February 29, 2016 In this edition: ▪ Online registration closes Tuesday at midnight▪ What to expect at a League Race▪ Passing/Being passed▪ Mecha

   

February 29, 2016

In this edition:

Online registration closes Tuesday at midnight
What to expect at a League Race
Passing/Being passed
Mechanical during a race
Individual Racing Rules
Race Sponsors

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LETS MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

The day is almost here! Let the fun, racing and comradery begin. Most importantly, lets make it a great experience for everyone involved. I can't wait to see everyone out at Tannehill next weekend.

Below please find a few reminders pertaining to registration, mechanical issues during a race, safe passing and scoring rules.

See you soon,
Eddie

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Online Registration Closes Tuesday at Midnight

Online registration will close Tuesday night at 12:00 AM. On-site registration will be available Saturday from 12:00 - 3:00 PM and Sunday from 7:30 AM - 12:00 NOON, $10 late fee will apply. Registration must be complete at least 60 minutes before your start wave. We highly recommend you don't wait for this weekend to register onsite. There's nothing worse then trying to rush through registration instead of preparing for the race.

It's important to note that there is no onsite league/season registration. The only part of the registration process that can be done onsite this weekend is individual race registration. If a rider has not complete the league registrion in the Pit Zone and is showing as "Race Ready", they cannot register onsite. If there are any questions, please ask your coach or contact the league director via email at :eddie@alabamamtb.org
Riders not fully registered will not be allowed to race

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What to expect at a league race?

The day is finally here! Let the excitement grow!

But wait, what should you expect? Whether you are student athlete, a parent that has been fueling and carpooling that student, a coach, a spectator, a volunteer or more, you will find this summary helpful. Enjoy the read, and we look forward to seeing you at that first race! LINK TO RACE GUIDE

Please also review the race flyer and course map to become familiar with the details for each venue. It's up to each person to know, understand and follow the rules of the venue. Violations could lead to individual and/or team penalties. Race specifics can be found (HERE)

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Passing/Being Passed

It is going to be an awesome season! Here are just a couple reminders:

DIFFERENT CATEGORY RACERS:

Passer - identify yourself as not in their category and ask politely to pass. Remember to thank and encourage the rider you are passing.
Rider being Passed - if you are being passed by someone who identifies themselves as not in your field, you don't need to stop, but move over to and let them know "I'm moving right" or "I'm moving left". It's just good sportsmanship to let a rider not in your field pass.

IT'S NEVER OK:

It's never ok to intentionally block, hit, elbow, shove, lean, or prevent the rider behind you from passing - no matter what category. See NICA Rule 6.18 below.

NICA'S RULES REGARDING PASSING:

6.15 PASSING SLOWER STUDENT-ATHLETES
When overtaking a rider on the racecourse, the passing rider is
encouraged to do so respectfully and must:
• Pass only when safe to do so and without rider contact;
• Call out “On your left” or “On your right” or use other similar language to indicate whether the pass will be on the other rider’s left or right side.
Passing in a manner that compromises the safety of other riders will not be tolerated.
[ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]

6.16 BIKE PUSHERS MUST YIELD

Racers riding bicycles have the right of way over racers pushing bicycles. When practical, racers pushing shall stay on the least rideable portion of the trail when being passed. A racer pushing or
carrying his/her bicycle can overtake a racer riding their bicycle provided they do not interfere with the student-athlete's progress
[ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]

6.17 LAPPED STUDENT-ATHLETES MUST YIELD
Lapped riders must yield to overtaking student-athletes. Lapped riders being passed must move over as quickly, efficiently and as safely as
possible.

6.18 LEADER OWNS THE TRAIL BUT CANNOT BLOCK

In the event two student-athletes are vying for position, the leading student-athlete does not have to yield his/her position to the challenging student-athlete. However, a student-athlete may not
bodily interfere with the intent to impede another student-athlete's progress. Traditional rules of racing apply: the leading student-athlete owns the trail.

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Mechanical During a Race

RULES REMINDER:

One of the more common questions asked, or pondered, is what happens when a rider has a mechanical during the race. The question really becomes, what does the rider do or what is he/she allowed to do to fix the mechanical. Here are the rules as outlined in the NICA Rulebook:

4.6 PENALTY FOR OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE

Flat tires and mechanical problems should be repaired by the racer, and the racer must carry their own tools, tubes, etc. If outside assistance, parts or tools, are required, a five-minute penalty will be
assessed. The student- athlete must report an occurrence of outside assistance before the end of the protest period that precedes the award
ceremony. The student-athlete must report to a Scoring Official, Course Marshal or other Race Official. If a student-athlete does not self-report the penalty may be doubled.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It's important that student athletes understand that they can ask for assistance in order to stay in the race, but that they must self report to a race official in order to receive the time penalty. No racer should leave the race due to a mechanical issue for fear that requesting outside assistance is not allowed.

4.7 REPAIR BIKES OFF THE TRAIL

In the case of a broken bicycle, or a dropped chain, student-athletes must clear the trail for other competitors.

4.9 SWITCHING BIKES

Racers shall complete the entire race on the same bicycle upon which the race was begun. A 10-minute penalty applies for switching bicycles.

STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW, UNDERSTAND AND FOLLOW ALL RULES

It's important for the student-athletes to know these rules and to adhere to them. Additionally, all riders should practice changing flats and using their tools regularly as it is the responsibility of the rider to fix his/her flat on the trail or push the bike to the pit for other issues. This will eliminate potential problems with the rules and will make for a better, and and hopefully longer, race experience.
To make sure you or your student-athlete is fully aware of the rules you can view the NICA rulebook by clicking (HERE).

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Individual Racing Rules

Individual racing rules impact student-athletes off and on the course. These rules cover participation ages, registration requirements, and race day etiquette. Below are some highlighted rules as outlined in the NICA Rulebook:

6.19. LAPPED STUDENT-ATHLETES MAY BE PULLED

Lapped student-athletes may be pulled from the race at the finish line. At the league director’s or a race official’s discretion, a student-athlete may be pulled from a race at any location on the course due to circumstances that make it unsafe for the student-athlete to proceed. Student-athletes that are pulled out of the race must not continue and will be placed according to their position at the time they are pulled.

6.20. TIME LIMITS MAY BE IMPOSED

Student-athletes may be asked to withdraw at the finish line after time limits have been reached. Race officials reserve the right to determine these time limits at anytime. Time limits may be imposed for reasons that include, among others: Safety, heat, cold, rain, muddy conditions, clearing the course, and relieving course marshals. Course closures
may be announced at anytime and do not need to be announced in advance.
If a student-athlete makes the time cutoff but does not complete the final lap due to a mechanical, crash, or other reason, it is considered a DNF.
Race Officials may also, if deemed appropriate, opt to pull an individual student-athlete who appears to be overheated, hypothermic, overly exhausted, or in anyway injured, over-stressed, or at risk of injuring themselves.

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Sponsors, Partners and Supporters

As we roll into our first race of the season we are still working to finalize a few sponsors. Look for a seperate email from us by the end of the week with the official sponsor announcement, but in the meantime here is a sneak peak of what local companies have already signed on and will be supporting your this weekend in Tannehill:

Gold Level Sponsors

Primal

Silver Level Sponsors

Chain Buster Racing
Cahaba Cycles
Buffalo Wild Wings

Bronze Level Sponsor

YMCA of Birmingham

Community Level Sponsors

Bike Link of Hoover

League Partners and Supporters

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Childrens of Alabama

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