OREARLIER BASED ON CHIEF REFEREE’S DISCRETION. If a rider is unsure about the coursestatus they should check with officials at either the start or finish before entering thecourse. Racers who violate these procedures (including passing the last rider or previewingwithin sight of the race leader) will:1.
Be kindly asked to remove themselves from the course by an official or coursemarshal.2.
If a rider fails to exit the course after being asked to do so he/she will be sanctionedbased on rule 14.3 which include disqualification and/or suspension"Mechanics of enforcement: Riders will be allowed on course at the finish line after the leadrider finishes. Previewing riders will be held at the starting area beginning 5 min before thenext race start. They will be released from the start 30-seconds to 1 min after the last racerexits the grid. After the first 2 laps of a race the course is closed (or earlier based on CRdiscretion). Anyone caught previewing will be subject to CR discipline.
Second, to better accommodate and score large groups or groups that have multiple categoriesracing at the same time: