In light of recent behavior at cyclocross events, make sure to keep it family friendly out there – if there is any question on what is family friendly, don’t find out the hard way. Especially keep in mind, 1Q6 – and to answer all the haters out there on why? Due to a small number taking it way too far.
1Q1. No rider shall benefit from his or her misconduct. Misconduct on the part of a team member or support person may result in penalties to any member of the team who places in the event [relegation or disqualification].
1Q2. General Misconduct. The following offenses may be punished by suspension or lesser penalties: (a) Acts of theft, fraud, dishonesty, or grossly unsportsmanlike conduct in conjunction with a sporting event; (b) Offering, conspiring, or attempting to cause any race to result otherwise than on its merits.
1Q3. Identity Fraud. No licensee may enter a race under an assumed name nor conspire to allow another rider to enter a race under an assumed name. This includes fraudulent use of another rider‟s license, racing numbers, or timing/scoring chip [default penalty – one year suspension].
1Q4. Rules and Course. It is the rider’s responsibility to familiarize himself with the rules of the event and the race course before the start of the race. Riders may not take any other route or short cut [disqualification; 30 days suspension if apparently deliberate and the rider crosses the finish line].
1Q5. Withdrawal. Riders must immediately follow a referee’s order to withdraw from the race [10 days suspension].
1Q6. Abuse. (a) No rider or licensee may be disrespectful toward Race Directors, officials, riders or spectators [warning for minor offense; possible relegation of rider; and/or up to a $50 fine]. (b) No rider or licensee may use foul or abusive language or conduct during a race event [disqualification and 15 days suspension]. (c) No licensee may assault (an unlawful attempt, coupled with the present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another) or do battery (any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another) to anyone connected with any event (including but not limited to riders, spectators, public officials, etc…) held under a USA Cycling permit. [disqualified from the event, prohibited from participating in another event for 72 hours & suspended for up to one (1) year after due process] (d) Violent assault and/or battery as described in 1Q6(c) committed by a licensee against a race official at a USA Cycling permitted event shall be subject to additional suspension up to and including lifetime suspension.